Perfectly anchored in the official chronology of the saga, the animated series “Star Wars” take place for the most part in the interval between the two trilogies signed George Lucas.
Nine films and two spin-offs: such is the assessment of the Star Wars film franchise, initiated in 1977 by George Lucas. And if the license has developed over the years through novels, comics, toys, video games, etc., its adaptations in animated series hold a special place in the chronology of the saga.
Indeed, several Star Wars series have extended the official canon of the franchise; better, these series provided an indispensable complement to the history of the films, making it possible to explore several mysteries unsolved by feature films and to shed light on secondary characters.
The first series to discover to immerse yourself in the Star Wars television universe is The Clone Wars. Created in 2008, it is nothing more and nothing less than the last story developed by George Lucas before the takeover of his company Lucasfilm Ltd. by the Disney group. Taking place between Episodes II and III, the series follows the conflict between the intergalactic republic and the separatist troops.
Several characters well known to fans have made their return – Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku … – but the series has also been able to welcome new protagonists starting with the Jedi Ahsoka Tano, or the 501st Legion clone troopers led by Captain Rex.
River series exploring all facets of the conflict, The clone wars ends with the end of the Clone Wars, providing an alternate perspective to the plot of Revenge of the Sith (Episode III). An essential complement to the films, the series also answers many questions left unanswered by the prelogy, such as the preparation of the infamous Order 66.
Chronologically, the series that follows The clone wars is his spin-off The Bad Batch, currently airing on Disney +; Shortly after the Empire’s proclamation, the Clone Force 99 squad (rebel and generically modified Clone Troopers) engage in mercenary missions as the Empire proclaimed by former Chancellor Palpatine stretches across the whole galaxy.
Presented as an action series, The Bad Batch has already proven that it fits into the official Star Wars canon, notably by revealing the reasons that pushed the Empire (via Admiral Tarkin) to replace the clones by low-cost ordinary soldiers to form its ranks of Stormtroopers.
Yes The clone wars and The Bad Batch are in a way the extension of the same series, Star Wars: Rebels is instead an independent story; set a few years before the action of the movie A New Hope (Episode IV), the animated series follows the adventures of a rebel crew including the Jedi Kanan Jarus and his apprentice Ezra Bridger as well as the Mandalorian Sabine Wren.
Series Rebels follows the gradual formation of a rebel fleet as the tyrannical control of the Empire gives rise to a feeling of insurrection among the oppressed peoples. In addition to the return of popular characters (Saw Gerrera, Ahsoka Tano, Dark Maul …), Rebels also inaugurates the introduction of a new flagship villain: Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Finally, Star Wars Resistance is an animated series of two seasons, featuring a team of pilots formed by Poe Dameron; Beginning in the months preceding the plot of The Force Awakens (Episode VII), the series follows in parallel the action of postlogy, ending shortly before that of the film The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX). It is – to date – the only animated series derived from the third Star Wars trilogy.
The ideal viewing order to explore chronologically the extended universe of the Star Wars animated series would therefore be:
Star Wars films and animated series can now be found on the Disney + platform.