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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Twisty futuristic thriller; realistic robots a bit creepy.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

I watched it and think 14+ is a bit much.

Extant was a great show. Personally, I think that 14+ is too harsh, considering that there isn’t any sex, no excessive drinking or drugs, they only cuss once, and it isn’t particularly violent either. My son was required to take a sex ed class when he was twelve, and so I know he has been educated on the plot where she is mysteriously pregnant, and can understand it. While it does talk about how she got pregnant there isn’t any vulgar to it, just science talk.

Is It Any Good?

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Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and starring a host of familiar faces, Extant comes with a pedigree that could easily have interfered with its storytelling. It's hard to ignore that (movie star!) Halle Berry is playing a regular ol' wife and mom, albeit one who strapped on a space suit and spent a year in zero gravity. Still, the show revolves around such intriguing premises and is so well written and acted that it rises above being a mere stunt. The show's central mystery, that of Molly's pregnancy, raises a lot of meaty issues, as do the relationships with her robot son and robot-maker husband, who insists his son loves him even as Molly worries that his love is only a "series of commands."

The best sci-fi wraps far-out ideas around realistic characters, and on this level Extant scores. This is science fiction that will make viewers both think and feel, a rare combination -- particularly rare in oft-cheesy TV sci-fi. Also, on a purely aesthetic level, the show is gorgeous, with luminous sets and interestingly framed shots. This is great whole-family viewing for sci-fi geeks.

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