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Friends: The 10 Most Shameless Things Ross Has Ever Done

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Oh, Ross. He was such a mess a majority of the time on Friends. He provided some pure comedic gold for sure, but he was also kind of despicable a lot of the time if you look at his actions outside of the comedy of the show. Ross was always uptight with a fair amount of quirks.

RELATED: Ranked: The Worst Thing Each Friends Character Has Done

Most of Ross’s screen time was spent digging himself in deeper holes until it would all implode in his face. For someone who started out on the show looking bewildered and lost half the time he still had a constant rotation of ladies in his life. Many who make this list below as collateral damage of the most shameless things Ross ever did on Friends.

10 The One Where Ross Doesn’t Get An Annulment

Back at the end of season 5, Ross and Rachel get drunk in Vegas and wind up married. “Hello, Mr. Rachel.” Cute. Funny. Perfect season 5 cliffhanger. Cut to season 6 and we find out that Ross hasn’t exactly gotten the annulment like he told Rachel he would. He doesn’t want to be the guy who’s been divorced 3 times. So obviously he keeps it a secret and doesn’t let Rachel know they’re still married. We all know that wasn’t going to remain a secret for long and Ross is eventually outed, and they get a divorce.

9 The One Where Ross Dumps Bonnie

I don’t know if anyone has ever accused Ross of being deep, but when Ross dumps Bonnie because she shaves her head his shallowness is really showing. However, this little act might show just how perfect Rachel and Ross are for each other. Because Rachel is the one who convinces Bonnie she should shave her head, knowing that Ross won’t be able to handle it.

RELATED: Friends: The 10 Most Painful Break-Ups, Ranked

Bonnie gets caught in the crossfire of the lingering feelings between Ross and Rachel.

8 The One Where Ross Dates A Student

Season 6 really cranks up the ick-factor when Ross starts dating one of his students. Sigh. There’s so much wrong with this. First of all, no. Don’t date a student. Even if the age gap isn’t that large in reality, it’s just wrong. He knows, we all know it. They have to keep their relationship a secret because, you know, it’s unethical for a professor to date his student and Elizabeth doesn’t want her overprotective dad finding out. Ultimately the age difference catches up to them and they break up, but not before Ross goes on spring break and acts a fool, just so he can make sure Elizabeth doesn’t cheat on him. Not your finest hour, Mr. Geller.

7 The One With The Videotape

I’m going to give Ross a little leeway on this one, although it’s still shameless. In season 8, the gang wants to find out how Rachel got pregnant. The episode is masterful, connecting the b-story back to the a-story. Joey’s talking about the fake names he gives the women he sleeps with (keepin' it classy Joey) and shares the “magic” story that can get any woman in bed. In the meantime, we find out there’s a videotape of Ross and Rachel making babies (or baby), that Rachel has no clue exists. The story all comes out and it’s somewhat justifiable, but still, really Ross?

6 The One Where Ben Can’t Play With A Doll

There are some early episodes of Friends that don’t necessarily wear well over time. This one pops up in the third season and shows a side of Ross that’s not very appealing. Ross has his son Ben with him for the weekend and isn’t pleased when Carol drops Ben off holding a Barbie Doll.

RELATED: Friends: The 10 Worst Things The Gang Did To Monica, Ranked

Ross spends the rest of the episode trying to swap out Ben’s Barbie for more manly toys, like GI Joe or dinosaurs. Just let the kid play with whatever toy he wants, dude. What exactly is Ross afraid of? That playing with dolls will make Ben gay (insert eye roll)? You know, like his mom? Not the most flattering representation of Ross.

5 The One With The List

Word of advice. Never make a pro/con list about a person you’re thinking of dating. Unless it’s a mental list. If Friends has taught us anything it’s that this can never end well. In season 2, just as Rachel’s figured out she likes Ross and Ross finds out Rachel likes him, and we think they might get together… pump the breaks. Ross is dating Julie and Joey and Chandler suggest Ross make a list to help him decide who to date. Ross, why would you ever take advice from those two? Especially lady advice. The list is super insulting and of course, Rachel finds it. Roadblock to Ross and Rachel, back in place.

