Flight 29 Down

Common Sense Media says

Teen tale of deserted island survival.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixed. Daley is a strong character, but blonde Taylor is stereotyped as being clueless.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this show deals with a group of teens who survive a plane crash, the focus is on character interaction, not the graphic/scary details of the crash. This is no Lost.

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What's the story?

FLIGHT 29 DOWN follows the travails of a handful of teens from Los Angeles who have gone on an eco-camping trip to Micronesia. When their plane is downed, the group must go beyond its comfort zone in order to survive. But unlike adult shows such as Lost and Survivor, which clearly inspired this program, the characters here are given little to work with, and survival seems like a second thought.

Is it any good?


Flight 29 Down is cotton candy for the brain, and no lessons in courage and strength will be learned when human suffering isn't written into the script. Kids watching this show might appreciate the escape that it allows them, but they may not be so easily duped by the cheesy video soliloquies that the passengers record about their experiences. Parents may roll their eyes but will probably appreciate that nothing terribly offensive occurs here.

Rather than being scared out of their wits when they endure an airplane crash, the passengers of Flight 29 regret that the comforts of home are no longer available to them. "I want a pizza!" one character exclaims. But in wake of true tragedies like tsunamis and hurricanes, such whining about pizza rings false. "Staying alive is obviously going to take a lot of work," comments Jackson (Johnny Pacar), the elected group leader. If someone in the group had yelled "duh" in response, then this program might have gotten more interesting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how realistic the series is or isn't. How would real survivors react in the face of such a tragedy? What do kids think about how the characters work together? What are some basic survival techniques?

TV details

Cast:Allen Alvarado, Corbin Bleu, Hallee Hirsh
Network:Discovery Family Channel
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Hey Im addicted

I really enjoy watching this show i mean i kno it looks like a piece a cake crashing onto a desert island but the cast makes it work they have thier relationship, health, and mental issues but they are a team and surviving...to them its not a big deal and it may seem unrealistic for the viewers but I enjoy watching it!!!!!<3 I CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byMegan96 February 6, 2011
I don't like the stereotypes in this show. I don't think it's for young kids. It's also not that interesting anyway.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpalko May 13, 2010


A good show, but they are in bikinis a lot.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great role models


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