Ranking the Star Wars series, from worst to best

What is the best Star Wars series? While Star Wars movies have long dominated the big screen, we’ve also had a steady influx of TV series based on a galaxy far, far away.

Beginning as meager ties designed to sell toys in the 80s, television Star Wars has now become one of the franchise’s driving forces. We have epic sci-fi series and drama series on Disney Plus, which intersect directly with and away from the main Star Wars timeline. Across the prequels, sequels, and original trilogy, there are stories that have lifted and broken our hearts (and maybe taken the sting out of a movie or two less).

Determine the best Star Wars Series, then, is not an easy question. Do we give points for presentation? Should great performance take precedence? The impact on the established Skywalker saga shouldn’t be taken for granted either. We’ve considered everything for our ranking, to say which Star Wars shows you need to watch and re-watch, and what you can really skip over.

Star Wars series, ranked from worst to best:

  • Boba Fett’s Book
  • Droids
  • Ewoks
  • Resistance
  • The bad batch
  • Obi Wan Kenobi
  • rebels
  • The Mandalorian
  • Visions
  • The Clone Wars

Boba Fett’s Book

Much like the galactic hitman of the same name, The Book of Boba Fett is all in appearance, without substance. The Disney Plus series attempts a redemption story, but struggles to find a clear target, becoming increasingly tedious once Boba fights his way out of the Sarlacc pit.

What could have been John Wick in space is instead a convoluted way to turn a silent killer, who took high-level blows from Darth Vader in the height of the Empire, into an anti-hero. Some villains just have to be villains. Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen deserve better.

Ranked Star Wars Series: Droids

Droids

Even if you’re not old enough to nostalgia for them, the ’80s Star Wars animated series has charm. It was the first time a galaxy far, far away has moved onto the small screen, and the pulpy world-building fits well with the campiness of the era.

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Droids itself is essentially a sitcom in which R2-D2 and C-3PO move from master to master, trying to stay alive in the midst of constant evil. You’d be hard pressed to fit it consistently into the franchise today, but it’s not the worst branding thing.

Ranked Star Wars Series: Ewoks

Ewoks

A sister series to Droids, Ewoks stand out in quality simply because of their quirkiness. Wicket, the lovable hero of Return of the Jedi, is our guide through the world of Endor, where the Ewoks are threatened by Morag the witch Tulgah and the Duloks, a species of furry swamp goblins.

The Smurfs but mellow, the drama is contained on Endor until the final episode where we nearly got an appearance from the Empire itself. Crossovers weren’t that easy back then, but you can imagine when it was Saturday morning.

Ranking the Star Wars Series: Resistance

Resistance

In general, anything Dave Filoni created a long, long time ago is worth time, though Resistance is the least essential of his projects. Kazudo Ziono is a resistance spy in the spy thriller, collecting information leading to The Force Awakens.

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The resistance is not bad, just bland. The CG animation is lukewarm, devoid of any real style or dynamism, and the lineup of movie stars reprising their roles feels like a cheap novelty. Even Gwendoline Christie and Oscar Isaac can’t make this totally worthwhile.

Ranking the Star Wars: The Bad Batch series

The bad batch

Another lackluster CG aesthetic is redeemed by a captivating angle on time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. When all the other Clonetroopers obey Order 66 without question, a small group has the power to resist the order, making them fugitives in the galaxy at large.

Clone Force 99, all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, offer a dynamic perspective, stricken with trying to redefine their own existence in the face of genocide. The first season suffers from pacing issues, but it sets us up for an exciting second.

Ranked Star Wars Series: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back in Star Wars – were beginning to doubt we’d ever see the light of day. Obi-Wan Kenobi reunites Master and Padawan for a Revenge of the Sith epilogue that sets the stage for the original trilogy.

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Living in exile, Obi-Wan is pushed out of hiding by the Inquisitors and Darth Vader’s hunt for the missing Skywalker children. A kidnapping plot with young Leia isn’t exactly engrossing, but Inquisitor Reva is a nice addition to the Star Wars rogues gallery. All in the service of McGregor and Christensen coming face to face; as heartbreaking as you imagine.

Ranked Star Wars Series: Rebels

rebels

One of the main pleasures of Star Wars is watching a bunch of underdogs stick to space fascists. It worked for A New Hope, it worked for The Force Awakens, and it works for Rebels. The Disney Plus show could have been Ezra leading the crew of the Ghost on missions and it would have been grand, but the way it ties into the Skywalker saga makes it incredibly satisfying.

For much of the four seasons, it’s just the Ghost’s shipmates who seriously irritate Imperial forces, blowing things up, interfering in crucial operations, and the like. You can sense something bigger at work, and it ultimately culminates in an encounter with Darth Vader that defies time and space as we understand them in Star Wars. A chapter that is becoming more and more crucial.

Ranked Star Wars Series: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda. Need we say more? Star Wars in the Disney era is probably better divided between pre-Grogu and post-Grogu than the movie trilogies, if merchandising and memes are any indication. The Mandalorian proved the franchise could exist away from the big screen and Skywalkers, while defining the zeitgeist.

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The sci-fi spin on Lone Wolf and Cub, where a faceless bounty hunter grapples with a small child prized by the Empire, has become a narrative pivot, with new and old Star Wars characters moving through. Sometimes they threaten to overshadow the show itself, but so far Mando has kept us focused regardless.

Ranked Star Wars Series: Visions

Visions

Some episodes of Visions are among the most defining and creative moments in Star Wars history. Nine anime studios have been given the franchise to remake however they see fit, turning lore we know intimately into shorts that feel like entirely different galaxies.

Rabbit Force users and stadium rock suggest it’s all fun, but the episodes where Jedi and Sith are shown over the centuries embrace a long-form spirituality that Star Wars itself has been hesitant to explore. The impression of rediscovering the universe.

Ranked Star Wars Series: The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars

What begins as a lighthearted anthology gradually becomes an in-depth, character-driven examination of warfare. Obi-Wan and Anakin are at the core, fighting side by side for the Galactic Republic. Yoda and Mace Windu are also there, leading the Jedi in what we know to be a futile effort against the Sith.

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Star Wars may be largely defined by cinema, but The Clone Wars is where the franchise truly breathes. The long and fragmentary bows allow for gray areas between Force conflicts, challenging Jedi and Sith constructs. Each bench comes with the excited energy of a Saturday morning cartoon. If you’re ever confused by the franchise, here’s what to watch.

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