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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

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. And like NYPD Blue, there tends to be moments where someone sees a man or a woman's backside or butt.

Instances of this include a streaking prank in the police station, a strip search of a male suspect, various female bed-buddies and people making out. Overall, the show tends to deal with the themes more than actually showing the actual events.

Violence & Gore


Frequent, often graphic. Many gory crime scenes are shown. There are a few instances of torture. Season 3 features an extremely disturbing and horrifying scene of rape.



Due to being basic cable, there are no F-bombs but there is still tons of inappropriate behavior and disrespectful terms aimed at minorities, gay people and simple name-calling that you still will hear used on network TV nowadays.

Overall, the most offensive terms you will tend to hear on certain occasions are "nigger", "faggot," "shit" and "dick." The word "cocksucker" was also used in the pilot as well as another Season 3 episode.


Drug use and references are common, in a few instances quite graphic.


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

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Argentina:16 / Australia:MA (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:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (most episodes) / UK:18 (some episodes) / USA:TV-MA

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