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The most popular Babylon 5 Viewing Orders for all TV Episodes and Movies are listed below. You can click the column headers to sort the chart as desired. Descriptions and comparisons for each order are below the chart. Unfortunately the assigned episode numbers, release dates, and production numbers do not match the intended viewing orders of the show's creator, J Michael Straczynski (JMS). Hence multiple viewing orders have emerged.

Episode Name Ideal Intended Order Ideal Chrono-logical Order Historical Database Chrono-logical Order Historical Database Story Dates Episode # Release Date Production #
The Gathering (Movie) *A 1 1 1 2257-01-03 to 2257-01-08 N/A 1993-02-22 Pilot
Midnight on the Firing Line 2 2 2 2258-02-28 1x01 1994-01-26 103
Soul Hunter 3 3 3 2258-03-02 to 2258-03-03 1x02 1994-02-02 102
Born to the Purple 4 5 5 2258-03-22 to 2258-03-25 1x03 1994-02-09 104
Infection 5 4 4 2258-03-08 to 2258-03-09 1x04 1994-02-16 101
The Parliament of Dreams 6 6 6 2258-03-30 to 2258-04-03 1x05 1994-02-23 108
Mind War 7 9 9 2258-04-24 to 2258-04-26 1x06 1994-03-02 110
The War Prayer 8 7 7 2258-04-03 to 2258-04-07 1x07 1994-03-09 107
And the Sky Full of Stars 9 8 8 2258-04-11 to 2258-04-13 1x08 1994-03-16 106
Deathwalker 10 11 11 2258-05 1x09 1994-04-20 113
Believers 11 12 12 2258-06 1x10 1994-04-27 105
Survivors 12 13 13 2258-06 1x11 1994-05-04 111
By Any Means Necessary 13 10 10 2258-05 1x12 1994-05-11 114
Signs and Portents 14 19 19 2258-08-03 to 2258-08-05 1x13 1994-05-18 116
Grail 15 18 18 2258-07 1x15 1994-07-06 109
Eyes 16 21 21 2258-09 1x16 1994-07-13 122
A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I 17 14 14 2258-06 1x18 1994-07-27 120
A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II 18 15 15 2258-06 1x19 1994-08-03 121
Babylon Squared 19 16 16 2258-07-12 to 2258-07-13 1x20 1994-08-10 118
The Quality of Mercy 20 22 22 2258-09 1x21 1994-08-17 117
TKO 21 20 20 2258-08 1x14 1994-05-25 119
Legacies 22 17 17 2258-07 1x17 1994-07-20 115
Chrysalis 23 23 23 2258-12-30 to 2259-01-01 1x22 1994-10-26 112
Points of Departure 24 24 24 2259-01-08 2x01 1994-11-02 201
Revelations 25 25 25 2259-01-12 to 2259-01-19 2x02 1994-11-09 202
The Geometry of Shadows 26 26 26 2259-01-25 to 2259-02-05** 2x03 1994-11-16 203
A Distant Star 27 27 27 2259-01-30 to 2259-02-02** 2x04 1994-11-23 204
The Long Dark 28 31 31 2259-06 2x05 1994-11-30 205
A Spider in the Web 29 28 28 2259-03 2x06 1994-12-07 206
A Race Through Dark Places 30 29 29 2259-03-14 to 2259-03-17 2x08 1995-01-25 207
Soul Mates 31 30 30 2259-05 2x07 1994-12-14 208
The Coming of Shadows 32 32 32 2259-06-13 to 2259-06-17 2x09 1995-02-01 209
GROPOS 33 33 33 2259-06-20 to 2259-06-23 2x10 1995-02-08 210
All Alone in the Night 34 34 34 2259-07 2x11 1995-02-15 211
Acts of Sacrifice 35 35 35 2259-07 2x12 1995-02-22 212
Hunter, Prey 36 36 36 2259-07 2x13 1995-03-01 213
There All the Honor Lies 37 38 38 2259-08 2x14 1995-04-26 215
And Now For a Word 38 39 39 2259-09-16 2x15 1995-05-03 214
Knives 39 37 37 2259-08 2x17 1995-05-17 217
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum 40 40 40 2259-09-24 2x16 1995-05-10 216
Confessions and Lamentations 41 41 41 2259-11 2x18 1995-05-24 218
