The Last of Us age rating: What is the HBO post-apocalyptic drama rated?

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After much anticipation, The Last of Us is finally arriving on HBO this Sunday, Jan. 15. This is one series premiere you won’t want to miss! But even though it’s a post-apocalyptic drama, is it an adventure thriller you can enjoy with the family or one to watch when the kids go to sleep? Here’s what The Last of Us is rated and why.

Early reviews are out! Critics can’t rave enough about The Last of Us. Hidden Remote was also able to screen the episodes ahead of their release, and we can confirm that this is your next new favorite series. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical about this one. I really thought the world needed a break from post-apocalyptic dramas. We’ve seen it all! But boy was I wrong. And really, I should’ve known better because if Pedro Pascal is in it, you know it’s going to be amazing.

Now, we know that both post-apocalyptic movies and shows are typically not kid-friendly. But hey, maybe your teen can handle a little gore, but you avoid graphic scenes and/or sexual content. Or perhaps you have a very mature 17-year old. You know your kid best, so we’ll leave it up to you!

Why is The Last of Us rated R? 

At the time of this writing, The Last of Us does not actually have an official rating. But based on what we have seen in the first few episodes, we’d give it a mature R rating. There’s no sexual content so far, but there is plenty of strong adult themes, such as graphic sequences of action and gore. This is a series you are best watching for yourself, first, before welcoming any young eyes.

The Last of Us is based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name. The series follows Joel, one of the survivors of an ongoing pandemic who has destroyed life as they know it. Joel will be tasked with smuggling Ellie, a young girl, out of the quarantine zone.

The Last of Us season 1 episode 1 premieres on Sunday, Jan. 15, only on HBO and HBO Max.

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