Another Life

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Cliche-laden sci-fi series has strong women, some language.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes of courage and teamwork are clearly addressed, with plotlines and dialogue about astronauts who brave great danger to protect others, and a group of people who must work together to accomplish a crucial task. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong women like Niko and General Dubois are at the center of the action, tough, sympathetic, and in charge. Many of the characters on the Salvare's mission, though, are thinly drawn stereotypes. One character, Zayn, appears to be male and wears makeup and has an atypical gender presentation, which goes unmentioned by the rest of the cast. 


Characters are in constant mortal danger from otherworldly threats and from each other. Though gore and violence are downplayed, deaths occur onscreen, there's sci-fi weaponry and mayhem, and characters also engage in fistfights. 


Expect romantic complications, kissing, and references to sex, as much of the cast is single, young, and interested. Cast members are largely clad in brief, tight clothing, and the camera moves to track sculpted abs and backsides. 


Language includes "f--k, "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "prick," "balls."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Another Life is a sci-fi drama series about an alien craft that suddenly lands on Earth -- and the scientists who try to figure out why. Violence is less intense here than in some other shows with similar tone and settings, but expect sci-fi weapons and dangers from space travel, sudden deaths, and fights. Sexual content is infrequent, but many characters are single and interested -- kissing, dating, and references to sex are likely. Both male and female characters wear brief, tight costumes, and the camera lingers on body parts. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k, "s--t," "goddamn," and "hell." Strong women are at the center of the action and show courage and teamwork in solving tough, dangerous problems; another character has atypical gender presentation, which isn't remarked on. Katee Sackhoff and Justin Chatwin star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfossil1968 August 1, 2019

Sad sad sad

Hi, this had some really interesting potential but sadly it turned into a very mixed up show, borrowing from a lot of successful genres and movies and seriously... Continue reading
Adult Written bydfilmpro July 30, 2019

Not for kids or possibly adults. Garbage.

Spoilers: Sexual situations between straight men and trans men, and between a woman and 2 men simultaneously, and some mild nudity. Also some gore in a few epi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomekidwatchesmovies April 13, 2020

Very suspenseful, but has too many Oral Sex scenes.

This was a nice sci-fi show with a decent plot, but some parts are dragged out to be longer than they should. There was lots of kissing and, in one scene, you c... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymelon10cool August 16, 2019

Really Good

This has a great plot and is really interesting but there are quite a few sex scenes

What's the story?

In ANOTHER LIFE, Niko (Katee Sackhoff) was the commander of a space mission that resulted in the deaths of 10 crew members, sending her into semi-retirement to raise her young daughter Jana (Lina Renna) with her extraterrestrial research expert husband Erik (Justin Chatwin). But when an alien craft lands mysteriously on earth and begins sending signals into space, it's up to Niko to uncover the origins and the purpose of the ship and our planet's new visitors. 

Is it any good?

Get your science fiction cliche bingo cards ready, because this mashup of plot points from other, better stories will give you plenty to check off. Another Life starts with a promising Arrival-like premise, as an infinity-symbol-shaped alien "artifact" lands on earth for unknown reasons. So the aliens have arrived, and no one knows why. Cool! Viewers are ready to work backwards to get their answers. But what could be an intriguing puzzle is quickly squandered as Niko and her crew head out into space to check out the star the artifact's sending signals to, and the whole thing turns into what feels very much like a riff on Star Trek. The original. 

You can expect a lot of "it's a crazy plan but it just might work" setups in deep space; meanwhile, Erik pokes around the artifact back on earth, trying to prod some sort of reaction out of it. He eventually does, in a sequence lifted fairly directly from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It just all feels rather lifeless, and though Sackhoff is as vital a presence as she was when sci-fi fans first got to know her in Battlestar Galactica, here she's wasted. Yes, she looks amazing -- the crew of the faster-than-light Salvare for some reason wear yoga clothes instead of uniforms, and seem to have been chosen for their sculpted abs rather than acting chops -- but the dialogue and her storyline are blah. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why science fiction movies so frequently focus on aliens and space travel. What is it about these topics that make for rousing stories? What hopes and fears about the future do they capitalize on, or crystalize? 

  • Is Niko a role model? How does she demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?

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