4 The One Where Ross Doesn’t Break Up With Mona

Let’s head back to season 8 because Ross is on a real roll this season. He knows Rachel’s pregnant (remember he has the video to remind him) and he’s been dating Mona since they met at Monica and Chandler’s wedding. Here’s the thing, he doesn’t tell Mona that Rachel’s pregnant. Mainly it’s because he’s a big chicken who doesn’t like to face problems of his own making. Now, a little bit in Ross’s defense here, Mona was kind of in a hurry to lock things down. She was getting personalized Christmas cards made for them to send out to their friends (too soon Mona), and things spiral from there. Ending with Ross giving Mona a key to his place only to change the locks. Just cut the cord buddy. As Ross says in the episode, "In a way, I judge her for not breaking up with me sooner." You and me both.

3 The One Where Ross Is All Jealous And Clingy

Ross flips-flops over the seasons as someone who is supremely confident and pitifully insecure. Nothing demonstrates this more than Ross’s jealousy and distrust over Rachel’s coworker Mark, in season 3. Ross starts overt proclamations of his relationship with Rachel in the form of flowers, teddy bears, candy delivered to Rachel’s new job, and ends with him essentially saying that Rachel got her job because Mark wants to sleep with her. Nice. Super supportive. Rachel finally has the job of her dreams and Ross is jealous because she has to go to work. It’s not a good look for Ross.

2 The One With The I Hate Rachel Green Club

Okay, let’s be honest, this one is probably as funny as it is shameless. Back in high school, Ross was epically in love with Rachel who ignored him. He was a nerd, she was popular, got it. We find out in season 8 that Ross started up the I hate Rachel Green club with one of his friends that Rachel hadn’t been so nice to (hello guest star Brad Pitt). There was also a foreign exchange student in the club, but he didn’t know why he was there. Ross was trying to mask his feelings, pretending he hated Rachel so no one would find out how much he really liked her. This one might get a pass because Rachel earned it with her own behavior.

1 The One When Ross Said The Wrong Name

Ross might be a hopeless romantic. He’s constantly searching for love and digs his claws in once he gets a target in sight. Ross and Emily have a whirlwind (re: way too fast, you should have slowed down) romance and he proposes after they’ve only known each other a brief 6 weeks. Before you can blink the gang is in London, sans a pregnant Phoebe and Rachel. Rachel changes her mind and pops up at the church as Ross and Emily are doing their rehearsal. With Rachel’s surprise appearance on the brain, Ross mucks up the ceremony and says Rachel’s name, instead of the woman he’s marrying. They still go through with the marriage, although it doesn’t last. Bad form, Ross.

NEXT: 10 Shows To Watch If You Like Friends

Friends: The 10 Most Shameless Things Ross Has Ever Done

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Oh, Ross. He was such a mess a majority of the time on Friends. He provided some pure comedic gold for sure, but he was also kind of despicable a lot of the time if you look at his actions outside of the comedy of the show. Ross was always uptight with a fair amount of quirks.

RELATED: Ranked: The Worst Thing Each Friends Character Has Done

Most of Ross’s screen time was spent digging himself in deeper holes until it would all implode in his face. For someone who started out on the show looking bewildered and lost half the time he still had a constant rotation of ladies in his life. Many who make this list below as collateral damage of the most shameless things Ross ever did on Friends.

10 The One Where Ross Doesn’t Get An Annulment

Back at the end of season 5, Ross and Rachel get drunk in Vegas and wind up married. “Hello, Mr. Rachel.” Cute. Funny. Perfect season 5 cliffhanger. Cut to season 6 and we find out that Ross hasn’t exactly gotten the annulment like he told Rachel he would. He doesn’t want to be the guy who’s been divorced 3 times. So obviously he keeps it a secret and doesn’t let Rachel know they’re still married. We all know that wasn’t going to remain a secret for long and Ross is eventually outed, and they get a divorce.

9 The One Where Ross Dumps Bonnie

I don’t know if anyone has ever accused Ross of being deep, but when Ross dumps Bonnie because she shaves her head his shallowness is really showing. However, this little act might show just how perfect Rachel and Ross are for each other. Because Rachel is the one who convinces Bonnie she should shave her head, knowing that Ross won’t be able to handle it.

