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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


Most episodes contain sexual references, that vary from mild to strong

Sex is usually talked about with innuendo and/or double-entendres, but it's sometimes less subtle. Many jokes will probably go over children's heads. Some story-lines revolve around sexual politics.

Bart Simpson frequently uses the catch phrase "eat my shorts" which may be interpreted in a sexual context, and was once in the episode "We're On The Road To D'ohwhere".

Many episodes have scenes that show couples in bed either before or after sex covered in sheets, often accompanied with innuendo. Couples can sometimes be heard having sex off-screen, however there is nothing graphic. Some very brief sex scenes (only a few seconds) take place on screen, however the screen will be black with just the characters' eyes showing.

Some episodes in season four contain nudity limited to male and female buttocks (children and adults). Other episodes have partial female breast nudity, and barely concealed genitals. However, nudity is never gratuitous or explicit and is always comical.

Season nine, episode 25: Homer and Marge have sex in a mini golf course (shown from behind) and escape as people are looking for them. We watch them run around the town naked (we only see their bottoms) they then ride in a balloon, and into a football stadium.

Any time one of the characters from the show are shown (or implied) naked, it is usually always hidden or not shown on screen.

Some episodes involve 8-10 year old children kissing with each other.

Violence & Gore


Many episodes contain comic animated violence, sometimes including blood.

The kids in the Simpsons family occasionally watch a show called "The Itchy & Scratchy Show". This is a parody of Tom and Jerry that involves a mouse killing a cat in various gruesome ways. These cartoons are somewhat comical but often contain a high level of R-rated extremely graphic blood and gore that may disturb children (and adults). The earlier seasons featuring Itchy and Scratchy contained less blood and gore but it has become more graphic over the years.

The annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials consist of three segments. Some of these segments (especially the ones in later episodes) can be scary and gruesome. There is often peoples insides shown and a lot of blood. Some of them even end with the deaths of main characters, although this is always played for comic effect. Also note that the Halloween episodes are non-canon, so the characters always return in later episodes.

There's a large amount of comic and slapstick violence. These incidents often result in a character being injured however they are never very graphic or disturbing except for the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons already mentioned above.

Mr. Burns, the owner of the power plant often sends out his hounds to get rid of unwanted visitors. Once again for comic effect.

In two Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, Itchy unknowingly eats himself. Blood is shown but in bites. Also, Scratchy gets cut up into pieces and a Elephant eats him.



PG -13 - rare uses of shit or shite, frequent uses of crap, damn, hell, ass, butt and fricking or freaking. Some episodes contain the F word, but it is very rarely and it is censored.

PG - words like bitch, whore, penis, dumb and wiener.

G - rubbish, douche, jerk, stupid and silly are said often.

Overall rating is PG for some language, sexual references and mild violence


The show features references to drugs/drug use, and actual drug use is implied and never shown in detail.

Several characters are alcoholics, including protagonist Homer Simpson, and some drink to the point of inebriation and/or act in a comically boorish manner much to the chagrin of those around them.

One character, Barney, acts as the town drunk (he makes a number of efforts to quit, though). The negative consequences of alcoholism are showcased for the purposes of humour, however, some characters have suffered alcohol poisoning throughout the course of the series. Instances of underage drunkenness are rare.

A number of characters, including teachers and members of authority, are smokers. Marge's sisters are chain-smokers. The only cigarette brand shown is fictious ("Laramies"), though in some countries it exists as a bootleg trademark. Some episodes parody tobacco culture, and lampoon the promotion of tobacco use which was common throughout the early half of the 20th century. Instances of underage tobacco use are very rare.

Drug use is infrequent. Marij---a is infrequently used and seen. One episode revolves around Homer using medical marijuana and he's shown being under its influence.

A few episodes have characters comically using morphine whilst in hospital. Opium is used in one episode. The character Otto often appears to be under the influence of drugs, and sometimes drives the school bus while under the influence of these drugs. He is never actually seen using anything. Almost every episode contains drinking and many show drunk characters.

Homer gives Lisa 'A new chemistry kit' that he admits he got from a meth lab.

The series also contains occasional use of medication. Opium and Heroin and used in episodes but are not the main focus. Homer goes to a meth lab and is about to take some before but is interrupted.

Krusty the clown often references and talks about cocaine. He also sometimes uses it but it is done off-screen. Underage alcohol and tobacco uses is sometimes seen.


The show may contain themes some might find unsettling.

Particularly in the 'Treehouse of Horror' episodes and instances of the 'Itchy & Scratchy' cartoon, the show features mildly bloody violence that may unsettle younger viewers. The comedic tone of the series softens the impact of the violence, however.

In Season 15, Episode 1, (The Treehouse of Horror) is very violent (like the other Treehouse of Horror episodes) especially the segment where Professor Frink brings his father back to life and his father starts taking organs from other Springfield citizens. This is the most violent part in the segment.

Suggested TV Rating:


TV-14 DLV (some episodes)

Suggested Age: 10-12+

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