A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights humanity's first explorations of the Universe, before the rules of the Federation were created. The desire to explore and collaborate with the alien cultures they encounter is often positive, but the humans and those they encounter often let their prejudices influence their actions.
Positive Role Models
The Enterprise crew often uses teamwork to solve problems. Captain Archer often follows his conscience instead of his orders, though in the end either path leads him to roughly the same actions. Some alien cultures, including the highly intellectual Vulcans, look down at humans.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of action, ranging from fistfights and shootouts to spaceship battles, but little blood or graphic injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
With all those men and women stuck on a spaceship for an extended tour of the furthest reaches of the galaxy, it's pretty surprising how little romance occurs. There's not even much flirting. Still, one of the series' most important plot lines centers on the evolving romantic relationship between two of the main characters.
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No bad language. Apparently humanity has evolved a bit by the 22nd century.
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Products & Purchases
There are no direct product references, but Star Trek is a commodity in itself.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking, but characters rarely get drunk. One of the main characters becomes addicted to an alien drug in an important story arc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that humans don't always come off looking like the most competent race in Star Trek: Enterprise. The show documents some of Starfleet's early missions beyond the Milky Way, and most of the drama comes from the crew's frequent contact with new alien species. Some of these are friendly, some are wary, and some are immediately hostile; in many cases it's clear that mankind is the new kid on the galactic block, and we often have little concept of protocol. The thinly disguised contempt of some alien cultures (especially the Vulcans) toward the humans might prompt viewers to take a closer look at how people who think they're quite advanced present themselves to others who may have a different opinion. Like most of the Star Trek TV series, there's some violence, but not a ton of romance or strong language.
Is It Any Good?
This spin-off series is a very conscious attempt to recreate the feeling of Star Trek: The Original Series, but there's no getting around the fact that the show lacks the same punch as its predecessors. Liberating it from the heavy canon of the franchise gives the series the ability to react to new situations in ways that can be thought-provoking to the viewer -- without requiring the cast to wonder, "What would Kirk or Picard do?" And though Star Trek: Enterprise doesn't have to adhere to all the elements of the Star Trek canon, it's still part of that rather stuffy universe, which can make it difficult for the show to go beyond simple storytelling. It's entertaining and spins a good yarn, but it sometimes lacks depth.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.