Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Voyager

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Getting lost in space has never been so much fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Ratings require revision

While it is difficult to rate a TV series (particularly when one goes well over 100 episodes), I think some of the content advice is a bit off in areas. For starters, while the show is upbeat and optimistic, there are episodes which can be very dark and mature, enough to warrant an M rating. For example; "sex" should be boosted to three stars, not one. There is an episode in Season 3 where the Chief Engineer develops a heightened sex drive after a member of the crew attempts to force her into a sexual act. The entire episode, which follows, concerns the woman and a man alone in a series of caves where she is begging him for sex while he is turning her down, knowing that she isn't wanting it with her genuine drive. There are several other episodes concerning sex, reproduction, and mature themes of this nature. The sexual content in this show is above one star. Please amend. The same can be said for the violence.
age 7+

Great show for kids, especially girls

My daughter loves this show. She has seen a few episodes of the other Star Treks, but really only wants to watch Voyager. The reason is obvious, the role of women in the show, particularly Captain Janeway, a great role model. My daughter loves her and likes to pretend to be her. You also have Belanna the chief engineer. Kes is a great character for kids because she's only 2 years old when she joins the crew, and has a great love of life. After she gets replaced by Seven (another woman), Naomi Wildman, the little girl born on the ship, starts to make appearances too. Naomi grows fast being 1/2 Ktarian, so the actor who plays her is about my daughters age . Unlike poor Wesley Crusher in STNG, Naomi is well written, and acts like a normal kid, and is fun to watch. Other kids also join the show briefly. You see Naomi in Season 4, but season 5 and 6 is when you see her a lot. Unlike the other reviewer, we are not hung up over Seven's form-fitting suit. No one on the ship ogles her body or acts in any way unprofessionally. It is unfortunate the producers thought they needed to add a sexy body to the cast. However, her plot points generally focus on learning how to be more human, more of well rounded person, how to make friends, and be less of an automaton.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (24 ):

While this series lacks the cultural heft of the original series -- far fewer storylines serve as metaphors for important social issues -- this isn't necessarily a flaw, just a difference. The lost-in-space premise gave Star Trek: Voyager (which originally aired from 1995 to 2001) a compelling narrative arc. It may not be as deep as the original series, but it was ultimately a good addition to the Star Trek universe.

Because the Voyager is stranded out in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) -- the only female captain in the Star Trek franchise -- has to solve any problems that arise on her own, without being able to call for backup. The influence of characters who never attended the rigid Starfleet Academy leads her to make decisions that might never have happened on another starship or on a more traditional mission. In this way, the series does harken back to the original Star Trek's off-the-cuff feeling and can be refreshing.

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