A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong focus on the importance of teamwork and intelligence to overcome obstacles. Selfless characters make sacrifices to help future generations.
Positive Role Models
Features a number of strong, smart, selfless characters, including a young, brave female protagonist who leverages her intelligence to fight for the greater good.
Features a large, diverse cast, including multiple main characters of color.
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Violence & Scariness
A character is killed in a graphic and gory fashion. A suicide terrorist attack kills millions, including children.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A joke, about a boy's "first time with a woman," is told. A young girl offers to show a boy her "tits." Characters have sex without nudity.
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"S--t," "ass," "piss," and "tit" used.
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Products & Purchases
Based on author Isaac Asimov's novel, which has a number of sequel and prequel works, all available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters can be seen drinking socially.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Foundation is a science fiction drama series based on a novel by Issac Asimov. It features a racially and ethnically diverse cast, including a number of strong, intelligent women of color. Unlike most sci-fi series, it's focused more on characters and politics than action and adventure. That said, the occasional violence, including a character brutally killed by a laser, as well as a terrorist suicide attack, can be graphic and gory. Foul language is infrequent, but does include "s--t," "piss," "ass," and "tit." There's also an exchange between a boy and a man where a joke about a boy's "first time with a woman" is referenced. Characters can be seen drinking -- what is assumed to be alcohol -- in social situations.
Is It Any Good?
Foundation immediately pulls viewers in with its immaculately polished production values and immense sense of scope. Packed with massive starships, sprawling vistas, slick technology, and incredibly imaginative costumes, it's a big -- and clearly big-budget -- affair that could easily stand up against any silver-screen sci-fi epic. But unlike the Star Wars saga and its ilk, the series -- based on Isaac Asimov's famously complex, un-adaptable novel -- is far more focused on dialogue-heavy character interactions than clashing lightsabers.
Thankfully, the cast and performances are all fantastic, ensuring the show's more talky, cerebral take on the genre generally remains engaging throughout. Harris and Llobell are especially good, as an unlikely pairing of protagonists who rely on their brilliantl minds rather than blasters to save the day. And Pace, who sits -- literally and figuratively -- at the center of a cloned-emperor triumvirate is deliciously sinister. His relationship with his younger and older selves makes for some of the series' most weird and watchable dynamics. Foundation's sizable cast, complex lore, and massive scope can be daunting in the same ways Game of Thrones' early seasons were. And while it's certainly not without its share of stunning set pieces and reliable sci-fi action, it's a far more measured, weighty affair that won't be everyone's cup of tea. If you favor rich characterizations and layered storytelling over laser swords and space cowboys, however, Foundation just might become your next sci-fi binge.
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