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    MOTU & She-Ra Cartoon Viewing Order?

    Eternians,

    Thanks to Netflix, I'm watching He-Man and the MOTU for the first time in almost 30 years! They also have She- Ra (which I haven't yet). Should I watch ALL of the MOTU cartoon and then She-Ra or do the shows overlap?

    I'm just curious to know if there is a special viewing order. Thanks!

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    There's no overlap, but production order and broadcast order within the two series don't always agree, so there are a couple weird cases where characters get their returns before their first appearances. Does Season 1 of He-Man start with "The Cosmic Comet" or "Diamond Ray of Disappearance"? If the first, they're in production order and you may have to check for weirdness like that; if the second, then you should be able to just go straight through.

    In any case, there's no overlap in production--you can go straight from the end of He-Man into the start of She-Ra without any issues. The Christmas Special fits in after She-Ra Season 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew L. Martin View Post
    The Christmas Special fits in after She-Ra Season 1.
    We see Flutterina in the Christmas Special, but Flutterina was introduced in the show in season 2, episode 3 "Out Of The Cocoon", so the Christmas Special should be watched at least after that episode if you wanna follow the story in every detail.

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    I've just started watching the original He-Man cartoon for the first time since the 80s and I'm planning to watch everything through in order up to the end of The New Adventures Of He-Man. I was wondering where The Secret Of The Sword fits in since it came out the same year as the Christmas Special and season one of She-Ra.

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    "The Secret of the Sword" movie is a condensed and very slightly altered version of the first five episodes of She-Ra, so you can watch it before watching She-Ra season one, or even skip it altogether as you will repeat it anyway with the first five episodes of She-Ra. As for the Christmas special, I personally just view it as a finale to both series combined (so after the end of She-Ra due to newer character appearances). Seems to fit well enough.

    My preferred viewing order for continuity:

    He-Man Season 1
    He-Man Season 2
    The Secret of the Sword (skippable due to first five episodes of She-Ra)
    She-Ra Season 1 (can skip first five episodes if viewing Secret of the Sword movie)
    She-Ra Season 2
    Christmas Special
    New Adventure
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    You can pretty much watch them in any order. She-Ra's season one was being produced at the same time as the latter half of He-Man's season two. The only links are really a brief appearance of the Sword of Protection in a flashback and some of the music more closely associated with She-Ra in the He-Man episodes.

    However, there are several inconsistencies regarding the order of some of the She-Ra episodes. I'm a bit of a geek for this, so I'll list some of the main offenders below:

    - Modulok - he arrived on Etheria in Gateway to Trouble and was shown to have built Multi-Bot by the time Black Snow showed. However, Multi-Bot had already appeared in Horde Prime Takes A Holiday, 15 or so episodes before Modulok set foot on Etheria. I seem to remember there being a connection to the Velvet Glove, Horde Prime's ship, in Birds of a Feather too - that also would have swapped the logical order of those episodes.
    - In Enemy With My Face, Hordak says that nobody has ever escaped the slave planet of Mondor - except the Rebels did in The Mines of Mondor which aired before that episode. Modulok also appears in Enemy With My Face, to add to the confusion....!
    - There's the query around Fluttering's origin - in Out Of The Cocoon, one of the early season two episodes. But, as has already been noted, she had already appeared in A Christmas Special and in the background of the Enchanted Castle episode.
    - This is quite pernickety, but I always thought Peekablue's courage in One To Count On shouldn't have pre-dated her cowardice in The Perils Of Peekablue. I'd reorder them...although interestingly, I seem to remember reading that One To Count On was actually one of the last episodes to go into production, even though it ended up being the inaugural episode of season two.
    - Lastly, the first two episodes featuring Sorrowful the Dragon should be swapped round, as the Rebels effectively meet him in his second appearance, if you go by the production order.

    Hope that helps - or maybe it's confused things even more.
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    Thanks for the help. I didn't know The Secret Of The Sword was the first few episodes of She-ra. I'll skip that. I'll watch them in the order suggested, although I think I'll slip the live action movie in between the Christmas Special and the New Adventures. I'm not sure how well it'll fit in, but it'll be cool to see it again anyway.

    That's some interesting info on the order of She-Ra episodes, although I don't think I'll try to reorder them. I suppose some of those episodes could be regarded as flashback episodes which is common with other TV series.

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    Ok so a question it seems to be hard to answer is: which is the preferred viewing order for both MOTU and She-Ra?

    As I see it there is two versions, either the originally aired ordering or the dvd-ordering.
    Both of these is available as lists on thetvdb.com.

    So in your opinion which order should I go for? Not having watched either series in 10+ years.

