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Parents Guide for
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The series has moderate to strong sexual innuendos some people may not understand, most are subtle. There are frequent jokes about masturbation, casual sex and affairs. A few characters have slept with underage teenagers. Sexual tension is a frequent theme in the series, there are affairs, hookups and casual sex.

One of the main characters is a rape victim.

Another character is known for her promiscuity and is frequently called "the neighborhood slut"

Brief nudity, characters are seen with their shirts off and in their underwear. In a few scenes oral sex is implied.

Brief topless scenes of main female characters.

[The Complete Sixth Season]

Homosexual content is depicted, but discreet in treatment and not gratuitous.

There are some references to a woman's gay son's relationship with his partner.

In addition, a lesbian relationship develops between a woman and another woman.

Besides verbal references, there are scenes of intimacy between two women.

[The Complete Eighth and Final Season]

Homosexual content is depicted, but discreet in treatment and not gratuitous.

In addition, the series contains some verbal sexual references by the main characters, such as "First time I had sex, I was 24... I am quite over-sized down there", "You get him all liquored up, and then you undress him", etc.

Despite taking place in an American cul-de-sac murder is a frequent plot device. Characters get shot, run over, bludgeoned, beaten and stabbed. Domestic fights sometimes happen, most are fist-fights between males.

Some characters are shot in the head. Moderate blood is used. Non-graphic violence, but the terms are more realistic.

Suicides are shown. There are cat-fights mostly for comic relief.

Anatomical and sexual references are fairly common. Semi-frequent uses of b-tch, ass, and bastard. Damn, hell, and God are often said.

There are occasional marijuana references. One side-character is a cocaine dealer. A young character gets into a drug problem. In early season 1 a character abuses prescription pills. One character is an alcoholic. Drinking is commonly seen on the show.

In season 4 a character goes through opiate painkillers addiction.

A character in season 1 is referenced to be using black-tar heroin.

This TV series revolves around the lives and friendships of a group of close-knit housewives.

Domestic tension may upset more sensitive viewers. There are some shocking and suspenseful plots mostly involving revenge, attempted murder, psychological warfare, chases, physical confrontations and beatings.

Some disturbing content is prolific throughout the series involving death, suicide, murder, self-destruction, dark personalities and some unsavory pasts.

[The Complete Sixth Season]

In this season, Susan re-marries Mike, Lynette gets pregnant, Bree has an affair with Karl, Susan's ex-husband, which leads to Karl's death and Orson becoming paralyzed, Gabrielle is forced to home-school her daughter after she pisses off the principal while Katherine plots her revenge against Susan, becomes mentally unstable and after she recovers, develops a relationship with a female stripper. At the same time, a new family with a dark secret moves to Wisteria lane.

Homosexual themes as a sub-plot is depicted, but discreet in treatment and not gratuitous.

One of the main areas of focus in this season is the portrayal of homosexuality.

[The Complete Eighth and Final Season]

In the final season of 'Desperate Housewives', Gabby, Lynette, Bree and Susan's lives are affected adversely when they become involve in a murder and have to remain tip-lipped about it.

The portrayal and exploration of mature themes is depicted in this season.

Homosexual themes as a sub-plot is depicted, but discreet in treatment and not gratuitous.

Some of the episodes feature a gay couple with an adopted child.

In Episode 7 'Always in Control', the gay couple are approached by a heterosexual couple to be their daughter's guardians.

In another scene, a child says a prayer which includes the acceptance of gay family unit "whether they have a mommy and daddy, two mommies, or two daddies".

While some episodes do not dwell in depth on their relationship, others examine the issues they face in trying to live together as a gay couple with a child.

Suggested MPAA rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language, some drug use, and violence.

Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Canada:14A (Manitoba) (video rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (video rating) / Finland:K-11 (DVD rating) / Germany:12 / Hungary:12 / Hungary:16 (DVD rating) / Ireland:15 / Malaysia:U / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG (season 1) (season 3) / Singapore:M18 (season 2) (season 5) (season 6) (season 7) (season 8) / Singapore:NC-16 (season 4) / South Korea:18 / South Korea:15 (season 5) / Spain:18 / UK:15 / UK:12 (some episodes) / USA:TV-14 / USA:TV-PG (some episodes)

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