A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Science fiction's role in advancing thought and opinion is portrayed positively. The connection between science fiction and the political, economic, social, and scientific themes of the time are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The contributions of writers, creators, producers, actors, scientists, engineers, etc. to science fiction range from creatively imagining new worlds to using the genre to question and challenge the way we understand ourselves, our society, and a universe beyond our own.
Violence & Scariness
Contains film footage of frightening aliens, bloody attacks, and other scary moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gender identification, procreation, and similar themes discussed.
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Occasional strong words like "ass" and curses like "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the docuseries The Real History of Science Fiction features interviews, TV, and film footage that will appeal to science fiction fans of all ages, but contains some violent and scary imagery that might be frightening to younger or more sensitive viewers. The series offers lots of informative and educational moments, but discussions about gender identification, race, and other themes may be too complex for younger kids to fully understand. There's some occasional strong language ("ass," "s--t"), too.
Is It Any Good?
The Real History of Science Fiction offers viewers a chance to learn about and understand the purpose behind science fiction, and the ideas, philosophies, and multi-universe values it represents, from the ability of a TV series like Star Trek to push the boundaries of a changing society to recognizing the spectacular and authentic production of future worlds by filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and James Cameron. It also makes the connections between famous science fiction stories, and the political, economic, social, and scientific issues they reflect and challenge.
It's more informative than action packed, and its attempt to cover so much information limits the depth to which many of these issues are explored. Some may question why certain stories, films, and characters are left out of the discussions, too. But sci-fi buffs will certainly be drawn to it, and the interesting insight and entertaining scenes the series offers gives it some mass appeal. Ultimately, the show offers a thoughtful discussion of how science fiction has encouraged generations to look beyond the familiar, and to think more broadly and creatively about the possibilities of the future.
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