How To Watch The Naruto Franchise In Order

When it comes to popular anime series, few can hold a candle to "Naruto." Based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga series of the same name, "Naruto" centers on Naruto Uzumaki and his ninja brethren as they defend the Hidden Leaf Village. Similarly to "Dragon Ball Z" and "Sailor Moon," the popularity of "Naruto" in the west has spread beyond niche circles, with the Kumogakure cloud and memorable "Naruto run" becoming easily recognizable pop culture staples beyond anime circles. Since the anime's debut in 2002, "Naruto" has branched out into a full franchise, with multiple series, films, and the spin-off "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations."

Considered one of the big three shonen anime series alongside "One Piece" and "Bleach," it seems essential to watch "Naruto." However, with such an established and utterly massive world of anime (there's hundreds of episodes!), trying to figure out how to consume it all seems like an impossible task. Fortunately, we've done some heavy lifting for you, and have the ultimate guide to watching "Naruto." Grab a bowl of ramen, and get ready to binge watch, because here's how you can watch all of "Naruto" in order, and which filler episodes you can skip, if you want to, of course.

What's a filler episode?

Adapting a manga to an anime poses all sorts of unique challenges, but one of the biggest deals is the required length of a TV series compared to a serial manga. To make these accommodations, most anime series contain what are called "filler episodes." These episodes are exactly what they sound like, with filler being any content that cannot be found in the original source material. This includes new scenes, episodes, and sometimes entire story arcs.

While filler episodes may sound like a derogatory term, this isn't necessarily the case. Filler just means the content wasn't part of the original manga, and some filler episodes and arcs are just as entertaining as the original manga. However, there are plenty of people who don't want to waste time with filler, so never fear, we've isolated all of the so-called filler episodes from each series in case that's something you don't feel like watching.

Where to watch Naruto

Given its popularity, "Naruto" can be watched in a number of ways. If you're someone that prefers watching the English dub, all of "Naruto" is available on Hulu — this means all 220 episodes of the "Naruto" original anime series, all 500 episodes of "Naruto Shippuden" and every episode of "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations," including the new episodes as they release. Keep in mind that not every episode of "Naruto Shippuden" has an English dub available, and the app will automatically shift to Japanese with English subtitles. (For what it's worth, the English dub of the series is pretty fantastic.) 

Hulu does offer the show in its original Japanese with English subtitles, as does the service Crunchyroll. However, if you're looking for the "Naruto" movies, things get a little more complicated. Here's where you can find the movies.

  • "Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow" – Available on Netflix, Tubi, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto The Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel" – Available on Netflix, Tubi, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto The Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom" – Available on Netflix, Tubi, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie" – Available on Netflix
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds" – Available on Netflix
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Will of Fire" – Available on Netflix, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower" – Available on Netflix, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Blood Prison" – Available on Netflix, and Crunchyroll
  • "Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Road to Ninja" – Available on Crunchyroll
  • "The Last: Naruto the Movie" – Available on Crunchyroll
  • "Boruto: Naruto the Movie" – Rent from Vudu

How to watch Naruto in order

The original 220 episode run of "Naruto" is pretty easy to follow, but includes three movies and a whopping 90 episodes of filler. Here's your plan of attack.

  • "Naruto" episodes 1-101
  • Watch "Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow"
  • "Naruto" episodes 102-160
  • Watch "Naruto The Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel"
  • "Naruto" episodes 161-196
  • Watch "Naruto The Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom"
  • "Naruto" episode 197-220

Mixed canon/filler episodes: 7, 9, 14-16, 18-21, 23-24, 27-30, 37-41, 43-47, 49, 52-60, 63, 66, 69-72, 74, 83, 98, 100, 112-114, 126-127, 130-131, 141-142, 220

Undeniable filler episodes: 26, 97, 101-106, 136-140, 143-219

How to watch Naruto Shippuden in order

"Naruto Shippuden" ran for a whopping 500 episodes, with 201 episodes serving as filler. With roughly 40% of the show existing as filler, it sounds like a lot, but this is actually considered to be a moderate amount of filler. Set two-and-a-half years after the Sasuke Uchiha defection, "Naruto Shippuden" picks up where "Naruto" left off. His powers are getting stronger, and now he will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of his village, his friends, and to defeat the evil organization known as the Akatsuki. Seven movies were made over the course of the series, and some of the filler (like the Three-Tails' Appearance arc of episodes 89-112) are definitely worth watching. Here's how to make sure you're on the right track.

  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 1-23
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 23-70
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 70 – 121
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 121-169
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 169-221
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Blood Prison"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 221-271
  • Watch "Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Road to Ninja"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 271 – 493
  • Watch "The Last: Naruto the Movie"
  • "Naruto Shippuden" episodes 493 – 500

Mixed canon/filler episodes: 1-19, 24-25, 45, 49-50, 54, 56, 71, 89-90, 112, 115, 127-128, 213, 254, 296, 324, 327-328, 330-331, 338, 346, 362, 385-386, 415, 419, 426, 451-458, 460-462, 469, 471-472, 478-479

Undeniable filler episodes: 57-70, 91-111, 144-151, 170-171, 176-196, 223-242, 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, 303-320, 347-361, 376-377, 388-390, 394-413, 416-417, 422-423, 427-450, 464-468, 480-483

How to watch Boruto: Next Generations in order

The continuation of the "Naruto" story exists not with our titular hero, but with his similarly named son, Boruto. The series "Boruto: Next Generations" is still releasing new episodes, but here's how you should arrange your viewing of the series and the film.

  • "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations" Episodes 1-50
  • Watch "Boruto: Naruto the Movie"
  • "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations" Episode 51-Onward
  • Mixed canon/filler episodes: 18, 93-95, 106-111, 127, 192

Undeniable filler episodes: 16-17, 40-41, 49-50, 67-69, 96-97, 112-114, 116-119, 138-140, 152-153, 156