Vikings is a great show. The suitability of it however, is questionable for younger viewers, as it does, as previously mentioned, contain rape, violence and sex. However, contrary to the rather hysterical 'Vikings IS BAD' review, (claiming that Emily Ashby's article didn't mention the rape scenes, despite her writing 'mature topics like rape emerge') doesn't fully encapsulate the fact that, whilst disturbing, the rape scenes are few, not hugely explicit, and are not gratuitous. There are some 'scenes with some sort of strong drink' but the show doesn't advocate this, and there is little cause for concern, considering that there are innumerable alcohol adverts on TV anyway. It is not offensive to other cultures, and there is actually a great deal of religious discussion between the main character and a Christian monk, with more connotations of open mindedness than of intolerance. Although the sexual scenes may be embarrassing to watch with your children, and you may feel a bit squeamish at the violence, I heartily recommend it for mentally mature teenagers and adults, as it is a wonderful insight into the past, and deeply gripping. It shows the human side to all the characters, and reveals the world to be not black and white, but shades of grey. This creates feelings of empathy for the characters, and encourages thinking more deeply about other's motions. The main character may be flawed at times, but he is portrayed as a loving man, and should be a positive influence.