Indiana Jones Timeline

Apart from Star Wars, Indiana Jones is by far the most beloved and successful franchise created by George Lucas. The films cemented Harrison Ford’s career, and the franchise has gone on to produce a television show and multiple novels and comics. This is the Indiana Jones timeline.

What’s on the Indiana Jones Timeline?


The problem (or maybe the strength) of Indiana Jones is the fact that each story told in that universe is very episodic, with each story standing alone most of the time. There are several levels of canonicity in the Indiana Jones franchise, and we’ve included all of them here:

  • The Films: These are the highest level of canon, and supersede all other stories. If there are contradictions with other stories, the films take precedence.
  • Young Indiana Jones: This television show is next on the priority list. While it’s not quite at the same level as the films, it still supersedes all other stories.
  • Licensed material: This includes games, books, and comics. These stories are not really considered canon, but where there are no contradictions with the films and the show, they could be enjoyed in chronological order. That is why we’ve included them as part of this timeline.

While this is the timeline as it currently stands, Lucasfilm has already “reset” the canon of Star Wars, and it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that they would do so again with Indiana Jones. If that were the case, you could probably disregard the licensed material, but there are some good stories in there, so feel free to enjoy them!

Where to Start?

I would, of course, recommend starting with the original films in order of release (even though Temple of Doom is supposed to take place first). Then I would look into the show and licensed stories.

entries

ChronologicalTimeBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

1908

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales
Jule Selbo

2000-07-10

2

1908

TV Episode

Matthew Jacobs
Reg Gadney

2000-09-18

3

1908

TV Episode

Matthew Jacobs

2000-09-19

4

1910

TV Episode

Frank Darabont
Jonathan Hales
Matthew Jacobs

2007-10-23

5

1910

TV Episode

Jonathan Hensleigh
Rosemary Anne Sisson

2000-07-11

6

1910

Game

1994-01-01

7

1912

Junior Novel

Les Martin

1993-09-21

8

1912

Junior Novel

J.N. Fox

1994-11-01

9

1912

Junior Novel

H. William Stine
Megan Stine

1993-10-19

10

1913

Junior Novel

William McCay

1990-07-01

11

1913

Junior Novel

Les Martin

1990-07-01

12

1913

Junior Novel

Les Martin

1991-04-30

13

1913

Junior Novel

William McCay

1991-06-11

14

1913

Junior Novel

William McCay

1990-07-07

15

1914

Junior Novel

Megan Stine

1994-05-24

16

1914

Junior Novel

William McCay

1991-04-30

17

1914

Junior Novel

Les Martin

1991-04-30

18

1914

Junior Novel

Les Martin

1990-06-23

19

1914

Junior Novel

William McCay

1994-09-13

20

1914

Junior Novel

William McCay

1994-05-10

21

1914

Junior Novel

William McCay

1995-05-10

22

1916

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales
Matthew Jacobs

1999-10-17

23

1916

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales
Rosemary Anne Sisson

2000-07-12

24

1916

TV Episode

Jonathan Hensleigh

1999-10-24

25

1916

TV Episode

Carrie Fisher
Jonathan Hales

1999-10-31

26

1916

TV Episode

Frank Darabont

1999-10-24

27

1916

TV Episode

Frank Darabont

1999-11-14

28

1917

TV Episode

Ben Burtt
Matthew Jacobs
Rosemary Anne Sisson

1995-10-08

29

1917

TV Episode

Frank Darabont
Gavin Scott

1999-11-21

30

1917

TV Episode

Gavin Scott

2000-07-13

31

1917

TV Episode

Frank Darabont

1999-11-21

32

1918

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales

1999-07-14

33

1918

TV Episode

Jonathan Hensleigh
Rosemary Anne Sisson

1999-11-28

34

1919

TV Episode

Jule Selbo

1999-10-26

35

1919

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales

2000-09-20

36

1920

TV Episode

Jule Selbo

1999-10-27

37

1920

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales

1999-10-21

38

1920

TV Episode

Jonathan Hales
Matthew Jacobs

1999-10-26

39

1922

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1991-01-01

40

1925

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1991-05-01

41

1926

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1991-11-01

42

1926

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1992-01-01

43

1928

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1992-08-01

44

1929

Novel

Rob MacGregor

1992-11-01

45

1930

Novel

Martin Caidin

1993-11-01

46

1930

Novel

Martin Caidin

1994-03-01

47

1930

Graphic Novel

Philip Gelatt

2008-06-25

48

1931

Graphic Novel

Mark Evanier

2009-09-16

49

1933

Novel

Max McCoy

1995-04-01

50

1933

Junior Novel

R. L. Stine

1984-05-12

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