Since 2001, the Fast and Furious movies have morphed into a massive, sprawling franchise. In fact, the series easily rivals most comic book movies for surprisingly dense lore, outrageous action, and heroic (one might even say superheroic) leads.
In 2001's The Fast and the Furious, we're introduced to Brian O'Connor, an undercover cop tasked with taking down a gang of muscle-car-loving thieves who have been stealing what they claim to be millions of dollars of DVD players. Brian finds a possible lead in Dominic Toretto [toh-REHT-oh], the charismatic ringleader of a group of car heads who may or may not be the same gang that Brian's after.
To make things even more complicated, Dom's sister Mia, the shop owner of Toretto's Market, is the object of Brian's affection.
Brian impresses Dom with his driving, eventually ingratiating himself into Dom's team, which isn't a family just yet. Unfortunately, Brian soon learns that he can only play both sides of the law for so long, and comes clean to the Toretto family when it looks like Dom and his gang will end up on the wrong end of a trucker's shotgun. With Brian's cover blown and Dom forced to leave town, the two have one last quarter-mile race. Ultimately, rather than take his new friend into custody, Brian gives Dom the keys to his car and lets him race off into the distance.
2 Fast 2 Furious surprisingly isn't the second part of this franchise. Instead, that honor goes to The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious, a short film which sees Brian on the run after letting Dom go free. For some reason, this leads to a nationwide manhunt, with his face plastered all over the nightly news.
That sort of thing tends to present a problem when you're driving across America winning street races like some sort of gear shaft version of Johnny Appleseed. When cops seize his vehicle while Brian's driving through Texas, he's able to hitch a ride with an unnamed woman who recognizes his face, possibly because of his uncanny resemblance to Lance Harbor from Varsity Blues. After that, he buys a new car, wins more street races, and finds himself in Miami, the city where the heat is on. Keep watching the video to see the Fast and the Furious timeline finally explained
The Fast and the Furious | 0:15
The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious | 1:12
2 Fast 2 Furious | 1:51
Los Bandoleros | 2:40
Fast & Furious | 3:16
Fast Five | 4:29
Fast & Furious 6 | 5:38
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift | 6:38
Fast & Furious 6 post-credits scene | 7:48
Furious 7 | 8:14
Fate of the Furious | 9:36
Faster, more furious | 10:20