We just finished 'Away' and really enjoyed it. Yes, there was a little too much drama with the teenage daughter, but I thought they did that to show the impact on the lead astronaut character. Very well crafted show, in my opinion. Good mix of humor, a few tears, and social commentary, as you stated. Nice choices of music also, and the space shots were visually excellent.Always a good time to start Band of Brothers. Tried to get through the Pacific version and just couldn't.
Finished Netflix' Away. An IMDB reviewer described it as 90210 in space. Probably about right. Space and Mars were just a setting for some occasionally good social and relationship commentary.