Lost in Space

Common Sense Media says

Sci-fi classic is dated and hokey but still entertains.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

There's some tidbits of information about space, but the show is meant to be entertaining.

Positive messages

Space travel and the existence of life on other planets are major themes. Family, loyalty, and teamwork are also discussed.

Positive role models

The Robinsons and Major West understand their mission, but are also committed to getting home. Dr. Smith is usually untrustworthy, and always seems to have something up his sleeve. Both male and female characters are smart and have important responsibilities, but despite Maureen being a scientist, she is often relegated to staying at camp and taking care of domestic chores.

Violence & scariness

Characters occasionally push, shove, hit, and sometimes carry and use space guns. Occasionally dangerous species threaten characters' well-being. Space accidents, explosions, and other mishaps are also common.

Sexy stuff

Characters sometimes kiss. There some mild flirting between Judy and Major West.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the classic TV series Lost in Space will appeal to science fiction fans of all ages, though kids might be turned off by some of the dated visuals. A few moments might be too intense for very young kids: there's some punching, use of space guns, and occasional explosions, as well as encounters with dangerous creatures and other life forms.

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What's the story?

The classic cult series LOST IN SPACE (1965-1968) features a volunteer group of space travelers who find themselves lost after a space trip designed to help the Earth relieve its population problem goes awry. On Oct. 16, 1997, a volunteer American family, made up of married scientists Dr. John Robinson (Guy Williams) and Dr. Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart), and their children, Judy (Marta Kristen), Penny (Angela Cartwright), and Will (Bill Mumy), board Jupiter 2 for a five and a half year flight to the Alpha Centauri system in order to colonize the system's third planet. Along for the ride is their pilot, Major Don West (Mark Goddard), and a life sized environmental control robot. But thanks to the traitorous efforts of Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), an enemy agent, the trip is sabotaged. The hopelessly lost crew, along with Dr. Smith, must fight to survive while looking for a way home.

Is it any good?

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Lost in Space, which is a modern-take of The Swiss Family Robinson, made its appearance on American television during the beginnings of the country's space program. While much of its futuristic technology and pioneering efforts are rooted in the science fiction tradition (and perhaps some wishful thinking), the overall show reflects the country's fascination with space travel at the time.

It's a bit slower than more contemporary science fiction series, and the special effects are a pretty hokey compared to today's sophisticated computer graphics. But the stories are entertaining, and appeal to viewers of all ages. No doubt that diehard science fiction fans will definitely appreciate the homage it makes to space travel, and to those who believe in life beyond Earth, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about space and space travel. Over the years TV shows and films have offered various interpretations of the future of space travel. What are some of the similarities between classic science fiction TV and movies and science fiction today?

  • Are any of the early futuristic inventions or activities from past movies and shows a reality today? Is there any technology you'd like to see from today's science fiction shows be developed for every day use?

TV details

Cast:Guy Williams, Jonathan Harris, June Lockhart
Network:Hulu
Genre:Drama
Topics:Space and aliens
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byLowe's man January 19, 2014
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fascinating

Younger children might be upset or traumatized by the cliffhanger endings, particularly if something terrible has happened to them. Having said that, this show is brighter in both tone and outlook than many of today's science fiction shows, especially given the bright colors, and with more dialogue too. The dialogue actually makes the pace of the show, at least in some ways, faster than many of today's science fiction shows. The locales are fascinating as well. And the visuals, as well as the special effects, while dated, are actually superior to some of what's done today. I would recommend this show very highly.

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