Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm Animation and set in the Star Wars galaxy in the years before A New Hope. It takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire are hunting down the last of the Jedi while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The visual style of the series is inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie. The series features new characters, along with some from the original trilogy and from the previous CGI series, The Clone Wars.
The series premiered as a one-hour television film, Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD. The first season consisted of 14 episodes. The second season premiered on June 20, 2015 with a one-hour television film, The Siege of Lothal. The third season premiered on September 24, 2016 with the television film, Steps Into Shadow. The fourth and last season premiered on October 16, 2017 with another one-hour television film, Heroes of Mandalore. Its final episode aired on March 5, 2018.
Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman served as executive producers of season one. Weisman left the show after season one. Filoni was also the supervising director for the first two seasons, a role he relinquished after accepting a promotion that expanded his creative role into overseeing all Lucasfilm Animation projects; he chose Justin Ridge to succeed him for season three.
The series has been generally well received with several award wins and nominations. A number of tie-in media has been released to expand upon the series' lore such as the comic book series Kanan and the novel A New Dawn.