This is an updated list of the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in order of internal chronology (not release order); including shorts and other releases (feature films are in bold):
Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1
Marvel's Agent Carter Season 2
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (short; Iron Man 3 release)
I just read a very good blog post arguing that Machete Order is the best way to watch them:
Next time you want to introduce someone to Star Wars for the first time, watch the films with them in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI.
Notice something? Yeah, Episode I is gone.
The blog post itself goes into a lot more (persuasive) detail about why this is ...
The author himself, Isaac Asimov, wrote in the Author's Note of the Prelude to Foundation that he is providing a guide for those readers that might appreciate it since the books "were not written in the order in which (perhaps) they should be read." Therein, he offers the following chronological order:
The Complete Robot (1982) Collection of 31 Short ...
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 other miscellaneous items and combining them with unrelated materials, and even putting seasons in the wrong order. There is no difference between "the David ...
From the episode list at The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
That list provides the chronological order of the storyline for the episodes as well as the movies, as indicated by JMS. (Some episodes vary slightly with the release dates and the chronological ordering intended)
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 episode1. So take any notion of continuity you may have with a TARDIS-sized grain of salt.
Personally I advise watching in release order, because you'll ...
Those novellas are just standalone versions of the book chapters. So don't read them at all.
This does not however cover the novellas in the
Tales of Dunk and Egg series, which are (to date):
The Hedge Knight (First published in the anthology Legends in 1998)
The Sworn Sword (First published in the anthology Legends II in
The Mystery Knight (First ...
It's not necessary to watch the original before the reboot, and to be honest I'd suggest it's a negative. While the two series shares names and some plot arcs, the reboot is a lot more plot intensive and some amazing TV. The original benefits from the rose-tinted glasses of hindsight.
If you haven't watched either, watch the reboot and then decide ...
I'd like to elaborate on TOS (The Original Series) and TNG (The Next Generation). In general, I'd recommend watching TOS first, but there is a caveat;
You have to be aware that TNG is how Roddenberry actually intended Star Trek to be like. Well, the part of TNG until he died, after that his vision was muddied (to varying degrees) by other people taking over....
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 first meeting of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, the first real collateral damage by the Avengers which is referenced in Civil War
Captain America: The Winter ...
The Official Marvel Cinematic Universe Viewing Order
This is the intended viewing order by Marvel.
Movies are in bold.
TV shows are in italics.
Important note: Marvel has said that their TV shows may not be 100% canon with their film
universe. Additionally most TV shows are not connected to the film
universe in any meaningful way, and are standalone ...
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 introduced us to Extremis; a refinement of Extremis, referred to as Centipede, is the major plot element for the first half of season 1
Thor introduces Lady Sif, who ...
The Hobbit was specifically written with children in mind (although not in any sense dumbed down, just more focused on story). The Lord of the Rings by contrast is a more difficult read, and takes some perseverance to get though. Reading the Hobbit is therefore a good way to work out whether you are likely to enjoy the full LoTR experience. If you don't ...
I think neither the published order nor the chronological order do the series justice.
I always have recommended the series in the following order:
I, Robot (some lists omit this, but this is really the "origin" story of this universe - The Complete Robot can be substituted here, since it contains the same stories as I, Robot)
The Elijah Baley series (...
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 watching the movies and episodes listed below.
TNG is a series of the 80s and 90s - since references between episodes are rare and most of the time everything is "...
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 in this Movies & TV answer. (It’s full of spoilers.)
Colossus's character did appear in X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but none ...
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 depicted by Wikipedia, except for a minor switch. Well, first of all, there are basically three different kinds of stories concerning the Witcher written by ...
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 episodes of The Flash Season 1 and Arrow Season 3. There is only one time when the shows seem to be significantly out of sync, and it won't make a whole ton of ...
neilfein (a user here) directed me to this diagram for a reading order. It can be regarded as the absolute minimum of the books that need to be read for the series to be coherent and make sense. Note that it leaves out a lot of short stories as it's trying to be concise. Also this isn't chronological - it just tries to give you an overall understanding of ...
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 with a prologue/introduction which summarises the Belgariad. So you can learn that overall shape quite easily, but you'd still be missing out on a lot.
I'm going to assume we're talking post-2005 Doctor Who, as that is the one in conjunction with Torchwood. The order I'd recommend would be:
Season 1 of Doctor Who
Season 2 of Doctor Who
Season 3 of Doctor Who, stopping after Blink
Season 1 of Torchwood
Season 3 of Doctor Who, restarting at Utopia
Season 2 of Torchwood
Season 4 of Doctor Who
Season 3 of ...
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 but not the other:
Flash vs. Arrow/The Brave and the Bold
Part 1: The Flash Episode 1x08 "Flash vs. Arrow"
Part 2: Arrow Episode 3x08 "The Brave and the Bold"
It appears that another answer on this page was largely "inspired" by the Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order I created nearly four years ago.
That episode order was actually the first to take into account all the BSG extras, like the web series, deleted scenes, extended episodes, etc. It was also the first to suggest placement of Razor and The Plan in the ...
As a person who watched the original in its heyday as a child, I have to recommend either watching the original after the reimagined series or not at all. Of course it's my personal opinion and it's based on the following:
The entire sci-fi genre has matured a lot during the years that separate the two shows. Things that were fresh back then are now cliches ...
It should be sufficient to know the backstory of each of the characters (two of which - Black Widow and Hawkeye - didn't get a movie, and so their backstory is mostly covered in the new movie) to enjoy The Avengers. If you were a fan of the comic books you can jump right in.
However, if all of this is new to you, then it may help to see the "prequels" to ...
I'm going to break the mold a bit, here. There's a whole lot of stuff you'll want to watch, but there's also quite a few places where you could fall off.
For a modern viewer, consider what you're looking for. If you want fantastic adventure, begin with Season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. First watch the pilot (Encounter at Farpoint) - it ...
You can certainly read the chapters chronologically, instead of first reading through all of A Feast For Crows. Sean Collins put together a very nice reading order over here: A proposed A Feast for Crows/A Dance with Dragons merged reading order, with explanation.
The Tower of the Hand is doing a re-read of the books right now using this proposed reading ...
I would recommend the following rough order:
Herbert's Dune trilogy (main timeline), with 2 chronologically-inserted Anderson books from "Heroes of Dune" interquel and couple of KA/BH short stories:
Paul of Dune
"The Road to Dune" short story (FH)
Dune Messiah (FH)
The Winds of Dune
Children of Dune (FH)
Road to Dune set (2005, not related to FH'...