Terminator Timeline

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Even though this franchise has struggled to stay afloat since Terminator 3, it’s still one of the more beloved sci-fi franchises, thanks to some incredible films to start with. But did you know there are also books and comics? This is the Terminator timeline.

What’s on the Terminator Timeline?


The Terminator timeline is tricky to arrange, since it involves time travel, the result of which leads to alternate timelines. Terminator has also spawned a lot of comics and other tie-in media, most of which is not considered canonical, especially the comics that often crossed over with the likes of Robocop or other franchises.

However, we have included some of these on the timeline. We also include the Sarah Connor Chronicles that aired on television, even though these have only a loose connection to the films. All in all, we think this is the best order to experience a more complete story of the Terminator franchise.

Where to Start?

By far the best place to start is with the first two films, Terminator, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. These films are the reason the franchise has lasted this long, even though most would agree that none of the sequels have ever been that good.

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#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1The Terminator 2029 to 1984Graphic NovelZack Whedon2010-03-01Terminator
2The TerminatorFilmJames Cameron1984-10-26Terminator
3Tempest and One ShotGraphic NovelJohn Arcudi, James A. Robinson1990-08-01Terminator
4The Terminator: The Enemy WithinGraphic NovelIan Edginton1991-11-01Terminator
5The Terminator: Hunters and KillersGraphic NovelToren Smith1992-03-01Terminator
6The Terminator: EndgameGraphic NovelJames Robinson1992-09-01Terminator
7The Terminator: Death ValleyGraphic NovelAlan Grant1998-08-01Terminator
8The Terminator: Enemy of My EnemyGraphic NovelDan Jolley 2014-02-01Terminator
9The Terminator: Sector WarGraphic NovelBrian Wood2018-08-01Terminator
10Terminator 2: Judgment DayFilmJames Cameron1991-07-01Terminator
11Terminator 2: Cybernetic DawnGraphic NovelDan Abnett1995-11-01Terminator
12Terminator 2: Nuclear TwilightGraphic NovelMark Paniccia1995-11-01Terminator
13T2: InfiltratorNovelS. M. StirlingTerminator
14T2: Rising StormNovelS. M. StirlingTerminator
15T2: The Future WarNovelS. M. StirlingTerminator
16Terminator: Secondary ObjectivesGraphic NovelJames Robinson1991-07-01Terminator
17The Terminator: The Dark YearsGraphic NovelSteven Grant1999-08-01Terminator
18The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.01: PilotTV EpisodeDavid Nutter2008-01-13Terminator
19The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.02: Gnothi SeautonTV EpisodeDavid Nutter2008-01-14Terminator
20The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.03: The TurkTV EpisodePaul Edwards2008-01-21Terminator
21The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.04: Heavy MetalTV EpisodeSergio Mimica Gezzan2008-02-04Terminator
22The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.05: Queen's GambitTV EpisodeMatt Earl Beesley2008-02-11Terminator
23The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.06: Dungeons & DragonsTV EpisodeJeffrey Hunt2008-02-18Terminator
24The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.07: The Demon HandTV EpisodeCharles Beeson2008-02-25Terminator
25The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.08: Vick's ChipTV EpisodeJ. Miller Tobin2008-03-03Terminator
26The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.09: What He BeheldTV EpisodeMike Rohl2008-03-03Terminator
27The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.01: Samson and DelilahTV EpisodeDavid Nutter2008-09-08Terminator
28The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.02: Automatic for the PeopleTV EpisodeJeffrey Hunt2008-09-15Terminator
29The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.03: The MousetrapTV EpisodeBill Eagles2008-09-22Terminator
30The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.04: Allison from PalmdaleTV EpisodeCharles Beeson2008-09-29Terminator
31The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.05: Goodbye to All ThatTV EpisodeBryan Spicer2008-10-06Terminator
32The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.06: The Tower Is Tall but the Fall Is ShortTV EpisodeTawnia McKiernan2008-10-20Terminator
33The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.07: Brothers of NablusTV EpisodeMilan Cheylov2008-11-03Terminator
34The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.08: Mr. Ferguson Is Ill TodayTV EpisodeMichael Nankin2008-11-10Terminator
35The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.09: ComplicationsTV EpisodeSteven DePaul2008-11-17Terminator
36The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.10: Strange Things Happen at the One Two PointTV EpisodeScott Peters2008-11-24Terminator
37The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.11: Self Made ManTV EpisodeHolly Dale2008-12-01Terminator
38The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.12: Alpine FieldsTV EpisodeCharles Beeson, Bryan Spicer2008-12-08Terminator
39The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.13: Earthlings Welcome HereTV EpisodeFélix Enríquez Alcalá2008-12-15Terminator
40The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.14: The Good WoundTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2009-02-13Terminator
41The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.15: Desert CantosTV EpisodeJ. Miller Tobin2009-02-20Terminator
42The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.16: Some Must Watch, While Some Must SleepTV EpisodeScott Lautanen2009-02-27Terminator
43The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.17: Ourselves AloneTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2009-03-06Terminator
44The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.18: Today Is the Day, Part 1TV EpisodeGuy Norman Bee2009-03-13Terminator
45The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.19: Today Is the Day, Part 2TV EpisodeGuy Norman Bee2009-03-20Terminator
46The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.20: To the LighthouseTV EpisodeGuy Ferland2009-03-27Terminator
47The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.21: Adam Raised a CainTV EpisodeCharles Beeson2009-04-03Terminator
48The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.22: Born to RunTV EpisodeJeffrey Hunt2009-04-10Terminator
49Terminator: InfinityGraphic NovelSimon Furman2007-07-01Terminator
50Terminator: RevolutionGraphic NovelSimon Furman2009-01-01Terminator
51Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesFilmJonathan Mostow2003-07-02Terminator
52Terminator DreamsNovelAaron Allston2003-12-19Terminator
53Terminator HuntNovelAaron Allston2004-11-25Terminator
54Terminator Salvation: The Machinima SeriesWebTor Helmstein, Ian Kirby2009-05-18Terminator
55Terminator Salvation: Cold WarNovelGreg Cox2009-10-20Terminator
56Terminator Salvation: From the AshesNovelTimothy Zahn2009-03-17Terminator
57Terminator Salvation: Movie PrequelGraphic NovelDara Naraghi 2009-02-01Terminator
58Terminator SalvationFilmMcG2009-05-21Terminator
59Terminator Salvation: Trial by FireNovelTimothy Zahn2010-08-17Terminator
60Terminator Salvation: The Final BattleGraphic NovelJ. Michael Straczynski 2013-12-01Terminator
61Terminator: ResistanceGame2019-11-15Terminator
62Terminator Genisys: The YouTube ChroniclesWebCharles Paek2015-06-22Terminator
63Terminator GenisysFilmAlan Taylor2015-07-01Terminator
64Terminator: Dark FateFilmTim Miller2019-11-01TerminatorThis film takes place in continuity with Terminator 1 and 2, and ignores all other films and content.