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Stargate SG-1

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi drama has lots of potential. Tweens OK.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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.


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


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Virtually none.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJewishPrincess April 9, 2008
Parent of a 10 and 14 year old Written byZerd65 October 14, 2010

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.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAryaKxoxo January 8, 2015


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.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymylibrarycardworeout August 10, 2011

A Great One for the Family!

There is not as much violence in this one. People die but there really is not blood at all. It is a great TV show and it will keep you interested. It is a must... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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