Star Wars Series Ranked
It’s “Star Wars” Day, May the Fourth. It’s the day many “Star Wars” fans have dedicated to celebrating the popular science fiction franchise. There are movies, series, shorts, specials, books, comics, games, toys and so many other things to celebrate with May the Fourth. This article is going to take a special look at the “Star Wars” series currently available on Disney+. There are live action and animated series that have brought joy to fans around the world. So, let’s rank them.
NOTE: I won’t be including the LEGO adventures because they really feel like their own adventures despite being Star Wars themed. I also will not be including the Ewoks or Droids series, because I haven’t watched them since I was a kid and don’t believe I can accurately rank them.
Disney’s attempt to make an animated series set during the sequel trilogy era ran for two seasons. The story is decent but definitely could’ve been better. The animation style got to me. Following the crispness of “The Clone Wars” and the grittiness of “Rebels,” the brightness of “Resistance” kept taking me out of the story.
“Star Wars” meets anime in this series available on Disney+. The first season is rather disjointed because there is very little connectivity between these shorts and the overarching story or each other. They are all individual shorts put together to make a series. Season two, launching on Disney+ on Star Wars Day 2023 is believed to be more connected to the overall story while still being individual shorts. My hope is that will improve the series overall, because the animation is wonderful.
8. THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
The first of the live action series available to make this list, “The Book of Boba Fett” was a major disappointment for me. I loved his story arc on “The Mandalorian” and was looking forward to seeing it continue on his own show. Unfortunately, it was an oddly paced mess for the first few episodes. Episodes five and six shifted the focus to Mando rather than Boba Fett. It’s saving grace is that episode seven ties up the loose ends nicely with a fun battle outside Boba’s, formerly Jabba’s, palace. It stuck the landing, it just slammed into everything it could before then.
7. TALES OF THE JEDI
This series gives viewers background on two of the most interesting characters from the prequel era: Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku. There are six shorts, three featuring Ahsoka and three featuring Count Dooku. These two represent different paths for those disillusioned by the Jedi Order, and it’s interesting to see more about how they become who they become.
6. THE BAD BATCH
This series follows a special group of clones, introduced in “The Clone Wars,” following the events of Order 66. These clones recognize something is going on and flee the new Empire. The first season is a bit uneven with a lot of episodes coming across as a cameo of the week for Dave Filoni’s favorite characters from other works. Season two improves the storytelling with clear designs that help explain the change from clones to stormtroopers between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” and introducing the new cloning techniques that help Palpatine return in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
5. OBI-WAN KENOBI
Ewan MacGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series of the same name. This series follows the Jedi as he must rescue Leia after she’s been kidnapped. There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad in this six episode series. It introduces the Inquisitors from “Rebels” to live action, brings back MacGregor who was a bright spot in the prequels and gives us enough content for four good episodes of television. Of course, it’s six episodes long, so it has some really silly and convoluted twists to make it fill the episode number and creates an obvious plot hole with Darth Vader’s actions lightsaber abilities in “Rogue One” leading to his abilities in “A New Hope.” But, it’s still a lot of fun if you don’t try to analyze it.
4. THE CLONE WARS
Following the prequels and the disappointing “The Clone Wars” movie, Lucasfilm decided to keep the “Star Wars” story going with “The Clone Wars” tv show. It started slow and really felt like it would be another disappointment for the franchise. But, once Dave Filoni found his bearings, it produced several great seasons of content and led to “The Bad Batch” series. Plus, Filoni’s work on animation led to him being trusted to work with Jon Favreau on “The Mandalorian.”
This is my favorite of the animated series. Set just before the events of “A New Hope,” “Rebels” gives fans a look at how bleak the Empire’s reign can be. It introduces new characters and allows fans to see that some Jedi did survive Order 66 besides Obi-Wan and Yoda. While that has become a trope Lucasfilm relies too heavily on now, it was a refreshing change at the time. It features nice cameos without being heavy handed, and the gritty animation style helps set it apart from “The Clone Wars” without being too distracting like “Resistance.” Plus, we’re seeing ties to “Rebels” in both “The Mandalorian” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and should see more in “Ahsoka.”
2. THE MANDALORIAN
The series that helped launch Disney+ also made live action “Star Wars” series exciting and fun. “The Mandalorian” follows a bounty hunter who also follows the beliefs of the Mandalorian cult the Children of the Watch. It allows for an episodic nature while still telling great “Star Wars” stories. It has tackled Luke’s new Jedi Academy and the Scourge of Mandalore. It’s given two great seasons, a third that pretty good and set itself up perfectly to either end or continue without any issue either way.
If you would’ve told me going into “Andor” this would be my number one recommendation, I would’ve told you “that’s crazy.” While I love “Rogue One,” I wasn’t expecting a prequel series about Cassian Andor to be so well written. It’s easily the best dialogue in “Star Wars.” It takes the franchise back to a street level making a single TIE fighter seem menacing. Unlike other “Star Wars” stories, this isn’t meant to draw in the casual fan. You have to be heavily involved to enjoy “Andor,” but, if you are, it’s the top level of “Star Wars” shows on Disney+, so far.
That’s my ranking. Which series do you like? Which do you not like? How would you rank them?