The Star Wars universe is one of the most widespread and sprawling franchises in the world. With countless movies, television shows, video games, comic books, novels, and more all tying into one galaxy far, far away, it’s impossible not to get a little lost. However, the Star Wars movies and television shows all fit into one basic timeline, making it relatively easy for a fan to figure out what chronological order the universe should go in.
Of course, some shows don’t exactly fit into the canon or don’t have dates featured in them. Some upcoming shows on Disney+ similarly have not yet revealed when they take place. For the time being, this is the definitive and complete chronological timeline of the Star Wars universe as far as movies and television shows are concerned.
30 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (32 BBY)
The beginning of the Prequel Trilogy, Episode I — The Phantom Menace is also the functional beginning of the Star Wars timeline.Star Wars uses a calendar era centered around the Battle of Yavin (seen in A New Hope) and this movie takes place in the year 32 BBY — or Before the Battle of Yavin.
With this battle as the epoch for the universe’s timeline, every other movie or show either took place in BBY — Before the Battle of Yavin — or in ABY — After the Battle of Yavin. The Phantom Menace introduces many of the key characters and concepts that will persist through the Star Wars universe. Perhaps most vital of all, this film introduces Anakin Skywalker, who will be one of the most important characters throughout the timeline.
29 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (22 BBY)
Episode II — Attack of the Clones takes place a full decade after The Phantom Menace. Anakin Skywalker has to grow up and – ten years after The Phantom Menace – the Star Wars universe revisits him as a young man. Because Anakin Skywalker was canonically born in 41 BBY, this makes him 19 years old in Attack of the Clones.
This is actually the same age that his children, Luke and Leia, are at the beginning of A New Hope. Attack of the Clones finds Anakin a bit further along in this story as he becomes a stronger Jedi. However, while Anakin is important to this story, the clones ended up being so important that they needed to be explored in further depth.
28 Clone Wars (2003 TV Series) (22 BBY – 19 BBY)
After Attack of the Clones came out in 2002, a companion television show, entitled Clone Wars, was released in 2003. This show was specifically intended to be released as a connector between Attack of the Clones and the following film in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith. Clone Wars was the first show to do so, but would not be the last.
Even when the show was first released, Clone Wars was incredibly popular, and even received Primetime Emmy Awards during its run. In fact, the show was so successful that it was later planned to have a spin-off sequel under the same title. This would launch many, many fans’ love for the Clone Wars plots in Star Wars.
27 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (22 BBY)
The success of the initial Clone Wars TV show in 2003 made both fans and creators excited to potentially continue this story. Before a new spin-off series could begin, the movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars created to kick it all off. This movie was actually Dave Filoni’s feature directorial debut, and he has since become synonymous with Star Wars and television. This movie focuses specifically on the Clone Wars, as its title and predecessor suggest.
The Clone Wars took place between 22 BBY and 19 BBY, which the show would explore in further depth. However, the movie introduced many key concepts and characters to the universe. Not only were Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé all expanded upon, but important characters like Ahsoka Tano were first introduced here, as well. The Clone Wars films wasn’t exactly as well-liked as other Star Wars movies and shows, but it set up one of the best shows in the Star Wars universe.
26 Star Wars Forces Of Destiny (22 BBY – 35 ABY)
While Forces of Destiny is not a traditional show set in the Star Wars universe, it is still a whole lot of fun. Technically, the series begins around 22 BBY until 19 BBY, since characters like Ahsoka Tano make appearances as they would have appeared during this time. However, Forces of Destiny also stretches all the way towards the end of the timeline, including characters who appear as late as Rey.
Forces of Destiny isn’t even strictly a TV show, as it wasn’t on television. This web series featured short episodes that highlighted mini-stories about important Star Wars characters — primarily female. Performers like Felicity Jones, Ashley Eckstein, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, and more all reprise their roles, as well, making this show even firmer in the Star Wars continuity.
25 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series) (22 BBY – 19 BBY)
After the 2003 show Clone Wars and the 2008 animated movie The Clone Wars, fans finally received the 2008 TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Like other installments that take place during the eponymous Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars begins in 22 BBY. The show continues through 19 BBY, over the span of three years in-universe.
Like its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a huge success and also nominated for awards, such as Daytime Emmys. This show expanded wildly on the stories that take place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In fact, so many new stories were included in The Clone Wars that it saw its own spin-offs. Fans were devastated when the series was cancelled, and campaigned long & hard for a satisfying conclusion. It wasn’t until 2020 that an ending was finally provided.
