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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Marshall family must depend on each other for survival and comfort as they learn to relate to two alien races -- the ape-like Paku, which mostly leave them alone, and the hostile and dangerous Sleestaks.
Violence & Scariness
Despite the constant threat of hungry dinosaurs and the hostile alien Sleestaks, there's very little violence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the main characters in this vintage kids' series are almost always in trouble, they never appear to be in real peril -- which is one of the reasons the show was so popular with young kids in the 1970s. But even though the content is mild (there's no sex, drinking, or swearing, and the occasional fight scenes are decidedly lacking in action), the show's exceptionally low-end production values and poor special effects make it feel extremely dated in the 21st century. It will probably appeal more to former children of the '70s than to their own kids.
Is It Any Good?
When Land of the Lost debuted in 1974, the dimensional-travel yarn was relegated to a Saturday morning slot aimed at kids and given a budget appropriate for an audience with an averge height of less than four feet. The cheap sets, oh-so-fake costumes, mediocre acting, and primitive effects -- typical for shows produced by the prolific Sid and Marty Krofft -- were unimpressive then, and they haven't aged well in the intervening decades.
Still, the Emmy-nominated series was considered groundbreaking at the time and attracted several top sci-fi writers, who explored a variety of complex ideas about inter-dimensional transit, the potential paradoxes of time-travel, and evolution. Many of these themes have since appeared in big-budget adult series like Lost, Heroes, and Stargate SG-1. The fun in Land of the Lost comes from its scripts, not its production values, and if your kids can get past the cheesy effects, they'll probably enjoy the thought-provoking story. Because, really, what kid won't enjoy a show that features both dinosaurs and aliens?
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