Thunderbirds Are Go

TV review by
Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media
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Fun, updated classic stars team of brothers helping others.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

This show does a great job of showcasing how a group of people can effectively work together to solve complex problems. Each character has his or her own strengths and capabilities, but it is only when they all take part in the action that they succeed in their mission. Characters respect authority figures yet are not afraid to speak up when they feel strongly about their viewpoints. Children and adults can benefit from seeing how effectively this family and team work and play together. 

Positive Messages

Themes include teamwork, communication, and courage. The Thunderbirds are a dynamic team that doesn't make light of its responsibility to help others and restore order. While it's not in-your-face, the characters’ perseverance in the face of danger sends the message that grit and determination will get you far. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Viewers will see the brothers supporting one another while also having some fun with their family as well. They're accepting of authority, yet the younger Thunderbird, Alan, often feels frustrated with his lesser role in the group. Despite this, he doesn't get in the way and is ready when called upon. When a character succeeds, he or she oftens receives accolades for a job well done and also is quick to thank those who helped.

Violence & Scariness

Some cartoonish violence -- buildings falling down, rocks falling on underwater vehicles, cars crashing -- but nothing graphic and no people are seen hurt.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Thunderbirds Are Go is an updated version of the 60's marionette-style classic about a futuristic family with lots of cool vehicles. It's full of action, with some intense, edge-of-your-seat moments and a series of plot twists and villains. It's easy enough for younger viewers to follow, yet layered in a way that can get older viewers thinking as well. While scenes are gripping (buildings falling, underwater earthquakes), there's no bloodshed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRnxt October 26, 2018

Great modernisation for all the family

A brilliant modern take on the original series, with ongoing threads through the series, exciting episodes, strong role models - both male and female, and none... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byGrace Given July 30, 2020

Really Good Show!

This show teaches good manners and kind behavior.
Great for kids 8+ (there are a few perilous moments)

Slight warning- I thought I heard an F word in one of th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byChristianSoldier April 21, 2020

This was amazing!

Even though this series takes place in the year 2060, it is still very believable to me. I liked how the Tracys were always willing to help each other and other... Continue reading

What's the story?

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! is a remake of the 1965 classic featuring marionette-style puppets. This updated version follows the classic story of the five Tracy brothers who form the core of the International Rescue team. They're each equipped with their own cutting edge vehicle that can traverse the globe, reach the deepest parts of the sea, and travel into space all with the purpose of helping others. Supporting characters help the Tracy brothers with their missions to restore peace and order, especially when villainous characters are acting against them.

Is it any good?

The show, which uses a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets, has a fresh new style when compared with the pretty dated original puppets. However, the Tracy boys are easily recognizable and true to their original personalities and characteristics. The stories are layered so both young and old can enjoy the story and action, which occur in each episode of Thunderbirds Are Go without too much explanation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which character is their favorite in Thunderbirds Are Go and why. Who's the most important supporting cast member? If one of the characters were to turn out to be a bad guy who acted as a spy, which would you think it would be, and why?

  • Kids: Which character is most essential to keeping the team focused on the mission? Which character is most like you, and in what way? Which character could not be replaced without messing with the dynamics of the whole team?

  • How do the characters in Thunderbirds Are Go demonstrate teamwork and perseverance? What about communication and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

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