Top of the Lake

2013 TV-MA 2 seasons

Top of the Lake

2013 TV-MA 2 seasons
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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, David Wenham, Thomas M. Wright, Holly Hunter, Skye Wansey, Genevieve Lemon, Robyn Malcolm, Kip Chapman, Sarah Valentine, Jay Ryan, Madeleine Sami, Alison Bruce, Lauren Dawes, Georgi Kay
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2013) - 2 discs

When a pregnant 12-year-old girl tries to drown herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, detective Robin Griffin steps in to investigate. But when the girl disappears, Griffin's case delves into the dark territory of small-town secrets.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Top of the Lake centers on the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl who was the victim of statutory rape (an act that's discussed but not shown onscreen). Simulated adult sex acts include intercourse and oral sex, and bare buttocks are visible but no other sensitive parts are shown. Sudden moments of violence are rare, although death and murder are prominent themes, and some characters use weapons but with minimal bloodletting. Characters also use coarse language, along with alcohol and illegal drugs like marijuana and mephedrone.

Sexual Content

Simulated sex acts between consenting adults include intercourse and oral sex. Bare buttocks are visible but no other sensitive parts are shown.


Death and murder are prominent themes, and some characters use weapons. Sudden moments of violence (and blood) are rare. The series revolves around the statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl, which is discussed but not shown onscreen.


Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "t-ts," "prick," etc.

Social Behavior

While there's some sense of a quest for justice, the overarching mood is bleak and foreboding. Death, disappointment, and uncertainty are common themes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the main characters is a local drug lord. Marijuana, mephedrone, and alcohol are used in social situations.

  • 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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