Ah, the age-old debate of CW micro-series vs. TCW. Both series have their strengths and weaknesses, merits and demerits, pros and cons. I'll go over them before rendering judgment (TL;DR at bottom). Clone Wars microseries: Under the style of Genndy Tartakovsky, this series of shorts was renowned for fast-paced action sequences, broad, encompassing shots of numerous battles and environments, and minimal dialogue. Considering the PT films were criticized heavily for their wooden and clunky dialogue, keeping it to a minimum in CW was probably a good idea. Plus, most of the volumes covered battle scenes or duels where having characters speak extensively wouldn't make too much sense. What the microseries did a particularly good job at was giving us a sense of scale and putting the war itself at the forefront. It covered key battles and events such as the Battle of Muunilinst, Dantooine, Mon Calamari, and Hypori, along with Anakin's duel with Ventress at Yavin 4, the knighting of Anakin Skywalker and the the final gambit to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine on Coruscant. While not onscreen for very long, villains like Dooku and General Grievous were shown to be particularly threatening. The scenery was great in almost every planet the show chose to visit. These are the basic lists of positives. Which brings us to the negatives. CW's style always seemed to make the heroes and villains, particularly the Jedi, to be overpowered. The volume most culpable of this was the Battle of Dantooine, where we witness Mace Windu single-handedly obliterate not only an army of droids (a good chunk of the time without his lightsaber) but also a seismic tank. Grievous was also shown to be largely OP in his systematic but nearly simultaneous dismantling of numerous Jedi opponents at Hypori. Also there were some rather cartoonish sequences, such as the gladiatorial battle on Rattatak where Ventress defeats multiple monstrous opponents to impress Count Dooku, and the whole jousting sequence between Kenobi's lancer troopers and Durge's IG lancer droids. Which brings me to Durge himself. I was never really impressed by the character, who seemed largely out of place in the SW universe. While a very cool concept on paper, when translated onscreen Durge's Gen'Dai physique and regenerative abilities just seemed very over-the-top. Creating a nearly indestructible opponent for CIS, one largely devoid of any personality (outside of irrationality brought on by a long lifespan and a hatred of clones due to suffering at the hands of Mandalorians, elaborated upon only in the EU) was one of the more 'meh' decisions of this series. Interaction between the two main heroes, Obi-Wan and Anakin, were as minimal as the dialogue as well. Finally, the Battle of Coruscant where Grievous personally arrives to kidnap the Chancellor and slay several Jedi Knights seemed, at least to me, vastly inferior to Luceno's depiction in Labyrinth of Evil (a must-read for fans of the CW, IMO). Just over-the-top at times, and why would Grievous not kill Shaak Ti after she was at his mercy? All in all, I consider the events of the microseries to be under the lens of propaganda, an onscreen exaggeration of events that did take place, but not often in the manner shown. The Clone Wars: A much longer series spanning (at the moment) 108 episodes, covering a wide range of themes and events throughout the course of the war, and focusing much more heavily on character interaction than the microseries. Due to the higher number of episodes, TCW had the advantage of being able to tell longer stories and delve into not just the battles, but also wartime politics. It also tackled many plotlines focusing on multiple characters, ranging from the Big Three of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka to more minor characters from the films like R2-D2 and Padme Amidala. TCW also introduced more more OCs than did CW, many of whom were fascinating characters in their own right; Captain Rex, Satine Kryze, Pre Vizsla, Mother Talzin, Savage Opress, Bo-Katan, to name a few. The greater character development of TCW allowed us to get more into characters like Asajj Ventress, whom I felt really benefited from the additional exposure onto her own character, her hopes and fears, none of which were touched upon in the microseries, where she is shown to be little more than a Dark Jedi turned Sith assassin desiring vengeance on the Jedi. TCW expanded on her character while giving us a few nice references to the EU, like her training with Master Ky Narec and her turn to the Dark Side after witnessing her Master's death. The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan was further enhanced, giving us more reason to believe Obi-Wan's lines to Luke about his father being a real hero during the Clone Wars. TCW, I felt, did wonders for Anakin's character and made him much more relatable than the PT films. We also witness the deterioration of Anakin's trust in the Jedi Council after the Rako Hardeen arc and the Ahsoka Fugitive arc, both key plot points leading up to RotS. Even the development