Ripley on Netflix: Is there any graphic nudity or violence in the series?

Here's what viewers need to be aware of in terms of content warnings before diving into the show.
Ripley. Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Episode 101 of RIPLEY. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024
Ripley. Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Episode 101 of RIPLEY. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024 /

Ripley is a new Netflix Original series from writer and director Steve Zallian based on Patricia Highsmith's popular crime novel series. You might recall seeing the character of Tom Ripley brought to life in the 1999 movie The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Given that the eight-episode series received a TV-MA rating for language, violence, and smoking, some viewers might be curious about specific details regarding the mature content found in Ripley before they dive into the show.

Overall, Ripley is pretty tame in terms of explicit content, though it is a series about a con man and deals with mature, adult themes. It's aimed at an older audience, but for parents or viewers that would prefer to know more specific details, keep reading to find out what to expect with limited spoilers.

RIPLEY. (L to R) Dakota Fanning as Marge Sherwood, Johnny Flynn as Dickie Greenleaf and Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in RIPLEY. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024 /

Is there any nudity in Ripley?

There is only one moment where we see Andrew Scott's bare backside after he strips down while changing into a suit. That's the only nudity and sexuality in the show, there are no sex scenes or even much romance.

How violent is the series?

Given that the main character, Tom Ripley, is an unapologetic career criminal and budding serial killer, one might except the series to be incredibly violent, but that's not really the case. Ripley is shown murdering two people, beating them both bloody, but that's the extent of the violence. Because of Ripley's black-and-white color scheme, even these moments aren't as graphic or explicit as they could have been, though they might still be unsettling to some viewers.

Ripley. Maurizio Lombardi as Inspector Ravini in Episode 108 of RIPLEY. Cr. Philippe Antonello/Netflix © 2023 /

Language, smoking, and drinking

The main reason for the show's TV-MA rating, apart from the violence, is the heavy amount of drinking, smoking, and strong language featured throughout all eight episodes. Characters are often shown imbibing in alcohol, smoking, and they use strong language frequently. If any of that makes you uncomfortable then you might want to skip this one.


For those who find suicide and self-harming triggering, be mindful that one character is believed to have killed himself at the end of the series. I don't want to go into too much detail to prevent spoiling the plot line, but know that suicide is discussed, albeit never shown on screen.

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