From The Mandalorian to Clone Wars, here’s our list of Star Wars TV shows ranked from worst to best.
With the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric series looming on the horizon, we’ve decided it’s time to take a look back at all of the Star Wars TV shows that have been released so far. Disney and Lucasfilm are rapidly ramping up their output of Disney Plus productions while remaining silent on upcoming theatrical releases, so it looks like Star Wars’ immediate future is tied to the streaming platform.
Of course, most of the shows available to watch at the time of writing are animated, as Star Wars live TV has taken its time getting off the ground. However, come back next year and you’ll find a much fuller leaderboard of live-action productions – in addition to Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Rogue One Andor prequel series will arrive shortly after, then we’ll be waiting for Ahsoka and The Acolyte . And that’s just the beginning when it comes to upcoming Star Wars TV shows.
Read on below, and don’t forget to check out our list of Marvel TV shows, also ranked if you’re behind on that front, because we’re absolutely spoiled for quality sci-fi shows.
8. Star Wars: Resistance
- Release date: October 7, 2018
- To throw: Christopher Sean, Scott Lawrence, Josh Brener
A striking cel-shaded animation style couldn’t save Resistance from being an almost forgettable game. You could argue that this Dave Filoni-produced series was far more kid-friendly than The Clone Wars and Rebels, and certainly less ambitious, but that doesn’t suddenly make it an exciting kids’ show.
The 40-episode series (split into two seasons) didn’t have much world-building to work with or enough freedom to come up with a unique storyline. Instead, it coyly completed the sequel trilogy films with a colorful cast of characters who never managed to soar on their own.
7. Boba Fett’s Book
- Release date: December 29, 2021
- To throw: Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, Frank Trigg
The second live-action Star Wars show lives in the shadow of The Mandalorian by design. After his explosive introduction in season two of the hit Favreau/Filoni series, Boba Fett embarked on an unexpected journey of self-reflection and set out to rebuild Tatooine as a “man of the people.” It was a welcome change of pace for the character (by one note), but the execution was a little messy.
The first four episodes, despite the uneven pacing, have nice tinges of Conan and gangster movies, and for the most part deliver on the show’s promise to make us love Boba. Then it suddenly becomes a (very enjoyable) teaser for The Mandalorian’s third season, before ending with a fun finale that inevitably felt undeserved. We loved the Star Wars content featured in this one, but much of it felt like a misguided first draft.
6. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
- Release date: May 4, 2021
- To throw: Dee Bradley Baker, Michelle Ang, Noshir Dalal
The first story arc of The Clone Wars final season introduced us to what we can only describe to newcomers as A-Team but Star Wars. Unsurprisingly, Bad Batch’s flamboyant mission alongside veteran characters was, in effect, a backdoor pilot.
The Bad Batch may not have Dave Filoni controlling every piece of the board (he’s busy with live-action narration now), and the show sometimes struggles to justify its existence without high-profile cameos, but the first season retained the high quality animation. of the seventh entry in The Clone Wars and its knack for hard-hitting drama.
5. Star Wars: Visions
- Release date: September 22, 2021
- To throw: Michael Sinterniklaas, Neil Kaplan, Adam Sietz
Lending Star Wars intellectual property to Japanese animation studios always seemed like an instant win, and it paid off when Visions arrived last year. Each studio brought their A-game to the table, making excellent use of the (unheard-of) creative freedom that Lucasfilm allowed for this project.
It’s hard to deny that some episodes barely resemble Star Wars, or others merely retread over-the-top Jedi lore, but the purely visual aspects of each one make this anthological take on the universe a unavoidable.
4. The Clone Wars (2D Microseries)
- Release date: November 7, 2003
- To throw: André Sogliuzzo, James Arnold Taylor, Mat Lucas
Genndy Tartakovsky’s The Clone Wars remains a fan-favorite Star Wars production, and for good reason: it was a highly stylized exploration of what could be done with the franchise on television, more concerned with having fun with the medium than following a rule book.
The miniseries was the story that “officially” filled the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. But it quickly collided with novels and comics that also dealt with the massive conflict. It was later kicked out of canon by the 3D show Clone Wars, but it’s still a two-hour watch (more or less) not to be missed.
3. Star Wars: Rebels
- Release date: September 26, 2014
- To throw: Dave Filoni, Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr.
The Rebels had a lot to do after The Clone Wars was (temporarily) canceled right after Disney acquired George Lucas’ empire. While Dave Filoni remained on board, the starting budget was several levels lower than what fans had grown accustomed to, and it seemed like a rather out of place adventure at first, but it gradually became one. of the best bits of “classic Star Wars” audio-visual storytelling. .
The show’s first season might be tough, and even the (much bigger) second and third volumes struggle with filler episodes due to Disney XD’s grueling 22-episode orders, but Rebels is quickly winning your hearts and don’t let go. It’s both an excellent prequel to the original trilogy (and Rogue One) and a deeply spiritual exploration of the weirder side of Star Wars – this fourth and final season is a doozy.
2. The Mandalorian
- Release date: November 12, 2019
- To throw: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Barry Lowin
The very first live-action Star Wars series turned out to be much better than anyone expected. Jon Favreau’s scripts surprised fans and critics alike, and expertly condensed everything important about Star Wars into a new but old-fashioned guise, and ILM’s StageCraft technology provided the bulk of the scale from the big screen to television.
There’s just something incredibly appealing about a show that dives deep into Star Wars lore while remaining accessible and inviting to viewers unfamiliar with the history of Lucas’ universe. Yes, the ties to other Star Wars stories are becoming more present, but so far The Mandalorian has juggled all of its elements pretty well.
Plus, how adorable is Baby Yoda? You can take your own Lego Star Wars The Child to have at home. There are also other Mandalorian themed Lego sets you can get your hands on, just check out our list of the best Lego Star Wars sets.
1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Release date: October 3, 2008
- To throw: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
What started out as another seemingly innocent animated production for TV ended up becoming a key part of the franchise’s past and future. The Clone Wars did it all, connecting and honoring all of the Star Wars mythos while answering lingering questions that have bothered fans for decades.
You can find handy lists online that can guide you through the show’s most important story beats, but we think the entire journey is worth it. Some filler episodes may be weak, but The Clone Wars never feels boring and takes big swings to nurture pre-existing characters and create new icons we’ll see for years to come.