Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

'80s space western cartoon with some battles, shooting.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Great, intelligent cartoon

age 7+

Firefly for kids

While ultimately a show made to sell toys, it breaks from the norm in a couple of interesting ways. It aimed for an older audience with a somewhat serialized story, with more intelligent story lines. It’s not “team up against the monster of the week” but an exploration of the “wild west” of a wide variety of cultures and races. The show is similar to Deep Space 9, Firefly, and Cowboy Bebop. Episodes include themes of respecting other cultures, preventing genocide, ethics and morality, fighting corruption, defending the weak, loyalty to your friends, justice, etc. While the team almost always eventually fights their way out of a situation, they do it usually as a last resort. Though possibly taken for granted these days, this show was also progressive at the time for having an African American team member that is a full member of the team, contributing intelligently and not comic relief or as a “token” minority. Similarly there is a female character who in retrospect may be slightly cliché in her main power being psychic abilities but she is never called out as being inferior. She is a full member of the team and not played as a mother or the girl that stays behind or gets in trouble and has to be rescued. Multiple female characters in the series conjure up images of Annie Oakley... women as strong independent characters who don’t need to be “rescued”. Very much a “Western” in the sorts of adventures portrayed. Disappointing that the show wasn’t more successful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Intergalactic adventures meet the Wild West in this action-packed '80s series that, save for its unusual premise, likely would fade into obscurity. With space cowboys (and cowgirls) not really a dominating genre in cartoon action, you won't soon forget that Galaxy Rangers exists, but that's not enough to make it a winner by modern kids' standards. What's more, kids who know and love the Star Wars stories -- particularly those played out in the original three movies -- will notice a lot of similarities between them and this cartoon, from the presence of an evil empire to the light saber-style weapons and even the show's sound effects, all of which contribute to this series' seeming identity crisis. And, if the show's antiquated animation style doesn't remind viewers that it hails from a far-away time, the unexpected '80s rock music soundtrack certainly will.

But that's not to say the show is all bad. In fact, its messages about teamwork, prioritizing communal needs over individual ones, and taking a stand against evil are nicely packaged in the stories. Not all of the Rangers' efforts are spent on the Empire's colossal threat; oftentimes they're just as busy fighting petty injustices such as stealing, which is easier for kids to understand and relate to their own experiences. If yours can see past the show's age and unusual setup, there's some merit to the messages they'll get from the story.

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