Parents' Guide to

The Killing

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gripping crime drama takes place in grimly realistic world.

TV AMC Drama 2014
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Very exciting and the characters are awesome

I watched this show with my dad and I loved it so much. The murder mystery plot is great and there are lots of twists and things that connect but the characters are a major part of why I love it. Linden is hard working and driven while holder is those things but also offers comedic relief and comfort in a show about murder. The real struggle the characters go through is very well made. I think mature kids can watch this, there is violence, a little sex, some swearing and they smoke quite a lot.
age 16+

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Season 1 and 2 are excellent and not gratuitous, just dark. Season 3 ups the expletives a bit and the crime is not as mysterious, also very dark. Season 4 ups expletives way too much as well as the sexual nature of the crime which is why I give it an age 16-18. There's a lot of unnecessary F bombs plus lots of others.

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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The fact that The Killing is nothing like other crime dramas on American television is a welcome relief. After all, between multi-city franchises (sorry, CSI and Law & Order) and tired formulas (that's aimed at you, Criminal Minds), they are beginning to blend woefully together. So while The Killing is hardly a novel concept to the Danish people, at least, it feels like a revelation to us.

Imagine a really good movie that never ends, a riveting crime drama with good writing and seamless casting that (yes, oddly) lasts for months. By following a single murder case over the course of a season, that's kind of what The Killing becomes. Noticeably absent though are the manipulative "gotcha" moments and lingering shots of crime scenes and corpses we've come to expect from the genre...which doesn't mean you'll really be missing them.

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