Divided Loyalties 42 42 42 2259-11-24 to 2259-12-02 2x19 1995-10-11 220
The Long, Twilight Struggle 43 43 43 2259-12-03 to 2259-12-10 2x20 1995-10-18 219
Comes the Inquisitor 44 44 44 2259-12-19 to 2259-12-20 2x21 1995-10-25 221
The Fall of Night 45 45 45 2259-12-18 to 2259-12-24 2x22 1995-11-01 222
Matters of Honor 46 46 46 2259-12-27 to 2260-01-09 3x01 1995-11-06 301
Convictions 47 47 47 2260-01-13 to 2260-01-14 3x02 1995-11-13 302
A Day in the Strife 48 48 48 2260-01-15 to 2260-01-16 3x03 1995-11-20 303
Passing Through Gethsemane 49 49 49 2260-01-18 to 2260-02-04 3x04 1995-11-27 305
Voices of Authority 50 50 50 2260-02-05 to 2260-02-07 3x05 1996-01-29 304
Dust to Dust 51 51 51 2260-02-28 to 2260-03-01 3x06 1996-02-05 306
Exogenesis 52 52 52 2260-03-10 to 2260-03-13 3x07 1996-02-12 307
Messages from Earth 53 53 53 2260-03-18 to 2260-04-08 3x08 1996-02-19 308
Point of No Return 54 54 54 2260-04-08 to 2260-04-10 3x09 1996-02-26 309
Severed Dreams 55 55 55 2260-04-14 to 2260-04-15 3x10 1996-04-01 310
Ceremonies of Light and Dark 56 56 56 2260-04-16 to 2260-04-18 3x11 1996-04-08 311
A Late Delivery from Avalon 57 57 58 2260-07-11 to 2260-07-12 3x13 1996-04-22 312
Sic Transit Vir 58 58 57 2260-06-30 to 2260-07-05 3x12 1996-04-15 313
Ship of Tears 59 59 59 2260-07-24 3x14 1996-04-29 314
Interludes and Examinations 60 60 60 2260-08-03 to 2260-08-05 3x15 1996-05-06 315
Walkabout 61 61 63 2260-08-16 3x18 1996-09-30 318
War Without End, Part I 62 62 61 2260-08-09 3x16 1996-05-13 316
War Without End, Part II 63 63 62 2260-08-12 3x17 1996-05-20 317
Grey 17 is Missing 64 64 64 2260-11-26 to 2260-11-30 3x19 1996-10-07 319
And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place 65 65 65 2260-12-07 to 2260-12-11 3x20 1996-10-14 320
Shadow Dancing 66 66 66 2260-12-14 to 2260-12-19 3x21 1996-10-21 321
Z'ha'dum 67 67 67 2260-12-19 to 2260-12-25 3x22 1996-10-28 322
The Hour of the Wolf 68 68 68 2260-12-28 to 2261-01-06 4x01 1996-11-04 401
Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? 69 69 69 2261-01-08 to 2261-01-14 4x02 1996-11-11 402
The Summoning 70 70 70 2261-01-11 to 2261-01-18 4x03 1996-11-18 403
Falling Toward Apotheosis 71 71 71 2261-01-19 to 2261-01-20 4x04 1996-11-25 404
The Long Night 72 72 72 2261-01-22 to 2261-01-24 4x05 1997-01-27 405
Into the Fire 73 73 73 2261-01-23 to 2261-01-30 4x06 1997-02-03 406
Epiphanies 74 74 74 2261-02-01 to 2261-02-15 4x07 1997-02-10 407
The Illusion of Truth 75 75 75 2261-04-03 to 2261-04-12 4x08 1997-02-17 408
Thirdspace (Movie) 76 76 82 2261-06** N/A 1998-07-19 TNTCF1
Atonement *A 77 77 76 2261-04-26 to 2261-05-05 4x09 1997-02-24 409
Racing Mars 78 78 77 2261-05-11 to 2261-05-13 4x10 1997-04-21 410
Lines of Communication 79 79 78 2261-05-13 to 2261-05-16 4x11 1997-04-28 411
Conflicts of Interest 80 80 79 2261-05-17 to 2261-05-19 4x12 1997-05-05 412
Rumors, Bargains and Lies 81 81 80 2261-05-19 to 2261-05-21 4x13 1997-05-12 413
Moments of Transition 82 82 81 2261-05-20 to 2261-09-01** 4x14 1997-05-19 414
No Surrender, No Retreat 83 83 83 2261-09-02 to 2261-09-04 4x15 1997-05-26 415
The Exercise of Vital Powers 84 84 84 2261-09-06 to 2261-09-08 4x16 1997-06-02 416
The Face of the Enemy 85 85 85 2261-10-17 to 2261-10-22 4x17 1997-06-09 417
Intersections in Real Time 86 86 86 2261-10-23 to 2261-10-27 4x18 1997-06-16 418
