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Here’s the ‘Star Wars’ timeline (for your sanity)

To watch it all in order, or to not watch it all in order? That is the question.

words by: Alee Kwong
Aug 2, 2022

The timeline of this universe is hard to keep track of but it has nothing on the events of the Star Wars universe. A lot has happened within this culturally impactful franchise universe, and it can be hard to remember the order in which things happen.

 

Since the franchise’s first film, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, countless books, television series, comic book runs, and video games have released, and have been confirmed as canon. We don’t expect you to read every book or watch every single episode, but it helps to know when certain things happen in order to avoid further confusion.

 

The upcoming Disney+ seriesAndor, will be yet another series to highlight important galaxy-changing events from yesteryear. Similar to the universe we live in, the Star Wars universe uses BBY and ABY to distinguish points in their timeline.

 

BBY stands for “Before the Battle of Yavin” and ABY stands for “After the Battle of Yavin.” The Battle of Yavin — also known as the Battle of the Death Star — first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, as a major intergalactic civil war between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.

 

This list is only going to include the movies, television series, and video games, as those forms of media are the most popular, and slightly less exhaustive to consume. Again, we don’t expect you to watch everything, but if you are someone who is interested in understanding the basic lore of Star Wars, watching everything in order could help make sense of everything.

 

BBY – Before the Battle of Yavin

32 BBY – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

22 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 1 Episode 16, Season 2 Episode 16

22 BBY – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

22 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 1 Episodes 1-15, Season 2 Episode 1, 3

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 1 Episodes 17-21

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 2 Episodes 1-3, 17-19, 4-14, 20-22

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 3 Episodes 5-7, 17-19, 2, 4, 8

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 1 Episode 22

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 3 Episodes 9-11

21 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 2 Episode 15

20 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 3 Episodes 12-22

20 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 4 Episodes 1-22

20 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 5 Episodes 2-13, 1

19 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 5 Episodes 14-18

19 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 5 Episodes 19-20

19 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 6 Episodes 1-13

19 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 7 Episodes 5-8, 1-4, 9

19 BBY – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

19 BBY – The Clone Wars Season 7 Episodes 10-12

19 BBY – The Bad Batch Season 1 Episodes 2-16

14 BBY – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (video game)

13-10 BBY – Solo: A Star Wars Story

9 BBY – Obi-Wan Kenobi

5 BBY – Andor Season 1

5 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episodes 1-9

4 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episodes 10-15

4 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Episodes 1-9

3 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Episodes 10-22

2 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episodes 1-22

1 BBY – Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series (VR game)

1 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episodes 1-10

1-0 BBY – Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episodes 11-16

0 BBY – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

ABY – After the Battle of Yavin

o BBY/0 ABY – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

3 ABY – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

4 ABY – Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

4 ABY – Star Wars: Squadrons (video game)

4-5 ABY – Battlefront II (video game)

9 ABY – The Mandolorian Season 1

10 ABY – The Mandolorian Season 2

4-10 ABY – The Book of Boba Fett

34 ABY – Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 1-19

34 ABY – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

34 ABY – Battlefront II: Resurrection (video game)

34 ABY – Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 20-21

34 ABY – Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 1

34 ABY – Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

34 ABY – Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episodes 2-19

34 ABY – Tales from Galaxy’s Edge, Tales from Galaxy’s Edge – Last Call (VR games)

34 ABY – Galaxy’s Edge (Disney Parks)

35 ABY – Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

 

It might be kind of overwhelming to look at this list at first, but as long as you have a Disney+ subscription, you’re good to go. Plus, you get to hear the work of one of the best film composers of all-time while you’re at it. Don’t sleep on that.

 

In related news, The Mandalorian season 3 has wrapped up filming.

 

Photos via Disney/Lucasfilm, Carmen McBeth