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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

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.

Violence & Gore

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.

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.

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

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