The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars
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"Their galaxy isn't far, far away any more!"
―Cartoon Network's tagline for Season 1[src]

The first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars consists of twenty-two episodes. It debuted with "Ambush" and "Rising Malevolence" on October 3, 2008 on Cartoon Network, and concluded with "Hostage Crisis" on March 20, 2009.


As war rages through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi, including Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and newcomer Ahsoka Tano, fight to maintain order and restore peace. Meanwhile, the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, his assassin Asajj Ventress and the evil General Grievous, plot to defeat the Republic and gain control.


The first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted with a one-hour special consisting of "Ambush" and "Rising Malevolence" on October 3, 2008 on Cartoon Network, followed by weekly airings occurring on Fridays. It went on mid-season break after "Lair of Grievous" on December 12, 2008.

The season returned with "Dooku Captured" on January 2, 2009. A one-hour special consisting of "Blue Shadow Virus" and "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" aired on February 13, 2009. It concluded with "Hostage Crisis" on March 20, 2009.


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Arc 1 | October 3, 2008 - October 17, 2008
1.02: "Rising Malevolence"
1.03: "Shadow of Malevolence"
1.04: "Destroy Malevolence"

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Arc 2 | November 7, 2008 - November 14, 2008
1.06: "Downfall of a Droid"
1.07: "Duel of the Droids"

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Arc 3 | November 21, 2008 - December 12, 2008
1.08: "Bombad Jedi"
1.09: "Cloak of Darkness"
1.10: "Lair of Grievous"

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Arc 4 | January 2, 2009 - January 9, 2009
1.11: "Dooku Captured"
1.12: "The Gungan General"

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Arc 5 | January 16, 2009 - January 23, 2009
1.13: "Jedi Crash"
1.14: "Defenders of Peace"

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Arc 6 | February 13, 2009
1.17: "Blue Shadow Virus"
1.18: "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"

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Arc 7 | February 27, 2009 - March 13, 2009
1.19: "Storm Over Ryloth"
1.20: "Innocents of Ryloth"
1.21: "Liberty on Ryloth"


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1.01 | October 3, 2008
Jedi Master Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet and forge a treaty for the Republic.

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1.02 | October 3, 2008
An attack by a devastating new Separatist weapon leaves Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers struggling to survive until Anakin and Ahsoka can find them.

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1.03 | October 10, 2008
With the help of his Padawan Ahsoka and Jedi Master Plo Koon, Anakin utilizes new long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous' warship, the Malevolence, and its destructive weapon.

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1.04 | October 17, 2008
Padmé Amidala and C-3PO are taken hostage by General Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the Senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence.

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1.05 | October 24, 2008
Alone on a distant outpost, clone officers Rex and Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a Droid Commando invasion.

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1.06 | November 7, 2008
R2-D2 is lost during a fierce space battle -- and Anakin must find him before the Separatists discover the Jedi military secrets locked in his memory banks.

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1.07 | November 14, 2008
Anakin, Ahsoka and replacement droid R3-S6 embark on a dual rescue/sabotage mission when they discover R2-D2 is being held at General Grievous' secret enemy listening post.

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1.08 | November 21, 2008
Jar Jar Binks is a Jedi Knight? So think the Separatists when comically heroic Gungan and C-3PO fight to save Padmé Amidala from doom at the hands of evil Viceroy Nute Gunray.

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1.09 | December 5, 2008
Ahsoka and Jedi Master Luminara escort captured Viceroy Nute Gunray to trial, unaware that Count Dooku has dispatched his deadly apprentice assassin Asajj Ventress to free the prisoner and eliminate the Jedi.

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1.10 | December 12, 2008
General Grievous must prove himself worthy of the Separatists when Count Dooku leads Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former Padawan, the Mon Calamari Jedi Nahdar Vebb to Grievous' villainous enclave.

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1.11 | January 2, 2009
During their own attempt to kidnap Count Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan discover that the Sith Lord has already been captured by pirates.

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1.12 | January 9, 2009
While negotiating Count Dooku's ransom, Anakin and Obi-Wan are taken prisoner. The Jedi and Sith form an unlikely alliance in a bid to escape, with Jar Jar Binks as their only hope.

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1.13 | January 16, 2009
When Anakin is gravely injured in battle, Jedi General Aayla Secura must teach Ahsoka the Jedi philosophy of having no personal attachments -- while they brave the hostile planet in search of medical help for the Jedi Knight.

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1.14 | January 23, 2009
While the Jedi combat a new Separatist weapon, the pacifist Lurmen must decide whether they will lay down to the oppressive Separatists or fight with Anakin, Ahsoka and Jedi General Aayla Secura.

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1.15 | January 30, 2009
While investigating the disappearance of a clone security force, Anakin and Obi-Wan get caught in the middle of an escalating conflict between the furry territorial inhabitants of a desolate ice world and the greedy representatives of a nearby moon.

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1.16 | February 6, 2009
Anakin and Obi-Wan discover evidence of a traitor amongst their ranks while attempting to lead Republic forces to liberate the planet of Christophsis from a Separatist siege.

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1.17 | February 13, 2009
Padmé and Jar Jar are captured while searching for a secret Separatist bio-weapons lab, sparking Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka to try and save their friends and halt the release of a deadly virus.

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1.18 | February 13, 2009
The fatal Blue Shadow Virus menace is still at large, infecting Ahsoka, Padmé, and many clone troopers -- and giving Anakin and Obi-Wan just 48 hours to find the antidote on a mysterious planet from which no visitor has returned.

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1.19 | February 27, 2009
Ahsoka disobeys Anakin's orders and loses most of her squadron -- prompting Anakin to help give his Padawan a lesson in a respect for authority, and the opportunity for redemption.

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1.20 | March 6, 2009
To sabotage a powerful Separatist weapon, Obi-Wan and a small clone force enter an occupied town, and discover that its residents are being used as a living shield.

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1.21 | March 13, 2009
With his forces stretched thin, Mace Windu must convince Twi'lek freedom fighter Cham Syndulla to help him save the capital city from the droids' destruction.

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1.22 | March 20, 2009
To free crime lord Ziro the Hutt, bounty hunters seize control of the Senate Building and take hostages -- completely unaware that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is still inside.





Created and Executive Produced by

Executive Producer

Supervising Director

Produced by

Directed by

Assistant Director

Written by

Story Editor

  • Henry Gilroy
    (4 episodes)

Supervising Writer

Staff Writer

Series Writer

  • Henry Gilroy
    (9 episodes)

Additional Writing by

  • Scott Murphy
    (2 episodes)

Score by

Original Star Wars Themes and Score by

Behind the scenes

Media release

Main article: Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season One

Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season One is a three-disc Blu-ray/four-disc DVD box set released on November 3, 2009. It includes:

  • 22 action-packed episodes including 7 Director's Cut episodes
  • 22 behind-the-scenes featurettes with director and crew interviews
  • Exclusive 64-page production journal with original sketches and artist notes
  • Sneak peek at Season 2
  • Jedi Temple Archives: An extensive database of early test animation, concept art and 3-D turnarounds