A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A dark comedy about contract killers, Hitmen plays everything for laughs, from murder and torture to drug abuse and food allergies.
Positive Role Models
The titular assassins are close friends that clearly share a strong bond, but they're otherwise mostly void of redeemable qualities.
Violence & Scariness
Light on blood and gore, but characters are murdered, usually with guns. A woman's soy allergy is used against her as a means of torture. Violence is played for comedic effect rather than shock value.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the jokes, including ones about sexual positions, semen, and masturbation, are of a mature, sexual nature.
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Foul language is frequent and includes "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," "ass," "piss," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jokes are made about an off-screen character's drug use, including a reference to "Ecstasy." Charcters drink wine at a birthday party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hitmen is a dark comedy about a pair of female contract killers. The dialogue and humor, including comedic conversations about sex, drugs, murder, and other serious subjects, are aimed at an adult audience. Profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "piss," is used frequently. Numerous sexual terms, including "penis" and "semen," also make their way into conversations. Characters are killed, but not too graphically. The murder and violence is played for laughs, and blood and gore is generally kept at a minimum. There are references to drug use and drugs, including "Ecstasy," and characters drink wine at a party.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Brit comedy duo Mel and Sue (Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins) will feel right at home watching this series. As hapless killers-for-hire Jamie and Fran, the pair couldn't be further from their hosting duties on The Great British Baking Show, but they're still unmistakably Mel and Sue. In fact, it's the actresses spot-on chemistry and pitch-perfect comedic timing that make the series a worthwhile watch. That said, don't mistake their comfortably familiar presence to mean their latest vehicle is aimed at the same all-ages audience as their reality shows: Hitmen is for mature audiences.
Despite its central premise, the series is more about showcasing the not-so-professional assassins' odd couple relationship than watching them murder clueless marks for cash. Sure, they pull the trigger plenty, but always in service of the show's gallows humor. One of the first episode's "jokes," for example, sees Fran allowing a target to live a bit longer just so he can fill a seat at her birthday party.
The episodes' stories aren't deep or layered by any means. Each entry is essentially an extended sketch, where Jamie and Fran must overcome some mishap -- often of their own making -- before completing a job contracted by the mysterious Mr. K. It's a straightforward, easily digestible formula that's supported almost entirely by the two stars' excellent performances. You won't find any complex storytelling or feel-good messages here, but if you're in the mood for some macabre laughs, Jamie and Fran hit the mark.
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