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Scifi/fantasy to watch with mom

Aeson

Hero
My mom recently moved in with me. We've been watching Lost in Space and The Book of Boba Fett together. Any genre shows that are mom friendly (mild language, no sex or nudity) you can suggest would be helpful. She has trouble with non American accents. She doesn't really care for superhero shows. We will certainly watch Strange New Worlds when it starts. I don't have Apple TV + but I have the other streaming services.
 

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aco175

Legend
Can I ask how old you and your mom are (ish). Reason I ask is that I'm in my 40s and mom is in her 70s, so things I would feel comfortable seeing with her now is different than when I was a teen or in my 20s. Also, my mon would likely not watch any of this stuff, like my wife.

Maybe Umbrella Academy, but I think there is more strong language and lots of gore. I like the 80s songs.
 

Mad_Jack

Adventurer
How big is she into sci-fi?

Warehouse 13 is an old classic series light(ish) on the sci-fi and heavy on the comedy. The Librarians (and the three movies that spawned the series) is more action/fantasy but definitely family-friendly.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
My mom recently moved in with me. We've been watching Lost in Space and The Book of Boba Fett together. Any genre shows that are mom friendly (mild language, no sex or nudity) you can suggest would be helpful. She has trouble with non American accents. She doesn't really care for superhero shows. We will certainly watch Strange New Worlds when it starts. I don't have Apple TV + but I have the other streaming services.

So, there's a couple shows you might try.

Eureka - (Peacock and Amazon Prime) a generally positive show about the sheriff in a town full of mad scientists.

Leverage - (IMDb TV) not exactly sci-fi, but has a bit of high tech to support its premise. Excellent show about a crew of theives and grifters using their skills for good.

Librarians - (Hulu) There is a Library that holds magical artifacts of legend and history, to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. The Librarians are the ones who deal with the problems they cause, and bring them back for safekeeping. There's a series of made-for-TV movies starring Noah Wyle that precedes the series, but it isn't strictly necessary.

Babylon 5 - (HBOMax) Future space opera, in which the war between light and dark plays out on the galactic stage, amidst several varying alien cultures, focusing on events on the last of the Babylon Stations.

The 4400 (original, 2004, Netflix) - across US history, 4400 people are abducted, and all returned at the same time to Seattle, many of them having gained super powers. Note - this is not a typical superhero show - there's no capes, no massive battles of people who are nigh invulnerable or anything. It is more like, "Hey, I get visions of the future" and "Hey, I can heal people".

The 4400 (current, CW) - similar premise, but with a decided bent toward social justice - most of the 4400 returnees are of various minority communities. This is new, so I don't know if it'll go beyond the first season.
 

Ryujin

Legend
How big is she into sci-fi?

Warehouse 13 is an old classic series light(ish) on the sci-fi and heavy on the comedy. The Librarians (and the three movies that spawned the series) is more action/fantasy but definitely family-friendly.
To that I would add "Eureka", if it's streaming anywhere.
 

The Mandalorian is fun.

The Expanse is great, but does have belter accents occasionally.

Babylon 5 is fantastic.

Firefly is fun, but does have accents.

I can't recommend Buffy enough.
 

Greg K

Hero
Leverage - (IMDb TV) not exactly sci-fi, but has a bit of high tech to support its premise. Excellent show about a crew of theives and grifters using their skills for good.

Librarians - (Hulu) There is a Library that holds magical artifacts of legend and history, to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. The Librarians are the ones who deal with the problems they cause, and bring them back for safekeeping. There's a series of made-for-TV movies starring Noah Wyle that precedes the series, but it isn't strictly necessary.
Both of these are also available on the free app for Dean Devilin's ElectricNow. I know that there are apps available for Android TV and Roku TV (I don't know about others like Fire TV).
 

Greg K

Hero
The 4400 (original, 2004, Netflix) - across US history, 4400 people are abducted, and all returned at the same time to Seattle, many of them having gained super powers. Note - this is not a typical superhero show - there's no capes, no massive battles of people who are nigh invulnerable or anything. It is more like, "Hey, I get visions of the future" and "Hey, I can heal people".

