Time Machine Order
IV*, V*, VI*, I, II, III, Rogue One (IV, V, VI), VII, VIII, IX
While this looks like an alphabet soup of Roman numerals, bear with me. For some, this is the definitive version of watching Star Wars, but it requires a time machine, which not all of us have. Basically, you’d need to go back to May 25, 1977 when Star Wars was released and watch the original cut of that one, as well as Episodes V & VI. This way you avoid Hayden Christensen, Jungians, no Greedo shooting first, Sebastian Shaw has his eyebrows, and the Emperor is played by Clive Revill with monkey eyes. Then you shift gears and watch the prequels with bemusement, followed by Rogue One. Then, you have the option (hence the parentheses) to watch the trilogy with all the tweaks and updates (as a true fan should), then onwards to the new trilogy.
Of course, this is the hard way to go, as the original editions aren’t available on BluRay or easily discoverable on DVD. According to Lucasfilm and Disney, they have no intention of releasing the original versions, as they’re not George Lucas’ final vision. So despite the fact that some of us grew up on those and love them, it’s not gonna happen. If you troll estate sales, thrift shops and back alleys, you might find old copies, and there is this sub-legal fan edit called the Despecialized Edition, which is a painstaking reconstruction of the original films, from various captures of the DVD, laserdisc and the original 35mm print. The result is a pretty awesome version, but not something that Disney is a fan of.