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Star Wars Animated Series Guide: Best Episodes & Canon Timeline

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Animated Series Timeline & Episode Chronology

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With over 130 episodes (and counting) to watch, The Clone Wars and Rebels are a daunting task for any fan to undertake. Making matters more challenging, Lucasfilm did not release The Clone Wars episodes in a clear chronology. As a result, certain episodes would drop new characters in without formal introduction or allude to events that viewers had yet to see play-out in the series.

Combined with the already disorienting position of The Clone Wars within the larger film series, as an exploration of the massive galactic war that occurred between Episode 2 and 3, unclear jumps in time and space made the animated TV show even more difficult to follow.

To help ease the transition into the series, we've put together a revised viewing guide, based on the Star Wars timeline, rather than episode order - in the event that viewers would prefer to experience the shows in chronological order. That said, there is no one "correct" way to view the episodes (watching in episodic order is just as good) but this guide provides an added option for fans who think a chronological viewing would make the series easier to follow and, subsequently, more enjoyable for them in the long run.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 - 2015)

Star Wars The Clone Wars Cast

  1. Season 2, Episode 16: Cat and Mouse
  2. Season 1, Episode 16: Hidden Enemy
  3. The Clone Wars Theatrical Film
  4. Season 3, Episode 1: Clone Cadets
  5. Season 3, Episode 3: Supply Lines
  6. Season 1, Episode 1: Ambush
  7. Season 1, Episode 2: Rising Malevolence
  8. Season 1, Episode 3: Shadow of Malevolence
  9. Season 1, Episode 4: Destroy Malevolence
  10. Season 1, Episode 5: Rookies
  11. Season 1, Episode 6: Downfall of a Droid
  12. Season 1, Episode 7: Duel of the Droids
  13. Season 1, Episode 8: Bombad Jedi
  14. Season 1, Episode 9: Cloak of Darkness
  15. Season 1, Episode 10: Lair of Grievous
  16. Season 1, Episode 11: Dooku Captured
  17. Season 1, Episode 12: The Gungan General
  18. Season 1, Episode 13: Jedi Crash
  19. Season 1, Episode 14:Defenders of Peace
  20. Season 1, Episode 15: Trespass
  21. Season 1, Episode 17: Blue Shadow Virus
  22. Season 1, Episode 18: Mystery of a Thousand Moons
  23. Season 1, Episode 19: Storm over Ryloth
  24. Season 1, Episode 20: Innocents of Ryloth
  25. Season 1, Episode 21: Liberty on Ryloth
  26. Season 2, Episode 1: Holocron Heist
  27. Season 2, Episode 2: Cargo of Doom
  28. Season 2, Episode 3: Children of the Force
  29. Season 2, Episode 17: Bounty Hunters
  30. Season 2, Episode 18: The Zillo Beast
  31. Season 2, Episode 19: The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
  32. Season 2, Episode 4: Senate Spy
  33. Season 2, Episode 5: Landing at Point Rain
  34. Season 2, Episode 6: Weapons Factory
  35. Season 2, Episode 7: Legacy of Terror
  36. Season 2, Episode 8: Brain Invaders
  37. Season 2, Episode 9: Grievous Intrigue
  38. Season 2, Episode 10: The Deserter
  39. Season 2, Episode 11: Lightsaber Lost
  40. Season 2, Episode 12: The Mandalore Plot
  41. Season 2, Episode 13: Voyage of Temptation
  42. Season 2, Episode 14: Duchess of Mandalore
  43. Season 2, Episode 20: Death Trap
  44. Season 2, Episode 21: R2 Come Home
  45. Season 2, Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown
  46. Season 3, Episode 5: Corruption
  47. Season 3, Episode 6: The Academy
  48. Season 3, Episode 7: Assassin
  49. Season 3, Episode 2: ARC Troopers
  50. Season 3, Episode 4: Sphere of Influence
  51. Season 3, Episode 8: Evil Plans
  52. Season 1, Episode 22: Hostage Crisis
  53. Season 3, Episode 9: Hunt for Ziro
  54. Season 3, Episode 10: Heroes on Both Side
  55. Season 3, Episode 11: Pursuit of Peace
  56. Season 2, Episode 15: Senate Murders
  57. Season 3, Episode 12: Nightsisters
  58. Season 3, Episode 13: Monster
  59. Season 3, Episode 14: Witches of the Mist
  60. Season 3, Episode 15: Overlords
  61. Season 3, Episode 16: Altar of Mortis
  62. Season 3, Episode 17: Ghosts of Mortis
  63. Season 3, Episode 18: The Citadel
  64. Season 3, Episode 19: Counter Attack
  65. Season 3, Episode 20: Citadel Rescue
  66. Season 3, Episode 21: Padawan Lost
  67. Season 3, Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt
  68. Season 4, Episode 1: Water War
  69. Season 4, Episode 2: Gungan Attack
  70. Season 4, Episode 3: Prisoners
  71. Season 4, Episode 4: Shadow Warrior
  72. Season 4, Episode 5: Mercy Mission
  73. Season 4, Episode 6: Nomad Droids
  74. Season 4, Episode 7: Darkness on Umbara
  75. Season 4, Episode 8: The General
  76. Season 4, Episode 9: Plan of Dissent
  77. Season 4, Episode 10: Carnage of Krell
  78. Season 4, Episode 11: Kidnapped
  79. Season 4, Episode 12: Slaves of the Republic
  80. Season 4, Episode 13: Escape from Kadavo
  81. Season 4, Episode 14: A Friend In Need
  82. Season 4, Episode 15: Deception
  83. Season 4, Episode 16: Friends and Enemies
  84. Season 4, Episode 17: The Box
  85. Season 4, Episode 18: Crisis on Naboo
  86. Season 4, Episode 19: Massacre
  87. Season 4, Episode 20 Bounty
  88. Season 4, Episode 21: Brothers
  89. Season 4, Episode 22: Revenge
  90. Season 5, Episode 2: A War on Two Fronts
  91. Season 5, Episode 3: Front Runners
  92. Season 5, Episode 4: The Soft War
  93. Season 5, Episode 5: Tipping Points
  94. Season 5, Episode 6: The Gathering
  95. Season 5, Episode 7: A Test of Strength
  96. Season 5, Episode 8: Bound for Rescue
  97. Season 5, Episode 9: A Necessary Bond
  98. Season 5, Episode 10: Secret Weapons
  99. Season 5, Episode 11: A Sunny Day in the Void
  100. Season 5, Episode 12: Missing in Action
  101. Season 5, Episode 13: Point of No Return
  102. Season 5, Episode 1: Revival
  103. Season 5, Episode 14: Eminence
  104. Season 5, Episode 15: Shades of Reason
  105. Season 5, Episode 16: The Lawless
  106. Season 5, Episode 17: Sabotage
  107. Season 5, Episode 18: The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
  108. Season 5, Episode 19: To Catch a Jedi
  109. Season 5, Episode 20: The Wrong Jedi
  110. Season 6, Episode 1: The Unknown
  111. Season 6, Episode 2: Conspiracy
  112. Season 6, Episode 3: Fugitive
  113. Season 6, Episode 4: Orders
  114. Season 6, Episode 5: An Old Friend
  115. Season 6, Episode 6: The Rise of Clovis
  116. Season 6, Episode 7: Crisis at the Heart
  117. Season 6, Episode 8: The Disappeared
  118. Season 6, Episode 9: The Disappeared: Pt. II
  119. Season 6, Episode 10: The Lost One
  120. Season 6, Episode 11: Voices
  121. Season 6, Episode 12: Destiny
  122. Season 6, Episode 13: Sacrifice

