It premiered as a 44-minute film, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the official premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD. So far 2 seasons have been released in 2014 and 2015, with a third season coming in September 24, 2016.
The show is set 14 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy. Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling Rebel Alliance against the Empire is taking form.
A Japanese webcomic adapting the series began publication in 2019. The adaptation features art by Aoki Akira and is published by Line in Japan, while physical volumes are translated and published overseas by Yen Press.