A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show incorporates scientific concepts such as solar energy and force, illustrating them through the characters' experiences. Unfamiliar terms are defined in dialogue ("Binoculars make faraway things look closer" and "Solar panels transfer the sun's energy to power," for example).
Kids see Jet learn new things by being curious, asking questions, and making observations, all the while having lots of fun. Strong messages about family relationships, friendships, empathy, and responsibility. Diverse characters and gender roles, including Sean's mom, who is an accomplished scientist. The kids do keep secret the fact that Jet and his family are aliens and even take trips into space without their parents knowing.
Positive Role Models
Jet and his friends are passionate about their interests, especially when it comes to topics of science. They work effectively as a team and learn well together. His parents are quirky and often make mistakes by human standards, but they appreciate the new culture they're experiencing. They're also very learned in matters of technology and astrology.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ready Jet Go! is a science-based series that teaches kids about astronomy and technology through the experiences of a young alien who's taken up residence on Earth with his family. Concepts such as force and energy are defined and given practical examples within the context of the stories, and kids see how the characters' curiosity yields many learning opportunities. There are strong messages about teamwork and friendship, and there's some diversity among the characters. Jet's friends do keep their space travels hidden from their parents, so it's worth talking to them about if and when it's appropriate to keep secrets from grown-ups.
Is It Any Good?
Thoroughly engaging and packed with educational content, this exceptional series is a fun way for kids to learn about science and astronomy. Jet's excitement for the human experience is matched only by Sean and Sydney's eagerness to learn all about outer space; put the three of them together, and it's a true celebration of the joy of discovery. Whether it's executing a rescue mission for a Mars rover or combining daily chores with experiments in force, Jet and his friends have a lot to teach kids through their own experiences.
On the more humorous side, Jet's parents' learning curve is filled with funny misunderstandings of the human ways of things, and both kids and parents will have a lot of fun watching them get the hang of "throwing a salad together" and understanding the "string" part of beans. Their Amelia Bedelia-like follies are good for some laughs, but they also reflect the challenges of immersing yourself in a culture that's different from your own.
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