Star Wars: Rebels (2015 - )

Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Jedi

  1. Season 1, Prequel Short 1: The Machine in the Ghost
  2. Season 1, Prequel Short 2: Art Attack
  3. Season 1, Prequel Short 3: Entanglement
  4. Season 1, Prequel Short 4: Property of Ezra Bridger
  5. Star Wars: Rebels - Spark of Rebellion Film
  6. Season 1, Episode 1: Droids in Distress
  7. Season 1, Episode 2: Fighter Flight
  8. Season 1, Episode 3: Rise of the Old Masters
  9. Season 1, Episode 4: Breaking Ranks
  10. Season 1, Episode 5: Out of Darkness
  11. Season 1, Episode 6: Empire Day
  12. Season 1, Episode 7: Gathering Forces
  13. Season 1, Episode 8: Path of the Jedi
  14. Season 1, Episode 9: Idiot's Array
  15. Season 1, Episode 10: Vision of Hope
  16. Season 1, Episode 11: Call to Action
  17. Season 1, Episode 12: Rebel Resolve
  18. Season 1, Episode 13: Fire Across the Galaxy
  19. Star Wars: Rebels - The Siege of Lothal Film
  20. Season 2, Episode 1: TBD

MORE: Why Clone Wars & Rebels Are Essential Viewing For Episode 7

Star Wars: Rebels Season 2 returns October 14, 2015.

Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

 

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