Parents' Guide to

Homemade Astronauts

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amateurs push safety limits in DIY rocket reality show.

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DIY inventors and amateur scientists risk everything in this formulaic reality series. Really, there are three ways the projects in Homemade Astronauts can turn out -- their project fails and they're financially ruined, they experience unprecedented success, or someone ends up dying. The inventors avoid regulators, Bureau of Land Management, and permits, which makes them underdogs, and that's catchy. Critics are not allowed around these inventors.

Science-minded kids will enjoy the race to space, and they'll want to see what happens as the rockets and gear get tested. Adults will wonder at the daredevil nature of some participants. But unlike an exciting cooking show or a vain celebrity tell-all, the consequences of these projects have high stakes. What happens when people don't know when to stop? Whether they will succeed -- or perish -- is documented in this series.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 13, 2021
  • Network: Discovery+
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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