Jesse Stone Movies In Order
Jesse Stone is a fictional detective in a series of books and movies which was originally written by Robert B. Parker. Parker originally started the book series in 1997 with “Night Passage” and was able to complete the saga before his death in 2010 with “Split Image”. The story encompasses nine novels, which were later picked up by CBS and turned into eight separate films. The story follows Jesse Stone who is an alcoholic divorcee who was forced to resign from the LAPD. He was able to obtain a job as police chief in a small town which was known for its corruption and crime. He was hired because the president who he later arrested thought he could be easily manipulated.
Unlike most stories, it’s not that important to watch the Jesse Stone movies in order. Each book and movie is its own separate story, with its own plot development. There are common characters in each movie which do develop over the entire series. However, there’s no important information in the earlier movies that acts as a prerequisite for the later films. I personally would still recommend them to be watched in chronological order simply because Jesse Stone as a character will develop over time, and you will grow familiar with his antics.
Many movies that were originally based off of novels follow the same order. However, the Jesse Stone series is in a totally separate order than the books, and there are even some new additions. In fact, the written series starts with a completely different story than the film does. This is one of the reasons why watching them in a specific order isn’t really that important.
|Movie Order||Trailers||Book Order|
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|Stone Cold (2005)||Night Passage (1997)|
|Night Passage (2006)||Trouble in Paradise (1998)|
|Death in Paradise (2006)||Death in Paradise (2001)|
|Sea Change (2007)||Stone Cold (2003)|
|Thin Ice (2009)||Sea Change (2006)|
|No Remorse (2010)||High Profile (2007)|
|Innocents Lost (2011)||Stranger In Paradise (2008)|
|Benefit of the Doubt (2012)||Night and Day (2009)|
|Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (2015)||Split Image (2010)|
|Killing the Blues (2011)|
|Fool Me Twice (2012)|
|Damned If You Do (2013)|
|Blind Spot (2014)|
|The Devil Wins (2015)|
CBS last aired “Benefit of the Doubt” which was the last in the series in 2012 which garnered an impressive 13 million viewers. However, unfortunately there are no plans to produce subsequent movies because it attracted viewers of the wrong demographic. They also stated that it was an expensive series to produce, and that they were going to produce shorter TV films in the future as opposed to 90 minute movies.
If you’re a fan of the Jesse Stone books, I highly recommend watching the movies. In fact, I’d say this is one of the rare cases where the book does not really add anything to the overall story. They’re both equally well written and produced, so it’s all about how you prefer to consume the story at hand.