Parents' Guide to

Star Wars Rebels

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 12+

Not for kids

This show is very intense. It is very violet, and there are many scenes that are too intense for a child to watch. It is a really good show, but wait until your kids are teenagers before Leto then watch this one.
age 12+


This show is NOT for kids. Don’t listen to parents who think this show is ok for kids under 12. People are blown up, shot point blank, sucked into space, and all sorts of other ruthless ways to be killed. I just watched a boss guy kill his own man kicking him off a cliff. There are open discussions about ethnic cleansing and entire races of people “deserving” to be killed. I get that they are storm troopers and are “bad guys” but this show is brutal in the constant disregard for life. Do not let your kiddos watch this without parent supervision.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (36 ):

This series continues the tale first told in Spark of Rebellion and features the movie's same careful attention to detail that adds modern touches to the Star Wars story as a whole while paying homage to the beloved original movies. Not only do familiar characters such as Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian appear, helping bridge the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but even the voice cast is consistent with the involvement of Jones and Billy Dee Williams. Even better, Star Wars Rebels is so well-written and the characters so intriguing that adults may enjoy this new addition to the saga as much as kids will.

If your kids are familiar with Star Wars-style violence from any of the live-action movies or animated series related to them, then what they see here won't come as a surprise. There's a lot of fighting, a variety of weapons, and the implication that many people die, even if it isn't actually spelled out. But there's also a positive message in the cause of the Rebels, who battle the odds against a powerful adversary bent on greed and a quest for power. They're a fun group to root for, made all the more intriguing as their individual backstories emerge slowly as the show plays out.

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