Parents' Guide to

Final Space

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Space-set animated comedy not that funny, pretty violent.

TV TBS Comedy 2018
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age 13+

Based on 32 parent reviews

age 8+

One of my favourite shows

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
age 13+

Excellent adult action cartoon cancelled way too soon

This show was completely out of place on TBS, a network that usually shows repeats of network sitcoms. It would've made way more sense to show this on Toonami, yet the show never aired there, even when the last season had its premieres Saturday nights on Adult Swim. What's this show about? Well, it's set an unspecified amount of time in the future where humans have made contact with aliens around the galaxy and can travel from planet to planet. The starting point for this show is that the protagonist, Gary Goodspeed, is finishing up a five year prison sentence aboard a spaceship, with only an AI named HUE and an annoying robot named KVN for company. Then Gary finds and befriends a little green alien whom he affectionately calls Mooncake. Then an incredibly badass cat-like alien named Avocato comes aboard the ship, warning Gary of an evil despot known simply as Lord Commander, who wants to capture Mooncake and use his power to his own ends. Gary refuses to let go of Mooncake, so the two team up to try to stop Lord Commander. If that description made this show sound cliche, well, that's because this show is the adult equivalent of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Unlike Avatar though, this show isn't drawn anime style; it looks more like Family Guy or Rick and Morty. But what the two shows have in common is that they take the "Hero's Journey" plot type and many of its associated tropes and makes them feel fresh through great execution, namely memorable and complex characters, surprising plot twists and character revelations, suspenseful and intense fight scenes, and stunning animation. This is a good example of a TV-14 show. While language and suggestive humor are on a TV-PG level, the violence can often involve moderate blood, including some bloody deaths. I'd give this show a 12+ if it wasn't for one particular scene in the second episode though. Overall, I give this show a strong recommendation for teens and adults, particularly if they like sci-fi and/or action cartoons.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (32 ):
Kids say (45 ):

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?

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