Was Voyagers too violent for kids?
Yes, according to one Television Watch-dog group in 1982. Voyagers took a lot of heat from the National Coalition on TV Violence.
Throughout the 70's and 80's there was a backlash against television programming and how it corrupted children. Voyagers! was labeled by this group to be the most violent Prime Time Show of the fall season when it premiered on October 3rd, 1982. I find it hard to believe, but I don't know what their grading system was. I'm keeping an open mind, because I don't want to try and force my modern sensibilities of what's violent toward a show that's now 35 years old. It's not a stretch to say that the majority TV viewers today, particularly young ones, are highly desensitized to all the killing, maiming, and other physical and psychological terrors that we see on screen, whether it's TV shows, movies or video games. This is not your uncle's Pong or Pac-Man, folks.
The world is a much darker place. Just see what the Founder of the TV Violence Coalition got himself involved in, leading to his arrest 2016. He may likely spend the rest of his life in jail.
Voyagers! is a show about history. To quote Phineas Bogg – "There's wars, disasters, injustices…" you can only whitewash it so much. Children and young adults need to know the truth about history. Voyagers! never showed gore or senseless killing. You didn't see any blood either. The show taught moral lessons, such as the dangers of gun violence or how young kids should learn to respect older ones and learn from them and vice versa. The only times the Voyagers fought was to get out of a tough situation. And even then the actual fighting was minimal. While "Voyagers never run from a fight." Bogg said, "They aren't stupid."
For further my research and remarks on this subject, download my Voyagers Newsletter #7: "Tales from a Voyagers Dark side."
Most people would laugh if you compared Voyagers to other shows today and tried to claim it was too violent. But I find it very hard to believe that, according to the NCTV President, there was no other show before it that consistently ranked as high. You can read all the complaints and ratings articles below.