A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The space race continues to be a Cold War battle that pushes NASA’s work in interesting directions, some of which surpass today’s gender and racial boundaries. Loyalty, service, patriotism, and immigration are all themes. Gender stereotypes are both reinforced and challenged.
Positive Role Models
They are not perfect, but the people involved with the space program are committed to moving it forward, regardless of whether it is for national security reasons. Women work hard and are committed to work alongside men as astronauts, even when it's made difficult for them.
Violence & Scariness
Potential dangers include crashing on the moon. Discussions include the death of the Apollo 1 astronauts and other violent historical moments. A young girl sets a Barbie on fire, but no one gets hurt. A parent dies of illness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual moments, including women shown in their underwear, but no nudity. Infidelity is a major plot point.
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Curses are audible, including "s--t" and "f--k," and rude gestures are visible.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for brands like Frito-Lay, Lone Star Beer, Budweiser, Corvette, etc. are partially visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer), cocktails, and hard liquor is consumed at bars (and at home on occasion). Drunken behavior is sometimes visible, and leads to negative consequences. Cigarette smoking is commonplace.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that For All Mankind is a historical drama that presents an alternate history of the space race between the United States and the then-Soviet Union. It contains some mature themes, including infidelity and sexism, and references to violent events, including the tragic deaths of the Apollo 1 astronauts and the Holocaust. Cursing is frequent, including "s--t" and "f--k," and there's some drinking (beer, hard liquor) at bars and social events. As was common at the time, characters are frequently shown smoking cigarettes at work, home, and during social events. Labels for a range of products, including Frito-Lay, Lone Star Beer, Budweiser, and Corvette are partially visible.
Is It Any Good?
This well-written, well-produced series presents an intriguing alternative history of space exploration, the impact of which reaches beyond space travel and geopolitical politics. Much of the story is told from the point of view of fictional characters, but the world feels authentic thanks to the use and manipulation of archival news footage, and the insertion of seemingly unrelated, real-life historic events. Some of these occasions play out as they did in real life, but others change as a result of the Soviet's lead in the space race, making the show all the more compelling. Adding to this is the show's nod at some contemporary issues, including the slowly evolving role of women in the sciences, government budget cuts, and the connection between immigration and the American Dream. Even if you're not a fan of space stuff, For All Mankind is an absorbing drama that delivers some smart entertainment.
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