24 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (19 BBY)
Once all the set-up the shows and movies about the Clone Wars had done was completed, the Star Wars franchise moves almost effortlessly into Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. This story takes place 19 years exactly before A New Hope, and features the birth of the twins, Luke and Leia. RotS also sees Anakin Skywalker finally becoming Darth Vader, as well as the death of Padmé and the self-imposed exile of Obi-Wan. Revenge of the Sith kicked off an age of horror within the Star Wars universe.
23 Star Wars: The Bad Batch (19 BBY)
Among other spin-offs in the Star Wars universe is the upcoming Disney+ show Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Because this show has not yet been released, not much is known about the story, but it will definitely be a spin-off of The Clone Wars.
The series will be featuring the same eponymous group, the Bad Batch, from The Clone Wars according to Dave Filoni, who will be bringing the show to the screen. Dee Bradley Baker will be returning to play pretty much every character, as usual. This story takes place in the Clone Wars’ aftermath and fallout — meaning The Bad Batch is beginning in 19 BBY at the very least, when the Clone Wars ended.
22 Star Wars: Droids (15 BBY)
One of the very first television shows made in the Star Wars universe was Star Wars: Droids, also known as Star Wars: Droids — The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO, having aired in 1985. Droids was a spin-off of the original trilogy in the Star Wars universe, although it was intended to take place before the events of A New Hope.
Canonically, Star Wars: Droids takes place in 15 BBY, specifically four years after Revenge of the Sith and 15 years before A New Hope. While the droids were seen going into Wedge Antilles’ hands by Bail Organa during Revenge of the Sith, the show makes it clear that R2-D2 and C-3PO were separated from Wedge on accident.
21 Solo: A Star Wars Story (10 BBY)
While Luke and Leia were only nine years old in 10 BBY, Han Solo is actually a little bit older. He was born the year the timeline began — 32 BBY — so he was 22 years old by the time he starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo sets up some characters who have not yet been introduced, but who will later become vital to the Star Wars universe. Following the timeline chronologically, this would be the first appearance of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian, who are all young and meeting for the first time.
20 Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (9 BBY)
Surprising many fans — and delighting even more —the Disney+ series, Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, was announced in 2020. Not only would the show be about Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as the titular character while Hayden Christensen would be returning as Anakin Skywalker — now Darth Vader. While this show has not yet aired, Obi Wan Kenobi has already been placed in the Star Wars timeline unlike some other upcoming Disney+ shows. Obi-Wan Kenobi will specifically be taking place ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, setting the show in the year 9 BBY.
19 Star Wars: Andor (5 BBY)
Much like Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the upcoming Disney+ show Star Wars: Andor will be exploring another character in Star Wars canon who deserves a bit more space to himself: Cassian Andor. Also similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor has not yet aired, so larger details about what it will be about have not yet been released. However, it was already stated that the show will be taking place five years before the events of Rogue One. Because Rogue One takes place in 0 BBY, this sets Andor in 5 BBY, right after the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
18 Star Wars Rebels (5 BBY – 0 BBY)
Continuing the proud tradition of excellent Star Wars television shows, Rebels actually began with a one-hour TV movie entitled Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. From there, the series ran for four seasons and was nominated for four Emmy Awards in the process. Rebels introduces characters like Ezra Bridger, who remain fan favorites to this day.
Not only that, Star Wars Rebels was specifically meant to take place in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Rebels is one of the last properties that takes place before the events surrounding the Battle of Yavin, as well, as Rogue One directly deals with the events leading right up to A New Hope.
17 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (0 BBY)
For years, fans wondered about the Rebel spies mentioned in the opening crawl for A New Hope. In that crawl, the text reads: “It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” This could also serve as the synopsis for the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rogue One takes place in 0 BBY, mere days right before A New Hope begins. However, it also features a flashback to the year 13 BBY. The characters in Rogue One — including Cassian Andor and the newly-introduced Jyn Erso — form the Rebel group that steals the plans for the Death Star from the Galactic Empire. They ensure the plans will get to Princess Leia in time for her to have them in A New Hope.
