Parents' Guide to

The Sparticle Mystery

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kids fend for themselves in a fantasy world with no adults.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Meandering story and just not that engaging.

age 6+

Why do the 'bad guys' have to be people of color?

This little show looked promising and my 6-year old wants to keep watching it. Unfortunately, after only three episodes, the only two 'bad/mean' characters that have now appeared are both people of color. This is a big part of the problem with today's divisiveness and attitudes about race/immigrants/etc. Sure, maybe those bad characters will have a change of heart later but we aren't sticking around to find out. When you're dealing with a mostly white line-up of kids who now have two antagonists of color... it's not ok with me. I notice. Too bad, the show had other good things going for it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

This good-natured and empowering science-fiction drama for kids is a solid whole-family viewing option. Though the characters are stuck dealing with a doomsday-type scenario where they must learn to survive and thrive after all the grown-ups vanish to another dimension, it's not particularly scary -- the focus is more on adventure and mystery. These kids miss their parents for sure, but they waste no time banding together and getting to the bottom of the grown-ups' disappearance. None of the kids are perfect, but they're great role models nonetheless, who use intelligence and problem-solving to get by instead of brutality and violence.

The cast is diverse, and most are new to the profession, which makes them seem more like real-life, relatable kids. In addition to being racially and gender-diverse, the cast also includes differently abled actors and doesn't treat them as "less than" -- they're right there in the mix with the other kids, working for survival. Yes, the production values are kid show-level cheesy, and the acting can be a bit stilted at times, but The Sparticle Mystery is such a lively and well-intentioned show that it really doesn't matter.

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