Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A Close Shave and in the Shopper 13 short film from the 2002 Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions series, and his madcap adventures around a small farm as the leader of his flock. Having first aired in the UK on CBBC in March 2007 and broadcast in 180 countries globally, the series consists of 150 seven-minute episodes. The fifth series contains 20 episodes and has been aired in the Netherlands from 1 December 2015 until 1 January 2016.
The series inspired its own spin-off, Timmy Time, which follows the adventures of Shaun's small cousin and is aimed at younger viewers. A feature-length film, titled Shaun the Sheep Movie, was released theatrically in 2015. A 30-minute film, titled Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas, was aired as a 2015 Christmas TV special. Series 5 is due to begin airing in the UK on Monday 5 September 2016.
The series first aired in the US on Disney Channel and Toon Disney from 2007 to 2010. After a long hiatus, it returned to TV in the US on Cartoon Network, where it aired in 2015 (one day after the premiere of Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race). Boomerang picked up the series and aired new episodes of it from October 7, 2015 to June 24, 2016. After a brief hiatus, it returned to Boomerang for its 5th series from January 2, 2017-July 3, 2017.