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Parents Guide for
"The Big Bang Theory" (2007) More at IMDbPro »

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Sex & Nudity


Sexual remarks and references are frequent, but usually mild. There are some stronger references at various points throughout the show. Howard briefly mentions necrophilia in one episode. It is revealed that Howard lost his virginity with his cousin.

For the first two seasons, the character Howard has been portrayed as a sex-crazed pervert willing to do anything to get into the bedroom with a woman. In more recent seasons however, he has matured and is a much less negative role model.

Couples are sometimes shown making out in bed. This is usually interrupted by humorous dialog and is nowhere near explicit. It is sometimes implied that the characters are naked beneath the covers, but we see nothing but bare shoulders and backs.

Numerous episodes include topics such as sex, casual sex, homosexuality, cybersex, masturbation, and "friends-with-benefits". These are not pervasive or strong/explicit though, and they are usually played for laughs. However, the message drawn away from this will be a rather negative influence on some viewers.

The characters in the show have low sexual morality, some more than others. Sometimes they will use each other to get off without any desire to form a relationship with them. This is played for laughs and is not meant to be taken seriously, but it will likely be a bad influence on younger audiences.

In the pilot the first scene takes place in a sperm bank and referenes to masterbation

In one of the episodes, Leonard, Raj and Howard are in Las Vegas, Leonard opens a black bag, and Raj took out a pack of condoms or what it looks like.

In season 5 it is said that lenoard proposed to penny while they were having sex and strong sexual references are made throughout this episode about that

In a Season 7 episode, Penny is wearing sexy pink lingerie, with a good amount of cleavage exposed.

Sheldon can be seen spanking Amy in one episode, although both are fully clothed and it is not meant to be sexual. Updates below: She says "oh yes! Oh yes! Hit me stronger! Oh yes!" Erotica is implied by "He touches my... 14? Yes!" Said by Amy

Not an update: It is often implied that Leonard and Penny have loud sex.

Definite update: Brief mention of a "rectal scan". Raj twerks Howard with a Lightsaber that looks like his penis.

Raj's new girlfriend, Emily, says that NC-17 horror movies turn her on: implying sexual pleasure by violence

After cleaning out Penny's closet Sheldon inquires if Penny ever had a dog because he found what appears to be a "battery operated chew toy".

There is a running gag that Penny was asked to star in a porno called "Serial Apeist" where she is raped by a gorilla.

Leonard and penny are often seen in bed out of breath implying that they just had sex

season 2,4,5 have the more strong sexual references

Violence & Gore


Some mild slapstick violence such as wedgies and crashing a moped



Bitch (Sometimes used as son of a bitch), doosh, bastard, slut, whore, piss, crap, ass, damn, and hell are all said.


The characters drink quite often. We often see them drunk.

Raj suffers from selective mutism and can only talk to women after he has consumed a certain amount of alcohol.

Penny is a bartender and can often be seen preparing alcoholic drinks. Sheldon often attempts to drink alcohol but doesn't usually succeed.

In the episode which shows Howard's bachelor party, the majority of the male characters are drunk.

There are some drug references, but usually mild.

Amy's research is referenced sometimes and contains a starfish hooked on cocaine and monkeys smoking.

In one episode, Leonard, Raj, and Howard unknowingly eat hash brownies and become high.

In one episode, Penny and Sheldon's mother get very drunk.

Penny says that her mom smoked pot throughout her preagnency

Penny says that her brother cooks meth


One or two intense scenes such as in the Halloween episode, but this isn't too bad. Sheldon has a dream about being eaten by aliens.

Occasional sad/emotional moments. Update, For example, Professor Proton, Sheldon's father, and, Howard's father, the former are strongly implied and the latter is obviously divorced, because Howard's father never dies. However. The other two do.

There are a few character deaths: Howard's mother, Professor Proton (although both of these are mentioned some time after the actual death).


suggested rating rated pg-13 for some sexual content including sexual references throughout, some heavy drinking,brief drug material and language

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