RELATED: Friends: The 10 Most Painful Break-Ups, Ranked

Bonnie gets caught in the crossfire of the lingering feelings between Ross and Rachel.

8 The One Where Ross Dates A Student

Season 6 really cranks up the ick-factor when Ross starts dating one of his students. Sigh. There’s so much wrong with this. First of all, no. Don’t date a student. Even if the age gap isn’t that large in reality, it’s just wrong. He knows, we all know it. They have to keep their relationship a secret because, you know, it’s unethical for a professor to date his student and Elizabeth doesn’t want her overprotective dad finding out. Ultimately the age difference catches up to them and they break up, but not before Ross goes on spring break and acts a fool, just so he can make sure Elizabeth doesn’t cheat on him. Not your finest hour, Mr. Geller.

7 The One With The Videotape

I’m going to give Ross a little leeway on this one, although it’s still shameless. In season 8, the gang wants to find out how Rachel got pregnant. The episode is masterful, connecting the b-story back to the a-story. Joey’s talking about the fake names he gives the women he sleeps with (keepin' it classy Joey) and shares the “magic” story that can get any woman in bed. In the meantime, we find out there’s a videotape of Ross and Rachel making babies (or baby), that Rachel has no clue exists. The story all comes out and it’s somewhat justifiable, but still, really Ross?

6 The One Where Ben Can’t Play With A Doll

There are some early episodes of Friends that don’t necessarily wear well over time. This one pops up in the third season and shows a side of Ross that’s not very appealing. Ross has his son Ben with him for the weekend and isn’t pleased when Carol drops Ben off holding a Barbie Doll.

RELATED: Friends: The 10 Worst Things The Gang Did To Monica, Ranked

Ross spends the rest of the episode trying to swap out Ben’s Barbie for more manly toys, like GI Joe or dinosaurs. Just let the kid play with whatever toy he wants, dude. What exactly is Ross afraid of? That playing with dolls will make Ben gay (insert eye roll)? You know, like his mom? Not the most flattering representation of Ross.

5 The One With The List

Word of advice. Never make a pro/con list about a person you’re thinking of dating. Unless it’s a mental list. If Friends has taught us anything it’s that this can never end well. In season 2, just as Rachel’s figured out she likes Ross and Ross finds out Rachel likes him, and we think they might get together… pump the breaks. Ross is dating Julie and Joey and Chandler suggest Ross make a list to help him decide who to date. Ross, why would you ever take advice from those two? Especially lady advice. The list is super insulting and of course, Rachel finds it. Roadblock to Ross and Rachel, back in place.

4 The One Where Ross Doesn’t Break Up With Mona

Let’s head back to season 8 because Ross is on a real roll this season. He knows Rachel’s pregnant (remember he has the video to remind him) and he’s been dating Mona since they met at Monica and Chandler’s wedding. Here’s the thing, he doesn’t tell Mona that Rachel’s pregnant. Mainly it’s because he’s a big chicken who doesn’t like to face problems of his own making. Now, a little bit in Ross’s defense here, Mona was kind of in a hurry to lock things down. She was getting personalized Christmas cards made for them to send out to their friends (too soon Mona), and things spiral from there. Ending with Ross giving Mona a key to his place only to change the locks. Just cut the cord buddy. As Ross says in the episode, "In a way, I judge her for not breaking up with me sooner." You and me both.

3 The One Where Ross Is All Jealous And Clingy

Ross flips-flops over the seasons as someone who is supremely confident and pitifully insecure. Nothing demonstrates this more than Ross’s jealousy and distrust over Rachel’s coworker Mark, in season 3. Ross starts overt proclamations of his relationship with Rachel in the form of flowers, teddy bears, candy delivered to Rachel’s new job, and ends with him essentially saying that Rachel got her job because Mark wants to sleep with her. Nice. Super supportive. Rachel finally has the job of her dreams and Ross is jealous because she has to go to work. It’s not a good look for Ross.

