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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


Sex isn't frequent in the show. It's present at times, but usually only has a moderate impression. There's some implied adultery, and one scene of masturbation that doesn't have nudity but is suggestive.

Season 1

Episode 1: Though the scene is comedic, there is a prolonged scene in which Skylar gives Walt a pitiful handjob (no nudity is depicted). Later in the episode, a woman's bare breasts are seen briefly, but clearly, through a second-story window shortly after Jesse exits the house through the same window. At the end of the episode, Walt arrives home late and kisses Skylar passionately. He turns her onto her side and enters her from behind, no nudity is depicted although the scene is quite explicit.

Episode 2: The episode opens immediately where the previous left off, Walt and Skyler are having sex. Heavy moaning is heard, and lots of thrusting is depicted, but the only nudity in the episode is Walt's bare buttocks as he leaves the bed to go into the bathroom.

Episode 3: There is a brief scene in which Jesse goes into a motel with a prostitute. The lights are out, so no nudity is clearly seen, but in silhouette we see Jesse sitting in a chair with his pants around his ankles and the prostitute dropping her panties. She sits atop him and, briefly, thrusting is seen.

Episode 7: In a school board meeting, Walt touches Skylar's crotch underneath the table. He rubs her crotch, she is clearly turned on. In the next scene, she rides him in the backseat of their car. A lot of thrusting is seen and moaning is heard, but no nudity is depicted.

Season 2

Episode 1: Walt, in a confused state, shoves Skylar against the kitchen fridge and pulls her panties down, despite her protest. He is about to enter her when she screams at him to stop. He does and exits the room.

Episode 3: Walt's bare buttocks are seen while he is walking through a convince store nude.

Episode 13: A man is clearly seen having sex with a woman on the floor of a crack den. No nudity is shown, just heavy thrusting and moaning is heard.

Season 3

Episode 4: Skyler is shown having sex with Ted. Moaning can be heard and thrusting can be seen, although in silhouette. We can see Skyler's reflection on the photo frames that the camera dolly through. Then cut to the aftermath of the sex and see Skyler dressing herself with her bra already on.

Episode 5:The episode begins with a scene in a strip club. Various topless women are seen in various provocative poses (i.e.: giving lap dances, being motor-boated, taking pictures). The scene goes on for several minutes. Although all the women are topless, some do wear pasties.

Episode 11: Andrea can be seen topless in the darkly lit shadow. She then puts her shirt on.

Episode 12: In a comedic montage sequence, a prostitue is seen going down on several people throughout the sequence in their vehicles. No nudity is shown. Later in the episode, Marie makes a bet whether Hank will get a boner by giving him a hand job, again no nudity is seen.

Season 4

Episode 3: Hank was almost caught watching porn on television, only scantly clad women are seen on screen. Also, later in the episode, a man is having sex with a woman on the floor as Jesse returns to his house, no nudity is shown although thrusting is seen and light moaning can be heard.

Episode 4: A naked woman can be seen sleeping on top of the bed sheet. Only her profile is seen.

Episode 6: Walter and Skyler sleeps in bed together, out of focus they can be seen thrusting (briefly, a moan is heard as the scene cuts out). In the next scene, after the act, Skylar runs out of bed to close the bedroom door. Briefly, full-frontal nudity is shown from a distance and out of focus. Walt gets out of bed and walks to the bathroom, his bare buttocks are clearly seen.

Season 5

Episode 2: The final scene of the episode it is heavily implied that Walt is about to have sex with her and she doesn't want to. Nothing sexual is depicted, it is only implied, but it is disturbing.

Occasional non-explicit sexual references and dialogue.

NOTE: Nudity is edited in the AMC version of the show, though not in the DVD/Blu-ray/Netflix edition. But, in the strip club scene, panties are still shown in the DVD/Blu-Ray/Netflix edition.

The Season Five, Part One DVD and Blu-Ray sets both feature a bonus scene for the season finale in the special features in which Jesse receives a delivery from Saul Goodman. Throughout the sequence there is a topless female stripper dancing on a table and around characters in the room.

Not very graphic throughout the whole series, but it is present.

Violence & Gore


Infrequent but strong violence.

The key thing to know about the violence in the show is that although it is quite strong, violence is not a major feature of the show, and doesn't often come up.

Shootings and stabbings are shown, with some blood.

In one episode, a hated character is seen Two-Face style breifly, missing half his face. The most graphic part of the series.



Bitch is used 1 or 2 times an episode by a main character for comic relief.

Some milder language is used.


It is important to state that this show delivers a very strong anti-drug message by showing the negative side effects of drugs. However, this is the reason for the show's mature rating.

It features nothing you wouldn't see in a school assembly about drugs.

The premise of the show is about a man resorting to making drugs to get much needed money for his expensive cancer treatment and for his family after he dies. He is shown in a few scenes making drugs with a recipe made up by the show's producers and CANNOT be copied.

Clearly negative characters are shown to have drugs and are punished by the police for this.

This show will put you off the idea of drugs completely.


What makes the show great is it's ability to maintain an intense feel for it's whole run.

Some episodes are emotionally intense when we find out things about characters we thought we knew very well but we don't.

Total Score: 41/50

I would say this show is suitable for people 17 years old and up.

The drug content is the only worry here, but if you are worried about your children thinking "Drugs aren't that bad", this will prove them wrong.

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Australia:MA (some episodes) / Australia:M (some episodes) / Brazil:16 / Canada:PG / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / France:U (season 3) / France:12 (seasons 1, 2, 4 and 5) / Germany:16 (most episodes) / Germany:12 (some episodes) / Ireland:15 (most episodes) / Ireland:18 (some episodes) / Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) / Netherlands:12 (TV rating) (seasons 1-2) / New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) (season 4) / New Zealand:R16 (season 1) / Portugal:M/12 (Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4) / Portugal:M/16 (season 5) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / UK:18 (seasons 1 and 4) / UK:15 (seasons 2, 3 and 5) / USA:TV-MA (DVD version) / USA:TV-14 (original rating)

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