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Season 1 Episode 16 (Missing Kitty) women are shown in bikinis. The shape of Kitty's nipples are seen through her shirt to distract men. We then see girls on a boat in bikinis flashing men for attention, there is only a blur covering their chest. Men look at pornographic movies but breasts are blurred out. Kitty is shown flashing her bare chest several times, a blur covers this up.

Season 1 Episode 18 (Justice is Blind) shows a couple sitting up in bed after having sex several different times.

Season 1 Episode 22 (Let Em Eat Cake) Kitty flashes Michael but the camera moves away.

Season 2, episode 5 ("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.

Season 2 Episode 16 (Spring Breakout) The cover of pornographic movies are shown with small blurs over bare breasts. In several scenes many women are shown in bikinis. At a spring break gathering a man says that women will get free hats if they flash him and the crowd so several woman start flashing people and the camera shows their entire torsos and stomachs with small blurs over their breasts. Another scene shows Kitty flashing Michael again and there are blurs over her breasts but we can still see the rest of her stomach.

Season 2 Episode 18 (The Righteous Brothers) Kitty flashes Michael this time holding her shirt up for several seconds as another person is talking to Michael. We see her entire torso with only a small blur over her breasts.

Season 3 Episode 1 (The Cabin Show) While a boy is waiting for his dad outside it shows his dad in different back to back clips with scantily clad women. One of them wearing rollerblades, booty shorts, and a tube top that reveals her stomach. In another scene Kitty flashes Tobias but the camera cuts away and we see Tobias mocking that action to Michael.

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.

TV-PG language such as "bitch", "whore","hell", and "damn" are infrequently said.

The show's characters use swear words often but are bleeped.


The show is TV-PG when aired. It was censored.

When on DVD it is TV-14:

Season 1: bleeped strong language and moderate sex references

Season 2: bleeped strong language, moderate sex references and moderate drug references

Season 3: bleeped strong language, moderate sex references and drug references

Season 4: bleeped strong language and moderate sex references

Argentina:13 / Australia:M (DVD rating) / Australia:PG (original rating) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) (DVD rating) / Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Germany:12 / Ireland:12 (some episodes) / Ireland:15 (some episodes) / Netherlands:12 (season 4) / Netherlands:6 (seasons 1-3) / New Zealand:M / Singapore:NC16 / UK:12 / UK:15 (DVD rating) / UK:PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-14 (some episodes) / USA:TV-MA (some episodes)

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