Parents' Guide to

The Astronauts

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Smart tween space drama with lots of suspense.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Interesting, fun, thriller, and exiting.
age 7+

Good ensemble cast and some appropriately mild peril (and a nice allegory for growing up and learning how to face the world without your parents) make this a super enjoyable show! First episode overuse shaky cam, but improves in subsequent eps. Perfect family viewing if the adults in your family will be excited to see Jonathan Frakes in cameos.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The Astronauts stands out for its dynamic characters, smart storylines, and movie-like production quality. The kid actors are wonderful and their characters are multi-dimensional. Unlike many shows for this age group, it's a drama, and so there's no goofy jokes or laugh tracks. The writing takes kids seriously, and shows kids being brave and capable (instead of being focused on crushes and drama). The characters are still tweens though, so they wade through their share of conflicts, peer pressure, and big emotions. They also have to disobey grown-ups sometimes in order to survive, which brings up interesting questions of right and wrong. Speaking of grown-ups, this is a rare kids' show where the adult characters are fully-realized humans whose emotions are evident.

Kids will love seeing aspirational characters being pushed to their limits and succeeding. They also will love living vicariously as the kids get to do cool space things like float around and use sci-fi gadgets. Adults may find themselves getting sucked into the compelling story too, making The Astronauts great for whole-family viewing.

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