TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Endlings TV Poster Image
Campy sci-fi series has heartwarming themes for families.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Series intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does raise concept of conservation in ways that can inspire discussion about the need for it.

Positive Messages

Kids see members of a nontraditional family overcome differences to form strong relationships. Concept of conservation is subtle but recurring theme: Story centers on idea of the last member of different species being protected by aliens. Alludes to events in Johnny's past that are difficult for him to discuss.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mr. Leopold is ideal foster parent: kind, patient, respectful of emotional space while determined to develop trust in his young charges. Julia learns to trust others and rely on them, and the whole family uses their shared purpose of saving the endlings to develop closer ties with each other. Some adults are less altruistic in their motives and don't seem to have creatures' best interests at heart.

Violence & Scariness

Some scary and intimidating creatures threaten humans. Mild violence (hitting, punching, etc.) and perilous moments put them at risk, as when something pulls a person underground briefly. Humans use blasters that trap and store creatures. Flashback scenes recall Julia's father's drowning death.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endlings is a Canadian drama series about a family that protects the extraterrestrial beings and endangered creatures they discover. Some of the creatures look scary, and there are tense moments during which the creatures' intentions are uncertain. And some of the adult characters do things that suggest they're motivated by greed and selfishness, at the potential expense of endangered species. On the upside, the family dynamics among the four kids and their foster father emphasize communication, respect, and empathy. The cast offers a positive range of representations -- especially in the case of Finn's physical differences -- but rather than being a matter of conversation or analysis, it's all just part of the family's reality. The show isn't superbly acted or animated, but viewers who can forgive that will find plenty to like in its themes about family and conservation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRichard 707 October 23, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byYugiohIsKingOfGames August 8, 2020

Makes you wanna keep watching

When me and my mom saw an ad for this show, we got excited. So we watched all 12 episodes, and we really enjoyed it. It's good. Very sweet. I reccomend th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMethodistSweetheart June 11, 2020

This'll be really fun to watch in twenty years

This is an awesome futuristic sci-fi movie now, and will be great to watch again when it's actually 2040. (I recently watched Back to the Future 2. 2015 wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ENDLINGS, four foster siblings band together to protect a group of creatures that escape when a spacecraft crashes onto their farm. The story opens in the year 2040 with the arrival of Julia (Kamaia Fairburn) to kindhearted Mr. Leopold's (Neil Crone) home after several failed foster assignments. There she's greeted warmly by Johnny (Edison Grant) and Finn (Cale Ferrin), but sharp-tongued Tabby (Michela Luci) doesn't take kindly to the newcomer. Meanwhile, across the globe in Africa, an extraterrestrial being kidnaps Toku, the planet's last African elephant, leaving Toku's caretaker, Abiona (Oyin Oladejo), desperate to find him. When the craft crashes onto the Canadian farmland, Toku and several other "endlings" -- creatures that are the last of their respective species -- are set loose, which brings both Abiona and the members of a secret organization to the Leopold farm in search of them while Julia, Johnny, Finn, Tabby, and Mr. Leopold attempt to keep them secure.

Is it any good?

CGI shortcomings lessen the impact of this mostly heartwarming drama about a nontraditional family and the cause that unites them. In an era that sees the line between reality and animation increasingly difficult to decipher on-screen, Endlings feels like a visuals throwback, made all the more obvious by the fact that the story is set a couple of decades in the future. This -- along with some fairly campy acting on the adults' part, particularly -- adds to the show's somewhat confusing impression on the audience, leaving older viewers especially to wonder if there's meant to be an element of comedy or if that's just an unfortunate mistake.

Even so, there are several things to like about Endlings. In centering on a foster family, the story doesn't shy away from some of the challenges faced by this arrangement specifically and families in general. The kids bicker, there are hurt feelings, and communication isn't always effective, but the loving guidance of a devoted adult helps hold things together. Also effective is the subtle message about conservation. The story doesn't hit viewers over the head with it, but it implies its importance throughout and can inspire discussions within your own family about how and why environment preservation might be encouraged.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how differently certain characters in Endlings react to the existence of the aliens. Whose motivations seem self-guided? Whose consider the common good? How do Julia's and her siblings' experiences make them especially empathetic to the creatures' plight?

  • Looking at your family and Mr. Leopold's, what family elements do you see that are alike? Is there any right or wrong way to be a family? How does Mr. Leopold's home offer to Julia just what she needs after the loss of her father?

  • What messages does this story send about conservation? How pressing an issue is this today? What are some simple steps that your family can take to help conservation efforts worldwide? What other causes are important to you?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love science fiction

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate