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Star Wars Animated Series Guide: Best Episodes & Canon Timeline

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The Best Storylines & Episodes

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Unfortunately, it took awhile for The Clone Wars to find its footing and become a key part of the Star Wars saga canon. Early episodes were, understandably, aimed at younger audiences - with a number of eye-rolling Jar Jar Binks-centric episodes, as well as goofy supporting characters and antagonists (such as Ziro the Hutt). However, much like the Harry Potter series, and other franchises that matured alongside their fans, The Clone Wars evolved into a genuinely powerful, sometimes dark, and exciting exploration of the Star Wars universe and its legendary inhabitants - an approach that carried into the development of Rebels.

For completionists, there's no substitute for watching every episode of The Clone Wars and Rebels - since even the silliest outings still feature fun action and, more importantly, small story threads that payoff down the line. Yet, with over 130 episodes between the two series, it's understandable that many fans would rather limit their viewing to only the best episodes. As a result, we've put together a selection of The Clone Wars and Rebels episodes that curious fans should check-out - whether or not they ultimately decide to invest time in the full series. First, we've identified five great Clone Wars and Rebels episodes for viewers looking to get a taste of why the animated series are so rewarding - followed by a breakdown of several multi-episode storylines that viewers can check-out based on specific subjects.

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If at any time viewers decide to jump in from the beginning, make sure to check out the next page of this article - which lists all of The Clone Wars and Rebels episodes in chronological order (more on that later). In the interest of preserving the stories for new viewers, we're not going to detail what happens in each episode, but without a doubt, these are some of the series' best.

Have a favorite that isn't listed? Make sure to share your own choices in the comments.

Best Episodes & Storylines from The Clone Wars & Rebels

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  1. The Clone Wars - Season 5,  Episode 6: The Gathering
  2. The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 1: Clone Cadets
  3. The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 10: Heroes on Both Sides
  4. The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 17: Bounty Hunters
  5. Rebels - Season 1, Episode 13: Fire Across the Galaxy
  6. Honorable Mention: Rebels - Pre-Season 2 Film: The Siege of Lothal

For those who want to dabble further but aren't committed yet, here are our picks for the best storylines and character arcs in The Clone Wars and Rebels - based on subject matter.

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The Clone Troopers Saga - Gives insight into the lives and personalities of the Clone Troopers

  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 1: Clone Cadets
  • The Clone Wars - Season 1, Episode 5: Rookies
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 9: Grievous Intrigue
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 10: The Deserter
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 2 ARC Troopers
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 7: Darkness on Umbara
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 8: The General
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 9: Plan of Dissent
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 10: Carnage of Krell
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 1: The Unknown
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 2: Conspiracy
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 3: Fugitive
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 4: Orders

General Grievous Backstory - Provides Backstory on General Grievous

  • The Clone Wars - Season 1, Episode 9: Cloak of Darkness
  • The Clone Wars - Season 1, Episode 10: Lair of Grievous

The Separatists - Shows A Different Side of the Clone War

  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 10: Heroes on Both Sides
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 14: A Friend in Need

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The Jedi Order - Offers Insight into the Successes and Failures of the Jedi Order

  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 11: Lightsaber Lost
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 17: Sabotage
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 18: The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 19: To Catch a Jedi
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 20: The Wrong Jedi
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 10: The Lost One
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 11: Voices
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 12: Destiny
  • The Clone Wars - Season 6, Episode 13: Sacrifice

Obi-Wan Backstory - Before He Was a Legend Obi-Wan Also Struggled with the Jedi Rules

  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 12: The Mandalore Plot
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 13: Voyage of Temptation
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 14: Duchess of Mandalore

The Saga of Young Boba Fett - Reveals Boba Fett's Early Days as a Bounty Hunter

  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 20: Death Trap
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 21: R2 Come Home
  • The Clone Wars - Season 2, Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 20: Bounty

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The Darth Maul Saga - Discover What Happened to Darth Maul After His Defeat in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 21: Brothers
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 22: Revenge
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 1: Revival
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 14: Eminence
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 15: Shades of Reason
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5, Episode 16: The Lawless

The Foundation of Rebellion - Sets the Stage for the Full Rebel Alliance Depicted in the Original Star Wars Saga

  • Rebels - Season 1, Episode 1: Droids in Distress
  • Rebels - Season 1, Episode 13: Fire Across the Galaxy
  • Rebels - Pre-Season 2 Film: The Siege of Lothal

Stories of the Force - Explores the Nature of the Force and How Various Groups Have Harnessed It

  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 12: Nightsisters
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 13: Monster
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 14: Witches of the Mist
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 15: Overlords - Force Beings
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 16: Altar of Mortis
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 17: Ghosts of Mortis
  • The Clone Wars - Season 5,  Episode 6: The Gathering
  • Rebels - Season 1, Episode 8: Path of the Jedi

Familiar Faces - Cameos from Fan-Favorite Star Wars Heroes and Villains

  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 18: The Citadel
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 19: Counter Attack
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 20: Citadel Rescue
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 21: Padawan Lost
  • The Clone Wars - Season 3, Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 1: Water War
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 2: Gungan Attack
  • The Clone Wars - Season 4, Episode 3: Prisoners
  • Rebels - Season 1, Episode 9: Idiot's Array

As eluded to earlier, The Clone Wars did not always follow a clear chronology - which, for some viewers, made the expansive show even more confusing. For that reason, we've compiled a clear episode chronology for readers who would prefer to watch the story as it unfolded over time (rather than follow the basic episode release order).

Next Page: Series Timeline & Episode Chronology

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