A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this spoofy space comedy (which is a hybrid of computer animation and live-action, with real actors’ heads grafted onto CGI bodies) makes fun of clichéd sci-fi series by filling its spaceship with a crew of misfits and slackers. The captain’s only obvious interest is in partying, and most of the crew follows his lead -- essentially, it’s a frat house in outer space. There’s no actual sex, but expect plenty of references to sex and other bodily functions, as well as some swearing and a near-constant focus on partying.
What's the story?
The spaceship O.S.S. Oklahoma might make some important scientific discoveries ... if the crew was willing to turn down the stereo and put the brewskis back in the fridge. Following the adventures of a dedicated team out exploring the far reaches of the galaxy, OUTER SPACE ASTRONAUTS parodies many tried-and-true sci-fi clichés. It just so happens that this group of slackers is more dedicated to partying than to science, and when they encounter hostile aliens, their immediate instinct is to host a pizza party.
Is it any good?
This hybrid of live-action heads bolted onto computer animated bodies plays like Animal House in space; Captain Bruce Ripley (series creator Russell Barrett) even looks like a John Belushi type with a two-day beard and no shortage of pull-my-finger jokes. His second in command, Commander Dick Amos (Adam Clinton), tries to enforce discipline and go by the book, but his orders are routinely ignored -- nobody wants to let him harsh their buzz.
The standard Star Trek model, which has always taken itself way too seriously, is ripe for parody. But the genre deserves better than this hackneyed collection of sexist leers and cheap jokes about space hangovers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's take on drinking and partying. Does it seem realistic? What are some of the real-life consequences of drinking?
How does this show compare to the shows it makes fun of (such as Star Trek)? Can you spot any elements from the basic formula that are skewered here? Can you think of any other plot points that should be mocked?