5 (non-Star Wars) animated series like The Clone Wars

Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 709 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” - Image Courtesy Disney+
Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 709 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” - Image Courtesy Disney+ /
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2. She-Ra

Length: 5 seasons

One of the most popular additions to Star Wars from The Clone Wars was the character of Ahsoka. The teenage character has become a fan favorite in the years since her debut and has offered a different kind of protagonist to the Star Wars universe. If you’re looking for characters like Ahsoka, you might want to try another update from the eighties, She-Ra.

Also streaming on Netflix, this new version of She-Ra fleshes out the character more. She-Ra’s character growth is a driving force of the series as she goes from a young, easily impressionable child, to a leader worthy of the “Princess of Power” title. Moments where she questions the causes she’s always fought for are particularly reminiscent of some of Ahsoka’s best storylines from later seasons.

From Netflix:

"A new hero rises on a war-torn planet and discovers her destiny. With help from her friends, she fights to restore balance to the world."

1. Infinity Train

Length: 3 seasons (so far)

Despite being a show aimed at pre-teens, The Clone Wars didn’t shy away from the more morally gray aspects of the stories it was telling. Heroes could be flawed, often doing the wrong thing. Villains may have been in the wrong, but they had motivations that were compelling or at least sympathetic.

If you are looking for an animated show that doesn’t shy away from complicated issues, you might want to try out Infinity Train. Each episode thrusts the main characters into a new car on the Infinity Train, forcing them to confront a problem with no easy answer. The show deals with some fairly heavy subjects including moral responsibility and the burden of free will. It’s still a fun, and often heartwarming, show, but story elements from Infinity Train will stay lodged in your brain long after the episode is over.

From HBOMax:

"Tulip, a headstrong 13-year-old girl, finds a mysterious train where every car contains its own universe."

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There are quite a few animated series out there that are worth your time. Just like with The Clone Wars, you don’t have to be a child to be able to appreciate how incredible and rich the stories are in these animated series. So try one of the other animated series out there, at least until The Bad Batch finally premieres.