Which Order Would You Show Someone The Star Wars Movies In?

Educating the next generation is important. You should always know how you'd show someone Star Wars for the very first time if you had to. So, what's your viewing order?

If I ever had to show someone Star Wars for the first time, I think I'd do it like this:

Episode IV: A New Hope - Viewed first, it sets the stage for the Star Wars universe and the fight between good and evil.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Bam. Straight into prequel mode after that. We learn about the origin of the Sith and the Empire, as well as start on the Anakin Skywalker backstory.

Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith - Skip Episode II. That one suuuuuucks. This way, you get the action-packed conclusion to the Anakin story, as well as a look at what happened to Obi-Wan before he became a madman in the desert of Tatooine.

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - Flash back forward. Return to our heroes and find out the shocking truth between Luke and Vader.

Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi - The ultimate conclusion, featuring one of the best space battles of all time.

So, what's your viewing order?

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    I would show them Episodes 4, 5, and 6, and... that's it. There were no more movies made. None. Never happened.

      Totally agree. Saw episode IV, V and VI on original cinema release. Saw episode I and have never watched episodes II and III (despite owning several copies of each).

        no even curious? and you likes the first 3?

      Agreed. There was a good reason that Lucas started with Episode IV.

      Greed destroyed my childhood...

      You're all morons. The prequel trilogy was not as good as the originals, but they had so much Star Wars in them (in opposition the crap content)! Although EP1 was the worst, is still introduced full capacity Jedi and how they operated. We learnt they were not the mystical priests they seemed to be viewed as in the original trilogy, and FFS we got Darth Maul (Who, according to canon, is bloody well still alive!).

      EP2 had Deathsticks, Clones, Fetts, war AND an execution arena! The start of the Clone Wars! Death Star plans! Republic Gunships and droids and explosions! This is also the Star Wars movie to watch if you need to put something a little girly on (To appease the girls, of course).

      EP3 had the RISE OF DARTH VADER! Did you see the part where Anakin bursts into flames? Greatest scene ever. I still laugh. What about the opening battle in space over Coruscant? When the Starfighters swing out over the battle... Great scene. Child slaying! Genocide! Mace Windu finally throwing down with a Sith! PADME DYING! Easily the better of the three.

      If anyone has issues with the acting, well, that's the directors fault. The movie industry changed a lot between the two trilogies, so aesthetic and technological differences are not only expected, but guaranteed. The first Bond movie is nothing like the latest one. The same applies to Star Wars. Everyone that looks at the original trilogy as the only Star Wars is using the rose tinted glasses of deceit.

        Indeed. They were pretty epic even with Jar Jar being around (I actually just thought he was a little annoying, but after watching a bunch of the Clone Wars series I've learned to hate him even more, LoL). At the very least Episode 3 is a great watch, and goddam that space battle at the start is utterly, ridiculously, epic. I love my space-based, futuristic, sci-fi and that scene is way up there on my list of best space battles!

        I agree. The only problems I had with the Star Wars prequels were Hayden Christensen's stale acting, but other than that they had great stories and fleshed out the Star Wars universe even more. Not to mention that these gave enough plot and a constructed timeline to enable some of the best Star Wars comics, games and novels to be made.

          Hayden Christensen has demonstrated a few times now that he has talent, just not under the direction of Lucas.

      Well I'd presume I'd show them episode 4,5,6 then they'd be like 'wow that was awesome, lets watch episode 1 I want to know how it all started.' Then we would watch episode 1 and then request we just don't bother anymore, or right now and chances are never go back to it ever again.
      Even though personally I didn't hate episode 2 and 3, just didn't rate them, but episode 1 was a definate hate

    Nope, cant do it in that order, as the end of Ep 3 will reveal Luke is Anakin's son.

    Best way would be IV, V, I, II, III, VI.

      This is the correct answer.. I mean provided you HAVE to show them the prequels. which I would preferrably skip.

      But that leaves them on the episode V cliffhanger for far too long.

    I have been told (and subsequently watched) it in this order.
    Ep 4, 5 ,2 ,3 6
    Basically the story is told through the end of empire, where it becomes a recollection of the past, culminating in the ultimate battle at the end.

    It is pretty satisfying to watch it in this order.
    Also note that episode 1 is left out, because it has no value or purpose.

      That's how I'm showing my kids... It's called Machete Order after this awesome blog post. I love the fact that Ep 1 gets relegated to "DVD extra".


      I will introduce star wars to my kids in this Machete order, http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/

      Edit: Beaten by 4 minutes! its defiantly the order to watch for the first time

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    Luke I see you left Episode II out altogether...really out of the prequels that's the one you'd omit?

      Episode II is by far the worst film of the prequels - especially the excruciating 'romance' dialogue - but unfortunately it also contains a bunch of plot-related elements that are hard to cut out and have Episode III still make sense.

        I find that Episode II was inoffensively bad. It's easy to gloss over the romance stuff, as it only takes up about 3 minutes of screen time. Just turn off your brain and enjoy the action.

    I would have them try and make another billion by remaking IV V VI into smoking balls of cheese like I II III, cuz its seems it the only way you get things into the youth of today.

