Planet of the Apes Timeline

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Planet of the Apes sprung into popularity with the 1968 film, though it originated with a novel five years earlier. It has since gone on to be an enduring franchise, with new films produced right into the modern day. This is the Planet of the Apes timeline.

What’s on the Planet of the Apes Timeline?


The Planet of the Apes timeline includes most of the film and television in the Planet of the Apes franchise (except the Tim Burton re-imagining that we won’t talk about). The most recent reboot is placed first in the timeline, since it acts like a prequel to the original films, and it’s far enough removed on the timeline to avoid continuity errors with the older films.

However, with Escape from the Planet of the Apes, some apes go back in time. This is a separate timeline, similar to how Star Trek started a new timeline by going back in time. The television shows seem to take place in the original timeline, though after the apparent destruction of the Earth, so it’s not exactly known how it fits in. However, we’re going to assume that the original timeline continued after the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Where to Start?

There are actually two decent places to start. The first is with the 1968 film, which will always be considered a classic but may be harder to swallow for modern audiences. If that’s the case for you, we recommend starting with the new reboot trilogy, which is largely considered to be good modern-day cinema, starting with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes PrequelGraphic NovelDaryl Gregory2011-07-13New Era
2Rise of the Planet of the ApesFilmRupert Wyatt2011-08-05New Era
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (comic)Graphic NovelMichael Moreci2015-11-24New Era
4Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormNovelGreg Keyes2014-05-27New Era
5Dawn of the Planet of the ApesFilmMatt Reeves2014-07-11New Era
6Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (novel)NovelAlex Irvine2014-07-15New Era
7War for the Planet of the Apes: RevelationsNovelGreg Keyes2017-06-06New Era
8War for the Planet of the ApesFilmMatt Reeves2017-07-14New Era
9War for the Planet of the Apes (comic)Graphic NovelDavid F. Walker2018-08-01New Era
10War for the Planet of the Apes (novel)NovelGreg Cox2017-07-18New Era
11Caesar's StoryNovelGreg Keyes2018-10-23New Era
12Planet of the Apes OmnibusGraphic NovelDaryl Gregory2018-12-19New Era
13Planet of the Apes: After the FallGraphic NovelMichael Moreci, Caleb Monroe, Daryl Gregory, David F Walker2019-11-12Original Era
14Planet of the Apes: When Worlds CollideGraphic NovelMatt Kindt, Ryan Ferrier, Dan Abnett, David F. Walker, Phillip K. Johnson2019-04-02Original Era
15Betrayal of the Planet of the ApesGraphic NovelCorinna Sara Bechko2012-08-07Original Era
16Exile on the Planet of the ApesGraphic NovelGabriel Hardman, Corinna Sara Bechko2012-12-04Original Era
17Planet of the Apes: CataclysmGraphic NovelGabriel Hardman, Corinna Sara Bechko2013-06-04Original Era
18Planet of the ApesNovelPierre Boulle1963-01-01Original Era
19Planet of the Apes (film)FilmFranklin J. Schaffner1968-04-03Original Era
20Planet of the Apes: UrsusGraphic NovelDavid Walker2018-11-20Original Era
21Planet of the Apes VisionariesGraphic NovelDana Gould2018-08-22Original EraBased on a radically different first draft of the original film.
22Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 1Graphic NovelDoug Moench1974-01-01Original Era
23Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden ZoneAnthologyDan Abnett, Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Beard, Nancy Collins, Greg Cox, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Robert Greenberger, Rich Handley, Greg Keyes, Sam Knight, Paul Kupperberg, Jonathan Maberry, Bob Mayer, John Jackson Miller, Ty Templeton, Will Murray, Dayton Ward2017-01-24Original Era
24Beneath the Planet of the ApesFilmTed Post1970-05-26Original Era
25Death of the Planet of the ApesNovelAndrew E. C. Gaska2018-11-13Original Era
26Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 2: Beast on the Planet of the ApesGraphic NovelDoug Moench1975-01-01Original Era