Between the Darkness and the Light 87 87 87 2261-10-27 to 2261-10-31 4x19 1997-10-06 419
Endgame 88 88 88 2261-11-01 to 2261-11-04 4x20 1997-10-13 420
Rising Star *B 89 89 89 2261-11-03 to 2261-12-31 4x21 1997-10-20 421
No Compromises 90 90 90 2262-01-13 to 2262-01-17 5x01 1998-01-21 501
The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari 91 91 91 2262-01-20 to 2262-01-21 5x02 1998-01-28 502
The Paragon of Animals 92 92 92 2262-01-30 to 2262-01-31 5x03 1998-02-04 503
A View from the Gallery 93 93 93 2262-02-12 to 2262-02-13 5x04 1998-02-11 504
Learning Curve 94 94 95 2262-05-17 to 2262-05-22 5x05 1998-02-18 505
Strange Relations 95 95 96 2262-05-23 to 2262-05-24 5x06 1998-02-25 506
Secrets of the Soul 96 96 97 2262-05-25 to 2262-05-28 5x07 1998-03-04 507
In the Kingdom of the Blind 97 97 98 2262-05-27 to 2262-05-31 5x08 1998-03-18 508
A Tragedy of Telepaths 98 98 99 2262-06-16 to 2262-06-18 5x09 1998-03-25 509
Phoenix Rising 99 99 100 2262-06-19 5x11 1998-04-01 511
The Ragged Edge 100 100 101 2262-06-20 to 2262-06-23 5x12 1998-04-08 512
Day of the Dead 101 101 94 2262-02 5x10 1998-03-11 510
The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father 102 102 102 2262-06-24 to 2262-06-29 5x13 1998-04-15 513
Meditations on the Abyss 103 103 103 2262-07-13 to 2262-07-15 5x14 1998-05-27 514
Darkness Ascending 104 104 104 2262-07-23 to 2262-07-30 5x15 1998-06-03 515
And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder 105 105 105 2262-07-31 to 2262-08-06 5x16 1998-06-10 516
Movements of Fire and Shadow 106 106 106 2262-08-09 to 2262-08-14 5x17 1998-06-17 517
The Fall of Centauri Prime 107 107 107 2262-08-14 to 2262-08-18 5x18 1998-10-28 518
Wheel of Fire 108 108 108 2262-08-19 to 2262-08-21 5x19 1998-11-04 519
Objects in Motion 109 109 109 2262-09-01 to 2262-09-05 5x20 1998-11-11 520
Objects at Rest *C 110 110 110 2262-09-06 to 2262-09-11 5x21 1998-11-18 521
The River of Souls (Movie) 111 111 111 2263-06-08 to 2263-06-13 N/A 1998-11-08 TNTCF3
Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight (Movie) 112 112 112 2265-03 N/A 2002-01-19 296737
A Call to Arms (Movie) 113 113 113 2266-12-17 to 2266-12-30 N/A 1999-01-03 TNTCF4
War Zone 114 114 114 2267-01-01 to 2267-01-05 C1x01 1999-06-09 C108
The Long Road 115 115 115 2267-02-27 to 2267-03-02 C1x02 1999-06-16 C107
Ruling from the Tomb 116 116 123 2267-06-15 to 2267-06-16 C1x06 1999-07-14 C111
Appearances and Other Deceits 117 117 116 2267-03 C1x08 1999-07-28 C113
The Memory of War 118 118 117 2267-03-30 to 2267-04-01 C1x10 1999-08-11 C102
The Needs of Earth 119 119 118 2267-04 C1x11 1999-08-18 C101
Racing the Night 120 120 119 2267-05 C1x09 1999-08-04 C103
Visitors from Down the Street 121 121 120 2267-05-13 to 2267-05-14 C1x12 1999-08-25 C104
Each Night I Dream of Home 122 122 121 2267-05 C1x13 1999-09-01 C105
The Path of Sorrows 123 123 122 2267-06 C1x04 1999-06-30 C109
Patterns of the Soul 124 124 124 2267-06 C1x05 1999-07-07 C110
The Well of Forever 125 125 125 2267-07 C1x03 1999-06-23 C106
The Rules of the Game 126 126 126 2267-07 C1x07 1999-07-21 C112
The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark (Movie) 127 127 127 2271-12-24 to 2271-12-30 N/A 2007-07-27 235024
In the Beginning (Movie) *A 128 128 128 2245-2249 [Flashbacks]

