Travelers

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Smart time travel show balances thrills with humanity.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The travelers do their best to respect the lives of their hosts. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The travelers work together as a team; a traveler refuses to continue behaving like the bully his host was and shows compassion to kids that he and friends once picked on; a woman stands up to her abusive husband.

 

 

Violence

A man hits his wife; a woman is attacked by three men; a brutal MMA-type fight is shown.

Sex

A teenage girl takes off her shirt, revealing her bra; a traveler not understanding current customs answers her door without putting on clothes, but nothing is shown; a man and woman kiss.

Language

Infrequent language does include "f--k," "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two men are shown shooting heroin and overdosing; one character has a heroin addiction.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Travelers is a science fiction show where people from the future inhabit the bodies of present-day individuals who have just died in order to prevent the end of life on earth. There are mildly disturbing scenes of people dying before the travelers enter their bodies. The lives they enter aren't perfect: One characters inhabits the body of a junkie, another the body of an abused wife, and another that of a high school bully. The show depicts the harsh realities of these people but through the lens of how the travelers try to improve their hosts lives without blowing their cover. There's a real humanity to the show that offsets some of the darker qualities. Teens with an interest in suspenseful science fiction stories with strong characters and without a lot of future tech will find Travelers an enjoyable watch.

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What's the story?

Four people: a single mom, a junkie, a high school athlete, and a janitor with a cognitive disability, all of whom are supposed to die on the same day, have their bodies inhabited by TRAVELERS from the future (led by Will and Grace's Eric McCormack), sent here to prevent the eventual extinction of the human race. In addition to their missions, they also have the challenge of seamlessly integrating into their new hosts' lives without anyone finding out. 

Is it any good?

Surprisingly low-key for such a high-concept show, this series offers a good mixture of suspense and personal drama. With five characters to feature, each with different lives and personal problems, as well as a mission of the week to focus on, the scripts do an excellent job juggling the separate elements and keeping all the relationships easy to follow. The wide variety of characters means the show gets to explore many different kinds of stories: young love, marital drama, and family conflict, in addition to the more action-focused plotlines. 

Travelers isn't groundbreaking television by any means, but there's a real humanity to the characters that gives it an unexpected gravity. What's particularly refreshing is that even though Travelers takes its premise seriously, it never becomes self-serious, and in this genre that isn't always an easy feat. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about time travel in Travelers. What do you think would be the coolest part of traveling back in time? The hardest?

  • Imagine it's possible to transfer your mind into another person's body. Would you do it? Is there a specific person or kind of person whose body you'd want to inhabit?

TV details

For kids who love science fiction

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