Killing Eve parents guide: How violent and gory is the British spy thriller series?

Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Rebecca Saire as Bertha - Killing Eve _ Season 3, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Laura Radford/BBCAmerica
Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Rebecca Saire as Bertha - Killing Eve _ Season 3, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Laura Radford/BBCAmerica /

Today is a great day, Netflix Lifers! All four seasons of the spy thriller series Killing Eve are streaming on Netflix, and we couldn't be more excited about this new release. New and old viewers can now spend their day or days binge-watching the complete series from beginning to end. But wait! Please don't start your binge-session just yet. We must first share with you all there is to know about the spy thriller below, including the parents guide and age rating. That way, you know what type of content you're getting ready to watch.

Killing Eve premiered on BBC America and BBC Three back in April 2018 and was an instant hit with critics and viewers. People were intrigued by the show's premise, and were pleasantly surprised to discover how entertaining it was. Critics and viewers alike mainly had positive things to say about the show's leading actresses, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, and their performances. This praise continued on into the second season as well. However, the hype around the show kind of died down around the third season, with it receiving mixed reviews. And when it comes to the fourth season, we try to forget it even exists...

If you want to know why, all you need to do is search up "Killing Eve season 4 reviews" on the internet, and you'll quickly find out why. What was once a show people were eager to watch turned into something completely different. It's like season 4 was its own show, with it greatly lacking in depth. But if you choose to still watch the fourth season on Netflix, just be prepared for the heartache. That's all we're going to say.

Based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve centers around a British Intelligence analyst named Eve Polastri, who is recruited to join an undercover division within MI6 to track down a notorious female assassin named Villanelle. But what initially starts as just another job assignment turns into something entirely different when Eve finds herself drawn into a fierce game of cat and mouse with said assassin. A mutual obsession is formed between the two that threatens to destroy their lives.

Oh portrays the role of Eve, while Comer plays Villanelle. Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Darren Boyd, Owen McDonnell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, David Haig, Sean Delaney, and others join them in the cast.

Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens, Raj Bajaj as Mo - Killing Eve _ Season 3, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Des Willie/BBCA /

What is Killing Eve rated?

So, this is a tricky question because Killing Eve has been given two age ratings. When the show was airing on BBC America, it was rated TV-14, meaning it may not be suitable for ages under 14. In fact, it's also rated the same on AMC+. However, it's been given a TV-MA age rating on Netflix, meaning it's meant to be watched by mature, adult audiences only.

Honestly, we're surprised the spy thriller was given a TV-14 age rating in the first place because it consists of a lot of extremely disturbing moments throughout all four seasons that many parents would consider inappropriate for younger audiences to be watching. A TV-MA age rating seemed much more appropriate.

According to Netflix, it gave this show a TV-MA rating for sex, smoking, and violence. While there is definitely sex and smoking included in Killing Eve, it's nothing too crazy. There aren't any explicit sex scenes, but there are several kissing scenes, simulated sex acts, and strong innuendo. When it comes to violence, there are so many violent scenes in this series that are pretty graphic. Throughout the four-season series, many characters are brutally killed in various ways. For example, there were characters who were violently stabbed, shot to death, poisoned, run over by a car, bitten until they bled out, neck twisted, torso split down the middle with a knife, pushed in front of a bus, throat slit, etc.

There's even a scene where a character is whacked over and over again with an axe, and blood is splattered everywhere. Another scene showed a character's eyes being gouged out. Many of these deaths involve a lot of blood, too, with blood pouring out from the bodies. Bloody wounds are often shown as well.

Overall, this show includes many graphic violent scenes and doesn't shy away from blood and gore. There's also strong language and crude sexual terms used throughout the series with words like "a**," "damn," "d*ck," "t*ts,"sh*t," and "b*stard."

Killing Eve isn't a show that anybody can just watch. If you're a squeamish person, then this spy thriller wouldn't be the show for you. But if you can handle a lot of graphic violence and blood, you should have no problem watching it.

Killing Eve seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix.

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