The Killing

2011 TV-14 3 seasons

The Killing

2011 TV-14 3 seasons
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A young Seattle girl's disappearance sets in motion this moody crime series centering on Det. Sarah Linden, who's trying to start a new life in California but is unable to walk away from the mysteries posed by the complex case.
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Liam James, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, Jamie Anne Allman, Brendan Sexton III, Annie Corley
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 2 (2012) - 3 discs

Seattle police detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder continue to track the killer of a teenage girl after getting it wrong, with tragic consequences. At the same time, the victim's family struggles to cope with the effects of her death.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the mood of this crime drama is pretty grim, but that's due largely to an overarching sense of foreboding rather than grizzly violent scenes and blood (though there is some of that, too). In fact, sometimes what you aren't seeing is more disturbing than something intentionally graphic. There's unbleeped swearing, too (in the form of "s--t" but not "f--k"), along with audible language like "ass" and "prick," and some sexual content that's more implied than overt.

Sexual Content

Passionate kissing, sexual innuendo, and implied sexual activity via bared skin, although no sensitive body parts are shown. Rare episodes show thrusting. Prostitution is a theme.


Ominous crime scenes yield disturbing moments, blood, and dead bodies, although visuals aren't excessively gory. Some crimes are of a sexual nature.


Unbleeped language includes "s--t" (but not "f--k"), plus iffy hand gestures, and audible terms like "damn," "ass," and "prick."

Social Behavior

The messages are grim, but realistic: Bad things can happen to good people; those in power aren't always trustworthy; and justice can take a long time -- if it happens at all.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mostly background social drinking and cigarette smoking. But in one scene, a cop offers marijuana to teenage girls and makes sure they inhale to get them to offer up information about the case.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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