Where I grew up, binge watching all of the Saturday Morning cartoons and shows in a row (not all episodes in a show, but all shows with an episode that day) was viewed as something kinda bad. People talked about it as if it was going to be a part of the destruction of the culture. I always felt guilty, and mom would kick us out of the house after lunch. Then we'd spend the whole day outside unless it was raining.
Now, watching a whole bunch of television in a multi-hour block is just kind of a normal thing, so long as you don't overdo it.
The parents of the day might not have been wrong about the destruction of the culture part, though.
A film from the 70s that I watched and that I feel has a few similarities to Ark II is Phase IV. I'm wondering if anyone remembers this film. It was incredibly trippy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase_IV
I don't remember binge watching being viewed as something so bad, but it definitely wasn't encouraged. Unfortunately, I binge watched quite a bit when I was a kid.
And the multiethnic mix (which I suppose they could've gotten from Star Trek, in the genre, rather than contemporary culture).
Seems there might be an unfortunate gender-roles message, to the super-impressionable kids watching. In the naration, scientists are called "men". And in the first episode, I thought the woman was going to be the main scientist (albeit taking orders from the male captain), but the male boy is arguably leading the science-ing scene, with the adult woman scientist functioning as his assistant. Later, in the car, at least they let the woman drive (boy is too young), but the boy is still being smart and giving orders to the adult woman. (Though the woman later has a moment of assertion, when untying the captain, and the boy can't get a word in. And she does get to speak again in the final scene, albeit standing behind the man, and after the man and boy do the combat-ish work while she follows along.) And, since she doesn't seem to have the main scientist role, it seems the uniforms are probably actually color-coded by gender. It could be much worse, but kids pick up on a tremendous amount of stuff.
From what I understand, the chimpanzee was pretty awful to work with, and would occasionally attempt to bite cast & crew.
So I would actually say that Chimps are the closest on the mean scale to humans because we are quite dickish and often just for the sake of being a dick since long term planning can make it beneficial in many cases.