The 4400 (current, CW) - similar premise, but with a decided bent toward social justice - most of the 4400 returnees are of various minority communities. This is new, so I don't know if it'll go beyond the first season.
If we are including 4400, then there is Manifest on Netflix. It is also about returnees of a lost flight return with an ability referred to as "Callings" which are voices or visions to perform some task. The outcome is not always what they expect (and yet they are connected).
 
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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
If we are including 4400, then there is Manifest on Netflix.

I was not impressed with Manifest, myself. Similarly, while Warehouse 13 looks like it should be right up my alley, one character is a classic form of misogynistic nozzle such that he ruins the show for me.
 

Greg K

Hero
I was not impressed with Manifest, myself. Similarly, while Warehouse 13 looks like it should be right up my alley, one character is a classic form of misogynistic nozzle such that he ruins the show for me.
Is it the greatest show? No, but I found it enjoyable enough to make it through both seasons and I will check out the third.
 

MattW

Explorer
Fantasy Island
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, of course, Angel
Sleepy Hollow
I, Zombie
Xena Warrior Princess

If UK accents are OK, I would also suggest "A discovery of Witches" on Amazon
 

jdrakeh

Adventurer
If UK accents are OK, I would also suggest "A discovery of Witches" on Amazon

A Discovery of Witches is also available on Shudder, which is a cheaper Alternative to Amazon Prime. Stan Against Evil on Hulu is also a pretty good show.
 

Aeson

Hero
Can I ask how old you and your mom are (ish). Reason I ask is that I'm in my 40s and mom is in her 70s, so things I would feel comfortable seeing with her now is different than when I was a teen or in my 20s. Also, my mon would likely not watch any of this stuff, like my wife.

Maybe Umbrella Academy, but I think there is more strong language and lots of gore. I like the 80s songs.
I'm mid 40s and she's early 70s. I still feel uncomfortable watching sex and nudity around her. lol But I also know she doesn't care for it or a lot of bad language.

She used to watch a lot of the older scifi channel shows like Warehouse 13 and Eureka. BSG and The Expanse were too boring to her. I think she's seen the newer alien doctor one (can't remember the name) and liked it, but I don't get Syfy on my cable plan so if it not streaming we're out of luck on that. Unless it's a local station I have to stream it.

She likes Manifest, I haven't seen it though. She likes Big Sky (or is it Blue Sky?) I haven't seen that one either. There will be some things we're not both going to like. She'll watch The Mandalorian and Boba Fett but not The Bad Batch or Rebels.

I just thought I might ask for a few suggestions for something we could both watch when we have the time. I'm on a nocturnal work schedule so we don't get a lot of TV time together. Excellent ideas so far. Thank you all.
 



Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I think she's seen the newer alien doctor one (can't remember the name) and liked it, but I don't get Syfy on my cable plan so if it not streaming we're out of luck on that.

That's probably Resident Alien, starring Alan Tudyk. I'm sorry you can't get it easily, because it is good.

Oh, you might also try The Orville, an excellent take on the Star Trek style, a little more grounded. Available on Hulu.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
My mom recently moved in with me. We've been watching Lost in Space and The Book of Boba Fett together. Any genre shows that are mom friendly (mild language, no sex or nudity) you can suggest would be helpful. She has trouble with non American accents. She doesn't really care for superhero shows. We will certainly watch Strange New Worlds when it starts. I don't have Apple TV + but I have the other streaming services.
It's old, but Stargate SG-1 might be good.
 

Aeson

Hero
Resident Alien is the one.newer shows like that and movies would be great. Since my cable is limited some shows go under the radar.

We watched Ron's Gone Bad last weekend. She watched Encanto on her own. Any animated movies would probably have to be of a Disney/Pixar variety. Is the most recent Toy Story movie any good?
 

payn

Legend
Im watching Star Trek Discovery right now and its got a pretty fast pace. There is language every couple of episodes but its very few and far between. Some romance, but no sex scenes.
 


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