2 The One With The I Hate Rachel Green Club

Okay, let’s be honest, this one is probably as funny as it is shameless. Back in high school, Ross was epically in love with Rachel who ignored him. He was a nerd, she was popular, got it. We find out in season 8 that Ross started up the I hate Rachel Green club with one of his friends that Rachel hadn’t been so nice to (hello guest star Brad Pitt). There was also a foreign exchange student in the club, but he didn’t know why he was there. Ross was trying to mask his feelings, pretending he hated Rachel so no one would find out how much he really liked her. This one might get a pass because Rachel earned it with her own behavior.

1 The One When Ross Said The Wrong Name

Ross might be a hopeless romantic. He’s constantly searching for love and digs his claws in once he gets a target in sight. Ross and Emily have a whirlwind (re: way too fast, you should have slowed down) romance and he proposes after they’ve only known each other a brief 6 weeks. Before you can blink the gang is in London, sans a pregnant Phoebe and Rachel. Rachel changes her mind and pops up at the church as Ross and Emily are doing their rehearsal. With Rachel’s surprise appearance on the brain, Ross mucks up the ceremony and says Rachel’s name, instead of the woman he’s marrying. They still go through with the marriage, although it doesn’t last. Bad form, Ross.

NEXT: 10 Shows To Watch If You Like Friends

Star Wars: 5 Ways The Mandalorian is Better Than The New Movies (& 5 Ways it’s Not)

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It turns out that the one thing to unify the Star Wars fanbase was a man in a Beskar helmet caring for a Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian has been universally hailed as one of the best Star Wars projects since the Original Trilogy, with only two episodes no less.

RELATED: The Biggest Surprises From Episode One Of The Mandalorian

Many have gone so far as to say that the series itself has already surpassed the quality of the current era's film releases. But while there are many ways The Mandalorian "gets" Star Wars better than the films, there are other ways it has yet to prove itself. Here is: 5 Ways The Mandalorian is Better Than The New Movies (& 5 Ways it’s Not).

10 Better: Revolutionizing The Format Of The Franchise

For so long, the only Star Wars projects to translate to the world of television were animated. This is because, through animation, many audiences already suspend their disbelief to engage with the story. Because of budget constrictions, live-action Star Wars TV was never an option.

Now, though, through innovative filmmakers like Jon Favreau and with the right financial backing, the production quality of The Mandalorian is as near to the films as one could get on the small screen. It has merged the gap between Star Wars films and television in a way never done before, leading to a new future for the franchise.

9 Not: Brought Star Wars Back

While The Mandalorian is bringing Star Wars into a new age, there is no denying the initial magic and success that Disney created through bringing the franchise back from the dead. After the poor reception of the prequels, Star Wars entered another dark time, with only The Clone Wars to satisfy fans.

RELATED: Rise of Skywalker: Top 10 Star Wars Movie Heroes, Ranked

But with The Force Awakens, Disney accomplished the impossible. Not only did they make a Star Wars movie without George Lucas, but they made one that, for the most part, pleased nearly every fan. The experience of seeing Star Wars onscreen for the first time in ten years was one few franchises could replicate.

8 Better: Addressing Long-Standing Questions Of The Galaxy

While the films have created fantastic new stories for the franchise, they are limited by their shorter runtimes. With the extended ability to let a story breathe, The Mandalorian has a chance to explore corners of the galaxy we've never seen before.

Obviously, Baby Yoda first comes to mind, as this is only the third example of the species appearing. But even the extended time spent alongside the Jawas in episode two, or the culture of the Mandalorians, or seeing how exactly a bounty is carried out, are all things we've never seen in Star Wars before.

7 Not: Films Have Offered A Multiple Types Of Stories

The films have also offered a wider set of storytelling genres for the franchise. The Mandalorian, on the other hand, is firmly set in the tradition of classic Westerns (which looks to be continued through the Obi-Wan miniseries).

Meanwhile, the episodic films have continued in the footsteps of the Skywalker Saga, fulfilling the epic promise of Lucas' space opera. The standalone pictures, however, have exceeded the genre limitations. Rogue One plays out like a classic war film with some espionage to boot. Solo is a mix of swashbuckling adventure, Western tropes, and underground noir storytelling.

