Challenger: The Final Flight: Miniseries Reviews

October 10, 2020
Well-made and swiftly paced, Challenger is an easy doc on which to binge.
October 5, 2020
A rigorous and authoritative deep dive into a tragedy that took on a near-mythic quality.
September 25, 2020
The tragic tale remains a dark mark on the history of NASA, but Challenger never loses sight of the human loss at the center of this sad event.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 19, 2020
The four-part documentary doesn't reveal much new info about the space shuttle explosion that killed six astronauts and a high school social studies teacher, but it's revealing nonetheless...
September 17, 2020
There are few revelations that justify the four-hour running time of Netflix's now-streaming docu-series about the 1986 space shuttle explosion.
September 17, 2020
Junge and Leckart go with a storytelling approach that's simply informative, and hardly inspired.
September 17, 2020
Challenger: The Final Flight is haunting and effective with incredible archive footage to back up NASA's biggest failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 17, 2020
They do what good documentarians do: contextualize a major moment in a way that clarifies it for people who weren't alive when it happened and makes it more vivid for those who were.
September 17, 2020
Challenger: The Final Flight is an effective time machine, taking me back to a formative moment that I, like so many people, was obsessed with as a child.
September 17, 2020
[It] sometimes gets caught up in the technical details of the shuttle or the cascading dissension at NASA a tad too long... But at its core, [It] presents a moving legacy for the brave crew members who died in the U.S.'s most notable space tragedy.
September 17, 2020
The docuseries isn't just about newsmagazine-style journalism. We learn the back stories of the crew... There are heartbreaking moments reminding us these brave and bold explorers were also lovely, caring, real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2020
The Final Flight could be a lot more focused. But Leckart and Junge ultimately have the goods, and they do deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 16, 2020
Where the series shines is in the little details.
September 16, 2020
[Challenger: The Final Flight] may not offer any earth-shattering revelations about NASA's most famous catastrophe... But the series does take a deep dive into the story, providing no small amount of drama and some eye-opening details.
September 16, 2020
The Final Flight feels especially poignant and apt.
September 16, 2020
The best parts of this absorbing documentary are the recollections of the crew's surviving relatives, which give the viewer an emotional connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2020
Challenger has no real take on this but to balefully acknowledge it happened and commemorate those who were lost; it's not the most ambitious of goals, but it's enough.
September 14, 2020
The Final Flight is an exhaustive approach at what exactly transpired in January 1986.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5