A viewing order For The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Film Having very much enjoyed Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow, not to mention his subsequent Fast & Furious films, I have considered a rewatch of the whole series, except as fans know, and there are a couple, the whole timeline is messed up because of Han's fate in Tokyo Drift, which has been somewhat explained in Fast & Furious 6. Nevertheless, here's a short viewing order for the Fast & Furious films and their various spin-offs.

The Fast and the Furious

{Better Luck Tomorrow}

[Turbo-Charged Prelude]

2 Fast 2 Furious

[Los Bandoleros]

Fast & Furious

Fast Five

Fast & Furious 6

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Of course watching them in this order for the first time creates a massive plot spoiler for Tokyo Drift in much the same way as The Empire Strikes Back is presumably a bit underwhelming if you've had to sit through the prequels for the first time. There are people who've done this. I've seen the online complaints.

Plus for this to work, you have to assume that all of the films between Better Luck Tomorrow and Tokyo Drift either happen within about four years or that Tokyo Drift was set in the future when it was made. Considering its locale that's not too much of a stretch.

Perhaps if I do rewatch this lot, I will look out for dates and see if the continuity people have been paying attention.

Beyond that, you do have to at least admire that Lin's determination to keep the Han character within the films led to its biggest biox office successes actually being midquels to a franchise outlier with about as much to do with the other films as Season of the Witch does to the other Halloweens. Or judging, by F&F6, at least it did ...

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