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    Well here's the running order that episodes were screened in in the UK:

    Season 1

    September 5th 1983- Diamond Ray Of Disappearance
    September 12th 1983- She-Demon Of Phantos
    September 19th 1983- Teela’s Quest
    September 26th 1983- The Curse Of The Spellstone
    January 9th 1984- The Time Corridor
    January 16th 1984- The Dragon Invasion
    January 23rd 1984- Like Father, Like Daughter
    January 30th 1984- Colossor Awakes
    February 6th 1984- Evil-Lyn’s Plot
    February 13th 1984- Reign Of The Monster
    February 20th 1984- Prince Adam No More
    February 27th 1984- Disappearing Act
    March 5th 1984- Dawn Of Dragoon
    March 12th 1984- Song Of Celice
    March 19th 1984- Creatures From The Tar Swamp
    March 26th 1984- The Dragon’s Gift
    July 30th 1984- A Friend In Need
    August 6th 1984- The Defection
    August 13th 1984- The Sleepers Awaken
    August 20th 1984- Daimar The Demon
    August 27th 1984- A Tale Of Two Cities(???)
    September 3rd 1984- Wizard Of Stone Mountain
    September 10th 1984- Ordeal In The Darklands
    September 17th 1984- A Beastly Sideshow
    September 24th 1984- Masks Of Power
    October 1st 1984- The Shaping Staff
    October 8th 1984- Orko’s Favorite Uncle
    October 15th 1984- The Cosmic Comet
    November 5th 1984- Valley Of Power
    November 12th 1984- The Royal Cousin
    November 19th 1984- Double-Edged Sword
    November 26th 1984- Quest For He-Man
    December 3rd 1984- The Return Of Orko’s Uncle
    December 10th 1984- The Taking Of Grayskull
    December 17th 1984- Trouble In Arcadia
    January 7th 1985- The Starchild
    January 10th 1985- The Search (originally scheduled for October 22nd 1984)
    January 11th 1985- It’s Not My Fault (originally scheduled for October 29th 1984)
    January 14th 1985- Game Plan
    January 21st 1985- Temple Of The Sun
    January 28th 1985- Return Of The Gryphon
    February 4th 1985- Keeper Of The Ancient Ruins
    February 11th 1985- Eternal Darkness
    February 18th 1985- The Mystery Of Man-E-Faces
    February 25th 1985- Orko’s Missing Magic
    March 4th 1985- Teela’s Trial
    March 11th 1985- Castle Of Heroes
    March 18th- 1985- Evilseed
    March 25th 1985- Pawns Of The Game Master
    April 1st 1985- The Once And Future Duke
    April 15th 1985- House Of Shokoti part 1
    April 22nd 1985- House Of Shokoti part 2
    April 29th 1985- Search For The VHO
    May 6th 1985- Quest For The Sword (???)
    May 13th 1985- Golden Disks Of Knowledge
    January 6th 1986- The Huntsman
    January 13th 1986- The Return Of Granamyr
    January 20th 1986- Return Of Evil
    January 27th 1986- The Region Of Ice
    February 3rd 1986- The Remedy
    February 10th 1986- Dree Elle’s Return
    February 17th 1986- Eye Of The Beholder
    February 24th 1986- City Beneath The Sea
    March 3rd 1986- A Trip To Morainia
    March 10th 1986- The Witch And The Warrior
    March 17th 1986- The Heart Of A Giant