16 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (0 BBY/0 ABY)
The first movie in the Star Wars timeline by release date is also the epoch for the in-universe timeline. The events of Episode IV — A New Hope form the basis for the year structure and calendar eras as they exist in Star Wars' actual canonical universe. It is here that Luke and Leia finally return to the story, now nineteen years old and having lived very separate & distinct lives since their last (and first) appearance at the time of their birth.
The fight between the Rebels on Yavin 4 and the Empire & their Death Star would later be called the Battle of Yavin, serving as the epoch for the year structure in the films. Everything before A New Hope was BBY — Before the Battle of Yavin — and everything after is ABY — After the Battle of Yavin.
15 The Star Wars Holiday Special (1 ABY)
While nobody really enjoys the Star Wars Holiday Special, it does take place in 1 ABY. Despite the fact that the Holiday Special is truly terrible, it was still the first big Star Wars story released after A New Hope and introduced the character of Boba Fett for the very first time.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and James Earl Jones all appear in the special, which mainly takes place on Kashyyyk. This movie may be bad, but the Holiday Special still fits right into the canon and technically serves as the only cinematic transition between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
14 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (3 ABY)
Widely considered to be the best movie in the Star Wars universe, Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back takes place only a couple of years after the events of A New Hope. Empire canonically takes place in the year 3 ABY, establishing the new year structure After the Battle of Yavin. This movie also sees characters like Luke, Leia, and Han further along in their journeys & character arcs.
TESB film also reintroduces characters like Lando Calrissian, who would have seen his first chronological appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Many characters who existed before are coming back together, while characters who have been around for some time in-universe (like Obi-Wan Kenobi), are now being mourned.
13 Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, Or The Ewok Adventure (3 ABY)
While Return of the Jedi was not renowned for its Ewok subplots, George Lucas decided to double down and introduce even more Ewok stories to the universe. One of those stories was the spin-off movie Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, also known simply as The Ewok Adventure.
Caravan of Courage showcases the forest moon of Endor, and introduces characters like Wicket the Ewok to the universe. This movie takes place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, theoretically to set up the Ewoks in the latter film.
12 Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (3 ABY)
Only a year after Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure came out in 1984 (and two years after Return of the Jedi released in 1983), a sequel to The Ewok Adventure was released. This movie, entitled Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, kept Wicket as the center-stage Ewok and continued giving audiences a story no one really asked for. The Battle for Endor takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, immediately after the events of The Ewok Adventure. As a result, this film is also set in the year 3 ABY.
11 Star Wars: Ewoks (3.5 ABY)
Along with the show Droids came a sister series: Ewoks. The two shows used to air together as The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour before Star Wars: Ewoks set off all on its own as The All-New Ewoks. George Lucas apparently insisted on trying to make the Ewoks work.
Lucas brought back the characters he introduced in Return of the Jedi and the movies The Ewok Adventure & Ewoks: The Battle for Endor for a show that takes place before the events of Return of the Jedi. Technically, this show takes place halfway through the year 3 ABY — setting it in 3.5 ABY. Watching the Star Wars universe chronologically gives viewers a whole lot of Ewok content to get through before they can even watch Return of the Jedi.
10 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (4 ABY)
Everything the Star Wars universe had been building up to at this point came to a head in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. This movie takes place four years after the Battle of Yavin, and a year after The Empire Strikes Back, setting it in 4 ABY. RotJ brings back a lot of important characters while tying up all the Ewok content (that appeared chronologically before this film) in a more sensical way.
Return of the Jedi is also the film where Darth Vader finally dies. It seems that Emperor Palpatine is killed, too, but viewers will find out later that he was only temporarily dead — or never dead — (or whatever the movies want to use in the moment). Regardless, Return of the Jedi was the functional end of the Star Wars universe for a long time. Now, it’s only the middle of the story.
9 The Mandalorian (9 ABY)
A more recent — and wildly successful — addition to the Star Wars universe was the Disney+ show The Mandalorian. While many fans will immediately think about Boba Fett, The Mandalorian actually follows Din Djarin, an entirely new character. Din is introduced for the very first time here, and other existing characters tie into the plot.
There are even appearances from characters like the aforementioned Boba Fett, as well as Luke Skywalker. Because The Mandalorian canonically takes place in the year 9 ABY, Luke Skywalker would be about 28 years old when he appears in the second season. The Mandalorian is serving as a jumping-off point for other new Disney+ shows about pre-existing characters like Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano.
