The Sarah Jane Adventures 5 Seasons 2008

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1. Invasion of the Bane TV-PG CC

Bubble Shock is a new drink that is taking the world by storm. It's strangely addictive and everyone's drinking it. Sarah Jane is so fascinated by the phenomenon that she is almost oblivious to the arrival of her new neighbour, 13-year-old Maria Jackson, a young girl starting a new life with her father

Starring:
Elisabeth Sladen, Samantha Bond
Runtime:
1 hour 1 minute
Original air date:
April 18, 2008

Invasion of the Bane

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Kids & Family
Director Colin Teague
Starring Elisabeth Sladen, Samantha Bond
Supporting actors Yasmin Paige, Tommy Knight, Porsha Lawrence-Mavour, Jamie Davis, Joseph Millson, Juliet Cowan, Rungano Nyoni, Philip North, John Leeson, Alexander Armstrong, Sydney White, Olivia Hill, Konnie Huq, Gethin Jones
Season year 2008
Network BBC
Producers Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Susie Liggat
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I am admitedly a huge Dr. Who fan.
karenmsmith77
Her assistance are kids and they feel cool and engaged being with an older woman that can be their grandmother.
Motoman
Great show, not just for kids, but my toddler loves it as well.
Mary

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Motoman on June 4, 2011
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I'm an adult. I watched this show mostly out of curiosity because this is a spin-off from the famous Dr Who TV series. I didn't know exactly what to expect from this kid's show. I figured it will be similar to a typical children's educational show where I see Sarah Jane take kids to a magical adventure with cheap special effects, learning experiences, and some moral lectures to help them live a better life. I was wrong.

Sarah Jane Adventures are truly adventures for both kids and adults alike. It's not an educational show at all but a non-stop action adventure show that is geared more for the young teenager in mind. In many ways this show is more like a watered down version of the Dr Who TV series except Sarah Jane is her own version of Dr Who that takes kids through danger and adventure. But unlike Dr Who, all of her adventures are here on Earth not in time and space. Her assistance are kids and they feel cool and engaged being with an older woman that can be their grandmother. Adults will like this show too because the storyline is more dramatic than a typical kid's fairy tale story. All the good guys and supporting characters are portrayed realistically and the villains are realistically scary too but not too scary.

Sarah Jane is the original character from the famous Dr Who TV series way back in the 1970's. If fact, Sarah Jane Adventures is played by the original actor, Elisabeth Sladen. It's really cool that Sladen gets to play her original character in this TV show. I really liked this kid's show and I believe that many kids will love watching it. Sadly, Elisabeth Sladen recently passed away this year, 2011. She was only 65 years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David, a Trekkie on September 26, 2012
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I had seen some of the Sarah Jane Episodes before and liked it. So I was delighted to find it on Amazon's Prime Streaming Video. Admittedly, I should be considered to be too old to enjoy a program obviously targeting a younger age group; but I find it enjoyable to watch. I like that it has ties to the Dr. Who/Torchwood/Primeval BBC productions. The series, like the Dr. Who genera, is simply addictive. What's so great is that from the first season to the last, the stories are very good, the special effects are very good etc. I don't understand why BBC shows are so much more immaginative and better produced than the fare fed to the American public (made for children). The acting is so much more polished than what I've chanced upon when flipping channels on Saturdays. And Yes, the vocabulary/language usage is so much less insulting than what is usually heard on broadcast television now-a-days, which adds to the enjoyment of watching the series.
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Doctor Who started life in 1963 as a show meant to entertain and educate children. Plots switched between scary monsters, science fiction morality tales and dips into history. Over the years it evolved into a more series aimed at older teens. While retaining all of the above themes, the overall feel of the show became more adult. With the new series revived in the 21st century that concept was carried even further, with truly grown-up concepts. Of course modern kids have been more exposed to that sort of thing, and hence are themselves more sophisticated than in the sixties, or at least more aware. The show now had more than a hint of possible interpersonal relationships for The Doctor. Then came Torchwood, which was Who on a true adult scale, with sexual themes of all types, graphic language and extreme violence, as well as the complications of deep moral choices.

One of the second season episodes of Doctor Who brought back long-time favorite companion Sarah Jane Smith. Her brief appearance was so popular that she got her own spin-off, fighting bad aliens and helping good ones, right here on Earth. With an adopted teenage son and his two friends to help, and an alien supercomputer to give advice, Sarah Jane carries on the good fight. In this pilot episode we meet the cast and a new enemy, The Bane. Very much in the spirit of the original Doctor Who, there are adult complications in the form of parents who are kept in the dark about their children's activities and sometimes it's a little scary, but overall aimed at younger children, thus none of the dark adult overtones of the other two series.

Sometimes it's a little bland for grownups, but considering the target audience the show is quite good, and later Sarah Jane runs into some other old companions and even the Doctor Himself. All-in-all it's just good fun.
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By Darin Moore on September 3, 2013
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Really like this 'spin-off' of Doctor Who. You can tell it was made for kids more than adults but I really enjoyed it. Well made and well acted. This is my go-to while waiting for new season of the Doctor...
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By Jacqueline on April 29, 2013
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Sarah Jane was one of my favorite companions and this shows off her skills to a T. We need more children's shows like this.
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By Raven Lee on April 17, 2013
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Great show and fun for the whole family.
Will miss Elisabeth Sladen lots.
I grew up watching her with Tom Baker on the classic Doctor Who.
Legend.
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I am admitedly a huge Dr. Who fan. So the fact that this is a spin off makes me a little bias. Yes its a goofy show thats meant more fot the kids in England, but its still fun and has some of the same character as Dr. Who.
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