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Every Original “Star Wars” Disney Plus Show Ranked | Column from the Editor

With “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Season 1 wrapped up, there have been seven seasons of “Star Wars” television released on Disney Plus — all of which have either been reviewed or discussed on this website in one way or another. 

I’ve seen them all. Here are my rankings, from worst to best. 

7. “Star Wars: Visions” Season 1

“Star Wars: Visions” is a neat anthology series that allows for different takes on the galaxy far, far away. However, that also works against it, as its concept does not allow for the consistency or longform storytelling the other “Star Wars” DIsney Plus shows achieved. 

This by no means makes “Visions” a bad watch; there were just some episodes that I really liked, and others I didn’t care for. 

6. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1

While being a very solid season of television, the first season of Bad Batch felt like a standard middle season of “The Clone Wars.” This season did have some great moments, though, such as the fall of Kamino, and the resolution to the Bad Batch’s falling out with their brother, Crosshair. It was also great to see more of the Empire’s transition from Clone Troopers to Stormtroopers, and Omega proved to be a character showrunner Dave Filoni will no doubt grow into a fan favorite like Ahsoka Tano. 

5. “Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett” Season 1

This was not a perfect season of television and it definitely could’ve used some more episodes fleshing out Boba Fett’s rule of the criminal underground of Tatooine, but it is still a triumph in regards to the fact that it’s still a very god live action “Star Wars” show. Though it is at its strongest when its trying to be “The Mandalorian” Season 2.5. 

Many fans shunned this show, but I think it’ll grow a cult following, and will be remembered more for its memorable moments — such as Fett riding a rancor — rather than where it fell short. 

4. “The Mandalorian” Season 2

This was a very good follow-up to the first season of “The Mandalorian,” though it failed to replicate its impact — though to be fair, I don’t think anything could. At a time where interest in the franchise was tanking due to the terrible quality of “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker,” the first season of “Mandalorian” changed the fortunes of the franchise by reconnecting with its roots as a space western. 

Season 2 builds off of that, building a more complex universe around Mando and company while also recognizing that there are larger problems happening that they can’t help but get wrapped up. Grogu/Baby Yoda changed Mando in Season 1, and Season 2 serves as his first steps into the larger space opera of new “Star Wars.”

3. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 7 

We didn’t necessarily need this, but it was a welcome addition. “The Clone Wars” Season 7 bridges the gap between Season 6 of the show and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” and as such, focuses on some of the last adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul before the events of Order 66. The show takes advantage of the fact that we know what happens to Anakin and Obi-Wan, but not Ahsoka and Maul, who became the focus of the latter half of the show. “The Clone Wars” really is predominately her story, and Maul serves as a great adversary. 

Season 7 gives closure to this great show, wrapping it up in a way that it deserves. Its final scene where we see Darth Vader finding Ahsoka’s lightsaber, briefly becoming Anakin again and thinking about Ahsoka is one of the best moments in the franchise. 

2. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Season 1

While there is a good amount of filler in this show — it should have been a 2- or 3-hour movie, it delivers profound character moments brimming with emotion that makes it stick out as one of the best “Star Wars” Disney Plus shows. 

Following Obi-Wan Kenobi after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” the show is about him grappling with guilt for his role in creating the evil Darth Vader, who was once his apprentice. The show’s final confrontation between Obi-Wan and Vader is one of the best moments in the franchise, and is well worth any slow moments the show has. 

1. “The Mandalorian” Season 1

This is arguably the show that brought “Star Wars” back from the brink, after the last two sequel trilogy films divided fans and reduced interest in the franchise. “The Mandalorian” Season 1 is a simple show that serves as a small show in the “Star Wars” universe that focuses on intimate arcs and characters while mimicking the same practical filmmaking of the original trilogy. This makes “Mandalorian” hold up remarkably well on rewatch, and serves as a stark contrast to the bloated and out of control production of the sequel trilogy. 

All live action “Star Wars” Disney Plus projects are arguably happening because of “Mandalorian” Season 1. It set the bar impossibly high, but also serves as a perfect example of what these live action shows can achieve. 

While the direction of future live action “Star Wars” films seems uncertain, these shows have proven that “Star Wars” has a bright future in television on Disney Plus.

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