TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Brutally violent drug drama is terrific, not for kids.

Netflix Drama 2015

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 16+
Narcos often isn't the most graphic with its violence but it is still very brutal and realistic. It is also more intense because it often suddenly switches from calm to violent. It is also about Pablo Escobar (At least for the first 2 seasons) so there is a lot of cocaine in it.

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Too much violence
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age 18+

Gang rape, not for the sensitive, +14 is a joke

My boyfriend has been suggested Narcos for a while and so I agreed even though drugs, gangs, violence is not really my thing. I thought Breaking Bad was superb, but this is something altogether different. Multibillionnaire Drug Lords do not get to become Multibillionnaire Drug Lords by being good people with morals who blanch at committing acts of extreme violence. This is fairly common sense so I don't know why I found the gang rape scene in episode 2 so shocking and upsetting. I already knew these people were not good people. I guess it just saddens me to see how often sexual assault is used as a plot device to further narrative, and how commonplace it is in movies and TV. Probably my own fault for expecting anything else from a show like this. But I would not want my 14 year old children to watch it and I'm quite shocked that that's what parents and kids seem to have agreed on for this show, 14+? I don't really think violent depictions of rape should be used as plot devices or as shorthand for 'just so you know, this character is REALLY evil'. I especially don't think children should be exposed to violent gang rape on TV in their formative years.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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