Killing Eve

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fresh spy thriller is offbeat, entertaining, and violent.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Understanding what drives people to do bad and good things isn't easy or straightforward. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eve is smart and well-intended but makes lots of mistakes. Villanelle is a ruthless killer who craves attention. 

Violence

People are attacked, bitten, shot, violently stabbed, castrated. Bloody wounds often visible. 

Sex

Strong innuendo, including simulated sex acts, fetishes, discoveries of castration, etc. References to having an affair. Women in underwear. 

Language

"Ass," "damn," "bastard," "piss," "t-ts," "d--k." 

Consumerism

A MacBook frequently visible. Liquor brands, designer clothing labels sometimes partially visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink wine, champagne, beer, hard liquor; cigarette smoking and occasional pill popping.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Killing Eve is a British thriller series that has lots of harrowing moments, violence, and dark humor. People are shot, violently stabbed, bitten; bloody wounds are frequently shown. There's also some strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts and conversations about infidelity. Words like "bastard," "ass," and crude sexual terms are common. There's also lots of drinking, as well as some cigarette smoking and pill popping. The televised version may have some of this content edited out, while streaming versions likely won't. Sandra Oh stars.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAdultMan May 12, 2020

Spectacular show!

I'm usually not too terribly blown away by tv, but this is incredible. The characters are real and have incredible depth, you may have to skip over a few... Continue reading
Adult Written byRonjasMom October 2, 2019

Passes the Bechtel Test

It's not a kids' show. I am trying to wrap my head around parents who don't let their teens watch television freely, previewing this one in hope... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byb89 December 11, 2018

Wildly Unpredictable And Fresh Series

Killing Eve is, by far, one of the years best works of television. The cast, storyline, and script are wonderfully conceived, as is the soundtrack. Violence, al... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byadel17 April 18, 2020

What's the story?

Adapted from Luke Jennings' Villanelle novellas and written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, KILLING EVE is a British thriller about an undervalued security agent's efforts to find an international killer. MI5's Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) wishes her professional career was more exciting. When her unit, which is headed up by annoying boss Frank Haleton (Darren Boyd), is informed by MI6 Operative Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw) that a Russian politician is murdered, her boss, Bill Pargrave (David Haig), puts Eve in charge of protecting the only witness to the crime. What transpires is a series of events that leads her to the highly skilled assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a young, arrogant killer who keeps her handler, Konstantin (Kim Bosnia), on his toes. As time goes on, the story gets more twisted, and the connection between Eve and Villanelle gets more complicated. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining, somewhat quirky spy series successfully challenges the rules of the genre by offering a well-written story that effectively combines thrills, suspense, and comedy. There's a fair share of tense, dark moments, often coupled with brutal violence, but they're offset with sharp, witty banter and well-timed jokes. This not only allows for the pace of each installment to energetically move forward, but makes it possible for Oh and Comer to play strong, standout roles that break away from the traditional. 

The rest of the cast, played by outstanding actors like Shaw, Haig, Boyd, and Howell-Baptiste, also offer three-dimensional, well-rounded characters. But it's Eve and Villanelle's unconventional personalities, which range from smart but clumsy to ruthless but uniquely sensitive, that anchor the rich story world. The bottom line? Killing Eve breaks enough of the rules of a tried-and-true thriller formula to create a viewing experience that's both fresh and thoroughly enjoyable. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way this series is written. What makes it different from other popular spy thrillers? What's similar? 

  • While Killing Eve has its funny moments, it can also be very dark and violent. How are these characteristics balanced in the show? Are there moments when you think the humor doesn't work? 

TV details

For kids who love drama

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