Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Prodigy

By Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sci-fi world reimagined in fun, adventurous animated series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

A Wholesome Show that both Kids and Adult Trekkers Can Enjoy

I just posted a review of Lower Decks, which I think is too violent and lacking in role models for my kids, 7 and 10. Prodigy is far, far better. Firstly, the kid-focused review: the violence level here is much better for the 10 and under set. There are phaser fights to be sure, but no gore or death depicted on screen. The characters themselves are fundamentally good young people who are trying to find themselves after escaping an oppressive situation. They occasionally make mistakes in judgment, but the narrative portrays these mistakes as such, instead of celebrating them (like the other current Trek shows). There is good, solid character growth throughout. Now *as* Star Trek: although this show takes a bit more of a Star-Wars-y approach to action storytelling, there are wonderful, "classic" Star Trek style stories here. We have the planet that grants people their fondest wishes, being sucked into space anomalies, making first contact with alien species... it's really just terrific for a fan of the classic franchise (as opposed to the nightmarish dystopian stuff currently being produced by Paramount). This show is exciting and funny enough for children, but cerebral enough for adults. I only wish they would stop holding on to episodes, and I wish it were longer! I haven't said that about a piece of Star Trek since about 2005.
age 5+

Star Trek for the next generation

This show is beautifully made and had a lot of heart, and seems to have hopeful themes and an optimistic future. There’s enough color and action to keep kids interested while also working lessons about what Starfleet means.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Although intended for a younger audience, this new take on a treasured series can be enjoyed by the whole family. Star Trek: Prodigy is a treat for the eyes, as the creators choose a completely digital animation style that makes each scene feel engaging and eye-catching. The series also wisely bridges the gap for younger audiences to be introduced to the Star Trek universe. The storyline can be understood by newcomers, as well as devoted fans. While the series isn't perfect, it is entertaining, fun, and fast-paced.

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