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Suggested order for Amazon Prime Doctor Who series

Unfortunately, Amazon has made a dog's breakfast of Doctor Who, splitting up random Tennant episodes and the Christmas Specials into separate "shows" that should not be separate, splitting out various ...
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Suggested order to watch entire Dr. Who?

At the outset, it's important to remember that Doctor Who is not, in general, beholden to its own continuity. Any episode can, and frequently does, change virtually any statement made in a previous ...
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Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Viewing Order This is the release order of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with some modifications for ease of watching. Movies are in bold. TV shows are in italics. ...
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Reading order for Cosmere series by Brandon Sanderson

This is a chart I created to give people a way to decide on what order to read Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere books. It is current as of January 2016.
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Which MCU movies are essential background for Civil War?

The Bare Minimum Captain America: The First Avenger - introduces Steve Rogers and other important characters specifically relevant to his storyline. The Avengers - introduces the team dynamic, the ...
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Which Marvel TV episodes are related to the MCU movies?

Agents of SHIELD Phil Coulson is introduced in Iron Man; he also appears in Iron Man 2, Thor, and: The Avengers, where we learn why Grant Ward is so surprised to learn he's alive Iron Man 3 ...
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What do I need to watch before watching Star Trek: Picard?

You can enjoy the show without having to watch anything in advance - as you mentioned yourself. That having said, Star Trek: Picard is dealing with a few themes that can be better understood by ...
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What is the recommended order for the books and the games of the Witcher?

The books It's not really too complicated. You can basically stick to the release order (of the original books, the English translations seem to lag behind quite a bit and might be out of order), as ...
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Which X-Men movies should I watch before Deadpool?

To understand the film, none. To understand the jokes, you need to watch or know X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Those jokes and all the other references (almost) are listed ...
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In what order should I watch Flash and Arrow TV Shows?

Ideally, you should watch them in the order they aired. That is, if you want to get the most coherent story from both shows, you should watch Arrow up through the end of Season 2, then watch alternate ...
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Can The Malloreon be read without first reading The Belgariad?

In theory yes, but it's not recommended. You should at least know the basic shape of events in the Belgariad before you start the Malloreon. Fortunately, many (all?) editions of the Malloreon start ...
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What is the viewing order for CW's DC shared universe?

You only have to have a viewing order when there is a multi-part episode that spans a show. There are multi-part crossovers that span multiple shows that won't make complete sense if you watch one ...
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Do you really need to read “The Silmarillion” before reading “The Children of Húrin”, “Beren and Lúthien” or “The Fall of Gondolin”?

It is not strictly necessary, but it is recommended The Silmarillion gives you an overview of the First Age. The Great Tales are stories that happen in the First Age, and they correspond to chapters ...
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What order should I be reading the Discworld books in?

Recently there was a reading guide released for Discworld. note: the website seems to regularly be inaccessible, and there are some noticeable typos in the infographic as of January 2016 (see second ...
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Is there any meaningful material in "Witcher" canon that requires playing games?

Games are unofficial continuation of the books and technically not canon. They were made after most of the books and Sapkowski didn't even play them, much less helped in their creation. You won't lose ...
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What do I need to watch to understand this character's history in an upcoming episode of "The Mandalorian"?

Spoilers ahead The problem here is Ahsoka Tano is a central character to both the Clone Wars TV series, as well as Star Wars: Rebels. It's like asking which Harry Potter books explain Hermione Granger ...
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In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched?

George Lucas - I, II, III, IV, V, VI The creator of Star Wars has stated that the correct viewing order for the original trilogy and prequel trilogy is the numbered order, not the release order. “...
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In which order should I watch the X-Men movies to know Wolverine's full sequential story?

There are two ways to order Wolverine's appearances. Release order X-Men (2000) - His first on-screen appearance X-2: X-Men United (2003) - Wolverine encounters Stryker, but has only vague memories ...
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Required reading before taking on Gaiman's Sandman series?

No. If you start with "Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes" and read in order to "Volume 10: The Wake", The Sandman is a complete and self-contained story. A few additional notes: The Sandman was ...
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What's the recommended reading order of the Ender Wiggin books?

UPDATED WITH NEW CHART, SHOULD BE ACCURATE AS OF 2020 In general, the books assume that you've read everything previously released. The nomenclature also evolved throughout the series, and going out ...
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Reading order for Harry Potter auxiliary books?

I don’t believe JK Rowling has ever suggested a reading order for the books. The easy answer is to read them in publication order: Beasts and Quidditch were published between Books 4 and 5, ...
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What should I watch before playing Alien: Isolation?

Isolation has no continuity with the prequels as far as I can remember. My advice to you is this: Watch Alien, the theatrical cut. Play Alien: Isolation. Read Alien: Out of the Shadows, set after ...
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Which films are required viewing before "Avengers: Endgame"?

As Joss Whedon said when Age of Ultron was released, Marvel works hard to try to make these very expensive crossover movies work for as large an audience as possible: Kevin Feige and I are fanboys, ...
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What is the correct order to read/watch Firefly/Serenity?

As usual, my opinion is always that creator's chosen publication order is the best order to watch/read anything. That would mean: All Firefly episodes (if possible, the "right" order, which I think ...
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Can I watch The Force Awakens without having previously watched the earlier films?

The earlier films are not strictly necessary, but recommended. You'd get more enjoyment out of watching Star Wars if you watch TFA after watching the other films, although you could watch it on its ...
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Reading order for Animorphs

Animorphs Well, that's easy: they're numbered 1 to 54, after all. Megamorphs The Megamorphs books tie into the main series, so they're also easy to place: The Andalite's Gift takes place between ...
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Is there a suggested order for the works of Philip K. Dick?

I do not believe there has ever been an official suggested order. The most common advice I have seen, which I agree with, is that chronologically may be your best bet (with some suggesting to avoid ...
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Can one watch Defenders without watching the previous individual shows?

According to Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez, one of the goals of the project was to ensure that you could, indeed, watch the show without needing to watch all of the others (which amounts to some ...
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Where to start reading The Batman?

Despite this being sort of a subjective question I have provided a list of what I think of as the 10 Best & Essential Batman Collections to get started & caught up w/ the Legend of the Dark ...
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