Star Wars has been making headway in the television scene for years now, especially with its Disney+ original series. Shows like The Mandalorian, which just finished airing its third season, and the upcoming Ahsoka spin-off have been key in keeping the franchise alive since the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga.
Some Star Wars TV show episodes have impressed audiences and critics around the world. According to IMDb, there are several episodes of Star Wars shows that stand out as the very best the franchise has to offer.
10 “Farewell” – 9.4 (Star Wars: Rebels)
Season 4, Episode 15
“Farewell” is Star Wars: Rebels‘ series finale. The episode showcases the final battle between Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Ghost crew. The episode ends on a surprising cliffhanger, which will be resolved through the upcoming Ahsoka Disney+ series.
The finale of Rebels is a far cry from its early episodes, which kept their story relatively light and carefree. “Farewell” is surprisingly mature, forcing its characters to make massive sacrifices to protect the galaxy from Thrawn’s villainy. Rebels truly goes out with a bang, and “Farewell” is some of the best content the series has to offer.
9 “One Way Out” – 9.4 (Andor)
Season 1, Episode 10
The tenth episode of Andor wraps up the prison arc as Cassian Andor and Kino Loy make their final move to help their fellow inmates escape the Imperial work camp. The entire prison participates in a rebellion against their captors, taking over the facility and escaping by swimming to shore.
“One Way Out” stands as the very best that Andor has to offer, complete with a moving speech from Andy Serkis’s Kino Loy and one of the most heartbreaking, memorable scenes in Season 1. If the second season of Andor is anything like “One Way Out,” then it will be a huge success with Star Wars fans.
8 “The Wrong Jedi” – 9.6 (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Season 5, Episode 20
The original series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars follows the fallout of Ahsoka being framed for the bombing at the Jedi Temple. With the help of her master, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka uncovers the truth about the bombing and chooses to leave the Jedi Order.
Intriguing and deeply tragic, “The Wrong Jedi” marks a turning point for Ahsoka Tano’s character. No longer subservient to the increasingly corrupt Jedi Order, Ahsoka preserved her morality and also saved her own life. She leaves before the Great Purge, which would have likely resulted in her death.
7 “The Lawless” – 9.7 (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Season 5, Episode 16
“The Lawless” follows Obi-Wan Kenobi’s struggle to free Mandalore from Darth Maul and Savage Oppress’s reign of terror. Things go awry, and Maul kills Duchess Satine right in front of the Jedi Master, marking one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s worst failures in Star Wars.
This episode is the collision point between two of The Clone Wars‘ most beloved arcs: the Mandalore storyline and the return of Darth Maul. Obi-Wan’s resilience in the face of his tragic loss bolsters his character greatly. The episode’s final moments, which feature an epic clash between Maul, Oppress, and Darth Sidious, are difficult to forget.
6 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” – 9.7 (The Clone Wars)
Season 7, Episode 9
“Old Friends Not Forgotten” marks the first part in the final arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The episode follows Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they recruit Ahsoka to deal with the villainous Darth Maul, who is trying to rule the planet of Mandalore.
“Old Friends Not Forgotten” is a dramatic shift from previous entries in The Clone Wars‘ final season, slowly inching to the tragic events that viewers know are coming as a result of Revenge of the Sith. While the episode sets up other moments, it is full of many memorable callbacks that signal the series’ soon-coming end.
5 “Twilight Of The Apprentice Part 2” – 9.8 (Star Wars: Rebels)
Season 2, Episode 22
The finale of Star Wars: Rebels Season 2 concluded a sweeping arc as Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka explored the ruins of an ancient Sith temple. There, treacherous enemies, including Darth Maul and two Inquisitors, confront them. Finally, Darth Vader appears and engages in a final duel with his former apprentice.
“Twilight of the Apprentice” is a temporary conclusion to Ahsoka Tano’s arc, bringing her full circle as she faces the man who was once Anakin Skywalker one final time. Her duel with her former master shows just how skilled she has become, confirming her place as one of the most powerful characters in Star Wars.
4 “Shattered” – 9.8 (The Clone Wars)
Season 7, Episode 11
“Shattered” is Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ penultimate episode. It follows Ahsoka Tano as Order 66 ignites the brutal murder of Jedi across the galaxy. Managing to evade the initial attack, Ahsoka attempts to free Captain Rex of the inhibitor chip that has hijacked his brain.
This episode is absolutely brutal as Ahsoka begins to experience the events of Revenge of the Sith from afar. She and the audience both know about the carnage occurring across the galaxy, but these events are forced into the background as Ahsoka fights for her life. The episode is a perfect companion to Revenge of the Sith, making the film even better on its next viewing.
3 “Chapter 16: The Rescue” – 9.8 (The Mandalorian)
Season 2, Episode 8
The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale, “The Rescue,” follows Din Djarin and his team as they storm Moff Gideon’s flagship in a desperate attempt to save Grogu from the clutches of the Imperial remnant. A surprise helper, Luke Skywalker, aids them and takes Grogu to train at his new Jedi Academy.
“The Rescue” is absolutely exhilarating from start to finish, as the events of The Mandalorian collide ever so briefly with the adventures of Luke Skywalker. The episode ends with a surprisingly tender moment between Din and Grogu as they say their goodbyes, bringing the season to an emotional and satisfying conclusion.
2 “The Phantom Apprentice” – 9.9 (The Clone Wars)
Season 7, Episode 10
“The Phantom Apprentice” is the second part of Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ final arc. In the midst of the Siege of Mandalore, Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul come face-to-face once more. Maul reveals that he believes a major event is about to change the galaxy forever, but Ahsoka refuses to listen to him. Instead, Ahsoka challenges Maul to an epic lightsaber duel.
“The Phantom Apprentice” perfectly builds up the looming events of Revenge of the Sith, building audience anticipation for the show’s coming finale. In addition to tying up Maul and Ahsoka’s loose ends, the episode also features one of the greatest duels in its seven-season run.
1 “Victory And Death” – 9.9 (The Clone Wars)
Season 7, Episode 12
“Victory and Death” is the last episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the very best episode of Star Wars television ever produced, according to IMDb. The finale wraps up Ahsoka and Rex’s arc as they escape Order 66, desperate to take as few lives as possible in the process.
Everything about “Victory and Death” is perfect, from its opening minutes to the tragic final shot of a dead clone’s helmet perched upon a pike. This finale contained everything that fans loved about Star Wars: The Clone Wars and produced a satisfying conclusion to the long-running animated series.
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