Parents' Guide to

The Last Kingdom

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bloody costume drama is violent but tastefully constructed.

TV BBC America Drama 2015
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 16+
It’s a good show with great characters and writing. Cool fight scenes. I’ve only watched up to season 3 so far. Season 1-2 as far as violence goes can be graphic occasionally but nothing too ridiculous. The fighting scenes contain blood for sure but it’s quick. Season 3 is just way too violent, you almost have to be psychotic to like some of the violence in it. One scene (not a spoiler) shows a man slitting the throat of a line of female hostages one by one. It shows it with blood spurting and graphics detail. I like good fights and action, but when the violence starts to be gruesome on what is to be portrayed on defenseless woman is too much for me. Blood doesn’t bother me, but brutal violence on innocent woman shown graphically is messed up. Also killing horses with an axe in grave detail, unarmed men being dissected and tortured starts to become less entertaining than a good revenge story like gladiator, or brave heart

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+


I watched all 4 season! It delivered a healthy dose of history. It was some what violent. After watching, I was left with a feeling of satisfaction. I have watched several times. Would recommend to anyone above the age of 17.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28):
Kids say (12):

With high production values, strong writing, and compelling characters, this series rivals some of the best and bloodiest epics on TV -- a good thing, considering it's a pretty crowded race. And though it lacks the fantastical elements of, say, Game of Thrones, it bears the stamp of Downton Abbey's Emmy Award-winning executive producers and injects an intriguing mix of personalities (albeit most of them male) into the classic vengeance/redemption plot.

Life in The Last Kingdom is dreary, messy, and rightfully bloody, considering it's adapted from the first book in Bernard Cornwell's historical fiction series The Saxon Stories, which in turn is based on actual events in British history. But the show takes a surprisingly less graphic approach than some of its peers when it comes to sex, making this brooding drama a decent choice for older teens (and their parents).

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