8 The Book Of Boba Fett (9 ABY)
Following his appearance in The Mandalorian, Boba Fett will be getting his own series on Disney+ called The Book of Boba Fett. Like upcoming shows such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor, not much is known about TBoBF, but fans do know where it will fit in the Star Wars timeline.
The Book of Boba Fett spins off directly from The Mandalorian, and will be taking place in 9 ABY (or immediately after). The story will follow Boba Fett, who has now been bewildering the galaxy for some time. Perhaps this show will offer even more insight into a long-time fan-favorite.
7 Star Wars: Ahsoka (9 ABY)
Ahsoka Tano will be returning to the Star Wars universe once again in the television show Star Wars: Ahsoka. Much like Boba Fett before her, Ahsoka Tano reappeared in the Star Wars universe in The Mandalorian and will now be getting her own series. As such, Ahsoka will also be taking place in 9 ABY (or immediately after), following the events of The Mandalorian. There are not many details about this show yet, but Ahsoka will theoretically be taking place concurrently with The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Rangers of the New Republic.
6 Rangers Of The New Republic (9 ABY)
Alongside The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka – all of which are focused around one central event – comes the show Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic. Not much is known about Rangers of the New Republic yet, but the fact it is set concurrently with other Disney+ shows like Ahsoka means that it will be taking place in 9 ABY, as well. While some of the upcoming Star Wars shows are not yet clearly defined on the timeline, it has at least been announced that Rangers of the New Republic will end with a crossover between The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka.
5 Star Wars Resistance (33 ABY – 35 ABY)
To provide a bit more insight into the Sequel Trilogy, the show Star Wars Resistance was created. Resistance only ran for two seasons on the Disney Channel, but in that time provided important in-universe context. The first season specifically takes place in the year 33 ABY, beginning six months before the events of The Force Awakens. It continues through the events of that movie.
The show’s second season took place between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, setting it between 34 ABY and 35 ABY. Resistance not only shed more light on the First Order and the Resistance as growing, reborn entities, but also saw characters from the Sequel Trilogy making appearances: particularly, Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma show up throughout.
4 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (34 ABY)
The Star Wars universe’s final set of movies, the Sequel Trilogy, began with The Force Awakens, which takes place 34 years after the Battle of Yavin (34 ABY). Luke & Leia are now both 53 years old, and Han is 66 — meaning it has been 66 years since The Phantom Menace kicked everything off.
TFA introduces characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe — if fans didn’t already see them in shows like Star Wars Forces of Destiny and Star Wars Resistance. This movie would also bring in important characters like Kylo Ren, the child of Leia Organa and Han Solo. Rey was born in 15 ABY, making her 19 years old here, same as Luke was in A New Hope and Anakin in Attack of the Clones. In addition, Finn is 23 years old, Kylo Ren is 29, and Poe is 32.
3 Star Wars Blips (34 ABY)
Like Forces of Destiny, Star Wars Blips was not a traditional show. It was also a web series — though the episodes have since been collected and released on Disney+. The events of Star Wars Blips technically take place immediately before The Last Jedi, as these short videos were intended to set up the movie, which was upcoming when the series was released.
The show features BB-8, R2-D2, and Chewbacca most prominently, though other characters & creatures such as porgs and BB-9E do make appearances on Blips. It may not be the most serious or dramatic installment in the visual narrative that is Star Wars, but Blips is fun and provides some much-needed levity between films.
2 Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (34 ABY)
The penultimate entry in the timeline as it stands is Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. This film takes place immediately after the events of The Force Awakens. In fact, the end of The Force Awakens and the beginning of The Last Jedi cut seamlessly together. The former film ends with Rey arriving on the planet of Ahch-To and offering Luke Skywalker his lightsaber back; the latter begins with Luke taking said lightsaber and chucking it behind him. As such, The Last Jedi takes place in 34 ABY, keeping the characters pretty much exactly where audiences left them.
1 Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (35 ABY)
The last movie in the complete Star Wars chronological timeline is Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker. TRoS ended the main story for now and everything that has been released since has fit somewhere into the timeline before the movie. Taking place in 35 ABY, The Rise of Skywalker marks 67 years since the first entry in the timeline, The Phantom Menace.
Though 67 years pass between The Phantom Menace and The Rise of Skywalker, it could be said that a thousand years of stories take place in that time. With countless characters, so many stories, and the universe still expanding to this day, it’s inevitable that this timeline will change — and probably soon. As it stands now, this is the complete chronological timeline of the Star Wars universe.