Sweet Tooth

NZ release: 27 April 2023

Violence Rated on: 27 April 2023

Season 2

Sweet Tooth Season 2

What’s it about?

Set in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus causes the collapse of society, Gus, a young boy who is part deer and part human, has been captured by the evil ‘Last Men’. He and other hybrid children who have been imprisoned, work together to reunite with Aimee and Jepp. Meanwhile, the evil General Abbot, leader of the Last Men, gathers recruits.

The facts

  • Created by Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz (Arrow)
  • Filmed in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Based on the DC Comics series: Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire

Why did it get this rating?

This show was self-rated by Netflix. You can find out more about self-rating by streaming providers here.


In the post-apocalyptic world of the show, there is always a threat of violence but not much is shown. There is action violence where characters punch or hit each other with blunt objects. The ‘bad guys’ have guns and occasionally shoot at people. The Season 1 recap shows that a main character has been shot and has blood on his clothing but survives. In one scene a knife can be heard stabbing someone but there is no blood or wound detail. Dead bodies with blood on them and arrows sticking out can be seen in some scenes.

Content that may disturb

There are scenes where children are threatened or in danger, including mild jump scares, as they sneak in the dark to attempt escape. A doctor experiments on hybrid children and kills them (off-screen) to make a cure for the virus. There is a brief scene where we see a dead hybrid animal who has been cut open.

The show also has scenes where characters encounter dead bodies, body parts and skeletons. There is a scene where we see a glimpse of the face of a dead child in a bag.

People are injected with syringes.

Coarse language

The adult characters use the words ‘shit’ and ‘bullshit’ during moments of stress. The word ‘f**k’ is used twice to express displeasure. Other words include ‘bastard’ and ‘son of a bitch’. In one instance a bad guy uses ‘bitch’ to negatively describe a woman. Children swear on occasion.

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