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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent British terror drama raises big questions.

TV BBC America Drama 2003
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Good show overall

I really like the show so far. Not sure why the ratings don’t include “NUDITY”. In Season 2 episode 4 there is a scene in a strip club where strippers are shown straddling men with their bare breasts in their faces. In Season 1 there is a scene where they show a man pulling up the skirt of a woman and her bare butt is clearly displayed. I’m only on Season 2 and am enjoying the show but wish they could leave out this type of gratuitous material.
age 18+


Absolutely gripping! Couldn’t tear myself away from it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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