Farscape

Common Sense Media says

Complex sci-fi thrills from the far side of the universe.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like most sci-fi shows, Farscape's themes center around the galactic frontier and exploring the unknown. War, friendship, loyalty, and survival are also themes.

Positive role models

The crew is trying to do what they believe is right while trying to function within a democracy and dysfunctional military hierarchy.

Violence

There's plenty of punching, hitting, and shoving during fight scenes. Blaster shooting is frequent; other dangerous weapons are visible. Galactic spacecraft battles lead to major explosions. Injuries are frequent (not a lot of blood); occasionally people die as a result.

Sex

Some sexual undertones, and it's clear that there are some romantic entanglements offscreen. Some female characters wear tight-fitting, deep plunging, cleavage revealing outfits and/or are naked in baths, but no frontal nudity is shown. Pregnancy is a theme in later episodes of the show.

Language

Words like "hell" and "piss" are occasionally audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some humanoid characters like to drink, occasionally to the point of getting drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while Farscape isn't as violent as some other science fiction series, there's a lot of conflict seething below the surface. Just about every character is part of a race, faction, or army that has at least one mortal enemy -- and often more. Many of the episodes are structured around these conflicts, making anger and aggression a common plot device. Battles are frequent and lead to injuries and loss of life. Watch for some occasional iffy language ("hell," "piss"), rare drunken behavior, and some sexual tension and cleavage-revealing clothing. Some of the aliens' extreme appearances might frighten younger kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When intrepid astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) blasts off from Earth aboard the experimental spaceship Farscape One, he accidentally falls through a wormhole and emerges on the far side of the universe, right in the middle of an interplanetary conflict. His own ship destroyed, Crichton finds refuge aboard an enormous living spaceship named Moya, which is crewed by an eclectic band of galactic rogues. Many of his new colleagues are just as displaced as the lost astronaut, and FARSCAPE follows their adventures as they try to return to their various home planets.

Is it any good?

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The Australian import has similarities to many other sci-fi shows, with a team of adventurers encountering conflicts and crises as they explore the galactic frontier. But this one stands out thanks to its special effects and production values. Several of Moya's crew are Muppets, but never seem any less alive than the human actors. Meanwhile, the show's story lines manage to stay in the sweet spot between taking themselves too seriously and devolving into utter schlock. Crichton's tendency to make 20th-century pop culture references ranging from Die Hard to Monty Python is especially endearing.

Farscape is a sophisticated series, and one that boasts an array of well-developed characters with unique back stories that explain how and why they ended up on the run. But as entertaining as the show is, its depth also makes it complex, and newbie viewers may have trouble following along -- let alone understanding the various reasons behind the warring factions -- if they don't start from the beginning. But overall, Farscape offers sci-fi fans a fun, inventive, and thoughtful foray into the universe.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about science fiction. What is the history of the genre? What are its common themes? How does the story in this show compare to other popular TV science fiction shows?

  • Does bringing together this diverse group of species make conflicts between them more likely? How do they reconcile their various goals and agendas? When they work together, is it because their teamwork is best for the group or to achieve their own ends?

TV details

Cast:Anthony Simcoe, Ben Browder, Claudia Black
Network:Syndicated
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byaileronguy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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A good adult/older teen show

And I wish it was still on TV... It is(was) about time a sci-fi show came along with more than a surface plot, and this was it. Funny, visual, and imaginative are the ways this could be described. Definitely for adults and older teens, but the kids may hear you laugh during some parts of it.
Adult Written byCommanderC April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Too bad they canceled it...

This show is one of the few truely original sci-fi shows. You'll either love the puppets or you'll hate them. Or, like me, you'll start off with dislike and move towards acceptance. It's hard to rate the language category because all swear words are completely made up. Parents should know their children, but most teenagers should be able to handle, and enjoy this gem.
Adult Written bystargategeek May 3, 2010
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I personally love FarScape but i don't think kids should watch it because of the sexual content in the later seasons of the show
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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