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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Buffy creator's space Western entertains.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

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age 12+

One of the best one hit wonders

Such an outstanding show. So well written and fun. Got my oldest hooked on the Joss-verse when he started middle school and plan to do the same with my younger kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (32):

With its distinctive vision, sharply written characters, and entertaining dialogue, this show is both unique and entertaining. It's a shame that it didn't catch on with a wide audience fast enough (it did develop a rabid cult base) and was cancelled after just 14 episodes.

To series creator Joss Whedon, Firefly's premise sounded so much like life in the Old West that he modeled much of show's culture -- including clothing, weapons, and language -- on the late 19th century. It's a brilliant idea that allowed him to combine elements of Star Wars with The Lone Ranger to invent a sci-fi show unlike any other. Although its departure point isn't particularly novel (see Farscape, Han Solo's early career, Robin Hood, et al), with Whedon at the helm, Firefly shines. Best known for creating the amazingly popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and its spin-off Angel, Whedon brings a fresh perspective to a genre overrun by shows that have all started to blend together.

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