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In the Unedited version of the pilot Ren unknowingly kisses Stimpy (he is disgusted by this).

In one episode, the duo skinny dips without fur (no genitals are depicted). Later on, an equally naked old man (with a small bush covering his private area) joins them in the water; Ren and Stimpy's eyes bob and down as he runs, hinting at them viewing his junk, so to speak.

In another episode where they disguise as babies, the couple and the duo have a community bath (the father removes his robes, we only see his knees, as Stimpy looks up). While in the bathtub with his wife and the duo, the father asks this random guy to hold them while he checks the door, the guy starts whistling a tune looking nervous. The father is outside with another person while a mailbox obscures his genitals (the mailbox opens for comedic effect).

Characters' butts are shown.

In a "Powdered Toast Man" episode, Powdered Toast Man has to save the President who is "caught by my own zipper!" (think "There's Something About Mary").

Though never specified in-show, Ren and Stimpy may be a gay couple, but this shouldn't affect the rating or overall content at all.


A lot of violence in varying tones and hues (from silly slapstick to sadistically real) is shown throughout the series, especially during the first two seasons (when the show had a much darker tone).

Ren is tempted to break Stimpy's neck in "Stimpy's Fan Club".

In "Sven Hoek", Ren tells Sven and Stimpy he will rip their arms right out of their sockets, tear their lips off punch them, and gouge their eyes out (most of these being on the uncut version only). He says this in a menacing, creepy manner all while grinning in a very psychotic way.

One episode has been rejected by Nickelodeon, one of the reasons being that ren beats a character with an oar, though no blood is included. ("Man's Best Friend"). The episode later aired on spike with a TV-MA rating.

The episode "Haunted House" has a scene where the ghost attempts to scare Ren and Stimpy off with a fake severed head, which comes complete with fake blood. In the same episode, the ghost commits suicide by way of ingesting poison. He suffers quite a bit before dying, though this "death" results in him being reincarnated.

The pilot episode deals with them being put to "the big sleep" (a euphemism for euthanasia).

Ren is depicted as a psychopathic chihuahua with a a short fuse and penchant for violence; indeed, Stimpy is repeatedly subjected to domestic violence from Ren, mostly in the form of a slap to the face.


There are occasional uses of darn, heck and crap. There are 2 censored uses of hell in The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen (although the latter use can be see in text if you pay attention).

The Scotsman In Space has 1 use of "what the devil".

Some name calling and verbal abuse as well.

In the episode "Marooned", when Ren is roused from sleep he opens the tent curtain and yells "Who the he -- ...?", obviously a cut-off utterance of "hell" before the L sounds were said.


One character's name is George Liqour (only in the unedited version of dog show and the "banned" episode man's best friend).

A fish escapes from George Liquor's house in the banned episode "Man's Best Friend". He steals Liquor's cars and he puts a smoking cigar in his mouth before finally escaping.

A man who's face is unseen and wearing no pants is shown smoking a pipe in some episodes. Though he's not seen smoking it, in "Jiminy Lummox", he sticks the pipe into his glass of "water" as he begins drinking, with little bits of tobacco filtering out into the fluid.

In "Fake Dad", the temporary son shoves Ren's cigarettes in his mouth.

References to liquor in the uncut version.


Ren is depicted as a psychopath. His psychotic fits may frighten/disturb very young children.

Many scenes of gross-out humor, usually revolving around bodily functions.

Ren and stimpy was considered consrversal when it came out, but now a days it's pretty tame. Honestly most vewers above the age of 8 would be fine with most, if not all the episodes (not counting the adult party cartoon)

16.5/50: TV-PG Level

Argentina:Atp / Australia:M (season 3 DVD) / Australia:G (some episodes) / Australia:PG (some episodes) / Canada:PG (DVD rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Chile:TE / Germany:12 (edited version) / Germany:16 (uncut: dvd release) / South Korea:All / UK:U / UK:12 (season 3 DVD) / UK:PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-PG / USA:TV-G (season one)

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