of Ahsoka's relationship with Anakin made sense, as the latter was known to have trouble letting go of attachments, and may have well contributed to the darker, brooding Anakin of RotS. We see Palpatine's scheme to discredit the Jedi and turn public opinion against them come gradually into fruition. The further characterization of the clones also served to humanize them, and make the viewers better relate to these otherwise largely faceless soldiers known only to obey orders without question (a fact that was itself questioned by numerous story arcs like The Deserter and Umbara). Other minor characters introduced very briefly in the films, such as the other Jedi, Boba Fett, Tarkin, and Darth Maul himself, have their moment to shine. In Maul's case, I felt his character greatly improved by giving him a more distinct personality and making him into a truly menacing arch-rival to Obi-Wan. The quality of the animation in this series was very top-notch, heads and shoulders above CW. Despite questionable stylistic choices at times, TCW had perhaps the best CGI of any animated television series ever. This translated extremely well to the environments and the battle scenes, as well as the duels, particularly in Season 5. Visual eye-candy is a big part of Star Wars' appeal, and TCW does not disappoint. Of course, TCW has its faults. Being able to tell so many stories was both a blessing and a curse. Due to the very brief nature of the stories it had to tell, the microseries did a good job of being very concise and not going on diversions from the overarching theme of war. TCW, on the other hand, could afford to go off on tangents, often to its own detriment. The droid arc of Season 5 comes foremost to mind, but other minor side stories and diversions often contributed little to the overarching plot of the Clone Wars. While it was great to see characters such as Cad Bane and Hondo Ohnaka in action, some of their plot-lines contributed little to the overall war, though they did serve the purpose of making the GFFA look bigger, which is a plus. Still, there were many stories, particularly the poorly executed political episodes of Season 3, that the series could have done without, or at least handled much more maturely. References to the OT and PT, while good when added judiciously, were sometimes introduced with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the head. The CIS themselves were handled very poorly, as Dan Grievous pointed out. Dooku, in particular, was often reduced to little more than a mustache-twirling villain, sometimes doing things For the Evulz. A far cry from the political idealist we are told he was in AotC, or even compared to his portrayal in the extensive CW EU. Grievous was downright pathetic at times (owned by a handful of Gungans?), much less threatening. Then there was the questionable decision to revive Maul, saved only by the execution, which was admittedly brilliant. However, Maul's character served only to make Dooku and the CIS look worse in hindsight. Maul and his brother were far more threatening villains in TCW than Dooku and his henchmen, a big no-no in a series that emphasizes the greater war (or is supposed to). Finally, we get to what is to many the biggest pet peeve of TCW: the trampling and subsequent demolition of swathes of established EU. Thanks to the decisions of Lucas and the writers, many characters' backstories and fates have seen changes, both large and small. These changes range from minor (Ryloth's rotation, Ventress being born on Dathomir as opposed to Rattatak) to very major (Barriss Offee becoming a Dark Jedi and turning against the Order). We've witnessed the onscreen deaths of characters like Even Piell and Adi Gallia that contradict the EU. While some of the changes certainly served to enhance the story (see Ventress), others did not (Adi Gallia could easily have been replaced by Eeth Koth, for instance). To many, this is a dealbreaker. We finally get to the verdict. Apologies for this post being much longer than I originally anticipated, I was trying hard to be as thorough as possible in my reasoning, to the point where it can be a mini-thesis or dissertation. Due to expanding the stories of numerous characters and focusing on multiple themes besides the 'Wars' in Star Wars, I consider TCW to be the superior show. It tackles many disparate themes of war, politics, mythology of the Force itself, friendship, and love, all of which are inherent to the SW universe, sprinkling equal doses of humor and drama. The PT is tremendously strengthened after viewing TCW, and that alone may be enough to tilt the scales in its favor. To me, TCW is very much the Star Wars George Lucas always intended, and adds an extra dimension to all of the six films. TL;DR: While the microseries was short and sweet, making the most of its limited timeframe with good concision, TCW's expansive scope and focus on the characters and their relationships during the war gives us further insights into the mythology and events of the Star Wars universe that George Lucas intended. Hence, I view TCW as the superior series.