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Does It Matter In What Order You Watch The 'Star Wars' Series?

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Here's a question. If you've never seen "Star Wars," what order should you watch the old movies in to catch up. The original movies - the best, many feel - are actually four, five and six. The newest movies go back in time - one, two and three. But some say, why start with lesser films? Several thousand of you tweeted us about this, and 42 percent said watch in the order they were released. Here's NPR's Petra Mayer.

PETRA MAYER, BYLINE: We have a lot of "Star Wars" fans at NPR with a lot of opinions.

MIKE KATZIF, BYLINE: Start with a couple of the first good ones. Go back in time; we can all laugh about the prequels. And then you jump and kind of end on a good note.

MAYER: That's Mike Katzif, a producer in our New York bureau. He recommends that particular order for an adult who's never seen "Star Wars." One thing I discovered is that fans of the series like to tailor the experience for whoever's watching.

KATE MYERS, BYLINE: I have a 4-year-old at home, and we have chosen to not acknowledge that there are any movies prior to episodes four, five and six.

TRAVIS LARCHUK, BYLINE: And then out of "Episode VI," you should just watch the scene where they're going through the forests in Endor.

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MAYER: That's Kate Myers, who works in content and strategy, and Ask Me Another's Travis Larchuck. Arts desk producer Andrew Limbong is the odd one out. He likes "Episode I: The Phantom Menace." Something about pod racing, I guess. But he's had it with the hype.

ANDREW LIMBONG, BYLINE: Once I see it on Saturday, I could care less, and "Star Wars" can go away forever. And I don't think I will be upset.

MAYER: Oh, harsh. Personally, I don't care that much about the order, but I do care about which version to watch. Ditch those fancy remastered Blu-rays and queue up the originals if you're lucky enough to have access to them because we all know Han shot first in the originals. For a final verdict on which episodes to watch, I turned to Obi-Wan - I mean, Bob Mondello, our movie master.

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Four, five, six - that's plenty.

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JAMES EARL JONES: (As Darth Vader) Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

MAYER: Petra Mayer, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.