The Crown

NZ release: 09 November 2022

Graphic violence, offensive language, sex scenes Rated on: 09 November 2022

Season 5

The Crown (5)

What’s it about?

Through marriage breakdowns and the thought of becoming obsolete, Queen Elizabeth II is forced to navigate the modern world while upholding her positions as the head of state, head of the church and head of her family.

The press are intent on exposing Diana and Charles’ dirty laundry, ultimately leading to Diana’s iconic interview.

The facts

  • Created by Peter Morgan
  • English language
  • 10 episodes ranging from 55 to 60 minute runtimes
  • The Crown is a drama series based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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.


There is a flashback of a family being taken into a basement and shot and bayoneted to death. Women and children are included in the massacre.

This scene could be shocking and upsetting for viewers due to its drawn-out violence and because it is based on true events. It is also a little out of character for the show as it usually focuses on the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Offensive language

Like the rest of the series, this season includes words and phrases like “Christ’s sake” which could be offensive for some people.

Sexual references

A phone exchange between Charles and Camilla is released to the public. The conversation moves from mundane to sexual, especially when Charles jokes that after he dies he would like to come back as a tampon used by his mistress.

Mental health themes

In a show-stopping interview, Diana talks about her experiences with post-natal depression, depression and loneliness. She also confesses to having an eating disorder and having attempted suicide.

Although Diana’s mental health is only referred to in dialogue, viewers with similar experiences or who know people who have gone through something similar may find this scene challenging.

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