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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

Characters of both genders are seen in various states of undress (no explicit content). Naked characters are occasionally seen in bed, with lots of skin but no sensitive areas shown.

Several characters have sex off-screen. There are brief men/women and women/women make-out scenes.

The term "screw" is used sexually, and there is lots of mention of people sleeping together, having affairs, etc.

In the first season, two characters are shown having sex. However, the shot only lasts for a few seconds and the characters are mostly covered with bedsheets. A second sex scene later on in the season lasts several minutes. Mostly passionate kissing shown.

Elisha Cuthbert wears a top through which her nipples can be identified. This happens at least twice across seasons. In one of the scenes, she is shown wearing panties and a top.

A man and woman can be seen in the mirror having sex in season 8, but no sensitive areas can be seen.

In the first season, Jack's wife Teri is raped off-screen, but we see her offering herself to be assaulted as an alternative to her daughter being raped.

In season 5, we see a 13-year-old girl who has been kept as a sex slave by a much older man. She has some bruises and marks on her body.

Sometimes when characters are tortured, they are stripped down naked, but sensitive body parts are covered, albeit barely.

Violence & Gore


Given that there is almost 200 hours of footage, it would be near impossible to describe every scene of violence that occurs in the show. That being said, scenes of shooting, stabbing, explosions, and/or torture are a given in almost every episode.

The main character Jack Bauer has a recorded 233 kills across the seasons with 4/5 kills as a result of gunshots and nine kills from season two onwards as a result of neck breaking. The shooting scenes usually do not show blood explicitly and usually has the person just fall to the ground.

24 has received controversy for its use of torture. For a brief overview suspect are usually interrogated with the injection of a pain-inducing chemical. Jack Bauer breaks a man fingers one by one, cuts man's finger off by one, shoots a man in the kneecap but they are all justified in the sense that these are terrorists withholding information.

Some of the more "extreme" episodes feature viral outbreaks, plane crashes, toxic gases, hostage takings, and nuclear detonations.

We see a woman with cut wrists lying dead in a chair, and we see tons of blood all over her and the surrounding furniture.

We see several bloody bullet holes in various parts of peoples' bodies.

A man digs into another man's stomach with his bare hands to retrieve a computer chip.

A man slides a knife into another man's kneecap.

A man in graphically shot in the head with a sniper rifle.

A man's arm in amputated off-screen.

Two different women are killed (Teri and Michelle) and they were both pregnant.

In season 8, we see many graphic images of men who have been interrogated and killed by Jack Bauer, including some graphic torture scenes.

A man is tied up while terrorists drive a buzz saw into his back, and it shreds him (this is barely shown off-screen). Minutes later he's shot in the head. The bloody aftermath is shown in great detail.

Jack himself is tortured in China. They strip him naked and use electroshock on his entire body (probably his groin as well). We later hear this went on for over a year.

If reading this description makes you uneasy, this show may not be for you.


"Son of a bitch", "damn", and "hell" are all moderately used.

A few uses of "asshole", "goddamn", and "dick".

"Fuck" is said once, in the season 4 prequel.

With the exception of season three, 24 contains only small, infrequent incidences of drinking, smoking, and drugs.

The storyline of season 3 revolves around drugs. There are several graphic scenes of characters shooting up heroin. Nevertheless, the pain and torment characters experience from using drugs puts substance abuse in a very negative light.

A major sub-plot is Jack Bauer 's addiction to heroin.

When a woman's arm is broken, another character shoots her up with an IV using narcotics as a painkiller.

The torture scenes could be described as "intense".

In one series Jack Bauer must decide whether to force the only doctor to save a dying terrorist with crucial information or someone that was shot saving his life. The man dies after Bauer forces the doctor to save the terrorist . It is very sad and upsetting.

Several characters have emotional (and sometimes untimely) death scenes. Much of the show lies around major characters being harmed or in peril.

Season 4 onwards starts using torture more frequently, so much that it almost turns into a moral question instead of a plot device.

In season 8 there is a scene where a man is tortured and gutted and there is a lot of blood involved.

There are many intense 'life or death' situations and emotional scenes.

Jack Bauer goes through a lot of emotional torment in the series which could be seen as intense.

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Argentina:13 / Australia:MA (some episodes) / Australia:M (some episodes) / Brazil:16 (seasons 1, 3, 4) / Brazil:14 (seasons 2, 5, 6) / Canada:14A / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Czech Republic:15 (DVD rating) / Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) / Germany:16 (DVD rating) / Germany:18 (Season 8) / Hungary:16 (some episodes) / Ireland:15 (DVD rating) / Italy:T (DVD rating) / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R13 (seasons 1, 7 DVD rating) / New Zealand:R16 (seasons 2, 5, 6 DVD rating) / New Zealand:M (seasons 3, 4 DVD rating) / Singapore:NC-16 (season 1- 3) (season 5) (season 6) (season 7) (season 8) / Singapore:PG (season 4) / South Africa:PG / South Korea:15 / UK:15 (video rating) / USA:TV-14

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