Before I start ranking the Star Wars television series, I just wanted to say a few things: I love Star Wars. I loved it as a kid, I love it as an adult. I understand that Star Wars is made primarily for kids, not adults. I also understand that it’s possible for adults to enjoy things made for kids. I even understand that you should wait until after a series is completed before complaining about it!
Now that we got that out of the way (and hopefully the people who needed to read that got the message), it’s time for the ranking! For me personally, I love that Disney+ is giving Star Wars a chance to tell stories outside of the Skywalker Saga.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is over now, so it can be included in the list along with both seasons of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Obviously, spoilers will follow, so come back after you’re all caught up with the shows! Without further ado, here’s my official ranking of the live action Star Wars series:
4. The Book of Boba Fett
I enjoyed Boba Fett a lot, but it is the most unfocused of the Star Wars series. It serves more as a Mandalorian 2.5 than a show about Boba Fett. It’s also a show that has a lot of give and take. It gives us more time with the Tusken Raiders and makes us care about them, then takes them away by having them killed by the Syndicate. It gives us Cad Bane, then “takes him away”. It gives us Boba Fett, then takes him away for ⅓ of the show to focus on Din and Grogu. I hope we get more time with Boba Fett and Fennec as they navigate the criminal underworld of the galaxy far, far away.
3. The Mandalorian: Season 1
The one that started it all when Disney+ launched on November 12, 2019 and gave the world the Mando we know and love. We’re introduced to our Mandolorian bounty hunter in a post-Empire galaxy who takes a job and a step into a much larger world after recovering our adorable Baby Yoda. We also are introduced to some great new characters, from Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito to Taika Waititi as IG-11 and Nick Nolte as Kuill. It’s a great introduction to this new world from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni that only gets better as it goes along. I have spoken.
2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
I’ve only seen the series once in its entirety, so I’m hesitant to put it at #1 (though I’m tempted because of the reaction I’m sure it would get if I did). That being said, I absolutely loved this series. The finale paid off in every way that I had hoped for (keeping this one spoiler free so go watch it now). The show gave us some wonderful new characters, especially Reva (Moses Ingram) and Haja Estree (Kumail Nanjiani).
I loved the time we got to spend with young Leia (Vivian Lyra Blair), who would have made Carrie Fisher proud. But above all, it was so special seeing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen back in the Star Wars galaxy. I hope they had as much fun being back as I did seeing them together again on screen.
1. The Mandalorian: Season 2
There’s a lot that happens in the second season of The Mandalorian, but it’s so much fun! We continue our fantastic journey with Din and Grogu as he tries to reunite Grogu with the Jedi. If that weren’t enough for you, the characters from other films and series we get introduced to are insane. The fact that we got Cobb Vanth, Bo Katan, Ahsoka, Boba Fett, and Luke Skywalker all in one season of television still blows my mind. The show itself also continues to build and improve the StageCraft technology that the first season pioneered. I can’t wait to see what they do with the show and these characters in Season 3!