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Since the turn of the century, one thing remains a highly-debated topic: What is the best order in which to watch Star Wars? Prequels, sequels, originals, standalones — the answer grows more complicated as the years go by, and anyone loyal to their specific method won’t hear otherwise.
The question all but falls apart when it comes to Star Wars TV shows, whether they’re integrated into film viewing or watched separately. Does one start chronologically, with “Droids” and “Ewoks” (best viewed in their original paired “adventure hour” format)? Should “Clone Wars” come before “The Mandalorian,” or “Rebels”? What’s the deal with “Visions” and “Tales of the Jedi,” and is the Boba Fett show actually good? (No.)
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IndieWire’s keen Star Wars experts put their heads together, and while we didn’t come up with a viewing order, we did rank every single Star Wars TV show — from “Droids” to “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to a whole lot of Lego animation. Whether you’re looking to fondly mock the film series, catch up ahead of Season 3 of “The Mandalorian,” or watch a lot of CGI Mark Hamill — there’s something for every Star Wars fan, and for the uninitiated. Even sampling a little bit of everything unearths exciting connections between the original films, prequels, beloved characters, and brand-new ones that can’t help win over a new audience (Chopper!). The wealth of options just goes to show that what made and makes Star Wars so indelible is the heart of its storytelling, the rebel spirit and stirring relationships between characters regardless of Force sensitivity, species, or language.
Here are all 16 Star Wars TV shows (no specials), ranked from worst to best.
Ben Travers, Sarah Shachat, and Christian Blauvelt contributed to this list.
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