    Get Lucas and Bay to do the remake, should go well with Disney now owning it.

    Still can't wait for the new one end of 2015 I just hope to god that this does not drip with cheese.

    Of course, you could always make the argument that popular culture is about discovery, not education, and just give them the movies and let them sort out what makes sense and what appeals to them, rather than colour their expectations with your own biases.

      No. Because then they would most likely order it by episode. Completely ruining everything. Ever.

      Not only would they have to experience Jar Jar, the change in cinematography would tarnish the value of the story line. It would be like comparing the option to look at "nice", new, shiny things, over old, beautiful pieces with character.

    Ha- was having the exact discussion with a mate. Want to know what order to show our young son's the movies. Desperate for them to see them, but don't want to scare them with 1,2 and 3. I am thinking 4, 5 and 6 to get him ready for 7 this year. Thoughts?


    Haters gonna hate, but that's how the story progresses. You can get all caught up in the bullshit of which episodes you don't like, but at the end of the day you're telling a rich story that needs all the facts.

      But the ending of Empire Strikes Back wouldn't have the impact. Seriously one of the best endings in any movie ever.

    OK. I'll be the odd one out. I wouldn't show any to anyone. I've never liked any of them.

    You could always watch "A Last Hope" which is a fan made edit combining 1,2 & 3 into one 2hr movie and then 4,5,6.

    *Flame suit on* - Your orders mean nothing to me, I haven't seen (and likely won't ever see) any of them!

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      Still chilling in your flame suit? It didn't seem to take much heat.

        It deflected it, as was the intention haha. Usually people harass me about not seeing them, I don't see the appeal.

          Each to their own I suppose. Personally, I love most of the series, I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen 4,5,6. I've never watched 3 though, finally it might be time.

    You people need to watch the Phantom edit, much better than that other version

    Ideally just 4-6.

    But failing that, Machete order. 4, 5, 2, 3, 6. The Phantom Menace is a sack of crap that's utterly irrelevant to anything else that happens in the rest of the story and you gain absolutely nothing from watching it other than misery and broken dreams.

    Starting with 4 and 5 means the reveal that Vader is Luke's father is preserved. It's one of the biggest twists in cinematic history and robbing people of that moment by making them watch the crap prequels first is unfair.

    Effectively also 2 & 3 act as an extended flashback this way, showing what transpired to cause Anakin's fall, and that links into the themes in 6 better, since he has his redemption there.

    You also get to skip out the Midichlorian bullshit and preserve the idea that Yoda's power with the force is because of training and discipline and the wisdom of age, and not because he has more bugs in his blood. Cutting Episode I also makes some of the continuity errors disappear, eg Obi-wan's claim that he was instructed by Yoda becomes less confusing by the removal of Qui-Gon from the picture. And that virgin birth nonsense is gone too.

    Also, when watching 4-6, it should be Harmy's Despecialized Edition.

      But then they would miss out on all the Trade disputes that are A) so riveting, and B) key to the story /s

        Not to mention missing out on Jar Jar's finest moments. You're right, we should just watch episode 1. It has everything you could possibly want.

      What do you mean by virgin birth nonsense?

        There's some bullshit in episode 1 that Anakin's mother spontaneously fell pregnant with him and some speculation that the crazy space AIDS that gives people their magical powers was somehow responsible.

          Really? I assumed she got pregnant from one of he old masters or something. Or the flying blue slave master.

    Though I agree ep 2 wasn't the best but ep 1 was worse. What was your reasons for it sucking besides not really providing much to the story.

    The order I would do is 3 through to 6

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    I'm hoping that the ideal order will be

    Maybe as Tim above suggests it could be A Last Hope 4,5,6,7

    I'd love Disney to remake 1 to 3 with less politics, and maybe less love story. And.. maybe less angry teenager.

      The Skywalker family has always been hormonal teens, Luke bitches almost as much as C3PO.

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

    Watching revenge of the sith before empire strikes back spoils the setup in empire strikes back. So starwars, phantom menace, episode 2 because it introduces the fetts, empire strikes back because this gives us the relationship between Luke and vader plus boba fett...then revenge of the sith ending, with return of the jedi.

    My suggestion is to just watch Star Wars the way it was show in 1977 before it was retitled Episode 4 (A New Hope). Episode 5 (The Empire Strikes Back) was a great sequel but the original trilogy ended disappointingly with the inferior Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi). The Special Editions started out with good intentions but ended up turning into an out of control train wreck and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 were just a wasted opportunity.

    i would show them this

    sums up the movies perfectly.

    then if they were still curious, IV, V, VI, I, II, III
    then back to robot chicken again.

    Original trilogy a few times, get to love them and then move onto the new trilogy. You have to watch them all regardless of how most people feel.
    People keep forgetting that they see the original movies a child or teenager and that is who they are primarily aimed at. A first of a kind movie is always going to be the best, anything else that follows is never considerd as good as the original. Die hard, Indianna Jones (first three), Superman, Star Wars (4,5,6), 1st Matrix etc are all the better films.

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