How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide

How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide

Dune is one of those franchises that go unnoticed when it comes to sci-fi films, worlds, universes. When we talk about the sci-fi genre, we mention Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and perhaps a few other names, but little do the people know that most of these worlds are inspired by the Dune universe.

The first Dune book was released way back in 1965, and it was pathbreaking due to the sheer magnificence of the world it built, the stories it told, and the core philosophies it imparted, all through the sci-fi genre, which was a first.

So in this watch/read order, I will cover both the books and the films in their release order and chronological watch/read order.

Whether you’re new to this universe or you’ve already been through it all, this franchise can’t be experienced just once because every time you read the book or watch the film, there’s something new and intricate you’ll come across.

Well, so let’s dive right in!

1. Dune Books

1.1 Release Order

The release order is divided into two sections:

  • The OG books by Frank Herbert
  • The continuation to the series by Brian Herbert (Frank’s son) and sci-fi writer Kevin J. Anderson
How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide
Frank Herbert | Source: Fandom

When you read the books in the release order, the most significant advantage you have is that you get to experience Frank Herbert’s impeccable writing that won him multiple awards for the books he wrote.

But of course, the disadvantage is that when you move on the Brian and Kevin’s continuation of the legacy, they are a letdown because they don’t add any novelty to the universe but play with the same elements till today that Frank had crafted in 1965.

1.1.1 Frank Herbert

  • Dune | 1965
  • Dune Messiah | 1969
  • Children of Dune | 1976
  • God Emperor of Dune | 1981
  • Heretics of Dune | 1984
  • Chapterhouse: Dune | 1985

1.1.2 Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

  • House Atreides | 1999
  • House Harkonnen | 2000
  • House Corrino | 2001
  • The Butlerian Jihad | 2002
  • The Machine Crusade | 2003
  • The Battle of Corrin | 2004
  • The Road to Dune | 2005
  • Hunters of Dune | 2006
  • Sandworms of Dune | 2007
  • Paul of Dune | 2008
  • The Winds of Dune | 2009
  • Sisterhood of Dune | 2011
  • Tales of Dune | 2011
  • Mentants of Dune | 2014
  • Navigators of Dune | 2016
  • The Duke of Caladan | 2020
  • The Lady of Caladan | 2021
  • The Heir of Caladan | 2022
How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide
House Atreides | 1999 and House Harkonnen | 2000 | Source: Fandom

1.2 Chronological Reading Order

With the chronological reading order, the obvious issue is that the prequels written by Brian and Kevin are so underwhelming that by the time you get to the OG books, you are exhausted, drained, and have had enough of this universe.

However, it is interesting to note that some of the stories of the houses and the Bene Gesserit could’ve been fascinating, to say the least, if only the writers had put in that work and possessed the vision for them.

  • The Butlerian Jihad | 2002
  • The Machine Crusade | 2003
  • The Battle of Corrin | 2004
  • Sisterhood of Dune | 2011
  • Mentants of Dune | 2014
  • Navigators of Dune | 2016
  • House Atreides | 1999
  • House Harkonnen | 2000
  • House Corrino | 2001
  • The Duke of Caladan | 2020
  • The Lady of Caladan | 2021
  • The Heir of Caladan | 2022
  • Dune | 1965
  • Paul of Dune | 2008
  • The Winds of Dune | 2009
  • Dune Messiah | 1969
  • Children of Dune | 1976
  • God Emperor of Dune | 1981
  • Heretics of Dune | 1984
  • Chapterhouse: Dune | 1985
  • Hunters of Dune | 2006
  • Sandworms of Dune | 2007
  • The Road to Dune | 2005
  • Tales of Dune | 2011
How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide
The Butlerian Jihad | 2002 and The Machine Crusade | 2003 | Source: Fandom

The last two titles in the series, The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune, are a series of short stories that don’t have a specific chronology or timeline, so they can make up for a light epilogue-ish kind of read, where you know that your journey with this series is coming to an end.

2. Dune Movies and Series

I can’t tell you how much trivia I have around the films and the series when it comes to the Dune franchise. Partly because of the Google rabbit hole I went down and partly because of the fans around me.

For those of you who do not know, there were multiple people and studios who wanted to adapt Dune into a full-fledged feature film; however, either the project got stalled, or the technology wasn’t advanced enough for it to become a reality.

Finally, Alejandro Jodorowsky decided to helm the film, but after a long time in pre-production, the film had to be halted due to budget reasons.

2.1 Release Order and Chronological Watch Order

  • Dune | 1984
  • Frank Herbert’s Dune | Miniseries | 2000
  • Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune | Miniseries | 2003
  • Dune: Part One | 2021
 How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide
Dune 1984 | Source: IMDb

Let me come back to the order. You can watch the films and series in their release order itself as they all try to tell the same story more or less, and you’d find it enjoyable to see how with time, the storytelling capabilities and VFX prowess have evolved.

3. Dune Books Movies and Series

3.1 Complete Order

  • Frank Herbert’s Series
  • Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Series
  • Movies and TV series in release order

I could list down all the titles again, but that’s just going to take more of your time, so let me get straight to it.

  • The best way to experience this impeccable franchise is to first read the original six books by Frank Herbert.
  • After that, if you wish to, you can read the books by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson, but there’s a good chance you will be tired of them and leave them halfway through.
  • When you do, watch the films and the series in their release order, and you will get the complete experience.

For the ones who’ve only recently been initiated into this universe with Dune: Part One (2021), there’s going to be a Part Two in 2023 and even a Part Three for which we still don’t know the release date.

How To Watch and Read Dune Series Easy Watch/Read Order Guide
Dune 2021 | Source: IMDb

So until then, I guess you’ve got some catching up to do.

4. Where To Watch

Dune (1984) and Dune: Part One (2021) are currently not streaming on any platforms. Sadly Dune (2021) was available on HBO Max for only 31 days. So I guess we either have to wait for or you could do some hunting *you know where*.

The Dune miniseries is unfortunately not available on any streaming platform. But hang in there, you can still access Dune miniseries on YouTube, where fans have uploaded the complete miniseries just for folks like you and me.

Dune – miniseries

5. About Dune Franchise

The Dune Franchise involves over 21 books, two films, and two miniseries. The original books were written by Frank Herbert and later the series was continued by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. 

The first Dune film was released in 1984 and the latest one was released in 2021. Dune: Part Two will soon begin shooting in 2022, which will pick up from the events of Part One.