One Strange Rock

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Captivating, gorgeous science series looks at the Earth.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Science concepts are presented in an original and entertaining way. Astronauts discuss what it's like to live in space and how that impacts the way they see Earth. All ages will be intrigued by the information presented here. 

Positive Messages

The show advocates strongly for a curiosity in science and the natural world.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Male and female scientists are shown in the field, living adventures as they do research in a variety of rugged and remote areas across the globe.  

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Strange Rock is an entertaining, fascinating, and beautifully filmed documentary series hosted by Will Smith about life on the strange rock known as Earth. While kids with an interest in science will definitely enjoy the series, even those without a love of science will find it hard not to get sucked in by this show's intriguing concepts and eye-catching visuals. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAndyMasters April 7, 2019

Excellent but some unnecessary scenes

Overall excellent, however S1E3 shows a real-life scene following a tribe where two live animals are thrown into a volcano, as part of a sacrifice to appease th... Continue reading
Adult Written byphoxache January 10, 2020


I watched this with my 7 and 11 year olds. It’s a very well structured series that combines common knowledge with some not so common knowledge to provide a very... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 7, 2019

vital ingredient in creating a good human

This is "Our Planet" without the crippling depression fuel.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCooltiger37 July 6, 2018

Interesting but uneven science show has one edgy episode

Although this show is generally kid-friendly, there is one episode called "Survival" that is rated TV-14-DSV for good reason. That particular episode... Continue reading

What's the story?

Each week on ONE STRANGE ROCK, host Will Smith presents an overall concept -- one week it might be "breathing," the next, "asteroids." From this starting point, the series widens its focus to explore these concepts from a variety of unique angles. Eight former astronauts weigh in from the perspective of having seen the planet from space or lived off-world in the International Space Station for extended periods of time. We meet other specialized scientists from a variety of places across the globe who explain how different natural phenomena impact each other, like how a sand storm in Africa affects the life of the Amazon rainforest. It's these surprising connections that drive each episode and keep you watching even if science has never been your thing. 

Is it any good?

This series does a tremendous job making science accessible to all audiences. Beautiful high-definition imagery keeps your eyes glued to One Strange Rock,  and the content is organized in a surprising way so you're never quite sure where one concept is going to take you or how two seemingly distinct natural events will somehow connect. Don't expect too much Will Smith. The filmmakers use him creatively and sparingly to set up unique framing devices and intriguing teases before commercial breaks. He brings a grounded sensibility to the often mind-blowing concepts on display and fits seamlessly into this highly original take on the science documentary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how science and nature are generally presented on TV. How is One Strange Rock different from other science shows you've watched?

  • The show introduces astronauts who've spent anywhere from eight days to six months in space. What do you think the best part of living in space would be? What about the worst?

  • Families can talk about curiosity. How do some of the scientists on this series display this character strength

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For kids who love nature

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