With such a magnificent story spanning decades and several sequels, it can be difficult to know where to jump into Naruto.


The anime boasts over 1,000 episodes and continues to build on the ninja's legacy through spin-off series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

The world of Naruto is in no way slowing down with tormented villains and loveable characters added with every new release.

Before you dive into the deep end of seeing what the iconic character's son is up to, it's probably best you start from the very beginning.

Combining the stories and the films, here is what we think is the best way for you to go about watching the Naruto series in order, from its very beginning all the way up to the most recent iteration.

How to watch Naruto in order


Naruto original series

With the original Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden series, you are going to find yourself jumping around between the show and the various movies that have come along to accompany them. Start at the beginning and keep working your way through the first 101 episodes. Once there, the movies get mixed into the arcs, and below is where to slot them all in.

  • Naruto (1-101)
  • Naruto The Movies: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  • Naruto (102-160)
  • Naruto The Movie: The Legend Stone of Gelel
  • Naruto (161-196)
  • Naruto The Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
  • Naruto (197-220)

Buy Naruto on Blu-Ray for £22.73 at Amazon (at the time of writing). Several of the movies are currently streaming on Netflix.

Naruto Shippuden

Much like the original series, start Naruto Shippuden from the beginning. But this time, you won't have as many episodes to get through before you run into your first movie break - 32 episodes to be precise.

  • Naruto: Shippuden (1-32)
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie
  • Naruto: Shippuden (33-71)
  • Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds
  • Naruto: Shippuden (72-126)
  • Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Will of Fire
  • Naruto: Shippuden (127-143)
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower
  • Naruto: Shippuden (144-196)
  • Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Blood Prison
  • Naruto: Shippuden (197-251)
  • Naruto The Movie: Road to Ninja
  • Naruto: Shippuden (252-493)
  • The Last: Naruto The Movie
  • Naruto: Shippuden (494-500)

There is a lot to get through with this show, but you can start by buying the first season of Naruto Shippuden on DVD for £39.99 at Amazon. Several of the movies are currently streaming on Netflix.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

While Boruto: Naruto The Movie was released during the Naruto Shippuden era, the watch order for Boruto is slightly more complex than just watching in chronological order.

The events of Boruto: Naruto The Movie are covered within the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series during episodes 53-66. This means if you want to get up to speed with Boruto before the movie, we'd suggest only starting after episode 52, and then continuing onwards with the rest of the episodes, up to the very present.

This is the most recent entry in the franchise, so far, and puts the focus on Naruto's son, Boruto.

The first season of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is on DVD for £13.50 at Amazon.

How to watch Naruto in the UK

In the UK, Naruto is available to watch on American streaming service Crunchyroll.

As detailed above, each series is also available to buy on Amazon.

If you're in the US, loads of anime shows, including Naruto, are now streaming for free on YouTube. However, it's only for fans in the US and it's only the subtitled versions - so fans who prefer to watch the show dubbed should look at other options.

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