6 Better: Has The Most Diverse Set Of Directors

While the identity of a film's director does not determine quality, it certainly changes perspective and it's a commendable act to hire a diverse set of creators. The films have certainly struggled in this regard, only hiring middle-aged white men — albeit who have all done tremendous jobs.

The Mandalorian, though, has an incredibly diverse set of voices coming from the director's chair. It's the first Star Wars project directed by a black man, a white woman, an Asian woman, and a Polynesian man. The Mandalorian is offering opportunities for creators of multiple backgrounds in a way the films have yet to do.

5 Not: Films Continued And Will Finish The Original Saga

For all the worldbuilding and expansion that The Mandalorian offers, there is still a core saga that George Lucas created, and it could only be continued and finished on the big screen. The Force Awakens introduced us to a new set of heroes, while The Last Jedi put them through the wringer in the same way Empire Strikes Back did.

This new trilogy is finally completing the original vision of a nine-episode saga, perhaps not exactly the way Lucas envisioned, but certainly on its own terms. There is no format where we would have wanted to see this done other than on the big screen.

4 Better: Gets The Star Wars Aesthetic More Than The Films

From the very first scene, fans knew that The Mandalorian understood the feeling of what makes Star Wars the epic it is. The wide vistas, the dark dens of scum and villainy, and the powerful silhouettes of our hero all feel like Star Wars. There is so much atmosphere on this show that the second episode went its first twelve minutes without an ounce of dialogue.

It also gets the integral weirdness and fun of Star Wars. So much of the marketing left out the visual gags and quirkiness that has been constant. The Kowakian monkey-lizard roast, the giant walrus monster, and the egg-loving Jawas are just a few examples. Visually and atmospherically, this series just gets Star Wars better than the new films have so far.

3 Not: The Films Are Expanding The Visual Language Of Star Wars

While The Mandalorian knows how to hit our nostalgic pleasure sensors, a lot of the films have offered some of the freshest and most powerful visuals never before seen in the franchise. The Last Jedi alone has some of the most insane cinematography, set pieces, and effects of any Star Wars film.

RELATED: 10 Star Wars Characters Who Definitely Deserve Their Own Spin-Off

But even the lighting of the films is unlike anything we've seen before. The use of light and shadow that Bradford Young, Star Wars' first black cinematographer, brought to the table made Solo look absolutely fantastic. Both of these films, along with The Force Awakens and Rogue One, have pushed the boundaries of the visual language of Star Wars.

2 Better: The Story Can Get The Time It Deserves

One of the downsides of both Solo and Rogue One was the feeling that a lot of the story either felt rushed or lacking nuance. If they had both been extended to a series format, perhaps they could have felt more cohesive.

The Mandalorian shouldn't have an issue with this, though. Even with its episodes having shorter runtimes, its episode count will allow this series all the time it needs to tell its complete story. By the end of this first season, we should have a satisfying conclusion to this first chapter of The Mandalorian saga.

1 Not: The Films Are A Format Where Star Wars Thrives

While some of the films might have suffered a bit under their runtime, nothing compares to seeing Star Wars in a darkened theater with a massive crowd, and on the biggest screen possible. While home theaters are becoming more advanced by the day, nothing replaces the theatrical experience.

Not to mention, few franchises work as well on the big screen as Star Wars does. There is a reason it transcends age and class to be one of the most beloved stories of all time. Seeing a Star Wars movie for the first time should always be done on the big screen, no matter how innovative Disney+ gets.

NEXT: The Mandalorian: The 10 Biggest Easter Eggs

Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood’s Online Threats Didn’t Violate Probation

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Teen Mom OG’s Amber Portwood, who is currently on probation for her fight with ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon, had been working on getting her life together after her last stint in jail. The Teen Mom somehow managed to get out of trouble again after she threatened a YouTuber online and it didn't violate her probation.

