Falling Skies

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Earnest alien drama gets hostile but holds back on gore.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show drives home positive messages about building community, working together, and protecting human life whenever possible. Most families are no longer intact, but the concept of family is still very important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are fighting for the common good and are willing to risk their lives to protect each other. That said, the human survivors take orders from a largely male leadership. A few women play important secondary roles in camp (one is a doctor, two are fighters), but for the most part, the men seem to be in charge.


Violent acts aren't excessively shocking or gory, but there are frequent gun battles, laser fights, and bombings with bouts of blood and death. Most characters have experienced life-altering moments of violence. Children taken prisoner by the aliens are outfitted with controlling devices that look painful and invasive.


Sex isn't the focus in a survival situation, but there's some mild innuendo/flirting/interaction between select characters. Some kissing.


Infrequent use of "damn," "hell," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that violence drives the plot of this sci-fi drama, but it's surprisingly light on blood and gore. That said, characters use weapons of every sort -- from guns to explosives -- and death is a common occurrence. (The aliens themselves are pretty creepy, too.) You'll also hear low-level curse words like "hell" and "damn," and see light sexual content (like kissing).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrian L. October 21, 2015

Powerful drama

Aliens aside, Falling Skies delivers striking believability. Despite occasional glaring goofs, both writing and acting generally convey the real human... Continue reading
Adult Written byRob321 December 23, 2018

Great Show.

This was one of my favorite shows that I've ever watched, and though there is a little violence, I'd say that it's appropriate for almost anyone.
Kid, 11 years old July 3, 2015

Intense sci fi. Is good, but very violent

In this show it gets more intense every season. The first season is fine, nothing but some swearing and some non gore shooting. In the second season, there i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHightech Redneck June 11, 2014

Good show about aliens.

The story is good with lots of action and a bit of humor. The acting is well done. The effects are pretty good too. Some good messages. Obviously violent with a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, FALLING SKIES follows the dramas of human survivors living in the wake of a global alien attack and their collective efforts to fight back and reclaim their planet. The action centers on the 2nd Massachusetts, an organized band of resistance fighters and civilians who have an ace up their sleeve with Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a former professor with expert knowledge of military history and combat tactics. But Mason must balance the facts in his head with the sadness in his heart after losing his wife -- and watching his teenage son, Ben (Connor Jessup), become an unwilling alien hostage.

Is it any good?

If it's possible to add a "family" feel to a show about an alien apocalypse, then Falling Skies manages to do it. But it does so with such heavy-handed sincerity that, at times, it feels oddly insincere. As a result, the show gets mired in earnest moments about sticking together and working collectively for the common good -- which are great messages, to be sure, but unfortunately don't help to advance the plot.

Couple that with the show's dialed-down realism (you're largely spared the blood and guts you'd see in real life -- and on most shows of this nature), and you're left with a big-budget, high-concept series that, while watchable, feels surprisingly bland.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's premise and the messages it sends about survival and human nature. If the world ever suffered a catastrophe of this scale (alien or otherwise), how do you think humans would behave?

  • How does the level of violence in this show compare with that of other movies and television series that have dealt with the same topic? Would real-life conflict on this scale be more or less violent than what you see here?

  • Are the aliens themselves too scary, not scary enough, or just right for TV?

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