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Star Wars is one of the most popular media franchises of all time. Every time a new Star Wars film or TV show is slated to come out, fans get fired up — and the latest Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, is no exception. Fans are thrilled to see the first live action Star Wars TV series and to witness the story of the mysterious figure in Mandalorian armor — the same armor made famous by fan favorite Boba Fett in the original Star Wars film trilogy. But The Mandalorian isn't on Netflix, nor is it available on cable — not even on Disney Channel or ABC, both networks owned by Lucasfilm parent company Disney. So how can you watch The Mandalorian online? You may already know, but just in case, you'd better read on.
Here is our favorite way to stream The Mandalorian:
This is normally the part of the “How to Watch” page where we list all of the different ways to watch the thing in question, but — as you may already be aware — we're in for a very short list today. Star Wars is owned by Disney, and Disney has launched a new streaming service that is challenging Netflix for streaming supremacy. It's on that service, and that service alone, that you will find The Mandalorian. Alright, that's enough prologue: Let's get on with our “list.”
Stream The Mandalorian for free with Disney+
Yep, here it is! Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, is your destination for the newest Star Wars story. If you want to stream The Mandalorian, then you'll have to sign up for Disney+. You'll get a whole lot more Star Wars content in addition to The Mandalorian, by the way: Disney+ is also home to almost every Star Wars film and TV show already in existence. Disney plans to bring in the few outliers as soon as some old streaming content contracts expire, making Disney+ the exclusive home to a galaxy far, far away. Going forward, Disney+ is your go-to source for all things Star Wars, including The Mandalorian.
So, you're ready to watch The Mandalorian. You've signed up for Disney+. You've cleared your schedule for the evening. You're ready to go, except for one detail: What are you watching The Mandalorian on?
With Disney+, you'll have some options. Disney+ has launched with support for a bunch of major streaming platforms. Specifically, we're talking here about Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, and (via mobile or desktop) Chromecast. Thanks to a last-minute fix, Disney+ is also available for Fire TV!
Mobile users, you can enjoy Disney+ apps for iOS and Android devices.
Video game systems are supported, too: You can watch The Mandalorian on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, thanks to the Disney+ apps that are available as of Disney+'s launch.
Finally, you can always watch The Mandalorian online on your computer: Disney+ has an in-browser app that you can use.
When will you first be able to watch The Mandalorian online? The good news for Star Wars fans is that they won't have to wait. Disney+ subscribers are able to start streaming The Mandalorian right now! The series debuted the moment that Disney+ went live at midnight on on November 12, 2019.
Unlike Netflix, Disney+ will not drop entire episodes of its series at once. While the first episode of The Mandalorian was ready to go on day one, fans had to wait until the following week for the second episode, another week for the third, and so on. Once you're caught up, you won't be able to binge-watch this one!
The Mandalorian is a Star Wars series, but what else do we know about it?
It stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian. In Star Wars lore, Mandalorians are from the planet Mandalore (which makes sense, right?). They're recognizable thanks to their iconic armor, which fans will remember Boba Fett sporting in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; Jango Fett wore a set of it in the prequel movies, too, and Mandalorians have figured into spin-off stories like Star Wars: Rebels. So what's the deal with these Mandalorians? Star Wars canon has established that the Mandalorians are a warlike people who tend to get work as mercenaries and bounty hunters. Pascal's Mandalorian character is no exception: The Mandalorian's protagonist is a bounty hunter of questionable morals. Of course, the show may provide some opportunities for him to change — but we're not giving that away, so you'll just have to watch to find out!
The Mandalorian fits into the Star Wars timeline between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but closer to the former than the latter. The story takes place five years after the fall of the Empire as depicted in Return of the Jedi, and a good 25 years before the events of The Force Awakens.
Pedro Pascal isn't the only star with a role in the new series. Other big names that have appeared or will appear in the series include Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Carl Weathers, and Taika Waititi.
Finally, we'd be remiss if we did not mention the viral sensation that is “Baby Yoda.” A 50-year-old “baby” of the same species as the Jedi master Yoda, this character makes its thrilling debut in episode one — and that's all we're going to tell you about that!
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