How to Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Series In Order

The Guardians of the Galaxy made their first comic book appearance in 1969, but the superhero team that audiences recognize first arrived in the 2008 comic revival of the series. Then, in 2014, Marvel made a film adaptation of the popular comic. As we all know, Guardians of the Galaxy became a smash hit and has since led to more sequels, TV shows, and even a holiday special. Check out our guide below to find out how to watch the entire franchise in order.

In the original 2014 film, Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) finds himself on the run after stealing a mysterious orb. Along the way, he meets a wide range of characters whose fates have brought them together. In the end, the group realizes that despite their differences, they’re much stronger when they work together…ultimately forming the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the film’s climax, the plant creature Groot must sacrifice himself to save the team. Luckily, at the end of the film, we see that he hasn’t died, and instead is regrowing as a young seedling. The adventures of this new “baby Groot” are chronicled in the 2022 Disney+ series I am Groot.

The next installment came in 2015 when Disney XD premiered an animated Guardians of the Galaxy series which ran until 2019. The show followed the crew’s various adventures throughout the galaxy, and its third season is especially notable. The season was subtitled Mission Breakout and dives into the same story as the popular Disneyland ride of the same name. For diehard fans, watching the season is a must before riding the ride to give you a better backstory.

Volume 2 then premiered in 2017 and dived deeper into Quill’s emotional backstory. In the movie, he ends up meeting his father, the god-like Ego (played by Kurt Russell). In the beginning, Ego seems like a loving father who has missed his son, but soon his kind-hearted attitude gives way to an insidious plan. In the end, Quill must realize that his team of misfits has actually become his true family and that he’s strongest when he’s by their side.

Next up was the Holiday Special in 2022, which was both hilarious and heartfelt. In the special, Quill tries to teach the team the meaning of Christmas…and in a misguided attempt at giving him a present, Mantis and Drax travel to Earth and kidnap Kevin Bacon. The special also includes a rocked-up Christmas soundtrack with bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pogues, and The Waitresses.

The most recent addition to the Guardians franchise was Volume 3, which premiered in 2023. The movie takes place after Gamora dies in Avengers: Infinity War and dual plots follow the gang trying to save a planet from destruction while Rocket learns of his tragic origins.

Though a fourth film hasn’t been announced yet, fans can still experience the Guardians’ story at Disney Parks thanks to Mission Breakout at Disneyland and Cosmic Rewind at Disney World. Both rides prominently feature the main cast, have great soundtracks, and are fun ways to dive deeper into the MCU.

