A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Government agents put their lives on the line on a daily basis to fight global terrorism and maintain citizens' safety. But their methods include lying to the people they love, using threats and bribes to force others' assistance, assuming fake identities, and forging insincere relationships with unwitting accomplices. They can also alter personal and financial information to take down terrorist groups and other criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and other weapons (bombs, biological warfare, etc.) are used frequently; in at least one scene, a woman is shot in the head at close range. In multiple scenes, characters are beaten, burned, cut, and stabbed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to sexual activity include comments like "I'm banging your sister" some kissing scenes.
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Sporadic use of words like "damn" and "s--t" (unbleeped).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters (all adults) drink and/or smoke in social and business settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this suspenseful British spy action-drama isn't for the faint of heart. It features a hefty amount of realistic, bloody violence, including stabbings, brutal beatings, and gunplay. Characters are also bound and gagged, taken hostage, held at gunpoint, and killed onscreen. Storylines often reflect real-world events, so topics like race violence, domestic abuse, illegal immigration, and terrorism are common. The main characters are government agents who, although admirably courageous, must lie to their families about their work; forge false relationships to gather intelligence; and use bribery, threats, and even violence to accomplish their goals.
Is It Any Good?
Fast-paced and smartly written, MI-5 is filled with suspense, action, and unexpected twists and turns that will keep spy fans guessing. But the series' violent nature makes it iffy for tweens and young teens. Gunplay, beatings, stabbings, and bombs are common, and characters are often shown bloodied, in pain, pleading for their lives, and even dying. Sensitive viewers -- especially those personally affected by terrorism or other violence -- may also be disturbed by the idea of the unseen threats posed by covert terrorist groups.
And, of course, there are the often-questionable methods the agents use to get results -- including violence, threats, bribery, and deception. Young viewers may not understand why the so-called "good guys" are able to cross the lines in certain situations that would otherwise call for serious consequences.
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