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The Mandalorian, The Star Wars Disney+ Series, Will Release Weekly, But Two Episodes Are Coming The First Week

Jason Gurwin

When Disney+ launches on November 12th, the company will debut their most anticipated show, The Mandalorian. The show is the first ever live-action Star Wars series set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Unlike Netflix, Disney+ won’t be releasing all episodes all at once, instead they will release episodes weekly similar to HBO or Hulu. In the case of The Mandalorian though, Disney+ is trying to build on the first week hype by releasing the debut episode on November 12th (Tuesday) and then the second episode November 15th (Friday). Until the season finale on December 27th, they will be releasing most episodes every Friday, with the exception of the penultimate one which will come on Wednesday, December 18th.

What is the Mandalorian Release Schedule?

  • Episode 101: Tuesday, November 12 (Series Premiere)
  • Episode 102:Friday, November 15 
  • Episode 103: Friday, November 22
  • Episode 104: Friday, November 29
  • Episode 105: Friday, December 6
  • Episode 106: Friday, December 13
  • Episode 107: Wednesday, December 18 (Wednesday)
  • Episode 108: Friday, December 27 (Season Finale)

The Mandalorian Trailer

The approach goes against the trend that Netflix has set. The streaming giant exclusively releases series, so episodes are available all at once. Amazon Prime Video has followed suit, where hits like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, sees all episodes debut on a single day. Disney-owned Hulu though has bucked the trend. With shows like The Handmaid’s Tale they have released 2-3 episodes when a season debuts, and then weekly at midnight on a specific day.

Disney+ will on November 12th at just $6.99 a month, nearly half the price of Netflix ($12.99). The service includes four simultaneous streams, unlimited downloads, 4K streaming across a range of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, & Web.

While they’ll launch with a deep catalog including the entire Disney Vault, Pixar and Star Wars libraries, MCU films like Captain Marvel, and the entire 30 seasons of The Simpsons — they will have six original series on day one. Next year will bring MCU’s Falcon & The Winter Soldier and Pixar’s Forky Asks a Question.

Starting with the 2019 theatrical slate, all Disney/Pixar/Marvel/Star Wars films will become exclusive to Disney+ meaning movies like the live-action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame will only be available to stream on Disney+.

The first year will include 25 new original series, 10+ movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. Previously, many of those new releases and library films would have gone to Netflix as part of a distribution deal that started in 2016.

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