TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Outstanding Mars mission series has suspenseful moments.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1 review

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age 14+

Outstanding series but not for kids

This series, which mixes documentary material with an imagined Mars mission, is the best work out there I have seen for people interested in the quest to land people on Mars. It is very intense with highly realistic drama and tragedy. Within the first two episodes there are references to the Challenger disaster, and the Commander of the fictional Mars mission is injured, suffers from his injuries on screen, and is shown in a surgical procedure with a graphic depiction of him being sliced open in the chest with a scapple and bleeding from the wound before he ultimately dies. That last bit seems unnecessary for an audience of any age in telling this story. I think this series is *at least* a 14+, which is a shame because I think younger audiences would gain so much from this series if it were modified to be appropriate for them.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 13+


I found this 2 season Series amazing. It breaks into a new genre of docu-fiction. At times the future storyline drives the 2016 expert interviews and at other times the 2016 interviews foreshadow events of the fictional drama taking place in the 2035+ Mars. It gave me a newfound appreciation for visionaries in today’s society. To not use this as a teaching moment for the younger generation would be a gross oversight. Our current path is fraught with inevitable negative results. Those interviewed show that the true vision is for humankind to expand beyond earth. The fictional storyline is as true to reality as one can get based on today’s vision. Well done!

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