Currently, there are two new Star Wars shows emerging from hyperspace onto Disney+, The Acolyte and Tales of the Empire. Ever since Disney purchased the Star Wars universe, their output landed across the board in terms of quality. Here is a ranking of all of the shows that Disney Plus has given the Star Wars saga over the years.


Hello there. At the bottom of the list comes the most disappointing entry, Kenobi. In the time since the prequel trilogy, Ewan McGregor’s take on the classic character became both an icon and meme. However, in this show Disney overly fixated on prequel nostalgia. One of the biggest problems with the show is how Disney awkwardly “shoehorned” it into the canon, and leaves no real impact on the status quo. Because of this, it does little to justify its presence in the story. Not adding to the show is a fairly lackluster rogue’s gallery chasing Kenobi. So uncivilized…

The Book of Boba Fett

Coming in next is the Book of Boba Fett. Since his introduction, Boba Fett was one of the most iconic characters of the Star Wars universe. Now, he has his own show with Mulan as his sidekick. However, this show had a cold reception throughout its run. One of the biggest problems is Boba Fett going from an honorable villain to an unironic hero. He maintains none of the moral ambiguity that gave him an edge in previous works. Furthermore, flashbacks that drag on and add little bog down the story. Furthermore, Mando and Grogu overtake the show in the final third of its run. Overall, Disney wasted the potential of the character and series.

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Just as The Bad Batch and The Mandalorian existed to fulfill viewers’ needs for The Clone Wars content, Ahsoka does so for Rebels. Featuring many returning characters such as Hera, Sabine, and Ezra. However, this leads to the supposed lead, the iconic Ahsoka, being sidelined fairly often. Even worse, she has been reduced to another stoic, wandering warrior across the galaxy instead of her previous free spirit. Much of the plot exists as a “setup” for the next overarching antagonist, Thrawn. Thrawn was a massive character in the pre-Disney universe, yet here he has little to do despite his buildup. At the very least, Shin Hati and Baylan Skoll were cool villains.

Tales of the Jedi

Roughly in the middle in terms of quality is, fittingly, an anthology. Tales of the Jedi covers the backstories and exploits of various Jedi throughout their hay day. With The Clone Wars’ art style, it explores the lore of various characters. Special mention goes to fallen Jedi Count Dooku, as his reasons for abandoning the republic are explored. This show helped to add a level of depth to the world and characters of Star Wars. Overall, the series felt like a collection of deleted episodes from The Clone Wars, already a good series.

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The Bad Batch

Despite what the show’s name suggests, it is actually one of the better shows. One of the most memorable aspects of the original Clone Wars was the clone army of the Republic itself. With The Bad Batch, we get all of the gritty military action of the original show. The titular team with follower Omega prove to be an equally memorable and engaging group of protagonists. This series works to tie the two eras of Star Wars together over the years. For those seeking a return to the world of TCW, this is easily a fan’s best bet.

The Mandalorian

This is the way. In the aftermath of the dismal conclusion to the sequel trilogy, The Mandalorian flew in. By capturing the “western” genre that the original series was founded on, this show established itself as the new face of Disney Star Wars. Filoni and Favreau managed to combine everything fans loved from the original and build upon it. Even better, the show gave us the new “mascot” of the franchise with Grogu/Baby Yoda. However, the series is lower due to the third season waning in quality as it lost sight of what made it work in the first place. Despite this, The Mandalorian remains the centerpiece of Disney’s Star Wars.

Star Wars: Visions

Of the many influences to the original Star Wars, one of them was Japanese cinema. As such, Star Wars: Visions circles back and gives a full-on Star Wars anime. For each short there is its own art style from a different studio. From epic battles like “The Duel,” gorgeous scenery in “The Village Bride,” and even a stop motion episode from Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman, Visions caters to virtually every taste one can find in animation. Shows like this prove that Star Wars still has its spark.

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Topping the list is the biggest surprise hit from Disney Star Wars, Andor. Released six years after Rogue One and following a side character, it does not rely on the same nostalgia as the previous shows. Here, we get to see the true extent of the Empire’s tyranny and how the rebellion started. The show demonstrates how far a person must go in order to commit to the ideal of “rebellion.” We see what Star Wars looks like from the ground level when we aren’t following these grandiose heroes. Andor shows how Disney can rebuild Star Wars not by remaining on Tatooine, but exploring the galaxy as a whole.

Most Star Wars content will be found on Disney+.

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