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Star Wars TV Ranked by Tomatometer

From 1978, with the one-time airing of The Star Wars Holiday Special, to the early 21st century, The Galaxy Far, Far Away’s relationship to television was fraught with difficulty. A handful of live-action TV movies and animated series in the 1980s proved the resources did not yet exist to produce the look and feel of Star Wars in a weekly format — although the Ewoks cartoon got pretty close by surviving for two whole seasons. Flash forward to 2003, and the Genndy Tartakovsky-produced Star Wars: The Clone Wars offered a way to dramatize Star Wars stories on television in a compelling and cost-effective way.

Then the subsequent 3D-animated Clone Wars series in 2008 started a tradition of Star Wars television which continues today with animated shows like Star Wars: The Bad Batch and the live-action success of The Mandalorian. The latter becoming a gateway to an ever-evolving story tangential to the Skywalker Saga, but just as epic. Much of that story can be attributed to 2008’s Clone Wars supervising director, Dave Filoni, who went on to create or co-create most of the extant Star Wars television.

Of course, the quality and appreciation of each show varies – especially with the recently completed Book of Boba Fett. But before the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series opens up new possibilities in the Star Wars galaxy, let’s rank the Star Wars TV shows.

#7
Synopsis: On the sands of Tatooine, bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the Galaxy's underworld and fight for... [More]
Critics Consensus: The Book of Boba Fett could never match the adventures that existed in fans’ imaginations for decades, but it earns its commission with spectacular set pieces and Temuera Morrison’s commanding presence.
#6
Synopsis: Members of a unique squad of clones find their way in a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone... [More]
Critics Consensus: The Bad Batch‘s beautifully animated adventure may be too lore heavy for casual viewers, but fans will enjoy diving deeper into this dastardly cast of characters.
Created By: Dave Filoni
#5
Synopsis: Young New Republic pilot Kazuda Xiono is recruited by Resistance Commander Poe Dameron for a secret mission on Colossus --... [More]
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: Resistance‘s streamlined story sets the stage for exciting adventures — and seems poised to explore a canvas stocked with immediately relatable characters and plenty of potential.
Created By: Dave Filoni

The Mandalorian (2019)
93%

#4
Synopsis: After the fall of the Galactic Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches of the lawless... [More]
Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted — if at times a bit too withholding — The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.
Created By: Jon Favreau
Synopsis: The first weekly TV series from Lucasfilm Animation chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and other popular... [More]
Critics Consensus: Thanks to its beautifully animated action-sequences and its impressively layered storytelling, The Clone Wars‘ final chapter affirms its place as one of Star Wars‘ greatest entries.
Created By: George Lucas

Star Wars: Visions (2021)
96%

#2
Synopsis: Seven Japanese animation studios bring their unique perspectives to the "Star Wars" universe through a series of short films.... [More]
Starring:
Critics Consensus: Gorgeously animated and wildly creative, Visions is an eclectic, but wholly enjoyable collection of Star Wars stories that breathe new life into the galaxy.

Star Wars Rebels (2014)
98%

#1
Synopsis: This animated entry in the "Star Wars" franchise fills the gap between the events of "Episode III" and "Episode IV."... [More]
Critics Consensus: Rebels adds new dimension to an unexplored sector of the Star Wars timeline, inserting a ragtag group of lovable characters into a galactic adventure that all ages can enjoy.

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