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

Babies are shown nude in multiple instances throughout the series.

Cartman, one of the main characters, has a mother who is revealed to have been a prostitute. There are innuendos and references regarding this throughout the series.

In "Major Boobage", a scantily-clad woman is seen in roughly a third of the episode.

In "Crippled Summer", a clothed boy is briefly kissed by a shark.

In "Medicinal Fried Chicken" features men dressed up as testicles bouncing around a town.

In "Sarcastaball", Butters creates a drink to help motivate people playing sports, it is said it makes your penis grow as well.

There is exceptionally more sex and nudity but these are just some examples of the type of scenes in the show.


There is often graphic violence, however it is a cartoon, and is not overly disturbing. It is also played for laughs, and over the top.

Violence can be quite gory 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.

Cartman is a psychopath and sometimes says very violent things.

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

In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Scott's parents are murdered and turned into chili.

In "Cartman Sucks", Butters is sent to camp and is blown up.


The show is controversial for swearing.

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

In many cases, the show uses profanity to mock the opinions of people.

"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.


Alcohol is consumed often, not graphic in any manner.

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

Drugs are never glorified.

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.

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

Much in a frightening sense, but a lot of people could get offended from the series.

Suggested Age: 15+

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 / Mexico:B15 / 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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