Beginning with The Mandalorianup to Obi-Wan Kenobiand continuing on in the future, Star Wars has released new streaming content with regularity over the last three years, with some hits and misses along the way.
Since 2019, Star Wars has released five original series and aired the final season of the animated anthology. The Clone Wars exclusively on Disney +. While not all of these episodes have been hits, some have proven to be critical darlings, achieving high ratings according to the International Movie Database.
10 The Mandalorian: “The Tragedy” (9.1)
The sixth episode of The Mandalorian season 2, entitled “The Tragedy” holds a lofty 9.1 user rating on IMDB. It follows Din Djarin and Grogu as they attempt to contact a Jedi on the planet Tython, where they instead encounter Boba Fett and Fennec Shand.
Building up to the season finale, this episode is memorable for featuring some of the worst things to ever happen to Din Djarin, including the destruction of the Razor Crest and the kidnapping of Grogu. It also marked the beginning of a new direction of storytelling in Star Wars Disney + content, setting up Boba Fett’s eventual spinoff series.
9 The Book Of Boba Fett: “Return Of The Mandalorian” (9.2)
Garnering a 9.2 rating from IMDB users, the fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett is already considered a classic. This installment of the streaming show took a deviation from the main plot, reintroducing the Mandalorian for the first time since he sent Grogu off to train with Luke Skywalker.
Although this episode feels more like an episode of The Mandalorianas it does not even feature Boba Fett in his own self-titled show, it does offer the same sensible storytelling that fans have come to love in Djarin’s solo series whilst also promising big things for the show’s return in 2023.
8 The Mandalorian: “Redemption” (9.2)
The finale to season 1 of The Mandalorian received a 9.2 rating on IMDB, clearly appeasing the fanbase with the way it brought the first leg of Din Djarin’s journey to an end. The episode follows Djarin and his assorted crew as they battle the evil Moff Gideon to rescue the kidnapped Grogu.
This episode features plenty of excitement, but truly soars in its more emotional moments, including the heartfelt scene between Djarin and IG-11, wherein the former is finally shown without his helmet. The final shot of the episode also hints at the next season’s story, revealing that Gideon possesses the all-important Mandalorian Darksaber.
7 The Book Of Boba Fett: “From The Desert Comes A Stranger” (9.3)
Though The Book of Boba Fett received mixed reviews from fans and critics, its sixth episode was unanimously praised, receiving a 9.3 rating on IMDB. The episode’s story continued to follow Din Djarin as he sought out Luke Skywalker, whilst also introducing the live-action version of Cad Bane, a long-lasting antagonist originally introduced in The Clone Wars.
While this episode continues its long deviation from the series’ overall plot, it makes up for its tangential storytelling with incredibly fan-pleasing moments, including an unexpected cameo from Ahsoka Tano herself and a glimpse at Luke Skywalker’s teaching tactics.
6 The Mandalorian: “The Jedi” (9.4)
With a 9.4 user rating, “The Jedi” is one of the most beloved episodes in The Mandalorian history. This installment of the Disney + series is vitally important to the franchise, marking the first appearance of Rosario Dawson as the live-action adaptation of Ahsoka Tano, setting up the character’s eventual self-titled spinoff.
Aside from the clear fan service in introducing a live-action Ahsoka Tano, “The Jedi” manages to weave together a compelling neo-Samurai story, truly going back to the franchise’s roots. It also reveals the most information about Grogu’s origins of any episode thus far, giving fans some of the answers they’d been seeking, including his name, while raising new questions altogether.
5 The Clone Wars: “Old Friends Not Forgotten” (9.7)
“Old Friends Now Forgotten” kicks off the final arc in The Clone Wars. Sitting at a 9.7 user rating on IMDB, the episode reunites Ahsoka Tano with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they seek to remove Maul from the throne of Mandalore, teaming up with Bo-Katan Kryze to do so.
This episode marked a crucial shift in The Clone Wars‘final season, taking on a far darker tone than the previous eight episodes as the events of Revenge of the Sith draw nearer. It also depicts the Siege of Mandalore in truly epic fashion, bringing to life an event that had only ever been spoken of before in Star Wars canon.
4 The Clone Wars: “Shattered” (9.8)
The penultimate episode of The Clone Warsentitled “Shattered,” which holds a 9.8 rating on IMDB, finally delivers on the show’s promise to depict a new angle to the infamous Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith. The episode features Ahsoka Tano’s story as the clone troopers are ordered to kill their Jedi generals.
After years of building up to this moment, The Clone Wars truly nails it, delivering an impactful and heartbreaking heel-turn for many beloved clone characters. Following the fall of the Jedi through Ahsoka’s eyes was genius on the part of the showrunners, marking “Shattered” as one of the best episodes in the final season of The Clone Wars.
3 The Mandalorian: “The Rescue” (9.8)
The season 2 finale of The Mandalorianand the most recent episode thus far, “The Rescue” aired in December of 2020. Almost two years later, the episode enjoys a healthy IMDB rating of 9.8, thanks in part to its epic finale, which saw the return of a major Star Wars character and the emotional ending to season 2’s compelling plot.
As the highest-rated episode of The Mandalorian ever, “The Rescue” encapsulates much of what fans love about the series. Filled with action and well-executed fanservice, the course of the Star Wars franchise was changed forever with the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, hinting at a greater future for his character. Even more poignant, however, is the emotional goodbye between Din Djarin and Grogu as the latter goes off with Skywalker to be trained in the ways of the Jedi.
2 The Clone Wars: “Victory And Death” (9.9)
Sitting at a pristine 9.9 user rating on IMDB, “Victory and Death” is one of the highest-rated episodes in Star Wars history, also acting as the greatest season finale in The Clone Wars’ history. The very final episode of the animated anthology series depicted Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex as they attempt to escape the onset of Order 66 without harming their brainwashed comrades.
This episode brings the beloved animated series to a fitting and exciting conclusion, playing directly into the events of Revenge of the Sith. What began as a cartoon meant for children transformed into a grim war series where lives are lost and tenets are broken. All can be summed up in the series’ final shot, as a silent Darth Vader is shown walking into the distance through the lens of a fallen clone trooper’s helmet.
1 The Clone Wars: “The Phantom Apprentice” (9.9)
“The Phantom Apprentice,” the second episode of the final arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the highest-rated episode of Star Wars television to premiere on Disney +, with a 9.9 rating from IMDB users. The episode features the return of Darth Maul, who confronts Ahsoka Tano during the Siege of Mandalore with an offer. When Ahsoka refuses, however, the two engage in a no-holds-barred duel in the rafters of the city.
This episode contains everything that fans have come to expect from a top-tier installment of the series. Its meaningful allusions to the ongoing events depicted in Revenge of the Sith serve to heighten the tension, as the audience comes to recognize that the end is drawing near. Additionally, the battle between Ahsoka and Maul showcases the growth of both characters over the course of the season and has quickly become one of the fandom’s favorite lightsaber duels in the entire franchise.
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