A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about listening to others and respecting their beliefs.
Positive Role Models
Interview subjects show compassion, openness, and determination.
Violence & Scariness
Little violence is shown (it briefly appears in archival photos of riots, for example), but traumatic events are discussed throughout in regard to possible encounters with extraterrestrial life.
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Words like "damn" and "hell" are heard.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and drug use are occasionally mentioned. People who encounter UFOs explain they were not drunk or on drugs when it happened.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that UFO is a documentary series that focuses on people believe they've encountered UFOs. The series features witness interviews, explains the context in which the UFO was potentially seen, and investigates the government response to the sightings. UFO tends to give credence to those who have had UFO sightings or believe that those sightings have been covered up by the government, specifically in the way it is edited. It shows compassion for its subjects but also has a whiff of tabloid sensationalism about it. Traumatic events are discussed throughout in regard to possible encounters with extraterrestrial life.
Is It Any Good?
The year 2021 is an interesting time to be releasing a documentary that's largely about conspiracy theories, as America is in an era when conspiracy theories and misinformation are having a direct impact on people's lives. In many ways, UFO feels like a run-of-the-mill documentary that asks familiar questions about extraterrestrial life and government involvement with it. But, told largely from the point-of-view of the UFO-spotters, it feels like it supports some of their theories, coming across as less journalistic than sensationalist or exploitative, as if it didn't want to investigate deeper than the surface. The facts may all be out there, but they are not in here.
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