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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

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. But it's usually not done in an overly vulgar fashion.

Nudity in general is limited to some brief shots of buttocks (breasts are rarely shown). In a few episodes, penises are shown 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.

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 bloody 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 afflack 'oral' sex twice.

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

-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).

Violence & Gore

There are instances of gory violence, mainly in the later episodes. Much of it is done in an over the top manner.

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

In one episode, bloody real-life footage of a male to female sex change operation is shown.

Profanity

Episodes usually have at least one use of 'fuck', 'shit', 'bitch' (or 'son of a bitch'), 'bastard', 'asshole', 'goddamn', and 'Jesus'. Less frequent profanities include 'pussy', 'whore', 'tit(ties)', and 'dick'. 'Fuck' is censored on TV, but uncensored on DVD.

In one episode, a boy tries to say the word "continuing" but due to his stutter it sounds like he calls a girl a 'cunt' 5 times. It is not censored on TV, although the word is rarely said aside from that and is usually censored otherwise.

In "It Hits the Fan", 'shit' is said 162 times; coming with a counter at the bottom of the screen. It is meant as a satire to the censorship of television

'Nigga' is said a few times in "Krazy Kripples". 'Nigger' (the derogatory form) is said once "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", although the episode revolves around its use being a strong taboo.

Occasional drug use includes marijuana, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and inhalants. On very infrequent instances are kids are involved. In one episode, one of the school counselors gets fired for passing drugs around the class, and then turns to drugs and alcohol himself. Another episode shows men getting testicular cancer just to buy marijuana.

Whenever three goths kids are around, they often smoke. Alcohol is sometimes consumed, very occasionally by kids.

Drugs, for the most part, are not glorified on the show.

While much of the violence is over-the-top, some of it can be brutal.

The series can be offensive, but the social commentary (particularly in later episodes) lessens that factor.

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Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:M (some episodes) / Australia:MA (some episodes) / Brazil:14 / Brazil:18 (some episodes) / Canada:18A (DVD rating) (season 3) / Canada:14A (DVD rating) (seasons 1, 2, 4 - 14) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18+ (tv rating) / Chile:18 / Chile:TE (some epiosodes) / Finland:K-15 (2006) (TV rating) (self applied) / Finland:K-3 (1999) (DVD) / France:U (DVD rating) / Germany:16 / Iran:(Banned) / Ireland:15 / Ireland:18 (seasons 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 12) / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R / Malaysia:(Banned) / Netherlands:MG6 / Netherlands:12 (season 10) / Netherlands:9 (seasons 12, 18) (some episodes) / Netherlands:6 (seasons 13, 15) (some episodes) / Netherlands:AL (some episodes) / New Zealand:R13 (season 4) / New Zealand:M (seasons 1-3) / New Zealand:R16 (seasons 5+) / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/12 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / UK:18 (season 7) / UK:12 (some episodes) / UK:PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-MA / USA:TV-14 (syndicated episodes)

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