Parents' Guide to

Babylon 5

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

'90s sci-fi series has violence and some sexuality.

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Launched in 1993, shortly before the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired, this sci-fi TV series was a worthy replacement for those wanting a regular fix of interstellar peacekeepers. Babylon 5 ran for five seasons and picked up a dedicated cult following. Hailed at the time for its cutting-edge CGI and award-winning costumes, it's a striking show that keeps things visually interesting when the action gets a little dry. Due to the episodic nature of the show, there's also a new problem to deal with every 45 minutes, helping keep things fresh.

The set-up is undeniably cool -- Babylon 5 is a place for "diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers" -- and the variety of stories these four groups allow kept fans happy across its 116 episodes. Episodes generally zip along, with enough varied characters involved in the action to keep things interesting, and their backstories weaved in to create another layer in this rich but steady show.

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