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The Last of Us Parents Guide: Is it OK for Kids?

Wondering if HBO’s The Last of Us is ok for kids? Like the video game, there are scary scenes full of violence, death, and profanity. Here’s what parents need to know in this Parents Guide to The Last of Us.

The Last of Us Parents Guide

The Last of Us (2023) Parents Guide

The Last of Us is based on the PlayStation game and takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. It centers on a post-apocalyptic world where mankind was infected by a strain of the Cordyceps virus, transforming them into inhuman monsters. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal journey as they both must traverse the US and depend on each other for survival. 

Parents need to know that The Last of Us is for mature audiences only and does contain a lot of gory and scary scenes.

Age Rating: Why is The Last of Us Rated TV-MA?

The Last of Us is Rated TV-MA for violence, language, and gore which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 17.

Language in The Last of Us 

There is a lot of profanity in The Last of Us including many uses of sh*t, a**hole, bi*ch, f*ck, and words of Deity including g-ddamn.

Violence: Is The Last of Us Kid Friendly?

Parents can expect a lot of blood and gore in The Last of Us. Characters burn bodies, hang people, and shoot people in the head. Scenes of cannibalism are shown.

Characters are seen with horrible fungal infections and there are gory scenes of decomposing bodies and skulls.

Violence is heavy in HBO’s The Last of Us including scary scenes and a lot of death which is not kid friendly for kids under 14 years old.

Mature Content: Is The Last of Us OK for Teens?

Characters are seen drinking alcohol, smoking, and using substances and pills.

Nudity in The Last of Us so far includes a nude female corpse with breasts and vaginal area shown.

The premise of the show is dark and depressing.

Is The Last of Us Appropriate for Kids Under 17?

The Last of Us is a lot like the video game and you can expect to see blood and gore, graphic death, some nudity, violence, alcohol use, and profanity used by some of the characters. It’s not appropriate for kids under 13, and really we’d recommend it for ages 16 and older. 

There are certainly positive messages amidst the death and destruction, so if parents are ok with the content, we’d recommend having discussions with your teen or child after watching. 

The Last of Us Age Rating

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