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Rated TV-MA for graphic bloody violence, pervasive language, strong sexuality/nudity including an intense rape scene, and drug use.


Nudity is a strong presence in this show, but does not occur in every episode. Sex scenes occur much less frequently than nude scenes.

Tony has vigorous sex with the secretary at Barone Sanitation in his office. The scene begins with his pants and underwear around his ankles as the camera slowly moves up and we see the office chair bouncing up and down. Tony's shirt just covers his butt as he thrusts into the secretary from behind. We see her butt as he spanks her hard numerous times. We then see her large breasts spilling out of her top as Tony continues thrusting. They both moan all throughout.

Valentina and Tony have numerous sex scenes. In one we see her breasts and butt as she rides him on a hotel chair. They both moan loudly until they orgasm together. In another one we see Tony on top of her naked with just the blanket covering his butt as he thrusts into her. They both moan as he humps her hard.

Many scenes take place at a strip club, which show topless woman dancing.

We see the graphic rape of a main character.

A woman anally penetrates a man with a vibrating dildo strap-on, but it is not explicitly shown.

The fourth season includes strong themes of S&M. We hear of how a man enjoys having hot wax poured on his testicles, and then masturbating. Other graphic references.

Tony Soprano runs a several brothels. We see numerous scenes involving prostitutes and their customers.


Some notably violent scenes include:

A man beats his pregnant girlfriend to death by punching her and bashing her head into a metal guard rail repeatedly.

A man is viciously beaten in the head with a golf club until his skull splits open and blood gushes out.

A man is shot in the face with a shotgun, and the camera lingers on his gory wound in closeup.

An elderly man shoots his godson in the head spraying blood and brain matter onto the ceiling.

A man is beaten to death with pool cues in a homophobic hate crime.

A man is shot in the back of the head and we see a bloody bullet hole in his face. A dead rat is shoved in his mouth.

A woman shoots her fiance in the chest and face the day before their wedding.

A corpse is dismembered in a bathtub. We see hands chopped off and a decapitation. Tons of blood.

One of the main characters is raped on a staircase.

There was a "curb stomp" scene that took place in a bar. One of the most brutal scenes of the series.

No one is safe from murder during this show. Throughout the series, family members and blood relatives kill each other in cold business like manners.


Constant, pervasive use of "fuck" and "cunt", along with every other obscenity imaginable, including frequent abuse of "Jesus."

The word "fuck" is said over 3,500 times throughout the series of 86 episodes. Season One (437 times), Season Two (715 times), Season Three (604 times), Season Four (425 times), Season Five (600 times), and Season (727 times).

Slurs for African Americans, Italians, Polish, Hispanics, Jews, Indians, and homosexuals are heard through out the series.

The word cocksucker is used numerous times per episode.

Occasional profanity in other languages, especially Italian.

Virtually every single character on the show regularly uses harsh language.

Lots of graphic discussion of homosexual and heterosexual sex.

Irreverent jokes about sex, pedophilia, homosexuality, and suicide.


Use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine is shown often.

A main character abuses drugs and alcohol often.

Smoking and drinking are present in nearly every episode.

Tony's teenage son smokes marijuana.

Tony is involved in narcotics trafficking.

Underage drinking and drug use.

One character sells ecstasy to teens and adults alike at parties and local night clubs.

Teens take ecstasy and "Special K" at a party. One overdoses and goes to the hospital.


The show can be extremely suspenseful and intense. Major characters are killed, sometimes suddenly.

Total Explicit Content Rating: 50/50.

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