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Sex & Nudity

  • 9/10
  • Frequent strong sexual content, including graphic sexual references.
  • Sex scenes are rampant in this series that often features a variety of sexual situations. Situations have featured casual sexual relationships, sex with multiple partners, prostitution, and even aberrant sexual situations such as incest, necrophilia, bestiality, and pedophilia.
  • Rape is a major theme during Season 3 and 4 due to a serial rapist/killer character called The Carver.
  • Surgeries revolving around sexual organs are frequent such as breast implants and penis enlargements, as well as genital reconstructive surgeries.
  • Sexual fetishes often become subject matter explored in the series, such as group sex. In later seasons autoerotic asphyxiation is depicted due to a main character trying it out after hearing of it from a patient.
  • Nudity in the series is limited to bare buttocks and brief glimpses of bare breasts.
  • Surgical nudity is depicted.

Violence & Gore

  • 10/10
  • Nip/Tuck notoriously showed all of the surgeries in extremely realistic, graphic detail.
  • Violence in the program, outside of surgical procedures, is also quite graphic and featured things as trivial as a scuffle to things as extreme as self-inflicted injuries, murder, rape, torture, dismemberment, necrophilia, and even castration in one episode.


  • 8/10
  • Although the F Word was never heard, crass sexual references to sexual activity (i.e.: "cum", "cock", "pussy", and "dick") were often heard.
  • The most frequent profanities in the series were "goddamn", "shit", and "asshole".
  • Insults toward people such as "faggot" and "cocksucker" were heard on occasion.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Frequent alcohol consumption, some smoking.
  • One storyline featured a main character becoming a heroin junkie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The series is very emotionally intense and features thematic adult subject matter.
  • Some of the killers, called The Carver, can be frightening to some people.
  • It is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Suggested rationing: TV-MA (D,L,S,V): Adult Content, Adult Language, Strong Sexual Situations, Graphic Violence

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