Stargate SG-1

 
Sci-fi drama has lots of potential. Tweens OK.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Stargate project is run by the military, and the crew tends to follow orders. Disobedience is not unheard of -- for example, when a gutsy character decides to follow a hunch. Such choices make for dramatic cliffhangers and, because they almost invariably turn out to be correct, are usually praised by superiors. The evil aliens are rather one-dimensional in their desire to rule the galaxy and are easy to root against.

Violence

Rather mild combat scenes against aliens; few fights involve much visible bloodshed. The Goa'ulds' takeover process can be a bit scary to watch.

Sex

No explicit sexual scenes or nudity, though some alien cultures have relatively racy outfits. Note: Two different version of the pilot are available -- one which includes full frontal female nudity.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Virtually none.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the series' main villains are a rather unsavory species called the Goa'uld, snake-like parasites that burrow into victims, take over their mind, and then use their body as an unwilling host. The process can be scary for young children to watch, and the concept of being taken over by a Goa'uld can be even more disturbing. Note: Two different version of the pilot are available -- one which includes full frontal female nudity.

What's the story?

The basic premise of STARGATE SG-1 is that a secret military team has discovered a network of portals that can instantly transport people all over the galaxy -- so, with typically earnest human curiosity, they set off to discover the mysteries of the cosmos. The show has a very complex mythology: The Stargates were created by the Ancients, an ultra-advanced race that disappeared eons ago, and humans and several other races are slowly figuring out how to use them. One of these is the Goa'uld, a snake-like species of parasites bent on taking over the galaxy; until the Stargate team arrived on the scene to oppose them, they were close to attaining their goal. Richard Dean Anderson (aka MacGyver) starred as Major General Jack O'Neill from 1997-2005; other key personnel include chief researcher Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder), and Teal'c (Christopher Judge).

Is it any good?

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Part of the show's appeal is that the potential of the Stargate portals is virtually limitless -- the gate is wide open for the team to find just about anything on a new world, and they often do. (The equally popular spin-off show, Stargate Atlantis, revealed that the fabled lost city was built on Earth by the Ancients and transported long ago to a distant galaxy, a concept that's equally full of exciting potential storylines.) This never-ending potential makes the show rather addicting, though new viewers may require several episodes to figure out what's going on.

All of that said, Stargate SG-1 is still a fairly conventional TV space opera. The heroes are plucky, the evil villains are rather one-dimensional in their quest for galactic domination, and the crisis du jour is almost always neatly wrapped up before the top of the hour.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they think there's life on other planets. In the Stargate universe, the galaxy is connected by a network of gates, and many planets have various types of intelligent life. Some are quite similar to humans and some quite different; some are friendly, some are indifferent, and a few are clearly hostile -- all of which might prompt parents and kids to wonder about humanity's role in the universe. Do you think we're alone out here? Do you think that an encounter with a hostile alien culture would convince us to put aside global bickering?

TV details

Cast:Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson
Networks:Syfy, Syndicated
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous April 26, 2013
age 18+
 

Not for kids.

Oh No Episode 1 has the Female Nudity. Oh No not 9 years that I saw that. So Not for kids. In Fact back in 1997 it was on Showtime.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byJewishPrincess April 9, 2008
age 0+
 
Teen, 13 years old Written byAryaKxoxo January 8, 2015
age 12+
 

STARGATE SG-1

This is my favourite TV show, and the only tv show that I actually like. Before stargate, I hated TV because it was almost always soppy romances with no action. I haven't watched every single episode however I have watched quite a lot. The episode "Prometheus Unbound" featuring Vala can be a little inappropriate however most 12 year olds would be fine. Some episodes can include blood, but again 12 year olds should be okay. In my opinion, some of the characters are really good role models, my personal favourite being Samantha Carter. Over some episodes, they also portray some great messages. In some episodes, they do go into some details into the physics kind of thing, but it's never for very long, so don't be put off by that! Stargate is also pretty funny, thanks to Jack O'neill. Overall, I would REALLY recommend this series to anyone who likes a good sci-fi story.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 10 and 14 year old Written byZerd65 October 14, 2010
age 7+
 

fun for the whole family 7 and up

One of the best truly family friendly shows out there. The theme of friendship and the character exhibited by every member of the cast is worthy of watching. One of the best ensemble casts ever. In the entire series, there are only 2 episodes with a warning, season 1 disc one has brief nudity from the back as the bad guys try to find a new host and much later in the series, they show Sam and her boyfriend in bed talking. In 10 seasons and 2 movies, you can't ask for more. We own the entire set and watch it frequently. As a family who loves mythology and sci fi, it is great fun.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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