The Astronauts

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Smart tween space drama with lots of suspense.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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Stands out for positive role models.

Educational Value

Some facts about space exploration, but show is mostly entertainment.

Positive Messages

Show emphasizes importance of teamwork and problem-solving skills, and also that kids are capable of doing hard things.

Positive Role Models

Main kid characters show bravery and kindness, and navigate peer pressure and friendships in a positive way (with the exception of troublemaker Elliot, but there are consequences for his actions). Fantastic diversity in this ensemble cast -- kids and adults are racially diverse and counter gender stereotypes, and lead character Samy has two moms. Samy is somewhat stereotypically the smart Asian character, but she is multi-faceted and shows lots of sides to her personality.

Violence & Scariness

Moderate amount of scariness as kids are in peril during their space adventure. Kids and adults show fear as their lives are in danger. Kids are also separated from parents throughout. No physical violence, but mild arguing between kids in tense situations.

Sexy Stuff

Mild hostile language between characters, also a few instances of "oh my God."


Some brands mentioned by name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Astronauts is an excellent tween drama about a group of middle schoolers that accidentally get launched into space. There is a moderate amount of scariness and tension throughout, as the kids' lives are in danger at various points. Kids are separated from their parents, and the parents show fear about their kids being up in space, so consider if your kids are extra sensitive to parental separation. There's mild arguing between characters, but no physical violence. This series has compelling storytelling and fantastic role models, and is a great pick for kids mature enough to handle the adventure.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 9 years old November 27, 2020

The best

This is the best show on Nickelodeon. It’s not one of those bad comedy shows like side hustle and danger force, it’s actually good. It’s like andi mack but an a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 26, 2021

I agree with CSM

I thought this show was a teeny tiny bit boring but I definitely don't think it's bad. The acting is decent but could be better. I recommend this show... Continue reading

What's the story?

In The Astronauts, five kids living in the not-too-distant future use their parents' security credentials to sneak onto a spaceship to take a selfie. The spaceship's AI control Matilda is hacked, and the spaceship's launch sequence executes with the middle schoolers inside. They blast off into space, and have to learn to be astronauts in a hurry. The makeshift crew is lead by Samy (Miya Cech, Are You Afraid of the Dark?), a super smart and laser focused daughter of an astronaut mom, who has basically been training for this mission from birth. She's joined by mischievous rich-kid Elliot, the son of the spaceship company's CEO, nerd Will, and brother/sister duo Martin (Keith L. Williams, "Good Boys") and Doria. The ensemble cast is rounded out by the adults stuck back on Earth who are trying to figure out how to rescue the kids and bring them back to Earth. But, as things go awry on the spaceship, the kids can't trust the super computer Matilda and can't rely on the adults in mission control to help them. They have to use teamwork, problem-solving skills, and each other to try to get back home alive.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. How do the astronauts work together to solve problems on the ship? Who is the leader of the group? What team roles do all the kids play?

  • The kid astronauts sometimes decide not to listen to the grown-ups back on Earth. Why do they do that? Can you think of a time in your life when it was hard to decide what was right and wrong?

  • Would you like to go up into space? What looks fun? What looks less fun?

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