    N/A- A Tale Of Two Cities
    N/A- Quest For The Sword

    Season 2

    March 24th 1986- The Cat And The Spider
    April 7th 1986- Disappearing Dragons
    April 14th 1986- Origin Of The Sorceress
    April 21st 1986- The Great Books Mystery
    April 28th 1986- Things That Go Bump In The Night
    May 12th 1986- Search For The Past
    May 19th 1986- The Time Wheel
    May 26th 1986- Island Of Fear (???)
    June 2nd 1986- Just A Little Lie
    June 9th 1986- Three On A Dare
    June 16th 1986- Day Of The Machines
    June 23rd 1986- The Gamesman
    September 1st 1986- Journey To Stone City
    September 8th 1986- Trouble In Trolla
    September 15th 1986- Betrayal Of Stratos
    September 22nd 1986- Fisto’s Forest
    September 29th 1986- The Good Shall Survive
    October 6th 1986- The Secret Of Grayskull
    October 13th 1986- No Job Too Small
    October 20th 1986- A Bird In The Hand
    October 27th 1986- Battlecat
    November 3rd 1986- Visitors From Earth
    November 10th 1986- The Greatest Show On Eternia
    November 17th 1986- Orko’s New Friend
    November 24th 1986- The Gambler
    December 1st 1986- The Bitter Rose
    December 8th 1986- Revenge Is Never Sweet
    December 15th 1986- Not So Blind
    January 6th 1987- Monster On The Mountain
    January 13th 1987- Time Doesn’t Fly
    January 20th 1987- The Arena
    January 27th 1987- The Ice Age Cometh
    February 3rd 1987- Fraidy Cat
    February 10th 1987- The Eternia Flower
    February 17th 1987- The Rainbow Warrior
    February 24th 1987- Into The Abyss
    March 3rd 1987- Attack From Below
    March 10th 1987- To Save Skeletor
    March 17th 1987- Battle Of The Dragons (???)
    March 24th 1987- The Energy Beast
    March 31st 1987- The Rarest Gift Of All
    April 7th 1987- Orko’s Return
    April 14th 1987- The Shadow Of Skeletor
    April 21st 1987- Hunt For He-Man
    April 28th 1987- To Save The Creatures
    May 5th 1987- The Games
    May 12th 1987- Trouble’s Middle Name
    May 19th 1987- The Littlest Giant
    May 26th 1987- Jacob And The Widgets
    June 2nd 1987- One For All
    June 9th 1987- Teela’s Triumph
    June 16th 1987- Beauty And The Beast
    June 23rd 1987- Here, There, Skeletors Everywhere
    January 8th 1988- Happy Birthday Roboto
    January 15th 1988- Search For A Son
    January 22nd 1988- The Magic Falls
    January 29th 1988- Double Trouble
    February 5th 1988- The Problem With Power
    February 12th 1988- Capture The Comet Keeper
    February 19th 1988- The Ancient Mirror Of Avathar
    February 26th 1988- The Toy Maker
    March 4th 1988- Mistaken Identity
    March 11th 1988- The Cold Zone
    March 18th 1988- Bargain With Evil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosquitor View Post
    Well here's the running order that episodes were screened in in the UK:

    Season 1

    September 5th 1983- Diamond Ray Of Disappearance
    September 12th 1983- She-Demon Of Phantos
    September 19th 1983- Teela’s Quest
    September 26th 1983- The Curse Of The Spellstone
    January 9th 1984- The Time Corridor
    January 16th 1984- The Dragon Invasion
    January 23rd 1984- Like Father, Like Daughter
    January 30th 1984- Colossor Awakes
    February 6th 1984- Evil-Lyn’s Plot
    February 13th 1984- Reign Of The Monster
    February 20th 1984- Prince Adam No More
    February 27th 1984- Disappearing Act
    March 5th 1984- Dawn Of Dragoon
    March 12th 1984- Song Of Celice
    March 19th 1984- Creatures From The Tar Swamp
    March 26th 1984- The Dragon’s Gift
    July 30th 1984- A Friend In Need
    August 6th 1984- The Defection
    August 13th 1984- The Sleepers Awaken
    August 20th 1984- Daimar The Demon
    August 27th 1984- A Tale Of Two Cities(???)
    September 3rd 1984- Wizard Of Stone Mountain
    September 10th 1984- Ordeal In The Darklands
    September 17th 1984- A Beastly Sideshow
    September 24th 1984- Masks Of Power
    October 1st 1984- The Shaping Staff
    October 8th 1984- Orko’s Favorite Uncle
    October 15th 1984- The Cosmic Comet
    November 5th 1984- Valley Of Power
    November 12th 1984- The Royal Cousin
    November 19th 1984- Double-Edged Sword
    November 26th 1984- Quest For He-Man
    December 3rd 1984- The Return Of Orko’s Uncle
    December 10th 1984- The Taking Of Grayskull
    December 17th 1984- Trouble In Arcadia
    January 7th 1985- The Starchild
    January 10th 1985- The Search (originally scheduled for October 22nd 1984)
    January 11th 1985- It’s Not My Fault (originally scheduled for October 29th 1984)
    January 14th 1985- Game Plan
    January 21st 1985- Temple Of The Sun
    January 28th 1985- Return Of The Gryphon
    February 4th 1985- Keeper Of The Ancient Ruins
    February 11th 1985- Eternal Darkness
    February 18th 1985- The Mystery Of Man-E-Faces
    February 25th 1985- Orko’s Missing Magic
    March 4th 1985- Teela’s Trial
    March 11th 1985- Castle Of Heroes
    March 18th- 1985- Evilseed
    March 25th 1985- Pawns Of The Game Master
    April 1st 1985- The Once And Future Duke
    April 15th 1985- House Of Shokoti part 1
    April 22nd 1985- House Of Shokoti part 2
    April 29th 1985- Search For The VHO
    May 6th 1985- Quest For The Sword (???)
    May 13th 1985- Golden Disks Of Knowledge
    January 6th 1986- The Huntsman
    January 13th 1986- The Return Of Granamyr
    January 20th 1986- Return Of Evil
    January 27th 1986- The Region Of Ice
    February 3rd 1986- The Remedy
    February 10th 1986- Dree Elle’s Return
    February 17th 1986- Eye Of The Beholder
    February 24th 1986- City Beneath The Sea
    March 3rd 1986- A Trip To Morainia
    March 10th 1986- The Witch And The Warrior
    March 17th 1986- The Heart Of A Giant

