Parents' Guide to

The Sarah Jane Adventures

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Doctor Who spin-off is fun for tweens+.

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age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 9+

SJA enthusiast

I used to watch the show growing up due to my love of doctor who which turned into my love of thr sarah jane smith adventures i remember it being a slightly light hearted more kid friendly version like a step before doctor who

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age 8+

Superb spin-off!

This series is a really good drama for tweens that has raised the bar for children's dramas. The formula gets a little tired by the fourth season, but all in all it's an entertaining watch for the whole family. Still, there are a couple of episodes that are infamously scary (I remember how "Day Of The Clown" terrified a generation of British children!) and the programme deals with some tough themes, so I'd recommend parents watching this with their kids on their first viewing.

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The group's "weaknesses" are strengths for the series, because they force Sarah Jane to come up with innovative strategies to defeat her foes, which ends up being much more fun for viewers. Storm into an alien stronghold with guns blazing? Most fans have seen that over and over again. But destroy a hideous beast with an intergalactic mobile phone? Now that's something new.

Sarah Jane has a complicated, well-loved backstory. THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES is a spin-off of the immensely popular Doctor Who series, and Sarah Jane (who's always been played by Sladen) spent several seasons in the mid-'70s traveling through time and space with the Doctor. Now, decades later, she's a middle-aged single mother who looks and acts her age (a refreshing rarity on TV in the age of Botox and cosmetic surgery). The series has the same defiantly low-budget feel that's always made Doctor Who so much fun, especially when it comes to oh-so-obvious alien costumes and massive monster puppets. But ignore the cheesy effects, and The Sarah Jane Adventures stands out for its unique characters, unusual plots, and, above all, its original thinking.

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