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Sex & Nudity

While not directly shown, there are frequent references to sex throughout the show. This ranges from simple references to a couple preparing to have sex (this scene does not show any nudity but a man and a woman's bare feet and their clothing as it is dropped).

Tobias is afraid of being nude. He is often shown wearing cutoffs (also while showering). The other family members consider him to be gay because several of his sayings have homoerotic undertones.

A subplot of the story is George Michael's attraction to his cousin, Maeby. However, it turns out that they're not actually related.

A couple of episodes in the latter half of season one show a female flashing characters by pulling up her shirt. However, her entire chest is blurred out.

Season two, episode five ("Sad Sack"): in a spoof of the Iraq War's "weapons of mass destruction" pretext, there's a sub-plot about a picture of something that's thought to be weapons but turns out to be an accidentally taken picture of a man's groin. The actual picture is seen very briefly, and it's not very graphic because of video effects that distort it.

Violence & Gore

None aside from mild slapstick violence.


Mild curses (i.e. Hell, damn) Some stronger words are used but are bleeped out.

Note: The DVD set of Season 1 contains an uncensored (TV-MA) version of Episode 1, rather than the censored version that aired on TV. There are 2 f-words that are not bleeped out in this version of the episode.

Some running gags including Lucille's alcoholism and Oscar's drug use.

In season one, episode 10 ("Pier Pressure"), George-Michael gets Buster marijuana to treat someone's vertigo.

In season two, episode 17 ("Spring Breakout"), Buster drinks from a large box of wine, mistaking it for juice.

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