Terminator Timeline

What’s on the Terminator Timeline?


The Terminator timeline is tricky to arrange, since it involves time travel, the result of which leads to alternate timelines. Terminator has also spawned a lot of comics and other tie-in media, most of which is not considered canonical, especially the comics that often crossed over with the likes of Robocop or other franchises.

So most tie-in media is not included on this timeline. However, there are a few novels that are worth including, as well as the Sarah Connor Chronicles that aired on television. All in all, we think this is the best order to experience a more complete story of the Terminator franchise.


#Series:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1TerminatorBuyThe TerminatorFilmJames Cameron1984
2TerminatorBuyTerminator 2: Judgment DayFilmJames Cameron1991
3TerminatorBuyT2: InfiltratorNovelS. M. Stirling2001
4TerminatorBuyT2: Rising StormNovelS. M. Stirling2003
5TerminatorBuyT2: The Future WarNovelS. M. Stirling2004
6TerminatorBuyThe Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 1)TelevisionJosh Friedman2007
7TerminatorBuyThe Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 2)TelevisionJosh Friedman2008
8TerminatorBuyTerminator 3: Rise of the MachinesFilmJonathan Mostow2003
9TerminatorBuyTerminator SalvationFilmMcG2009
10TerminatorBuyTerminator GenisysFilmAlan Taylor2015

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