    N/A- A Tale Of Two Cities
    N/A- Quest For The Sword

    Season 2

    March 24th 1986- The Cat And The Spider
    April 7th 1986- Disappearing Dragons
    April 14th 1986- Origin Of The Sorceress
    April 21st 1986- The Great Books Mystery
    April 28th 1986- Things That Go Bump In The Night
    May 12th 1986- Search For The Past
    May 19th 1986- The Time Wheel
    May 26th 1986- Island Of Fear (???)
    June 2nd 1986- Just A Little Lie
    June 9th 1986- Three On A Dare
    June 16th 1986- Day Of The Machines
    June 23rd 1986- The Gamesman
    September 1st 1986- Journey To Stone City
    September 8th 1986- Trouble In Trolla
    September 15th 1986- Betrayal Of Stratos
    September 22nd 1986- Fisto’s Forest
    September 29th 1986- The Good Shall Survive
    October 6th 1986- The Secret Of Grayskull
    October 13th 1986- No Job Too Small
    October 20th 1986- A Bird In The Hand
    October 27th 1986- Battlecat
    November 3rd 1986- Visitors From Earth
    November 10th 1986- The Greatest Show On Eternia
    November 17th 1986- Orko’s New Friend
    November 24th 1986- The Gambler
    December 1st 1986- The Bitter Rose
    December 8th 1986- Revenge Is Never Sweet
    December 15th 1986- Not So Blind
    January 6th 1987- Monster On The Mountain
    January 13th 1987- Time Doesn’t Fly
    January 20th 1987- The Arena
    January 27th 1987- The Ice Age Cometh
    February 3rd 1987- Fraidy Cat
    February 10th 1987- The Eternia Flower
    February 17th 1987- The Rainbow Warrior
    February 24th 1987- Into The Abyss
    March 3rd 1987- Attack From Below
    March 10th 1987- To Save Skeletor
    March 17th 1987- Battle Of The Dragons (???)
    March 24th 1987- The Energy Beast
    March 31st 1987- The Rarest Gift Of All
    April 7th 1987- Orko’s Return
    April 14th 1987- The Shadow Of Skeletor
    April 21st 1987- Hunt For He-Man
    April 28th 1987- To Save The Creatures
    May 5th 1987- The Games
    May 12th 1987- Trouble’s Middle Name
    May 19th 1987- The Littlest Giant
    May 26th 1987- Jacob And The Widgets
    June 2nd 1987- One For All
    June 9th 1987- Teela’s Triumph
    June 16th 1987- Beauty And The Beast
    June 23rd 1987- Here, There, Skeletors Everywhere
    January 8th 1988- Happy Birthday Roboto
    January 15th 1988- Search For A Son
    January 22nd 1988- The Magic Falls
    January 29th 1988- Double Trouble
    February 5th 1988- The Problem With Power
    February 12th 1988- Capture The Comet Keeper
    February 19th 1988- The Ancient Mirror Of Avathar
    February 26th 1988- The Toy Maker
    March 4th 1988- Mistaken Identity
    March 11th 1988- The Cold Zone
    March 18th 1988- Bargain With Evil

    Yeah so that is a third list compared to thetvdbs 2 lists. But which one is the preferred in the community?

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    Most just go by what's on the DVD's and streaming websites - the production code order.
    IMO, US air date (which you can see on IMDB and in James Eatock's guide book) seems to be the most correct of them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimbot View Post
    Most just go by what's on the DVD's and streaming websites - the production code order.
    IMO, US air date (which you can see on IMDB and in James Eatock's guide book) seems to be the most correct of them all.
    I see. Ill probably go with that one then, its the one called the dvdorder on thetvdb.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSullivanM View Post
    I see. Ill probably go with that one then, its the one called the dvdorder on thetvdb.com.
    Also overall its good to go with the order thats on the BCI DVDs. They tried taking into account instances like wrong order on chronology cases such as MU023 "The Return of Orko's Uncle" (where we meet for second time Montork) and MU027 "Orko's Favorite Uncle".
    As well as ending MOTU with "The Problem With Power" which is a very nice fit as the last episode.
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