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Parents Guide for
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9/10 (TV-MA)

On very rare instances, there are sex scenes. Notable examples are in 'The Black Friday Trilogy', 'Eat Prey Queef', and 'Insecurity'.

There are intermittent sexual references and dialogue, including some discussions and and a few episodes based around sex.

Animated nudity in general is limited to some brief shots of buttocks (breasts are rarely shown, most of the time censored). In a few episodes, penises are shown rarely but they are usually small and/or poorly drawn.

The only instance of live-action nudity was in the episode 'cancelled'. During the advertisement for the earth reality show, there is a shot of a young boy naked. It is not in a sexual context and is also brief.

Cartman, one of the main characters, has a mother who is revealed to be a prostitute. There are innuendos and references regarding this throughout the series, as well as some scenes briefly showing or implying sex. Notable examples of other sexual content in the episodes...

In 'Woodland Critter Christmas', the woodland critters have a blood orgy.

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

-In 'Creme Fraiche' Stan's father randy is seen touching himself under a blanket while watching tv even with the kids around. The use of shakeweight also visually parallels the handjob and bukkake acts.

In "Fat Butt and Pancake Head" 9 yr old cartman's hand (dressed as Jennifer Lopez) briefly gives Ben Affleck 'oral' sex twice.

A scantily-clad woman is seen in roughly a third of 'Major Boobage'. Her buttocks are also briefly shown.

In the episode "The China Problem" George Lucas and Steven Spielberg graphically rape Indiana Jones a few times in the episode but it's all done in a comic tone.

-In 'Crippled Summer', a clothed boy is briefly raped by a shark.

-The episode 'Medicinal Fried Chicken' features men using their giant testicles to jump around town (not in a sexual context).

In Sarcastaball, Butters creates a drink to help motivate people playing sports, using goo he finds every morning he wakes up, not realizing it's semen!

9/10 (TV-MA)

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 the episode 'Ms. Garrison', real life footage of a male to female sex change operation is shown, this is bloody and very disturbing, and quite shocking because it kind of suddenly sudden appears.

Almost all of the violence is cartoon, comical, and fake. The violence is more disturbing than scary.

In the episode 'Scott Tenorman Must Die', Cartman kills Scott's parents and turns them into chili, no actual death is shown, just said.

In the episode 'Cartman Sucks' Butters is sent to gay conversion camp where the other kids commit suicide because they are bi-curious. these range from people hanging themselves to kids actually putting a gun to their head.

10/10 (TV-MA)

The show mocks religion in some episodes, most of the time in an over the top comical way.

Language is frequent in every episode. Most episodes contain at least one use of fuck, shit, bitch, whore, asshole and dick. However, the strong profanities such as "fuck," or "cunt" are censored. (Though the language on the DVD sets and online is completely uncensored 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. This episode was greeted with controversy around the world, and remains a main talking point in censorship debates.

In one episode, the word "shit" is said 162 times in 23 minutes. This is meant as a satire to the over-censorship of television

In many cases, the show uses profanity to mock the opinions that certain people have of it, in a hilarious way.

"Nigger" is said a few times in the episode 'krazy kripples' but not in the derogatory sense. In another episode it is said once, in that episode it is shown as very inappropriate and comes across as a negative thing, so this would discourage kids to say it rather than encourage them.

If the show is watched on TV, the harsher language is censored so it would be more at a 8/10 level.

8/10 (TV-MA)

Alcohol is consumed often, occasionally by kids.

Drugs are used fairly often, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and inhalants. Kids sometimes use drugs. In "Ike's Wee Wee", school counselor Mr. Mackey gets fired for passing drugs around the class, and then turns to drugs, sex, and alcohol himself. "Medicinal Fried Chicken" shows men getting testicular cancer just to buy marijuana.

The Goth kids are often shown smoking, one of them is a kindergartner.

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

In Butt Out, the boys end up burning down the school after smoking so they don't become like the Butt Out group


Some scenes can be disturbing due to their content.

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.

Overall score: 45/50

Suggested Overall Rating: TV-MA- LSV

Suggested Age: 15+

TECE guide (accuracy; based on childhood development guidelines --

0-4 = 0-4+ years (ex.: Teletubbies, Sesame Street, Mio Mao) 5-14 = 5-7+ years (ex.: Fairly Odd, Team Umizoomi, PAW Patrol, Rugrats) 15-24 = 8-12+ years (ex.: Adventure Time, Regular Show, Total Drama Island) 25-39 = 13-15+ years (ex.: The Simpsons, Family Guy, SpongeBob) 40-44 = 16-17+ years (ex.: The Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, Archer) 45-50 = strictly for adults 18+(ex.: This, Caillou Get Grounded, Robot Chicken)

Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ / Australia:M (some episodes) / Brazil:18 / Canada:14A (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:16 / France:10 (TV rating) / France:12 (iTunes) / Germany:16 / Ireland:15 / Ireland:18 (some episodes) / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/12 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:(Banned) / South Africa:18 / South Korea:19 (original rating) / South Korea:(Banned) (re-rating) / Spain:13 / Spain:12 (new rating) / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / UK:12 (some episodes) / UK:PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-MA / USA:TV-14 (heavily cut) (syndication airings)

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