A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Discussions about historic moments in aviation and space exploration, scientific discovery, technology, and so on and how they relate to present and future interplanetary exploration.
Human migration to Mars is necessary and possible; will happen with hard work, problem-solving, creativity, teamwork, risk-taking.
Positive Role Models
Past and present trailblazers in air and space travel are strong, intelligent, courageous risk-takers and willingly make major personal sacrifices for the sake of exploration.
Violence & Scariness
Crashes, bloody injuries, graphic surgical procedures; discussions about the future inhabitability of Earth, human extinction.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is briefly seen in bed with the woman on top of the man under sheets, no nudity. Occasionally men are shirtless.
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Products & Purchases
Spacex Corp., NASA, the Mars Society
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MARS is a mini-series that mixes documentary-style interviews and footage with a dramatic story about a future mission to Mars. It explores the idea that human habitation of Mars is not only possible but necessary for the future of humanity. Past and present scientific discoveries, researchers, engineers, and risk-takers in the field are profiled. There are some violent moments, including crashes, graphic surgical procedures, and lots of blood. The word "damn" is audible, and on occasion men are shirtless, but it's not in a sexual context. Older tweens should be able to handle it, but younger or more sensitive viewers may find discussions about planetary extinction and the risks involved with space travel a little scary.
Is It Any Good?
This unique and entertaining series blends documentary and drama to tell a story about Mars exploration, supported by real-life contemporary scientific breakthroughs and invention. Rather than simply offer a fictional narrative about the future that centers on hope and imagination, it gently guides viewers to the present time to discuss the current research and technology designed for future interplanetary migration. It also highlights the prevailing problems scientists and engineers are trying to solve. These conversations and demonstrations are paralleled with the fictitious 2033 journey, revealing how the mission crew is addressing some of these obstacles.
While technology is a central theme, it's the real humanity behind space exploration that is at the heart of the fictional story world. It points to the contributions of people from Galileo and Amelia Earhart to astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and Scott Kelly, who had the strength and courage to take risks in the name of air and space travel, and connects them to the personal sacrifices the members of the Daedalus crew are making. The countless moments of strain, suspense, and heartrending events that take place during the mission also make it engaging. Overall, MARS is an appealing invitation to learn more about planetary exploration and to help us be more excited and inspired by the future.
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