The Teen Mom OG star is no stranger to being in trouble with the law, having been in turmoil previously on a variety of different charges. Back on July 5th, Portwood was arrested after a fight she had with her boyfriend, Glennon, where was arrested at her house and charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Glennon had called the police and insisted that Portwood had been wielding a machete at him while he was holding their 15-month-old son, James. The mother of two is still on probation for when she plead guilty to two felonies which were domestic battery and intimidation. The reality star was given 906 days of probation and if she were to violate her probation, she would face jail time.

Related: Teen Mom’s Jenelle Evans Gets Restraining Order Against David Eason (But It’s Temporary)

Portwood was told she was in the clear by her probation officer for verbal threats she made against a woman from the internet. TMZ reported that the Teen Mom star threatened Katie Joy who runs Without a Crystal Ball on YouTube and had been covering Portwood’s domestic violence case for her subscribers. Joy had published the entire audio and video of the argument between Portwood and Glennon and contacted the police when Portwood went on Instagram Live and directed threats towards her. In the video, Portwood is allegedly threatening the YouTuber by telling her she knows her address and knows where she lives.

The Indiana native’s probation officer was notified of the online incident, but the Marion County Probation Department released a statement saying that the threats did not violate Portwood’s probation. Portwood has a probation order where victims could be listed, but since Joy was not one of them, it saved the MTV star from a probation breach. If Joy had been listed, Portwood would have been in violation and arrested. The Marion County Probation Department said that the only way the reality star’s probation would have been affected is if the Indianapolis Police Department decided to arrest and convict her.

As of now, Joy has not filed charged with the police for the alleged threat Portwood made towards her, and her fans are doubtful that she will. It seems that Portwood was more worried about stopping Joy from making more videos about her relationship than being arrested again. Fans are still waiting to see if Portwood will be picked up for the next season of Teen Mom OG, as the network has been pretty strict with other teen moms and their run-in with the law.

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Source: TMZ

Star Wars: 5 Ways The Mandalorian is Better Than The New Movies (& 5 Ways it’s Not)

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It turns out that the one thing to unify the Star Wars fanbase was a man in a Beskar helmet caring for a Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian has been universally hailed as one of the best Star Wars projects since the Original Trilogy, with only two episodes no less.

RELATED: The Biggest Surprises From Episode One Of The Mandalorian

Many have gone so far as to say that the series itself has already surpassed the quality of the current era's film releases. But while there are many ways The Mandalorian "gets" Star Wars better than the films, there are other ways it has yet to prove itself. Here is: 5 Ways The Mandalorian is Better Than The New Movies (& 5 Ways it’s Not).

10 Better: Revolutionizing The Format Of The Franchise

For so long, the only Star Wars projects to translate to the world of television were animated. This is because, through animation, many audiences already suspend their disbelief to engage with the story. Because of budget constrictions, live-action Star Wars TV was never an option.

Now, though, through innovative filmmakers like Jon Favreau and with the right financial backing, the production quality of The Mandalorian is as near to the films as one could get on the small screen. It has merged the gap between Star Wars films and television in a way never done before, leading to a new future for the franchise.

9 Not: Brought Star Wars Back

While The Mandalorian is bringing Star Wars into a new age, there is no denying the initial magic and success that Disney created through bringing the franchise back from the dead. After the poor reception of the prequels, Star Wars entered another dark time, with only The Clone Wars to satisfy fans.

RELATED: Rise of Skywalker: Top 10 Star Wars Movie Heroes, Ranked

But with The Force Awakens, Disney accomplished the impossible. Not only did they make a Star Wars movie without George Lucas, but they made one that, for the most part, pleased nearly every fan. The experience of seeing Star Wars onscreen for the first time in ten years was one few franchises could replicate.

8 Better: Addressing Long-Standing Questions Of The Galaxy

While the films have created fantastic new stories for the franchise, they are limited by their shorter runtimes. With the extended ability to let a story breathe, The Mandalorian has a chance to explore corners of the galaxy we've never seen before.

Obviously, Baby Yoda first comes to mind, as this is only the third example of the species appearing. But even the extended time spent alongside the Jawas in episode two, or the culture of the Mandalorians, or seeing how exactly a bounty is carried out, are all things we've never seen in Star Wars before.

