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Is The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Kid Friendly? | Parents Guide

The Umbrella Academy is back on Netflix for Season 2. Are you wondering if The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is kid friendly? Well, it’s not. The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is rated TV-14 due to violence, language, and mature content, but that rating is wrong. It should have earned a TV-Ma rating. Here’s what parents need to know in The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Parents Guide.

Is The Umbrella Academy Kid Friendly?

Is The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Kid Friendly?

This quirkly superhero show is dark for sure, but The Umbrella Academy Season 2 seems even more gory than the first. The Apocalypse, The Commission, Doomsday, depression, racism, fighting, death, explosions, nuclear war, etc., are things you can expect in Season 2. Although it’s rated TV-14, The Umbrella Academy is not ok for kids. 


I stopped counting the bad language after the first two episodes. There were about 25 uses of sh–,  4 uses of son of a bit–, 5 uses of a-hole, another 4 uses of a–, 5 uses of g-ddamn, and 4 uses of damn. There is also other language like queer, pansy, dicks, phallus, pu–y, and bastard. There is an f-word later on in the series.

Mature Content

The Umbrella Academy 2 is straight up violent and not appropriate for tweens or younger kids. There is so much blood and gore, it started to make me queasy. Plus add A LOT of fighting, war, hand-to-hand combat, destruction, decapitation and even a head in a freezer. Most of the characters are trained assassins and they aren’t holding anything back. I’m still confused on how Netflix rated this as TV-14. 

There are also characters making out and having sex (no full nudity), drug use, smoking, and also hard scenes to watch involving racism, homophobia, sexism, and cults. It’s heavy stuff. There’s also a scene in a strip club, with characters in essentially bra and underwear. 

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Parents Guide

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Parents Guide

If you liked the first season of The Umbrella Academy, expect much of the same. Though I do think this season is more violent, it has the same tone as the first. I don’t recommend The Umbrella Academy for kids under 16, and even then I’d leave this one for adults.

But for adults it is a show that’s unique. These aren’t your Marvel superheroes. You won’t leave feeling warm and fuzzy, but it should cause you to think about blurry lines of what’s good and evil and the definition of family. 

The Hargreeves family is still dysfunctional, but they’re also closer for it. Do they really have to save the world again? And was it their fault…again? 

The chemistry amongst the cast is what makes this show shine. The characters come flawed and after all they’ve been through we can relate to some of their insecurities and sadness.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is set in the 1960s around the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They’ve all been dropped into Dallas, Texas at different times when racism, homophobia, and misogyny are prevalent, and they don’t shy away from showing the ugliness of the time. 

Shaye Wyllie asked in her review if all the racism was necessary? I can’t answer that, but it was definitely jolting to watch and she said it needs a trigger warning, which I agree with. I’m also one who questions why filmmakers and writers put a lot of things into show and movies that I believe are unnecessary to make a point. However, I usually get answered that it’s creative and artistic license. Allison is fighting for civil rights, but the reminders that we’re still fighting these same battles 60 years later is sobering. 

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Racism

Other trigger warnings are the homophobic slurs used and nastiness towards the gay relationships in the show. Plus the mistreatment of women and patriarchal dominance of the era. And don’t forget the glorification of violence. 

Now aside from all that, The Umbrella Academy is just bizarre enough to work. Yes, the gore makes me queasy, but the stories are why I stay. Each member of the family has made horrible decisions and has done awful things, but the healing process and forgiveness makes me want to see what’s in store for Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy. Well that and Five’s smart mouth. 

And if you’re a comic reader, check out my friend Tessa’s comparison of The Umbrella Academy Comic Books versus the show!

Is The Umbrella Academy ok for kids?


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

As an 11 and almost 12 year old girl my parents don't mind that I watch this show. I think that it just depends on the maturity of that person but I do agree that some contents of the show are tv-14 but certainly not tv-Ma!! The person who was writing this article, they just don't get that there was a lot of racism In the 60s and protests did turn violent. Personally I think it's just a matter of maturity a person has to watch this show. But I don't think the show is suitable for children under 10 years old as there is a lot of bloody scenes but as long as you and ur parents are ok with it, I think it's fine.


Monday 4th of April 2022

I’m a 12-year-old and have watched The Umbrella Academy. The way you’re describing it is that only adults should/can watch it. Yes there is racism and homophobia, but you have to remember this is taking place in the 1960’s when all of this was really bad. Yes there is a cult, but it’s meant to be funny. It’s not like we’re talking about the KKK which was a cult that was horrible and did disgusting stuff to black people. Yes I will admit there is a LOT of language, but if you’re someone who is mature and can handle it you’re fine. And there are sexual scenes yes, but you only get a bare back. I have watched Lucifer and if others have they can tell you there are scenes where they are butt naked and you see it. Yet still Lucifer is rated Tv-14. Personally I don’t think The Umbrella Academy should be rated Tv-MA and stay as Tv-14.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

@Evin, you're literally writing my thoughts.


Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I am a 10-year-old girl and its completely fine to watch my parents let me watch it without hesitation but I am very mature I think if you're mature the umbrella academy can be 10 and up.

Cyanna Bagent

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

It’s sad that’s you think this show is too mature. I watched it when I was 12 and I had no problem with it. Actually, this is a great way to show older kids that racism, misogyny, and homophobia is wrong. But honestly, what did you expect? That when they traveled back in time all of that would just disappear? That would be unrealistic and putting that subplot in there was actually a really good idea.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

@Cyanna Bagent, I fully agree with you on this.


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I think that it's too mature for many 12-year-olds, but that's great if you liked it. And I think there are different ways of showing and teaching that discrimination is wrong without showing triggering events.

Delia Summers

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

I’m 12 and I watch Umbrella Academy a lot. It’s a really good show and I don’t think it’s so inappropriate for my age, aside from a few curse words and a few sexual scenes but it’s completely great and my parents let me watch it.

Millie Harper

Friday 24th of September 2021

@Delia Summers, LUCKY! My dad saw me watching the scene where Diego was just wounded (by his dad) and Lila was lying there talking to him and he made me turn it off. I'm literally 14, and I think I'm pretty mature too. Would it be bad if I continued watching it? I want to know what happens! I'm already so far in ahhh!