A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some facts about space exploration, but show is mostly entertainment.
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.
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Mild hostile language between characters, also a few instances of "oh my God."
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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.
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.
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