Transformers: Prime is an American computer-animated television series based on the Transformers toy franchise by Hasbro. It premiered in the United States on The Hub, which is partly owned by Hasbro. The series’ first two episodes were broadcast on Friday, November 26, 2010, at 4:00pm Eastern/3:00pm Central on The Hub television network, as a special preview. It was broadcast officially on Monday, November 29, 2010, at 6:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Central. On February 11, 2011, the series started to air new episodes, under the name of Transformers: Prime – The Animated Series. Other channels air the series internationally. The second season began airing on February 18, 2012. The third season, retitled Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters, will be the final season of the series, with only 13 episodes, and premiered on The Hub on March 22, 2013.
The first season became available for instant streaming through Netflix on April 5, 2012. The second season became available on December 7, 2012.
The series has been well-received and has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Transformers: Prime is rated TV-Y7-FV. Many references to other Transformers continuities have appeared in the series, but have not been fully explained.
In Jasper, Nevada, three young humans, Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai, and Rafael Esquivel, are accidentally caught in the crossfire in a fight between enormous robots that transform into vehicles. They are taken to the base of the heroic Autobots, where their leader Optimus Prime explains that he and his team are from the planet Cybertron. As it turns out, the Autobots had a devastating war against the ruthless Megatron and his followers, the Decepticons long ago on Cybertron. While this is going on, Megatron returns from a three-year-long exile in deep space, bringing with him Dark Energon, a substance able to revive the dead and he sets out to raise an army of the undead and conquer Earth. In the conclusion to Darkness Rising, Megatron is seen in front of the Space Bridge waiting for his army of the undead to come through it; however, the Space Bridge explodes, and Megatron is seen no more. During this mini-series, Arcee’s partner, Cliffjumper is killed in the first episode, setting the tone for the series.