2278-12-24 [Prologue/ epilogue]**

N/A 1998-01-04 TNTCF2
Sleeping in Light *C 129 129 129 2280-12-28 to 2281-01-20 5x22 1998-11-25 522
The Deconstruction of Falling Stars *B 130 130 130 2262-01-02 to 1,002,262** 4x22 1997-10-27 422


Decision Points[edit | edit source]

*There are three decision points indicated with asterisks in the chart based on your personal viewing preference.

  • *A. The order of the Movie "In The Beginning". JMS suggested watching it 3rd to last, just before "Sleeping in Light", as a summary flashback. However some fans prefer to watch this just after Season 4's "Atonement" as it ties in really well with this episode and you wont get any spoilers. Alternatively you can watch it first, before "The Gathering" as an interesting prequel with spoilers. If someone is on the fence about watching Babylon 5, its recommend to watch In The Beginning first because it gives them a taste of what will come and may push them over the edge into watching the show.
  • *B. The order of Season 4's "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars". JMS suggested watching it last, as it wraps up the entire B5 universe. However some fans prefer to watch this after "Objects at Rest" at the end of Season 4 as originally broadcasted to conclude Season 4. During production of Season 4 it appeared B5 would not be renewed for Season 5, so "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" was created to conclude the entire B5 universe.
  • *C. The order of Season 5's "Sleeping in Light". JMS suggested watching it 2nd to last, just before "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars", as it wraps up the show. However some fans prefer to watch this after "Rising Star" at the end of Season 5 as originally broadcasted to conclude Season 5, before moving on to watch the spin-off movies/episodes.


Ideal Intended Order[edit | edit source]

The Ideal Intended Order is the order that J Michael Straczynski (JMS) originally intended the show to be viewed in for full dramatic impact. This viewing order was taken from JMS's interviews, notes, and discussions. This is not a chronological order of events, and not everything is meant to make sense at first as some episodes have flashbacks and visions of things. This order (including the very similar Lurker's Guide as described below) is popular among devoted fans.

Source: http://www.b5tv.com/showthread.php?t=11675

  • For the Crusade spin-off the Chronological Order option was leveraged as it is enjoyable and popular among devoted fans without continuity issues or jarring inconsistencies. This Crusade order is from the Babylon 5 Historical Database as authorized by JMS, with one adjustment for a continuity issue in "Ruling From the Tomb".


Ideal Chronological Order[edit | edit source]

The Ideal Chronological Order assembled by the B5 fan community based on logical general consensus. This is a chronological order of events, which is significantly different than the order JMS originally intended the show to be viewed in for full dramatic impact. It takes into consideration everything there is to know about B5, including JMS's comments, and most importantly the audio/video continuity of the shows themselves.

Compared to the Ideal Intended Order; the first 40 shows are re-arranged, however the last 90 shows are in the same order. The Ideal Chronological Order is very similar to the Historical Database Chronological Order as authorized by JMS; with five community made adjustments for continuity issues and to align to JMS's original public comments.