You can also check out our guide below to find out where to stream every entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Disney Plus
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Hulu
Crunchyroll
fuboTV
Max
Max Amazon Channel
MGM Plus Amazon Channel
Crunchyroll Amazon Channel
Peacock
Peacock Premium
Kocowa
Amazon Video
Google Play Movies
YouTube
Paramount Plus
Paramount+ with Showtime
Paramount Plus Apple TV Channel
Starz Apple TV Channel
AMC Plus Apple TV Channel
Britbox Apple TV Channel
Paramount+ Amazon Channel
Discovery+ Amazon Channel
AMC+ Amazon Channel
The Roku Channel
Showtime Roku Premium Channel
Paramount+ Roku Premium Channel
Starz Roku Premium Channel
AMC+ Roku Premium Channel
Showtime Amazon Channel
AMC+
MGM Plus Roku Premium Channel
YouTube Premium
YouTube Free
Hoopla
The CW
CW Seed
Vudu
VUDU Free
Starz
Showtime
Criterion Channel
PBS
Pantaflix
FXNow
Tubi TV
Kanopy
Comedy Central
Microsoft Store
Redbox
Sun Nxt
Crackle
AMC
AMC Theatres
Fandor
Curiosity Stream
NBC
MGM Plus
Freeform
History
A&E
Lifetime
Shudder
Acorn TV
Screambox
Sundance Now
Popcornflix
GuideDoc
BritBox
MUBI
Netflix Kids
Boomerang
Urban Movie Channel
History Vault
Yupp TV
Eros Now
MyOutdoorTV
WWE Network
Smithsonian Channel
Laugh Out Loud
Pure Flix
Lifetime Movie Club
Boomerang Amazon Channel
PBS Kids Amazon Channel
Cinemax Amazon Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Amazon Channel
PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel
MZ Choice Amazon Channel
Viewster Amazon Channel
Spamflix
Pluto TV
HiDive
VIX
Night Flight Plus
Topic
MTV
Retrocrush
Classix
Dekkoo
Shout! Factory TV
OVID
Chai Flicks
Mhz Choice
Shudder Amazon Channel
Vice TV
MUBI Amazon Channel
AcornTV Amazon Channel
BritBox Amazon Channel
Fandor Amazon Channel
Screambox Amazon Channel
Sundance Now Amazon Channel
Adult Swim
USA Network
Fox
Bet+ Amazon Channel
FlixFling
Rakuten Viki
AMC on Demand
TCM
TNT
Bravo TV
Food Network
BBC America
IndieFlix
TLC
AHCTV
DIY Network
HGTV
Investigation Discovery
Science Channel
Destination America
Animal Planet
Discovery Life
Discovery
Motor Trend
Cooking Channel
Travel Channel
Paramount Network
Here TV
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Logo TV
DreamWorksTV Amazon Channel
Flix Premiere
TBS
AsianCrush
Revry
Rooster Teeth
DOCSVILLE
Spectrum On Demand
OXYGEN
Hi-YAH
tru TV
DisneyNOW
WeTV
ARROW
Plex
Plex Live TV
Plex Player
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
The Oprah Winfrey Network
Filmzie
Dogwoof On Demand
MovieSaints
True Story
Martha Stewart TV
DocAlliance Films
KoreaOnDemand
Hoichoi
iQIYI
Metrograph
Public Domain Movies
Freevee
Kino Now
Cultpix
Eventive
FilmBox+
aha
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Bet+
Takflix
Klassiki
Starz Amazon Channel
Netflix basic with Ads
Cohen Media Amazon Channel
Popflick
ViX Premium Amazon Channel
Runtime
Fandango
Telemundo
Discovery+
Reveel
Ovation TV
Angel Studios
Cineverse
AD tv
Midnight Pulp
FYI Network
Xumo Play
National Geographic
Atom Tickets
Shahid VIP
DistroTV
myfilmfriend
Cinemark
Outside Watch
Cinepolis USA
Full Moon Amazon Channel
Citytv
Univer Video
GlewedTV
Toon Goggles
Noggin Apple TV Channel
A&E Crime Central Apple TV Channel
Acorn TV Apple TV
ALLBLK Apple TV channel
UP Faith & Family Apple TV Channel
Topic Apple TV Channel
Tastemade Apple TV Channel
Sundance Now Apple TV Channel
Shudder Apple TV Channel
Showtime Apple TV Channel
ScreenPix Apple TV Channel
OUTtv Apple TV Channel
MotorTrend Apple TV channel
Lifetime Movie Club Apple TV Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
CuriosityStream Apple TV Channel
Cinemax Apple TV Channel
BBC Select Apple Tv channel
BET+  Apple TV channel
Carnegie Hall+ Apple TV Channel
IFC Films Unlimited Apple TV Channel
HISTORY Vault Apple TV Channel
HISTORY Vault Amazon Channel
Carnegie Hall+ Amazon Channel
Lifetime Movie Club Amazon Channel
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  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

    #1

    Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

  2. I Am Groot

    I Am Groot

    2022

    IMDB 6.7 (39k)

    #2

    A series of shorts featuring the seedling Groot along with several new and unusual characters.

  3. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

    #3

    Peter Quill is Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joins forces with a quartet of disparate misfits — fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, a tree-like humanoid named Groot, the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora and the rough edged warrior Drax the Destroyer.

  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    #4

    The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.

  5. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    #5

    On a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill, the Guardians head to Earth in search of the perfect present.

  6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    #6

    Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own - a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians if not successful.