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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


Many episodes contain mild to moderate references to sex.

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.

Some scenes 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 are naked (not graphic) in one episode, they ride in a balloon, and into a football stadium.

In one episode, an image of Krusty the Klown is shown with a topless woman (on the TV, her breasts are censored).

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.

The character of Lisa Simpson is a child-adult-projection. (CAP is one of the main psychological factors in pedophilia.)

It's very unusual, but a few episodes, most notably two episodes from season 11, references incest. Can be pretty disturbing.

Remember that this is a cartoon-animated comedy (and an unrealistic-looking one at that) so any partial nudity is usually played for laughs and always non-explicit.

Violence & Gore


Many episodes contain comic animated violence, sometimes including blood.

The kids in the Simpsons family occasionally watch a show called "Itchy & Scratchy.". 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 contain blood and gore that may disturb some children. One episode with a very high amount of "Itchy & Scratchy" material is season four, episode six ("The Itchy & Scratchy Movie").

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. 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.



Many episodes will contain occasional uses of ass, crap, hell, damn, freakin', bastard, gay, and infrequent uses of bitch, slut, and whore. There's censored swearing in a Halloween episode where Maggie attacks a newsman and some other episodes,but this in not a regular occurrence and is ALWAYS censored.

Homer (the dad), Bart (the son), and Abe (the grandfather) are each the most often guilty parties of using curse words (minimal major words).

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".

Apart from the deleted scenes on the DVD sets, the mild language isn't that harmful, some episodes don't even have a single swear.

The character of Ned Flanders may be considered as a mockery of Christianity. There are many jokes and mockeries of religious themes (mainly Christian, some Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu) that some may consider rude.

A few mild racial slurs. Frequent parodies of various cultures (somewhat offensive but still funny), including American, British, Irish, Scottish, French, Hispanic, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Jewish and Australian. Ethnic and religious stereotypes are used and abused. They are not used in racist ways but rather sacrilegious ways.

In one scene in a season 12 episode, a character uncensored tells Marge to ''Shut the fuck up''. The scene was never televised, but appears on the season 12 DVD as a deleted scene.

Note that there is more profanity in modern Simpsons episodes. If one were to watch an episode from an earlier season, you'd occasionally hear "damn", "hell", and "bastard", but nothing much. Nowadays, there is harsher swearing, but it did die down in Season 24.


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. PG

Drug use is infrequent. Marijuana 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.

One episode involves Lisa (8) and Nelson (10) being addicted to illegal "drugs" and are shown to get high. Drugs are replaced with chocolate for comic effect and to make the episode suitable for children.

The series also contains occasional use of medication.


Contains many adult themes that may confuse or upset younger children. Some episodes may revolve around or allude to such themes as (though not limited to) death, bereavement, crime, suicide, fertility, estrangement, alcohol dependency and criminal activity. Themes are dealt with restraint.

Features a dysfunctional family. Homer and Bart may be both considered by many to be poor role models for children. Typically, the show is light and comical, although occasionally it deals with heavier issues.

The Treehouse of Horror episodes could be scary to younger viewers.

Some of the 'Itchy & Scratchy' cartoons are very cartoon-bloody and/or violent. Although played for laughs, they may disturb younger children.

Some sad moments such as the scene where Maude Flanders dies.Season 11 Episode 14. This episode also has poorly obscured male frontal nudity which is almost completely visible.

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.

Total: 25/50.

Suggested MPAA rating (if it were a movie): PG-13 for some language, crude humor, mild violence, thematic elements and sexual references.

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