Why Star Wars Rebels Isn't On Netflix

Despite once showing animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Netflix has never shown Star Wars Rebels. Here's why it never made the leap.

Here’s why Star Wars Rebels isn’t available on Netflix – and likely never will be. The original Star Wars trilogy only hinted at the sprawling universe of George Lucas’ famous creation, so it wasn’t long before various tie-ins expanded on the franchise. Over the past several decades there have been many acclaimed spinoff video games, comics and animated series that have greatly fleshed out other pockets of the franchise, with some becoming almost as beloved as the main saga itself.

While George Lucas once vowed there would be no more Star Wars movies after work finished on his prequel trilogy, those plans changed fast once he sold the property to Disney in 2012. A new series of films was soon announced, with J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in late 2015, which brought back fan favorites like Han Solo and Leia, whilst introduced in new heroes like Rey, Finn and, Poe. Animated spinoff Star Wars Rebels launched in 2014 to great acclaim, with the series following the rebellion in between the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope.

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Star Wars Rebels introduced great new characters like Sabine and Ezra while featuring some nice callbacks to the movie series, including a new showdown between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan. The show ran for four seasons to strong reviews, but for some reason, Star Wars Rebels has never appeared on Netflix. The streaming service used to have another acclaimed animated spinoff from the franchise Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it has since been removed.

Darth Maul dies with Obi-Wan in Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels wrapped up after four seasons in 2018 but while the show has streamed on Netflix in some parts of the world like Brazil, it likely won’t appear on the streaming service in the future for the same reason The Clone Wars is no longer available – they're moving to Disney +. Disney’s own high-profile streaming service will launch in 2019 and the company has been systematically removing its content from other platforms in preparation for the move.

They have a host of original content lined up too, including MCU shows focused on Loki and Vision & Scarlet Witch. Disney + will also host Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7. Disney + is set to be a serious competitor to Netflix, so while some fans might love to see Star Wars Rebels end up on the service, the chances of that ever happening are low.

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Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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