27Escape from the Planet of the ApesFilmDon Taylor1971-05-21Original EraTime loop, starts a new timeline.
28Planet of the Apes Omnibus 1NovelMichael Angelo Avallone, Jerry Pournelle2017-02-28Original EraCollects Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Escape from the Planet of the Apes
29Conquest of the Planet of the ApesFilmJ. Lee Thompson1972-06-14Original Era
30Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 3Graphic NovelDoug Moench, Paul Dehn1976-01-01Original Era
31Battle for the Blannet of the ApesFilmJ. Lee Thompson1973-06-13Original Era
32Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 4: Evolution's NightmareGraphic NovelDoug Moench, Paul Dehn1977-01-01Original Era
33Planet of the Apes Omnibus 2NovelJohn Jakes, David Gerrold2017-04-25Original EraCollects Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and the novelisation of the 2001 Planet of the Apes film.
34Planet of the Apes 1.01: Escape from TomorrowTV EpisodeDon Weis1974-09-13Television EraAn alternate timeline or continuation of previous timeline.
35Planet of the Apes 1.02: The GladiatorsTV EpisodeDon McDougall1974-09-20Television Era
36Planet of the Apes 1.03: The TrapTV EpisodeArnold Laven1974-09-27Television Era
37Planet of the Apes 1.04: The Good SeedsTV EpisodeDon Weis1974-10-04Television Era
38Planet of the Apes 1.05: The LegacyTV EpisodeBernard McEveety1974-10-11Television Era
39Planet of the Apes 1.06: Tomorrow's TideTV EpisodeDon McDougall1974-10-18Television Era
40Planet of the Apes 1.07: The SurgeonTV EpisodeArnold Laven1974-10-25Television Era
41Planet of the Apes 1.08: The DeceptionTV EpisodeDon McDougall1974-11-01Television Era
42Planet of the Apes 1.09: The Horse RaceTV EpisodeJack Starrett1974-11-08Television Era
43Planet of the Apes 1.10: The InterrogationTV EpisodeAlf Kjellin1974-11-15Television Era
44Planet of the Apes 1.11: The TyrantTV EpisodeRalph Senensky1974-11-22Television Era
45Planet of the Apes 1.12: The CureTV EpisodeBernard McEveety1974-11-29Television Era
46Planet of the Apes 1.13: The LiberatorTV EpisodeArnold Laven1974-12-06Television Era
47Planet of the Apes 1.14: Up Above the World So HighTV EpisodeJohn Meredyth Lucas1974-12-06Television Era
48Planet of the Apes Omnibus 3NovelGeorge Alec Effinger2017-09-26Television Era
49Planet of the Apes Omnibus 4NovelWilliam Arrow2018-02-27Television Era
50Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.01: Flames of DoomTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-09-06Television Era
51Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.02: Escape from Ape CityTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-09-13Television Era
52Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.03: The Unearthly ProphecyTV EpisodeJack Kaplan, John Barrett1975-09-20Television Era
53Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.04: Tunnel of FearTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-09-27Television Era
54Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.05: Lagoon of PerilTV EpisodeJ.C. Strong1975-10-04Television Era
55Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.06: Terror on Ice MountainTV EpisodeBruce Shelly1975-10-10Television Era
56Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.07: River of FlamesTV EpisodeJack Kaplan, John Barrett1975-10-18Television Era
57Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.08: Screaming WingsTV EpisodeJack Kaplan, John Barrett1975-10-25Television Era
58Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.09: Trail to the UnknownTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-11-01Television Era
59Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.10: Attack from the CloudsTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-11-08Television Era
60Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.11: Mission of MercyTV EpisodeLarry Spiegel1975-11-15Television Era
61Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.12: Invasion of the UnderdwellersTV EpisodeJ.C. Strong1975-11-22Television Era
62Return to the Planet of the Apes 1.13: Battle of the TitansTV EpisodeBruce Shelly1975-11-29Television Era