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The Star Wars Saga is set long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, beginning in a time when the shadowy Sith Lords have spent a thousand years preparing their return and plotting their revenge against their age-old enemy: the Jedi Knights. After centuries of waiting, the Sith reveal themselves to the Jedi and plunge the galaxy into decades of war. The Galactic Republic falls, the Galactic Empire rises, and the Jedi are no more. But at the core of the great galactic struggles, the Star Wars Saga is the tale of the Skywalker family. As the Old Republic falls, so to does the great Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker, consumed by the dark side as he becomes Darth Vader. Only his son, Luke Skywalker, with the help of his loyal friends, can redeem his father and bring about the return of the Jedi.

This page documents information for parents who may be considering whether to show their children the Star Wars Saga, an epic space adventure series created by George Lucas. This page overviews the basic story of the franchise, before splitting into information about the six current Star Wars films, plus animated films and shows.

The Films

For detailed information for one of the Star Wars films, click the poster for the film to be taken to its page. For specific parental guidance information, please scroll past the posters to find the parental information for each of the films.

Star Wars Episode I

Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 19, 1999
Length: 136 minutes
Description: The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original Star Wars and centers around a war on the backwater planet of Naboo, which was invaded by the Trade Federation after a dispute in the Galactic Republic Senate. The plot also deals with the discovery of the Chosen One and future Darth Vader, nine year old Anakin Skywalker, on the desert planet of Tatooine. In the backdrop, the Dark Lords of the Sith return after having been believed extinct for a thousand years.
Main Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Palpatine, Darth Maul, C-3PO, R2-D2, Jar Jar Binks, Mace Windu, Yoda
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action/violence.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode II

Title: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 16, 2002
Length: 142 minutes
Description: Attack of the Clones is set 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace and 22 years before the original Star Wars. The plot centers around growing discontent in the galaxy between the Galactic Republic and a group of Separatists who challenge the Republic's rule. The plot also deals with the growing love between Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who must work together to survive in a galaxy that will soon be swept up in the destructive Clone Wars.
Main Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Palpatine, Mace Windu, Yoda, Count Dooku, Jango Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode III

Title: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 19, 2005
Length: 140 minutes
Description: Revenge of the Sith is set three years after the events of Attack of the Clones and 19 years before the original Star Wars. The plot centers around the end of the Clone Wars and the final days of the Galactic Republic, before it is transformed into the Galactic Empire. The film also centers on Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side, as he becomes the Sith Lord Darth Vader and helps destroy the Jedi Order.
Main Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Palpatine, Mace Windu, Yoda, Count Dooku, General Grievous, C-3PO, R2-D2
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode IV

Title: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Length: Original release is 121 minutes. 1997 Special Edition release is 124 minutes.
Description: A New Hope is the original Star Wars film. It is set 19 years after Revenge of the Sith and centers around the character of Luke Skywalker. As the story unfolds, Luke takes his first steps towards his destiny as a Jedi Knight. The film builds up to a final battle to destroy the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a weapon that can destroy entire planets.
Main Characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode V

Title: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 21, 1980
Length: 127 minutes
Description: The Empire Strikes Back is set three years after A New Hope and shows the Rebel Alliance on the run from the Galactic Empire, which is determined to defeat the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star. Meanwhile, Darth Vader furiously hunts for Luke Skywalker, to whom he later reveals the truth about their shared destiny: (SPOILER ALERT) Vader is Luke's father! The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the best Star Wars film for its darker and more mature storyline.
Main Characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode VI

Title: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Studio: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox (distributor)
Release Date: May 25, 1983
Length: 134 minutes
Description: Return of the Jedi is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back and opens with a plot by Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Later, they join up with the Rebel Alliance in an attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's new Death Star in one final battle over the forest moon of Endor. Destinies are fulfilled and the fate of the galaxy is decided.
Main Characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, Emperor Palpatine, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2
Availability: DVD and Blu Ray
Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Star Wars Episode VII

Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Studio: Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Pictures, Bad Robot Productions
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Length:
Description: Set 30 years after the Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Main Characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2,
Availability: In Theaters
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


Animated Films and TV Shows

For detailed information for one of the Star Wars animated films or TV series, click its poster to be taken to its page. For specific parental guidance information, please scroll past the posters to find the parental information for each one.

The Clone Wars (film)

Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Studio: Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers (distributor)
Release Date: August 15, 2008
Length: 98 minutes
Description: The Clone Wars is set shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists are well underway. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano, and his friend and former master Obi-Wan Kenobi must race to save the son of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. If the Separatists successful kill Jabba's son and blame it on the Republic, it will mean the Hutts ally with the Separatist causing—spelling certain doom for the Republic.
Main Characters: Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, Jabba the Hutt, Count Dooku, General Grievous
Availability: DVD, Blu Ray, Digital Download
Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure


The Clone Wars (TV)

Title:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Original Network: Cartoon Network (produced by Lucasfilm)
Original Run: 2008—2013 (bonus episodes forthcoming)
Episode Length: 22 minutes per episode. 108 episodes in total.
Description: The Clone Wars is set between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, during a period of galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, his apprentice Ahsoka Tano, and his friend and former master Obi-Wan Kenobi fight against the Separatists, a sinister group fighting to break free from the rule of the Galactic Republic. The show features stories with these characters, as well as numerous secondary characters. Major events include power struggles amongst the Mandalorian society, PAlpatine's machinations to reform the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the return of Darth Maul, and more.
Main Characters:

Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, Darth Maul, various others

Availability: DVD, Blu Ray, Digital Download
Content Information
Rating: TVPG: Parental Guidance Suggested.
Content Labels: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Fantasy, Space Adventure
Violence: Some war-based violence.
Language: Very mild.
Sexual Themes and Nudity: Mild romance.
Drugs and Alcohol: Mild.
Crude Humor or Comic Mischief: Very mild.


Star Wars: Rebels

Title:

Star Wars Rebels

Original Network: Disney XD/Disney Channel (produced by Lucasfilm)
Original Run: Fall 2014—
Episode Length: Not known at this time.
Description: Five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance is just a small band of resistance causes. The show's primary action will be based on Lothal, a world occupied by the Galactic Empire where one of these resistance cells begins to rise and take on the might of the Empire.
Main Characters:

The Imperial Inquisitor

Availability: Not yet released.
Content Information
Rating: Not known at this time.
Content Labels: Not known at this time.
Violence: Not known at this time, but it will be set during the time of the Galactic Civil War, so mild war-based violence should be expected.
Language: Not known at this time.
Sexual Themes and Nudity: Not known at this time.
Drugs and Alcohol: Not known at this time.
Crude Humor or Comic Mischief: Not known at this time.


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