A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's definitely a science-fiction/adventure story and not meant to be educational.
The kids have to band together if they're going to survive their strange new world, and there's some great teamwork on display here. Unlike other "kids fending for themselves" media such as Lord of the Flies, these kids actually want the adults to come back, and work hard to try to reunite with one another. Empathy and intelligence are shown as valuable traits.
Positive Role Models
Though the Sparticle kids aren't above the occasional squabble from time to time -- these are kids, after all -- overall they are a ragtag family who really look out for one another. Older kids voluntarily look out for the youngest, and the show does a good job of showing disabled characters (Jeffrey has cerebral palsy, Holly is missing an arm) as fully participating, valuable members of the team.
Violence & Scariness
Very mild fantasy violence. There's a gang of supposed tough guys who mainly just glower angrily at the good guys, though they are shown smashing a few car windows. Basically, it's an extremely tame version of what might actually happen if this were all a real-life scenario!
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sparticle Mystery is a British kids' fantasy series depicting a world without adults, thanks to a science experiment gone wrong. Kids are shown having to survive on their own -- tracking down places to stay, food to eat, and in some cases, necessary medicine (a character is diabetic, another has cerebral palsy). Different "tribes" of kids compete for resources, which means there is some conflict at times, but the violence is very mild.
Is It Any Good?
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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