Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Lower Decks

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Adult humor, gory violence in animated Trek series.

TV Paramount+ Comedy 2020
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

Gory Violence and Poor Role Models

I am a huge Star Trek fan with two Trekkie kids, 7 and 10. I won't show this show to them. The reasons are: Excessive gore. There is just no reason at all to show characters being decapitated, having their visible organs exploded across the room, and the like. It does nothing to add to the stories and is played for laughs. This show fluctuates between TV-PG and TV-14 in its ratings, and it earns every bit of it. Poor conduct by "hero" characters. In Star Trek, Starfleet officers are supposed to be moral exemplars who model good behavior. Yes, there are occasionally "bad egg" officers, but the stories in other shows turn on them receiving their comeuppance. Here, it is the lead characters who lie, slack off, act insubordinate to superiors, treat subordinate crew members with manipulative disrespect, and treat alien life without the proper respect that should be accorded to all sentient beings. This crew acts like an unprofessional group of malcontents. OK, so that's the kid-focused part of the review. As Star Trek? It's hit and miss. Certainly better than the current nightmarish live-action shows, Discovery and Picard. It has oodles of referential fan service and I would say about 50% of the plots end up resembling classic Star Trek stories. If anything, the show's problem is one of tone. Is it trying to actually be Star Trek or is it trying to be a hip spoof for cynical Rick and Morty fans? It's hard to do both well. Watch Prodigy instead. It's both a better show for kids and a better Star Trek show overall.
age 8+

Situational but please check it out!

Some episodes are a bit much for kids in general. My son is very mature for his age, he thinks it's funny and likes it, I chose the episodes. Some jokes are inappropriate by most metrics but if you talk to your kid and explain it, it's less innuendo than they slipped into cartoons a few decades ago when I was a kiddo I'm watching Fairly Odd Parents with my kid and I'm like Yo.. Really? For kids? Lol And that's the thing. Most of the inappropriate jokes will go over their head It was situationally a little scary for my son who is younger than 10, I'd say if your kid is smart and you're fairly liberal with what they watch, 8+ is fine. There's a lot of positive attributes to the show including diversity and acceptance intolerance and I don't feel like humor negates those things rather I feel like lower decks continues the trend of Star Trek staying ahead of the times. The representation in that show is very positive and there's literally no consumerism in the Star Trek universe most of the time They even bleep the swear words.. I just want any parents looking into it to give it a shot because I believe it can have a positive impact over a lot of empty cartoons that might be more "appropriate"

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Mixing loving Trek fandom with light irreverence, this workplace comedy brings goofy fun to the franchise. Though it had a rough start, Lower Decks has settled into a rhythm that not only brings the comedy, but also some notable new sci-fi tales that span each season. And the fan service is in fine fettle. Within the first few minutes of the show, Ensign Mariner wields a Klingon bat'leth, which Next Generation fans will recognize from any Lt. Worf fighting scene; she refers to Spock as a guy who "fought Khan and some space-whales;" and first officer Commander Ransom (Jerry O'Connell) is given to ripping off his shirt, Kirk-like, before hand-to-hand combat.

The core crew, featuring the voice talents of Quaid, Newsome, Cordero, and Wells, form a fantastic quartet of characters, each with their own foibles and skill sets. As the Cerritos' redshirts (low-level workers who are often prone to quick deaths), each one is on their own path: sometimes to glory, other times to a goofy pratfall or Holodeck drama. Either way, we're here for it.

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