How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide

How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide

“Autobots! Transform and roll out!” Is it just me or does everyone read that in Optimus Prime’s robotic voice? The Transformers franchise was originally comics created by Marvel Comics. The live-action film first came out in 2007 and since then the series has become a part of this generation’s pop culture.

Although the later films weren’t that great, except Bumblebee, the first trilogy was the perfect commercial entertainment film with giant robots battling it out against each other. Nevertheless, the films are also known for some of the best CGI and special effects at the time. In fact, it truly set a benchmark for making all those bots look and feel so real.

But before even the first films came in the 2000s, the animated series had begun way back in the 1980s which till this day continue. They have given us some of the best storylines and actions sequences that fans could’ve asked for and people don’t really know enough about them.

But, enough of me fanboying and geeking out over the series. While most of you have enjoyed the live action films, true fans know the real meat lies in the animated series. If you haven’t watched it all or want to rewatch it, here’s the perfect Transformers watch order guide.

How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide
Transformers: Age of Extinction | Source: Fandom

The watch order guide will have the chronological and release order of both the animated series and the live-action films. While the two are not connected with each other in terms of continuity a lot of the live-action films have been inspired by the animated series.

1. Transformers Live-Action Films Release Order

  • Transformers (2007)
  • Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
  • Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Bumblebee (2018)
Optimus Prime | Source: IMDb

In this release order, the first five films were directed by Michael Bay, while the Bumblebee spin-off was directed by Travis Knight. The Bumblebee spin-off is set 20 years before the events of the first Transformer film.

You can watch the film as a standalone one if you don’t want to know and get into the nitty-gritty of the series.

2. Transformers Live-Action Films Chronological Watch Order

  • Bumblebee (2018)
  • Transformers (2007)
  • Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
  • Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

As you see there’s not much difference between the watch order and the release order. However, there are some continuity issues in the plot between the Bumblee spin-off prequel and the rest of the series.

How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide
Transformers | Source: IMDb

The origins that are explained in the first Transformers film and how it all unfolds in the Bumblebee film have some inconsistencies which I’m not going to give out because they could be spoilers.

However, keep an eye out for them as there are some loose ends that the writers might want to tie with the upcoming Transformers film set to release in 2022.

Despite these tiny details, the franchise is an entertaining watch for anybody looking for some robot action with some pretty sophisticated CGI and special effects and a decent plotline.

Now onto the animated series which is a long list, brace yourself, because a lot of Autobots, Decepticons, Cybertrons and more are coming your way.

3. Transformers Animated Series Release Order and Watch Order

  1. Transformers: Generation 1 | 1984 = 1993
  2. The GoBots Universe | 1984 – 1986
  3. Challenge of the GoBots | 1984 – 1985
  4. The Transformers | 1984 – 1987
  5. GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords | 1986
  6. Transformers: Scramble City | 1986
  7. Transformers: The Movie | 1986
  8. Transformers: The Headmasters | 1987
  9. Transformers: Super-God Masterforce | 1988
  10. Transformers: Victory | 1989
  11. Transformers: Zone | 1990
  12. Transformers: Generation 2 | 1993 – 1995
  13. Transformers: The Rebirth | 1996
  14. The Beast Era | 1996- 2000
  15. Beast Wars: Transformers | 1996 – 1999
  16. Beast Wars II: Super-Life Transformers | 1998
  17. Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy In Imminent Danger! | 1998
  18. Super Life-Form Transformers: Beast Wars Neo | 1999
  19. Beast Machines: Transformers | 1999 – 2000
  20. Transformers: Robots in Disguise | 2001
  21. The Unicron Trilogy | 2002 – 2005
  22. Transformers: Armada | 2002 – 2003
  23. Transformers: Energon | 2004
  24. Transformers: Robotmasters | 2004 – 2005
  25. Transformers: Cybertron | 2005
  26. Transformers: Animated | 2007 – 2009
  27. The Aligned Continuity | 2010 – Present
  28. Transformers: Prime | 2010 – 2013
  29. The Kre-O Transformers Shorts | 2011 – 2015
  30. Transformers: Rescue Bots | 2012 – 2016
  31. Transformers Go! | 2013
  32. Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising | 2013
  33. Transformers: Robots in Disguise | 2015 – 2017
  34. The Prime Wars Trilogy | 2016 – 2018
  35. Transformers: Combiner Wars | 2016
  36. Transformers: Titan Return | 2017
  37. Transformers: Power of the Primes | 2018
  38. Transformers: Cyberverse | 2018 – 2020
  39. Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy | 2019 – Present
  40. The War for Cybertron Trilogy | 2020
  41. Chapter 1: Siege | 2020
  42. Chapter 2: Earthrise | 2021
  43. Chapter 3: Kingdom | 2021
  44. Transformers: BotBots | TBA
  45. Nickelodeon’s Transformers Comedy Series | TBA
How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide
Transformers: The Last Knight | Source: IMDb

Almost all the series and films and shorts are in their anthological order while some storylines overlap they still maintain the continuity you will be looking for. Another exciting aspect to this entire list is that different renditions such as the Japanese anime have been created which branch out to different stories that you can experience.

4. Run-Time And Binge Duration

The live-action franchise comes for about 15 hours but the animated series can go on for countless hours which might be a little difficult to count. Nevertheless, you can watch the animated series and the movie series separately as binges or spread it across weeks or months.

How To Watch Transformers Franchise Easy Watch Order Guide
Transformers | Source: Fandom

So you can either go for slouch on the couch way or one movie/episode per night to experience the entire franchise.

5. Where To Watch

The complete Transformers movie series is available on Amazon Prime. If you don’t have Prime Video then you can also find the series on Google Play that you can buy for $56.99. You can also rent individual films for $3.99.

While the 1980s Transformers animated series are hard to find online, you can still watch some of them on PrimeVideo and JustWatch, and other such platforms.

6. The Best Order To Watch Transformers

Since the timeline is pretty straightforward, I think it’s best to watch the films in the release order. This way you can get the complete feel of the OG films before moving on to the prequel, which is a direct dive into this universe.

You can then catch the complete animated series from various sites and sources, which might as well be pirated. So as always, don’t wait for anything, and binge ‘em all in one go. Happy Bingeing!

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7. About Transformers Franchise

Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the Transformers franchise which began in the 1980s as an animated series that go on till today.

Michael Bay has directed the first five films: Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011), Age of Extinction (2014), and The Last Knight (2017). A spin-off film, Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight and produced by Bay, was released on December 21, 2018.

The Transformers series has received negative to mixed reception, except for Bumblebee which received positive reviews. It is the 13th-highest-grossing film series, with a total of $4.8 billion; two films in the series have grossed over $1 billion each.