Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Thai Cave Rescue

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heartrending story of peril, survival, and heroism.

TV Netflix Drama 2022
Thai Cave Rescue TV show: poster

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (1 ):

The suspense never lets up in this extraordinary mini-series, despite viewers knowing how it will end. Shot on location in Thailand, in part in the actual cave system that famously trapped the coach and 12 players of a Thai youth soccer team in 2018, this is the only telling of the story done with the involvement of those who were in the caves for 18 treacherous days. Along with Thai Cave Rescue's well-rounded depiction of what occurred during those two and a half weeks, the limited series also gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of the young boys involved, many of whom were living in poverty, and the struggles they faced before ever entering Tham Luang cave.

Filmed in Northern Thailand with a local cast speaking Thai throughout the series, and paying homage to the Thai way of life, the show is both astounding and deeply moving. A few scenes taking place as the storm builds and officials argue about what's to be done come across as sensational and over-the-top, but the actors portraying the soccer players, and especially the coach, stand out for their touching performances. The logistics of how the international rescue team overcame every obstacle are captivating in much the same way as Apollo 13. And, despite the persistent sense of peril, families will enjoy watching together as messages of bravery, teamwork, and selflessness appear again and again.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate