How To Watch Westworld? Easy Watch Order Guide

How To Watch Westworld? Easy Watch Order Guide

Westworld as a franchise has proved from time to time that these violent delights do have violent ends. From the cult classic film of 1973 to the 2016 sci-fi drama series on HBO, it is evident that human desires have not evolved with time.

Hosts are just a means of amusement to them. But what will happen if the mechanical robots take a step closer towards sentience? You will yearn to solve these philosophical dilemmas raised by Westworld.

“You can’t play God without being acquainted with the Devil”

Dr. Robert Ford

The excessive amount ofjumping back and forth, especially in HBO’s Westworld, will often beg the question for you “Is this…now?” And in order to ride across this Old West effortlessly, you might need the help of the exhaustive watch order compiled by me. So, be sure to check it out below!

1. Release Order

Starting with the primeval films could be good for newcomers who will get an idea of how elegantly the digital image processing from the past developed into modern CGI in the recent TV series.

I. Films

  • Westworld (1973)
  • Futureworld (1976)

II. TV Series

  • Beyond Westworld (1980)
  • Westworld (2016–present)
    • Season 1 (2016)
    • Season 2 (2018)
    • Season 3 (2020)
How To Watch Westworld?
Dolores Abernathy in Westworld | Source: Fandom

But it is certainly not the ideal way if you want to understand the chronological order of events. For that, you might want to refer to the order below:

2. Chronological Order

The idea of amusement turning into a nightmare was explored as early as 1973 in the first two theatrical films. Even the sequel series Beyond Westworld (1980), which did not air the last two episodes due to poor ratings, fared well in terms of makeup and art direction.

It’s optional to watch the original trilogy of events, but a good storyline makes up for the poor pixelate simulator. So it is recommended.

  • Westworld (1973)
  • Futureworld (1976)
  • Beyond Westworld (1980)
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Beyond Westworld | Source: Fandom

What can be called a reboot of the franchise, the Westworld series first aired on HBO in 2016. And it became an instant hit with the fans.

  • Westworld (2016–present)
    • Season 1 (2016)
    • Season 2 (2018)
    • Season 3 (2020)
    • Season 4 (TBA)

3. Conclusion

Getting through the two Westworld films and the series Beyond Westworld is a cake walk. Difficulty only arises when one starts seeing the fresh series.

Understanding the exact timeline in HBO’s Westworld is like taking a bullet to the brain, the latter one being easier. The dates are messed up, and for most part of Season 1 & 2, something from the past is cited every now and then, apart from the present happenings. This occurs throughout each episode. So, it becomes quite difficult to keep track.

How To Watch Westworld?
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy | Source: Fandom

But that said, there’s no shortcut that can ease this path for you. If you want to start watching the series, you will have to watch all the three seasons one by one. You’ll still be confused, everyone was, when they first saw it. But gradually, piece by piece, you will be able to analyse the underlying brilliant plot.

4. Where To Watch

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5. How Much Time Will It Take To Watch

By rough calculations, it will take you 1 day, 13 hours and 39 mins to see all of the Westworld.

Here’s the individual breakdown (per installment wise):

  • Westworld (1973) – 1 hr 28 mins
  • Futureworld (1976) – 1 hr 47 mins
  • Beyond Westworld (1980) – 5 hrs
  • Westworld (2016–present) – 1 day 5 hrs 24 mins

Note: These are approximate values of the runtimes.

6. About Westworld

Westworld is an American science fiction-thriller media franchise that began with the 1973 film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The film depicts a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors; it was followed by the sequel film Futureworld (1976).

The franchise moved to television in 1980 with the short-lived series Beyond Westworld on CBS. In 2016 a new television series based on the original film debuted on HBO; the critically acclaimed series has broadcast three seasons, with a fourth in production.