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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


NOTE: The children in the show are mostly aged 8-10. (This can make some of the sexual content more offensive because the people involved are often underage.)

Most episodes contain sexual references and dialogue, including discussions and episodes based around sex. Sometimes these are actually shown. However this is done in a funny way and should not offend or harm anyone. So basically all the sexual jokes or acts are all played for over-the-top laughs.

The only instance of actual nudity I have seen so far on this show was in the episode 'cancelled'. During the advertisement for the earth reality show, there is a shot of a young boy naked. This is actual video and not animated. However it is intended to show the diversity of life on earth and is not offensive.

Cartman, one of the main characters, has a mother who is revealed to be a prostitute. Throughout the series there are many sexual references and innuendos regarding this, as well as some instances of scenes showing or implying sex.Some episodes have nudity; breasts are rarely shown, buttocks are shown sometimes, and in a few episodes penis' or erections are shown but they are small, poorly drawn and mostly inoffensive. Ms. Choksondick has enormous breasts and she does not wear a bra. Her nipples are shown very briefly as part of a running gag. However, she dies in the episode 'the simpsons already did it' and is never seen in the show again. Note that her name is pronounced chokes-on-dick, this is for comedic effect.

Rarely there will be sex scenes, examples: the episode 'black friday' has sex scenes. So does 'eat prey queef' and 'insecurity'. Examples of other sexual content in the episodes...

-In the episode "Fat Butt and Pancake Head" 9 yr old cartman's hand (dressed as jennifer lopez) gives ben afflack 'oral' sex twice.

-In the episode 'creme fraiche' Stan's father randy is seen touching himself under a blanket while watching tv, even when the children are in the room. There are also many comparisons to the shakeweight and sexual acts.

-The episode 'over logging' is about men masturbating to internet pornography to the point that its ruins the country.

-In the episode 'cancelled ' aliens are seen giving each other oral sex while the children watch.

-In the 'crippled summer' episode a handicap boy is raped by a shark. The same boy is later raped by a transgendered man in the 'handicar' episode.

-In the 'its a jersey thing' episode snooki tries to rape cartman and several other men.

-In 'stupid spoiled whore video playset' the little kid butters touches paris hilton's genitals while she is unconscious.

-The episode 'majorboobage' is full drawings of breasts and other sexual humor.

-The episode 'medicinal fried chicken' features men using their giant testicles to "jump" around town. It is more comical than explicit however.

-In the episodes 'Ms teacher bangs a boy' and 'taming strange' Kyle's little brother has sex with older women.

In the 'woodland critter christmas' the woodland critters have a bloody orgy

-in the episode "A Song of Ass and Fire" (derived from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire"), the scenes that take place in George R. R. Martin's house, there are an abundance of both little and big statues of penises, and Martin conducts a choir and they are singing "wiener, wiener, wiener" in the rhythm of the "Game of Thrones" theme. In the episode "Titties and Dragons", once again, the scenes that include George R. R. Martin include references of penises and a graphic shot of a horse's penis. Then, before cutting the red rope for Black Friday, he tells stories of his penis, then an anxious shopper gets mad and cuts Martin's penis off. The "Black Friday" 3-episode arc implies that the hit HBO show "Game of Thrones" showed penis in every scene.

Violence & Gore


Violence can be quite gory and graphic however its usually comical, and usually over the top.

Scenes of torture, although these are usually for comic effect.

Kenny dies in most of the episodes in the first five seasons and sometimes in pretty graphic ways.

Suicide is occasionally seen.

Cartman is a psychopath and sometimes commits very violent acts.

In one episode, real life footage of a male to female sex change operation is shown, this is bloody and very disturbing.

Almost all of the violence is cartoon, comical, and fake.

in the episode scott tenorman must die, eric Cartman kills scott's parents and turns them into chilli.



Language is frequent in every episode. Most episodes contain at least one use of "fuck", "shit", "bitch", "bastard", "whore", "asshole", and "dick". "Fuck" and "cunt" are censored on TV, but uncensored on DVD (at least in most countries).

In one episode, Jimmy tries to say the word "continuing" but due to his stutter it sounds as if he calls a girl a "cunt" six times.

In "It Hits the Fan", the word "shit" is said 162 times in 23 minutes; this comes with a counter at the bottom left of the screen. This is meant as a satire to the over-censorship of television

In some cases, the profanity is used to casually mock the opinions that certain people have of it.

"Nigger" is said a few times in "Krazy Kripples", but not in the derogatory sense. In "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", it is said once, but, in that episode, it is shown as very inappropriate and comes across as a negative thing, so this would discourage children to say it rather than encourage them.

The show mocks religion in some episodes, though mostly in an over-the-top comical way.


Alcohol is consumed often, occasionally by kids.

Drugs are used fairly often, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and inhalants. Kids sometimes use drugs. In one episode, one of the school counselors gets fired for passing drugs around the class, and then turns to drugs, sex, and alcohol himself. Another episode shows men getting testicular cancer just to buy marijuana.

There goths kids are often shown smoking, one of them is very young.

Drugs are never glorified, and any child that knows better will know that smoking/drugs are wrong when watching this show.


Some scenes can be disturbing due to their content.

At times there are extremely vulgar and offensive instances that may offend viewers.

Gross-out humor is fairly frequent in the show, and is usually quite graphic. For example, in the episode "Jared Has Aides" the main characters perform an amateur liposuction on Butters. His stomach is pushed several times during the procedure, causing blood and fat to splatter all over the room. In the same episode Cartman forces Butters to eat his own vomit.

The violence can be disturbing at times.

In "Helen Keller: The Musical", Cartman gets blindfolded and we hear very disturbing noises and see equally disturbing images.

Even if this show has disturbing content, the comedic tone makes it less frightening.

Maybe not so much in a frightening sense, but a lot of people would get offended from the series.

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