Planet of the Apes Timeline

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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

New Era

Graphic Novel

Daryl Gregory

2011-07-13

2

New Era

Film

Amanda Silver
Rick Jaffa

2011-08-05

3

New Era

Graphic Novel

Michael Moreci

2015-11-24

4

New Era

Novel

Greg Keyes

2014-05-27

5

New Era

Film

Amanda Silver
Mark Bomback
Rick Jaffa

2014-07-11

6

New Era

Novel

Alex Irvine

2014-07-15

7

New Era

Novel

Greg Keyes

2017-06-06

8

New Era

Film

Mark Bomback
Matt Reeves

2017-07-14

9

New Era

Graphic Novel

David F. Walker

2018-08-01

10

New Era

Novel

Greg Cox

2017-07-18

11

New Era

Novel

Greg Keyes

2018-10-23

12

New Era

Graphic Novel

Daryl Gregory

2018-12-19

13

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Caleb Monroe
Daryl Gregory
David F. Walker
Michael Moreci

2019-11-12

14

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Dan Abnett
David F. Walker
Matt Kindt
Phillip K. Johnson
Ryan Ferrier

2019-04-02

15

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Corinna Sara Bechko

2012-08-07

16

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Corinna Sara Bechko
Gabriel Hardman

2012-12-04

17

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Corinna Sara Bechko
Gabriel Hardman

2013-06-04

18

Original Era

Novel

Pierre Boulle

1963-01-01

19

Original Era

Film

Michael Wilson
Rod Serling

1968-04-03

20

Original Era

Graphic Novel

David Walker

2018-11-20

21

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Dana Gould

2018-08-22

Based on a radically different first draft of the original film.

22

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Doug Moench

1974-01-01

23

Original Era

Anthology

Andrew E.C. Gaska
Bob Mayer
Dan Abnett
Dayton Ward
Greg Cox
Greg Keyes
Jim Beard
John Jackson Miller
Jonathan Maberry
Kevin J. Anderson
Nancy Collins
Paul Kupperberg
Rich Handley
Robert Greenberger
Sam Knight
Ty Templeton
Will Murray

2017-01-24

24

Original Era

Film

Paul Dehn

1970-05-26

25

Original Era

Novel

Andrew E.C. Gaska

2018-11-13

26

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Doug Moench

1975-01-01

27

Original Era

Film

Paul Dehn

1971-05-21

Time loop, starts a new timeline.

28

Original Era

Novel

Jerry Pournelle
Michael Angelo Avallone

2017-02-28

Collects Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Escape from the Planet of the Apes

29

Original Era

Film

Paul Dehn

1972-06-14

30

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Doug Moench
Paul Dehn

1976-01-01

31

Original Era

Film

John William Corrington
Joyce Hooper Corrington

1973-06-13

32

Original Era

Graphic Novel

Doug Moench
Paul Dehn

1977-01-01

33

Original Era

Novel

David Gerrold
John Jakes

2017-04-25

Collects 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.

34

Television Era

TV Episode

Art Wallace

1974-09-13

An alternate timeline or continuation of previous timeline.

35

Television Era

TV Episode

Art Wallace

1974-09-20

36

Television Era

TV Episode

Edward J. Lakso

1974-09-27

37

Television Era

TV Episode

Robert W. Lenski

1974-10-04

38

Television Era

TV Episode

Robert Hamner

1974-10-11

39

Television Era

TV Episode

Robert W. Lenski

1974-10-18

40

Television Era

TV Episode

Barry Oringer

1974-10-25

41

Television Era

TV Episode

Anthony Lawrence
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears

1974-11-01

42

Television Era

TV Episode

Booker Bradshaw
David P. Lewis

1974-11-08

43

Television Era

TV Episode

Richard Collins

1974-11-15

44

Television Era

TV Episode

Walter Black

1974-11-22

45

Television Era

TV Episode

Edward J. Lakso

1974-11-29

46

Television Era

TV Episode

Howard Dimsdale

1974-12-06

47

Television Era

TV Episode

Arthur Browne Jr.
S. Bar-David

1974-12-06

48

Television Era

Novel

George Alec Effinger

2017-09-26

49

Television Era

Novel

William Arrow

2018-02-27

50

Television Era

TV Episode

Larry Spiegel

1975-09-06

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