A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong themes of being brave, surviving, and persevering in the face of danger.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed, but loyal to friends and family. They make sacrifices for each other, show selflessness, and display strong, emotional bonds. Characters are also brave, courageous, and display strong communication and teamwork skills.
Different ethnicities are represented, primarily in supporting roles. Main actor Pedro Pascal is Chilean American. A rebel leader is played by a Black woman. A deaf child is played authentically by a deaf actor (Keivonn Woodard). Women have agency and power.
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Violence & Scariness
Plenty of gun and physical violence resulting in bloody, gory, graphic deaths of both humans and monsters. Unsettling, scary content also includes characters being chased, as well as explosions, fires, corpses, hangings, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A clothed couple sleep together. A fully nude female corpse is shown.
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Frequent use of the "F" word and variations of it, as well as "a--hole," "s--t," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular The Last of Us video game series, which includes multiple entries and supporting merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol and take pills. Drugs are traded and drug dealing is referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last of Us is a zombie apocalypse action-drama series based on the video game of the same name. It has a great deal of violence, carried out with firearms and blunt weapons, resulting in bloody, gory, graphic deaths of humans -- including children -- and infected beings. Other mature, potentially scary content includes scenes with monsters, fires, explosions, hangings, imprisonment, corpses, and characters being aggressively pursued. Foul language includes heavy use of the "F" word and variations of it, as well as "s--t," "a--hole," and "goddamn." Characters drink and take pills. Drugs are traded, and drug dealing is referenced. A fully nude female corpse is shown.
Is It Any Good?
You needn't know a pixel from a polygon to become totally engrossed in this gripping, post-apocalyptic tale. The Last of Us delivers the absolute best entry in the video game adaptation genre the category has ever seen. Thanks to Netflix's The Witcher and Paramount+'s Halo, these shows have come a long way toward redeeming themselves following decades of poorly received game-based films. But The Last of Us isn't just a stellar series based on a game; it's also a stunning artistic achievement that won't be forgotten come television's awards season.
The Last of Us immediately earns points for putting a fresh spin on the rotting corpse genre, offering a terrifying, scientifically plausible take on a zombie outbreak. Rather than unleashing the usual flesh-eating hordes, it sees a fungal virus infecting -- and severely altering -- the minds of its victims. But it doesn't just fuel our future nightmares with a more believable premise; it complements its gore-soaked action with a deeply emotional tale anchored by incredibly nuanced performances from Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Underpinned by smart, thoughtful writing; stunning cinematography; a haunting score; and fantastic supporting characters, Joel and Ellie's layered, evolving, moving relationship will consume you as aggressively as any mutated mushroom.
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