Heartstopper season 2 parents guide: Is it safe to watch with your kids?


A new season of Heartstopper has arrived, and devoted fans of the beloved Netflix original series won’t waste a second before diving into the eight all-new episodes. But parents will want to know what age Heartstopper season 2 is meant for before letting their children watch.

Likewise, viewers of the series simply could be wondering whether the subject matter has been matured for the second season. Are there mentions of sex? Is there more profanity than in season 1? What kinds of content warnings should viewers look out for? We have the answners.

Although the series won multiple awards at the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Young Teen Series, the teen rom-com series deals with some serious themes, and parens should be aware if the new season is appropriate for younger viewers. Here’s what you need to know about season 2!

What is Heartstopper season 2 rated?

Netflix has given the second season of Heartstopper an age rating of TV-14, which means parents are strongly cautioned because some of the subject matter might not be appropriate for children under 14 without supervision. The show’s TV-14 rating stems from the language used in the series as well as the mentions of self-harm.

Mild spoilers from Heartstopper season 2 beyond this point.

Are there sex scenes in Heartstopper season 2?

No, there are not any sex scenes featured in Heartstopper season 2. The characters only kiss. In one scene, a teen character straddles another teen character on a bed, though nothing more comes of the scene beyond kissing. In another scene, one teen character gives another teen character a hickey. There’s also a suggested sex scene between two adult characters, though nothing is shown or explicitly stated and will go right over kids’ heads.

The season doesn’t contain any nudity, though there are two instances of brief shirtless scenes for two of the male teenage characters.

Is there violence in Heartstopper season 2?

No, there isn’t any violence or fighting in the second season. However, a teen character shares with another teen character about their past of self-harm. None of the self-harm is shown on-screen. It’s only talked about in dialogue.

Are there scenes containing alcohol or drugs in Heartstopper season 2?

Yes, there are scenes involving teenagers drinking alcohol, but there are no drugs in the season. During the Paris trip, a teen character throws a party for another teen character’s birthday, and there are instances of underage drinking. Also, at the prom, a teen character attempts to sneak in a bottle of alcohol to spike the punch.

Is there bad language in Heartstopper season 2?

Yes, there are instances of profanity in Heartstopper season 2. But there isn’t language as heightened as “sh-t.” Beyond actual profanity, some of the language in the series revolving around bullying, eating disorders, homophobia, and transphobia could be triggering for some viewers.

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