  1. "Sic Transit Vir" appears to go after "A Late Delivery from Avalon" per JMS here: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/056.html
  2. "War Without End" appears to go after "Walkabout" per JMS here: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/062.html
  3. "Thirdspace" appears to go after "The Illusion of Truth" based on the Lurker's analysis here: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/112.html
  4. "Day of the Dead" appears to go after "The Ragged Edge" based on discussion in this thread, the Lurker's analysis, and per JMS here: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/096.html
  5. "Ruling From the Tomb" appears to best go after "The Long Road" based on the order of Gideon/Lochley meetings and per JMS's later publications as described here: http://www.b5tv.com/showthread.php?t=45810


Historical Database Chronological Order/Story Dates[edit | edit source]

The Babylon 5 Historical Database Chronological Order as published in the 2008 book ACROSS TIME AND SPACE: The Chronologies of Babylon 5. Researched and created by devoted fan Terry Jones with the full input, cooperation, and authorization of JMS. This is excellent documentation that took a ton of effort to create. The Historical Database was used in house at Babylonian Productions (as confirmed by Reference editor Fiona Avery) and contains the only OFFICIAL running order of both Babylon 5 and Crusade directly authorized by JMS himself obsoleting previous versions.

Source: http://www.b5tv.com/showthread.php?t=45825

Ordering rationale notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9jqk568tcfkcesu/Chronological%20order%20of%20the%20B5%20canon.docx?dl=0

**The double asterisks in the chart indicate Story Dates overlap multiple shows.


Episode #[edit | edit source]

The number haphazardly assigned to the episodes. This order creates continuity issues and does not match the intended viewing order of the show's creator, JMS.


Release Date[edit | edit source]

The broadcasters original release dates. Similar to what happened to Firefly, Broadcasters re-arranged episodes to their liking and shuffled episodes around due to scheduling issues. This order creates continuity issues and does not match the intended viewing order of the show's creator, JMS.


Production #[edit | edit source]

The number assigned based on the order the shows were produced in. This order greatly varied due to production constraints such as cast availability and many other factors. This order creates continuity issues and does not match the intended viewing order of the show's creator, JMS.


Other Viewing Orders[edit | edit source]

Additional popular viewing orders are described below, however these are not included in the chart.


The Lurker's Guide[edit | edit source]

Source: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/eplist.html

This is the same as the Ideal Intended Order except:

  • "In The Beginning" was placed at the very start.
  • "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" was placed at the end of Season 4 as originally broadcasted.
  • "Sleeping in Light" was placed at the end of Season 5 as originally broadcasted.
  • For Crusade, the order listed is one of several that JMS authorized. However many fans agree this is not the best watch order due to some jarring inconsistencies. Follow the Ideal Intended Order instead.


Alkibiades410's Preferred Continuity Order[edit | edit source]

Source: http://www.b5tv.com/showthread.php?t=45810

This is the same as the Ideal Intended Order except:

  • "In The Beginning" was placed at the very start.
  • For Crusade, many options are presented. The "Alternate Continuity Order" matches the Ideal Intended Order and the Ideal Chronological Order. The other orders have continuity issues and are not the best.


Alkibiades410's Chronological Order[edit | edit source]

Source: http://www.b5tv.com/showthread.php?t=45810

This is the same as the Ideal Chronological Order except:

  • "In The Beginning" was placed at the very start.
  • "Confessions and Lamentations" was placed after "Divided Loyalties". This appears to be an error by Alkibiades410 based on the Lurker's analysis here: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/041.html
  • For Crusade, many options are presented. The "Alternate Continuity Order" matches the Ideal Intended Order and the Ideal Chronological Order. The other orders have continuity issues and are not the best.


I. Marc Carlson's Timeline of the Babylon 5/Crusade Universe[edit | edit source]

I. Marc Carlson's Timeline as published in the 2008 book ACROSS TIME AND SPACE: The Chronologies of Babylon 5. The book contained this timeline and the separate Terry Jones' Babylon 5 Historical Database chronology. In the introduction written by Reference editor Fiona Avery, she confirms that the two chronologies are different in tone and content (Jones’ particularly went to great lengths cross referencing all his entries and using only canon sources, including information from JMS) and while both have been used by fans, it is only Terry Jones’ Babylon 5 Historical Database that was used in house at Babylonian Productions.


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