7 Not: Films Have Offered A Multiple Types Of Stories

The films have also offered a wider set of storytelling genres for the franchise. The Mandalorian, on the other hand, is firmly set in the tradition of classic Westerns (which looks to be continued through the Obi-Wan miniseries).

Meanwhile, the episodic films have continued in the footsteps of the Skywalker Saga, fulfilling the epic promise of Lucas' space opera. The standalone pictures, however, have exceeded the genre limitations. Rogue One plays out like a classic war film with some espionage to boot. Solo is a mix of swashbuckling adventure, Western tropes, and underground noir storytelling.

6 Better: Has The Most Diverse Set Of Directors

While the identity of a film's director does not determine quality, it certainly changes perspective and it's a commendable act to hire a diverse set of creators. The films have certainly struggled in this regard, only hiring middle-aged white men — albeit who have all done tremendous jobs.

The Mandalorian, though, has an incredibly diverse set of voices coming from the director's chair. It's the first Star Wars project directed by a black man, a white woman, an Asian woman, and a Polynesian man. The Mandalorian is offering opportunities for creators of multiple backgrounds in a way the films have yet to do.

5 Not: Films Continued And Will Finish The Original Saga

For all the worldbuilding and expansion that The Mandalorian offers, there is still a core saga that George Lucas created, and it could only be continued and finished on the big screen. The Force Awakens introduced us to a new set of heroes, while The Last Jedi put them through the wringer in the same way Empire Strikes Back did.

This new trilogy is finally completing the original vision of a nine-episode saga, perhaps not exactly the way Lucas envisioned, but certainly on its own terms. There is no format where we would have wanted to see this done other than on the big screen.

4 Better: Gets The Star Wars Aesthetic More Than The Films

From the very first scene, fans knew that The Mandalorian understood the feeling of what makes Star Wars the epic it is. The wide vistas, the dark dens of scum and villainy, and the powerful silhouettes of our hero all feel like Star Wars. There is so much atmosphere on this show that the second episode went its first twelve minutes without an ounce of dialogue.

It also gets the integral weirdness and fun of Star Wars. So much of the marketing left out the visual gags and quirkiness that has been constant. The Kowakian monkey-lizard roast, the giant walrus monster, and the egg-loving Jawas are just a few examples. Visually and atmospherically, this series just gets Star Wars better than the new films have so far.

3 Not: The Films Are Expanding The Visual Language Of Star Wars

While The Mandalorian knows how to hit our nostalgic pleasure sensors, a lot of the films have offered some of the freshest and most powerful visuals never before seen in the franchise. The Last Jedi alone has some of the most insane cinematography, set pieces, and effects of any Star Wars film.

RELATED: 10 Star Wars Characters Who Definitely Deserve Their Own Spin-Off

But even the lighting of the films is unlike anything we've seen before. The use of light and shadow that Bradford Young, Star Wars' first black cinematographer, brought to the table made Solo look absolutely fantastic. Both of these films, along with The Force Awakens and Rogue One, have pushed the boundaries of the visual language of Star Wars.

2 Better: The Story Can Get The Time It Deserves

One of the downsides of both Solo and Rogue One was the feeling that a lot of the story either felt rushed or lacking nuance. If they had both been extended to a series format, perhaps they could have felt more cohesive.

The Mandalorian shouldn't have an issue with this, though. Even with its episodes having shorter runtimes, its episode count will allow this series all the time it needs to tell its complete story. By the end of this first season, we should have a satisfying conclusion to this first chapter of The Mandalorian saga.

1 Not: The Films Are A Format Where Star Wars Thrives

While some of the films might have suffered a bit under their runtime, nothing compares to seeing Star Wars in a darkened theater with a massive crowd, and on the biggest screen possible. While home theaters are becoming more advanced by the day, nothing replaces the theatrical experience.

Not to mention, few franchises work as well on the big screen as Star Wars does. There is a reason it transcends age and class to be one of the most beloved stories of all time. Seeing a Star Wars movie for the first time should always be done on the big screen, no matter how innovative Disney+ gets.

NEXT: The Mandalorian: The 10 Biggest Easter Eggs

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