Hi folks,

Firstly, this is actually a serious question -> What order should I watch the Star Wars (Saga) in, with my two children, when they watch it for the first time?

Options are:

  1. Historical Order: Episodes 4, 5 6 then 1, 2, 3
  2. Chronological Order: Episodes 1, 2, 3, then 4, 5, 6.

It's been chewing away at me for a number of years, especially after I had time to process Episode 1.

Personally, I love Episodes 4-6 so way way way more than Episodes 1-3. I'm sure part of that has to do with nostalgic bias, but I personally found some of the script in Ep1 and 2 far too childish and mundane, in comparison to Episodes 4-6.

I'm afraid that if I show them Episode 1, first, then that might scar them and/or put them off the saga completely! But, Episode 1 was targeted for George's kids, so they will be a pretty good target market and as such might warm to the Jar Jar Binks crap, etc .. and Episode 4 might be a bit too dark (hello -- some evil guy just nuked a planet. our hero's parents got charred, etc).

I hoping there might be some other parents here who have dealt with this dilemma and have decided on an order AND can report back their results.

eg. we started with 4 and the kid(s) loved it. Their ages are X and Y and they totally got it, etc.


We started with Episode 1 because we felt it would make more sense to watch the story in the time-line order. Our daughter found it ok (which means she was interested for most of it) so we're off to watch the next one, next week. etc.

On the flip side, imagine watching it from episode 1, then 2, then 3 .. and suddenly finding out darth vader was his father.. 2 episodes later. zomg. Like, when we watched 1, 2 and 3 .. we always knew what Anakin was going to turn into and his fate... but for new, fresh eyes.. maybe not?

So yeah .. please tell me what other parents have done, why and any results.


asked 20 Sep '09, 00:50

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Careful people, it's a trap!

(20 Sep '09, 01:04) Emu

It's a tarp! (http://images.google.com.au/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=it%27s%20tarp&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi) QUestion is still serious, though :)

(20 Sep '09, 05:46) Pure Krome

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answered 21 Sep '09, 11:48

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interesting way to view it. .... 4 and 5 .. then 1 2 3 .. then finish off with 6. hmm...

(22 Sep '09, 00:56) Pure Krome

Always, always show the old films first.

There's only one plot twist in the whole double-trilogy, so you absolutely mustn't spoil it by seeing the new films first.

(Mind you, when I showed it to my sci-fi-deprived wife, she totally saw it coming. She speaks Afrikaans, where "Vader" means "Father", apparently...)


answered 22 Sep '09, 16:01

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yeah, I've recently learned the literal translation is "Dark Father"

(31 May '10, 21:58) DaveDev

Who says you have to watch in trilogy order?

I've always thought:

  • 1 - get to know Anakin
  • 2 - gets a little darker
  • 4 - Anakin was murdered! Oh no!
  • 5 - revelation scene
  • 3 - see Anakin's fall
  • 6 - all's well that ends well

Always works for me when I show people for the first time.


answered 28 Sep '09, 15:07

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4,5, begrudgingly 6 with its muppets. Tell them the rumours of Eps 1,2,3 are lies planted by none other than Lord Vader himself ;-)


answered 28 Sep '09, 03:04

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Wow. Post before me and I had the same idea within 7 minutes.

(28 Sep '09, 03:05) Sammy

I think that means it might not be a bad idea.

(28 Sep '09, 06:08) kurtseifried

I have, admittedly, given this some serious thought myself. I decided I would go with 4, 5, 6, and then 1, 2, 3 probably starting around age 7. Mostly because that's how the movies were introduced to our generation, and it worked for us. :)

EDIT: Friends of ours introduced their daughter and son in order of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and their son, at least, is apparently a really big fan now.


answered 20 Sep '09, 12:45

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edited 21 Sep '09, 09:56

Thanks kindly for your thoughts. It's encouraging to know that I'm not the only one that has been thinking about this, also blush I'd love it if someone has done the opposite and started with 1, 2 and 3 :) What a great research project this could be :)

(21 Sep '09, 01:09) Pure Krome

I think you've gotta go with 4,5,6 first, otherwise you completely spoil the huge Darth-Vader-is-Luke's-father twist, which I think takes a lot away from the movies.


answered 23 Sep '09, 04:22

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Plus, the original movies are just better.

(16 Oct '09, 20:33) lgritz

I'd start with 6 very early, but then re-introduce the saga when the child is older using dooku's 451236 order, with a long gap before showing episode 2.

The main sticking point for me is ep3. While 1 & 2 are okay for kids, I know a kid who absolutely idolizes young Anakin. At what age to you allow your child to watch their hero get set on fire after his arms and legs are cut off and he becomes a mass murder? And since you're left kinda hanging after 2, you may also need to wait to show 2 until the the child is really too old for them.

I need to update this. Episode 3 is still a huge problem in my opinion. It leaves your kids hanging for a long time after seeing episode 2. But now I think I have a solution: the Clone Wars cartoon series. You can show them episode 1 and 2, and then the cartoon will keep them interested in the series until they're old enough for episode 3.


answered 23 Sep '09, 17:08

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:) Good to see some SO folks filter over here, too :) /me waves :)

(28 Sep '09, 01:45) Pure Krome

I'd say 4, 5, 6, then that's it -- it's a complete story.


answered 16 Oct '09, 19:48

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Personally, I couldn't get into 4, 5 and 6 as a kid. I watched them in episode order (1 - 6) and I feel that 4, 5 and 6 were weakened because of that. Darth Vader isn't a spooky, evil, mysterious dark lord, he's a whiny kid in a silly helmet.

I think we'll get ours into it the historical way - 4 onwards. Whether or not we show the prequels is an argument for another day!


answered 17 Oct '09, 11:00

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I would go with 4, 5, 6 first not only because the story is better but also because I think you might have a hard time getting the kids to enjoy the older special effects right after seeing 1-3.

I may eventually let my children see the prequels, but I intend to cultivate high cinematic standards in my offspring. The Princess Bride will be required viewing early on. ;)


answered 28 Oct '09, 22:20

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