TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Violent, mature drama has amiable, legendary hero.

History Drama 2013

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 36 reviews

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age 16+


I absolutely love historical dramas, but I just cannot watch Vikings. I tried twice now and cannot get past the first season, due to the extreme violence and gore. I watched when it first came out and stopped at episode 4... But the show is so popular! Since I've watched everything else on Netflix, Prime etc. and after loving Game of Thrones (but suffering/skipping past the extreme violence) I decided to give the famous Vikings another try now in late 2022. Nope, STILL, WAY to violent and gory. Maybe I just don't find the story interesting enough to stomach it. I understand from other reviews I've read all over the net that the storyline, characters and costuming all get much better as the seasons progress – yet the violence gets even much more extreme after season 1. So, for my part it's just too much of an unpleasant chore to watch. It is actually kind of worrying how many people don't have a problem with the extreme violence. Again, I say this after watching and loving Game of Thrones. With GOT the extreme violence and behaviour of evil twisted characters is also extremely disturbing and difficult to watch. However, the viewer is compensated with the outstanding story (right from the first episode) and character development, plus amazingly good costuming, locations and filming (right from the beginning and until the end) ... And in GOT I would say there is somewhat less gore than in Vikings. I came here looking for others' experiences to see if it perhaps calms down on the gore, but from all accounts it only increases as the seasons progress. I also understand that (unbelievably) the Prime version, which I have tried twice, is supposed to be the light version. I find that hard to believe! (Maybe because I am in Europe, I am getting the uncensored version.) Young people shouldn't be desensitised to this kind of disturbing imagery. 16+ and parents should discuss these topics with their children.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+

Worth watching

The first few seasons re great. The rest aren't bad either. Though it is not historically accurate, it gives you a decent idea of viking culture. All this mixed up with some violence and other stuff, just to make it entertaining.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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