Other Space

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Goofy lost-in-space comedy brings laughs to the galaxy.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Teamwork, discovery, and survival all are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Crew members aren't the best and brightest among space travelers. 

Violence

Laser fire, fantasy explosions; alien destruction and bloody injuries.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo, crude references, and bathroom humor. 

Language

"Hell," "ass," curses bleeped. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking and drunken behavior. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Other Space is a sci-fi comedy series about a handful of inexperienced cadets who find themselves lost in space. Their ship, commanded by ineffectual captain Kapinski, contains a variety of personalities and life forms that have to deal with the constant threats of deep space (not to mention each other). The show contains some crude humor, light sexual innuendo, and bleeped cursing. There's some fantasy violence (laser weapons, explosions) and some bloody scenes that are designed to be more gross than frightening. Drinking and drunken behavior are sometimes visible too. If your teens like their space operas silly, low-budget, and jam-packed with jokes (think Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Spaceballs), Other Space will be a welcome addition to the goofy sci-fi canon.

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What's the story?

OTHER SPACE is a series about a group of clueless space travelers from the Universal Mapping Project (UMP for short). When Stewart Kapinski (Karan Soni) is promoted to captain and given the the UMP Cruiser, he's assigned a crew that includes First Officer and abrasive older sister Karen Lapinski (Bess Rous); third-in-command and his former babysitter Michael Newman (Eugene Cordero); spacey navigator Tina Shuksin (Milana Vayntrub); and science officer Kent Woolworth (Neil Casey). Also joining them is their oddball engineer Zalian Fletcher (Joel Hodgson), his talking robot A.R.T. (voiced by Trace Beaulieu), and Natasha (Conor Leslie), an attractive computer-generated program designed to help work the ship. When their maiden voyage gets them sucked into a parallel universe, the inexperienced and undisciplined team has to figure out how to survive while interacting with alien life forms on their own. 

Is it any good?

This futuristic show combines low-budget sets (remember the clearly Styrofoam worlds of the original Star Trek?) with high-caliber young comedians, well-chosen by show creator Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks). Its goofy scenarios offer lots of lighthearted entertainment as the crew tries to resolve problems such as having fudge as their only food source, romantic drama, and fighting off alien life forms. Of course, like all lost space crews, they also want to make it home. 

It's silly and lots of fun, but the comic rhythm is still a little clunky, meaning that not all the jokes hit the mark. Luckily, the talented cast offers an array of strong and quirky personalities whose antics maintain the sometimes ridiculous stories' momentum. Other Space is a nice addition to the still-too-small "space comedy" genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science fiction on television. What qualities do good ship captains tend to have? Do you feel like the other worlds portrayed on these shows are realistic? 

  • How would you feel if you were trapped on a spaceship? What would be the most difficult challenge? 

TV details

For kids who love silly sci-fi

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