A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Many episodes of this anthology series center on characters who must defy the authorities to achieve some important goal. Often this requires convincing another, sympathetic character that the authorities have made a major mistake or are involved in some big deception.
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes have fight scenes, ranging from fist fights to blaster battles to wartime combat, but the action is generally pretty tame.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though there are often romantic encounters, there's no nudity or explicit sexuality.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a major theme throughout this sci-fi anthology series is questioning -- and subverting -- authority. Though there's little violence, many episodes deal with both characters in power who are trying to manipulate others in order to retain control and those who are trying to convince others to reject the status quo. Though there's wisdom in teaching kids to ask critical questions about big issues, it's also important to help them realize that this is best done carefully and thoughtfully.
Is It Any Good?
The modern incarnation (which originally ran from 1995 to 2002 and still airs in syndication and is available on DVD) has dramatically improved special effects and production values over the original black and white version (which ran from 1963 to 1965). But like the original, today's version builds through each episode to a surprising plot twist. Though some episodes are better than others (and some of the twists are easier to spot than others), the show is generally quite satisfying to watch, especially when watching ordinary people who are thrust into extraordinary situations struggle to make impossible decisions.
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