February 13, 2014 3:00am PT by Natalie Jarvey
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Gets New Life on Netflix
Netflix is bringing new life to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The sixth and final 13-episode season of the canceled Cartoon Network series will debut March 7 on the online streamer. Netflix will also make the first five seasons of the series to audiences. Several director’s cut episodes that did not air on television will also be available.
“Stars Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries.”
This will be the first time that Netflix has streamed Star Wars content. The deal follows the announcement that Netflix had struck a deal with Disney to bring several original series based on Marvel characters to the platform by 2015. Netflix will also exclusively stream Disney titles beginning in 2016.
Clone Wars launched on Cartoon Network in 2008 and was a top performer on the cable network. The animated show’s fifth season, which ended during last March, averaged 1.7 million total viewers.
Lucasfilm, which was purchased by Disney in October 2012, canceled the show after the fifth season finale.
The series takes place during the same time period as the Star Wars films Attack of the Clones and Attack of the Sith. The final season will reveal some of the biggest mysteries behind the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force.