Final Space

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Space-set animated comedy not that funny, pretty violent.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show has some diversity, with women and people of color in strong central roles, but most characters are white, male, and engaged in plot-driven dynamics heavy on violence. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gary is essentially a dimwitted hero who does some good things (like helping Avocato rescue his son) but is also unkind to robot KVN and is lazy and self-centered. Avocato is strong and brave and a caring father, but gains his ends through violence, which this series seems to find heroic. 

Violence

Violence is frequent and can be surprisingly intense. Gary is in constant danger from both his environment (asteroids! no oxygen in space!) and creatures who want to kill him. Many scenes of hand-to-hand combat and large-scale battles with robots and other life-forms wielding futuristic laser weapons. In one scene, a character's arms, legs, and head are broken at crazy angles while he begs to die and is eaten alive by a large monster as blood spatters the Lord Commander's face. 

Sex

Much of Gary's motivation comes from his romantic feelings for Quinn, who he calls a "brilliant badass." There's an occasional swear with a sexual edge: "Twist my nipples rough!" says Gary in surprise. 

Language

The most profane word on the show is "hell," but Gary swears constantly: "Freaking crap!" "What the heck are you doing here?" "Eat it!" Robot KVN gets most of Gary's abuse. Gary calls him a "sack of wet turds" and tells him "shut your face hole!" Expect also to hear "suck" and "d--k." 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Final Space is an animated show about a lug named Gary (voiced by Olan Rogers) who's traveling through space in search of an end to the universe. Violence and language are the two main concerns here. The former is frequent and can be surprisingly intense. Characters have their arms ripped off, are eaten alive, get shot by futuristic laser weapons as they scream in pain, have their arms, legs, and head wrenched out of their sockets, and more. Many battles are between faceless robots and other non-human creatures, which may make it less scary for young viewers, but the camera lingers on details like spouts of blood, disembodied limbs, and other disturbing (even when animated) sights. Meanwhile, Gary swears constantly, though he usually uses mild words in place of actual profanities. "Freaking crap!" "Shut your face hole!" "Bag of wet turds!" and lots of other examples are heard in every episode. Women and people of color have central roles, but most of the characters are still white guys.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlexa W. March 12, 2018

This show is great!

An animated sci-fi show that does not reset the world after each episode. Really great humor, almost on par with Bob's burgers. There is animated violence,... Continue reading
Adult Written byIan15dc November 25, 2019

Fantastic and Funny

Great show for parents and kids to watch together.
It has fantasy violence, characters exploding and the like. It also has quite a bit of mild bad language; cr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2019

This is grate

Ok I might be only 11 but the first time I watched this show I was like how is this on adult swim and how is it 14 + because it only has some bad words and thei... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 30, 2018

Amazing

This show is amazing! At first it looked a lot like a "Rick and Morty" type show, but I was definitely surprised by how amazing the art style and stor... Continue reading

What's the story?

On his 1,818 day of imprisonment inside a spaceship for imprisoning an Infinity Guard pilot, Gary finds something new: a floating, glowing green ball he names Mooncake (Olan Rogers). Cast adrift in space with only his annoying "insanity avoidance" robot KVN (Fred Armisen) to talk to, Gary's grown desperate for company -- and for someone to play cards with, since his only other hobby is romantic unsolicited video diary-style messages he sends to the space captain of his dreams, Quinn (Tika Sumpter). But Mooncake has a secret. He's not just an adorable floating orb -- he's a world destroyer, and all the baddies in the universe are after him. Now it's up to Gary and Quinn to fight off the evil Lord Commander (David Tennant), save Mooncake, and search for the FINAL SPACE at the end of the universe. 

Is it any good?

It scans like Futurama, it looks like Futurama, it even sounds like Futurama -- at least, when voice cast member John DiMaggio pops up -- but brother, this weak comedy is no Futurama. Why? Because it's just not as funny. In fact, though this animated comedy does have some good moments, the most it scares up is some pretty mild chuckles. The best lines occur when Final Space skewers space-drama clichés. When a "running out of oxygen" alert pops up, Gary muses "Huh, they went with green for a red alert. I mean, I would have went with red, a periwinkle, heck, even an egg nog." But there are far few of such pleasantly absurd moments, and far too many moments when the show seems to be begging us to find humor in Gary's constant spew of non-profanities (sorry, "freaking crap!" just isn't a thigh-slapper, especially not on the fifth go-round). 

In addition, the show adheres to way too many space clichés to get credit for puncturing a few. You've got your guy trapped on a space ship (Mystery Science Theater 3000) having animated space-y adventures through the galaxy (Futurama) while fighting off the clutches of the powerful and evil Lord Commander (Star Wars, and every other space movie ever made). Come on, show! You have so many funny people working on you, on- and offscreen, why aren't you funnier? 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of stories animation makes possible. What can be shown in a show like Final Space that can't be shown (easily) in live-action comedies? What dramatic or comedic possibilities does the animated genre have? Have you ever seen another animated show about characters set in space? 

  • Families can also talk about who this show is designed to appeal to. Do you think the fact that it's animated gives it more "kid appeal" than a live-action version? Do you think people often assume that anything animated is OK for younger viewers?

  • Does Gary remind you of any other characters you've seen on TV or in the movies? Why do comedies so frequently revolve around dumb, blithe 20-something white guys? What's particularly funny about that type of character? Or does the predominance of these characters reflect the types of people who get their shows or movies made? 

TV details

For kids who love animation

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