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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

in some episodes Marge takes off her clothing to reveal her boobs, homever this is always shown from behind except on one episode (the devil wears nada)

The episode 'The Father, The Son and the Holy Guest Star' (season 16, episode 21) Homer admits to masturbating 8 billion times.

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.

Many characters read the magazine 'Playdude' which is a parody of 'Playboy'

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".

There are some episodes and tackle the subject of homosexuality. The episodes that's main plot centers on homosexuality are: Homer's Phobia (Season 8, Episode 15), Three Gays of the Condo (Season 14, Episode 17), There's Something About Marrying (Season 16, Episode 10), Flaming Moe (Season 22, Episode 11)

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.

Marge rapes Homer in the episode 'the strong arms of the ma'

condoms are seen in some episodes

in many Homer and Marge reference their kids being accidents

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.

Season 20 episode 1 marge starts working at a erotic bakery so plenty of sexual references throughout

in one episode it is implied that homer got raped by a panda

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.

There are occasional porn and mastrubation references.

after the first 10 seasons the show becomes TV 14

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.

Suicide is sometimes attempted and in some Halloween specials, committed. 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 besides some moderate blood sometimes 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.

Any treehouse of horror episode or episode containg a itch and scratchy segment is instantly rated TV14 V



rare uses of shit or shite and f--k, frequent uses of crap, damn, hell, god, ass, bastard, piss, screw and freaking or friggin/frickin. Bitch, d--k, whore, sod and Jesus are infrequently used.

Wanker, queer and Pansy has been used a few times

Strong language is also sometimes heard in deleted scenes and audio commentary.


The show features references to drugs/drug use, and actual drug use is usually implied and generally not 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. Steroids have been used in a few episodes 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, Heroin and Shrooms have been 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:

SEASONS 1 TO 8 TV PG V (TV-G some episodes) seasons 9 to 12 TV PG DSV Seasons 13 to 19 TV PG/14 DLSV Seasons 20 to now TV 14 DLSV

DVD ratings: Season 1: UK PG, Australia G. Season 2: UK PG, Australia PG. Season 3: UK PG, Australia PG. Season 4: UK PG, Australia PG. Season 5: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 6: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 7: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 8: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 9: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 10: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 11: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 12: UK 12, Australia M. Season 13: UK 12, Australia PG. Season 14: UK 12, Australia M. Season 15: UK 12, Australia M. Season 16: UK 12, Australia M. Season 17: UK 15, Australia M.

Suggested Age:12-14+

If this was a movie Rated PG-13 For crude and sexual content,bloody comic violence,heavy drinking,some drug use,language and brief offensive humour

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