Do You Need to Watch the Fast and the Furious Franchise Before Seeing Fast X?

Here's what you need to know about what you need to watch in the Fast and the Furious franchise before seeing Fast X.

by Matthew Kevin Mitchell
Image: Universal Pictures

Are you wondering if you need to watch The Fast and the Furious franchise before seeing Fast X? This is a legitimate question because the franchise has been around for 22 years with 11 installments. This means there is a ton of world-building and character development for you to know in the franchise. So what, then, do you need to watch for the story of Fast X to make sense? Here is an easy-to-follow guide that answers precisely that, plus much more.

What Should You Watch Before Seeing Fast X?

I recommend you watch The Fast and the Furious franchise chronologically for the best viewing experience. This is because a good portion of the franchise takes place before Tokyo Drift, and the inclusion of new antagonists is added into scenes of previous installments. For instance, Deckard Shaw is the unseen antagonist in Tokyo Drift, but this wasn’t added until the end of Fast & Furious 6.

If you don’t watch the entire franchise, you won’t understand the characters in Fast X because they are introduced in previous installments. For instance, Tyrese Gibson’s character, Roman, was introduced in 2 Fast 2 Furious and has been in every installment since. In addition, the franchise isn’t afraid to “kill” its characters only to bring them back in exciting ways for fans, so it could be highly confusing if you aren’t aware of this happening.

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Here is how to watch The Fast and the Furious franchise in chronological order:

  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)
  • F9 (2021)
  • Fast X (2023)

Author’s Note: I have seen every installment of The Fast and the Furious in theaters since the first release in 2001. This guide comes from my knowledge and love of the franchise.

- This article was updated on May 16th, 2023

About The Author

Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.