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Parents Guide for
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TV-MA for violence and gore, language, drug use, disturbing images, and some sexual content including rape

Some, often explicit - themes deal with controversial sexual topics too, including prostitution and rape. Men and women buttocks are shown. Instances of this include a streaking prank in the police station, a strip search of a male suspect, and various sex scenes. Overall, the show tends to deal with the themes more than actually showing the actual events.


Extremely graphic, gory and incessant violence. Many gory crime scenes are shown. There are a few instances of graphic torture, a few instances of extremely disturbing and horrifying scenes of rape, etc., etc.


Very limited use of "fuck," though there is tons of incredibly inappropriate conduct and profane terms aimed at minorities, gay people, etc., etc.

Overall, the most offensive terms you will tend to hear on certain occasions are "nigger," "faggot," "shit," "dick" and "cocksucker."


Drug use and references are commonplace, being quite graphic in most cases.


The show is noted for being incredibly intense, suspenseful, and disturbing.

Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-18 / Finland:K-16 / Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) / Germany:18 (DVD rating) / Hungary:16 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) / Norway:15 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:19 (cable rating) / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (most episodes) / UK:18 (some episodes) / USA:TV-MA

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