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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

Barney is a womanizer.

Season 1 Episode 9 (Belly Full of Turkey) Shows three main characters at a strip club where we see scantily clad strippers with a lot of skin showing dancing sexually and sitting at tables.

Season 2 Episode 1 (Where Were We) A couple is portrayed to be laying in bed naked, we can tell by the bare shoulders that our uncovered by the blanket. In another scene a women runs through the house in just a man's T-shirt. The same couple is shown naked together in the shower where we see both of them from the side. Her arms cover her breasts. In another scene they go to a strip club and women are shown wearing hardly anything, dancing on stage, on other characters, and walking around.

Season 2 Episode 16 (The Bachelor Party) Shows a female strippers on two different occasions who are shown dancing sexually in lingerie. Lots of sexual references and innuendos.

Season 5 Episode 2 (Double Date) Some main characters sit in a strip club and women are shown scantily clad with a lot of skin showing, dancing sexually, and walking around. In another scene a scantily clad UPS girl delivers a package and he is made fun of for not fantasizing about other women besides his wife so he tries.

Season 6 Episode 6 (Baby Talk) Main characters visit a strip club.

Some episodes of this show are PG and some are PG-13 so it is quite hard to judge.

Actresses, including the leads, frequently wear tops that expose nice amounts of cleavage.

Frequent sexual references, including innuendos and sexual humour.

Some scenes insinuate that some of the characters have just engaged in sex.

Many visits to strip clubs and mentions of casual sex. There are also many theories in which one of the characters (who is a womanizer) comes up with that mentions and revolves around sex.

A very brief reference to a 'battery powered penis' in a single episode.

Mentions of different sexual positions and people of whom the characters have "hooked up with" or "banged".

Friends with benefits is mentioned in one episode when two of the characters try it. Brief mentions of masturbation. Also mentions of when the characters lost their virginity.

Some brief sex scenes where no nudity or actual sex is shown, but there may be brief sexual sounds made.

In one episode several men seen naked. No genitalia shown but bit lengthy. One character in the show is said to have slept with over 200 women.

In an episode a couple is said to have made a sex tape and a women starts making sexual movements and noises, trying to get another man to watch it.

There are many euphemisms used for sexual content,in one episode a person makes a euphemism for the f-word and says 'bagpipes' when his neighbors make too much noise while having sex.

Violence & Gore

Very mild violence and/or gore. There may be one or two 'bar fights' but they are all mild. References to 'girl fights' and brief shots are shown. There may be a few episodes here and there where a character is punched in the face or groin area, etc, but used in a slapstick way.


Bitch, slut, whore, ass, hell, damn, douche, and bastard are all sometimes said, to varying degrees. Also some slang terms for sex as mentioned above

Characters make occasional jokes about penises,vaginas and masturbation.

A euphemism for the middle finger(the thumb).

At the end, a woman says "Holy Confetti", implying that she said "holy shit". Another scene where a person calls a woman a 'grinch' which means 'cunt'.Later on a group of small children repeatedly chant this word.

There is one scene where a person gets punched in the nose,and possibly uses the f-word,although this is almost inaudible.

A small child says 'bulls...' and is interrupted by his father before he can say the word bullshit.

At a theatre, the narrator says that while everyone else chants 'Kiss her!Kiss her!' to a lover,another character also says something inappropriate,but he is narrating this to his kids so he tells them that he also yells 'Kiss her!' Later,when the officials have to kick this man out for obscenities at the theatre,he says 'What the kiss?' which implies he has said 'What the f***'.This means he was yelling 'F*** her!F*** her!' at the lover.

Alcohol is consumed by the characters in every episode. Characters may be drunk in some episodes. There is infrequent smoking and mild references to teenage drinking. There are mild infrequent references to drug use, however, one episode, which features more drug use, uses metaphor to avoid explicitly mentioning or depicting drug use. When two men and sometimes a woman smoke marijuana, it shows them eating a sandwich rather than smoking it. There are few flat-out references to weed, but there aren't many references to stronger drugs.

There may be the odd intense or frightening scene but it is purely comedic. One example is the "coc-a-mouse" episode, in which Marshall and Lily are terrified of an insect or rodent. It spoofs the horror style and they are shown, horrified, but this is all for comedic effect.

Most of the jokes will go over younger childrens heads - although some may spark awkward questions.

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Australia:PG (some episodes) / Australia:M (some episodes) / Finland:K-7 / Finland:K-12 (seasons 1-6) (DVD release) / Netherlands:AL / Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) (season 8) / Singapore:PG (season 1) (season 3 - 5) / Singapore:M18 (season 2) (season 6) (season 7) / Singapore:NC-16 (season 3 DVD rating) (season 5 DVD rating) / USA:TV-14

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