Stargate Atlantis

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Formulaic space saga is fine for older tweens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

The team is based on a rigid military hierarchy that follows orders, though some maverick characters will occasionally defy orders to follow their gut instincts and are later praised for making such brave and unorthodox choices.


Rather mild combat scenes using blasters that tend to stun people, or aliens, into submission without any gory aftereffects.


No explicit sexual scenes or nudity, just occasional mild flirtation.


No offensive language. In this alternative future, in addition to all sorts of wild technological advances, humans have also managed to learn to control their tongues.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In the future, humans seem to have learned to control desires for such unpleasant vices.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the show's main villains, the Wraith, are an alien race that feed on humans' life-energy. With their pale, sunken faces; washed-out, stringy hair; and clawlike hands, they look pretty creepy, and the process they use to drain victims of their life force isn't pretty. The overall effect could be scary for young children. But older tweens, teens, and adults may enjoy the fright-show, as well as the notion that a race of pseudo-vampires lives in the far reaches of space.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe Honest Reviewer November 24, 2011

My favorite show!

I'm serious this show is the best, you know those shows where all the characters just feel like a family? Yeah this is one of them. My favourite character... Continue reading
Adult Written byendurex4 August 16, 2011

Stargate Atlantis: a nice switch from StarTrek

This show needs to be carefully watched. I saw it streaming and skipped quite a few episodes and many more scenes because of the violence. If there are no gun... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheAmazingZach April 28, 2020

Stargate Atlantis: rather intense

The review page that shows up for Stargate Atlantis is not correct. It says there is no cussing, but there is in fact some minor but noticeable swearing. There... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byfrench.cats February 20, 2015

Good (but Stargate SG1 was better!)

The plotline is not admirable, but the characters are fascinating, all with their own back stories. You will become addicted instantly!

What's the story?

In STARGATE ATLANTIS, a team of hardy researchers volunteer to board a Stargate ship discovered in Antartica, in order to explore the far reaches of space. The Stargate deposits them in the fabled lost city of Atlantis, which was built on Earth eons ago by the Ancients -- a long-extinct, ultra-advanced species that created the Stargate network to seed the universe with humanity and later used it to zap Atlantis away from the planet. Led by Doctor Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) and Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), the team sets out to uncover the mysteries of Atlantis and to use the Stargate to explore the nearby planets. In the process, they also discover the Wraith, a terrible race of vampire-like creatures that feed off of humans' life-energy. The small contingent from Earth is joined by two locals from the Pegasus Galaxy, Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa), who have spent their entire lives fighting the Wraith.

Is it any good?

There's plenty of fodder for thoughtful storylines in this compelling, if somewhat derivative, sci-fi drama, which was spun off of the popular Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis sometimes seems like many other space operas, with noble heroes, evil villains, and a predictable crisis that's conveniently wrapped up in about 57 minutes. But it also poses some interesting questions about the origins of mankind and our place in the galactic food chain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they, like the crew of the Atlantis, would volunteer for a one-way trip that could be a suicide mission ... or the ticket to a lifetime of adventure. Do kids believe that Atlantis ever really existed? How do legends and myths get started? How are they sustained?

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