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Season 1

Episode 1: Though the scene is comedic, there is a prolonged scene in which Skyler 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 Skyler 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 Skyler'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 Skyler 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 panties.

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 2: A woman's bare buttocks are seen as she walks across the room of passed out party goers in Jesse's house.

Episode 3: Hank was almost caught watching porn on television, only scantily 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 5: 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, Skyler 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.

Episode 10: Several women in bikinis around a pool. Bare buttocks are 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.

Season 1

Episode 2: the last four and a half minutes of the episode consist of a body being dissolved in acid. Blood and guts are seen for a few seconds, but the body itself isn't visible.

Episode 3: the first three minutes of the episode, before the title sequence starts, consist of the characters cleaning up dissolved body parts. In one of the last scenes, a man is choked to death with a bike lock. Lasts for about 20 seconds. The man stabs the attacker in the leg with a broken piece of plate before he dies.

Episode 7: a man beats another man to death for no particular reason. The latter is punched in the face and repeatedly punched after he's on the floor. Two other men watch in horror. The man is later dragged away with his face covered in blood.

Season 2

Episode 1: a man who has been beaten to death is shown foaming at the mouth and dying. After he dies, another man tries to hide the body beneath a stack of crushed cars that fall on him and take off his arm. Police who find the crime scene find it amusing and take photos of the two dead men.

Episode 6: in a somewhat bizarre sequence, a woman knocks an ATM on a man, crushing his head. We hear an awful squishing/splatting sound when it happens and then see the man lying with the ATM covering his head as blood pools around him. A child is in the house when this happens but doesn't witness the death, so another man runs him outside and makes the child close his eyes to avoid seeing the gruesome scene. This scene is quite disturbing.

Episode 7: a group of men see a decapitated head on a tortoise. One goes to lift the head off and it turns out to be a bomb and explodes. Briefly, dismembered men can be seen screaming in agony and sitting in their own blood.

Episode 11: a man is shot several times by a child.

Episode 12: a man watches a younger woman choke to death in her own vomit.

Season 3

Episode 3: in the first five minutes of the episode, someone's head is chopped off with a machete. The decapitation is shown off screen, but we see a streak of blood hit a wall. The head is later seen on a turtle shell.

Episode 6: in the prologue before the theme song starts, a policeman is killed by an axe and an elderly woman's corpse is shown.

Episode 7: in the end, a shootout happens at a parking lot. An innocent bystander is shot and killed, one gunman is critically wounded and the other is shot in the head. Blood splatters on the camera.

Episode 12: two men who are threatening another are suddenly run over by another man. No blood is shown, but there is clear sight of the car making an impact. One dies instantly, but the other is still alive and is then shot in the head. Blood splatters on the ground.

Episode 13: a man points his gun at a wall (another man's head is on the other side), and shoots. A moderate amount of blood splatter can be seen from a distance.

Season 4

Episode 1: a man's throat is suddenly sliced with a box cutter. Blood pours out and soaks the man's clothes. The body is later dissolved in acid.

Episode 8: in a flashback sequence, a man is suddenly shot in the head. We see blood pour out of his head as he falls towards a pool. The man's friend is held down and forced to look at the man bleeding out into the pool as he struggles and protests. Disturbing and bloody.

Episode 13: a bomb goes off in a room with three people inside. One man walks out, still alive. The camera then rotates to show that half of his face has been blown off. After about 6 seconds, he falls toward the camera offscreen and dies.

Season 5

Episode 5: the final scene depicts an innocent child who witnessed a crime being shot by one of the perpetrators. We briefly see the bullet impact and the child falling down dead, but the scene is more disturbing than graphic.

Episode 8: ten people are killed in a two-minute jail montage. They are stabbed, beaten, and burnt to death. This scene is very graphic, and dsiturbing

Episode 14: a very emotionally intense episode. Several scenes of intense physical and emotional violence featuring main characters.

Episode 15: a main character is seen being psychologically broken via emotional torture.

Episode 16: at least ten people are shot by a machine gun with some blood spraying onto walls. A man is strangled to death by a chain; this lasts for about 15 seconds, and we see the man who's getting strangled struggle on the floor and we hear his neck snap. A man who is coughing up blood after being shot in the stomach is shot in the head. Blood splatters onto the camera lens as we see this from his perspective.

"Fuck" is said around 16 times in season 1 (there is at least one F-bomb per episode 1), but is seldom used in the rest of the series. Once in season 2 (episode 6), twice in season 3 (episodes 3, 10), three times in season 4 (episodes 3, 9, 11), and five times in season 5 (episodes 3, 6, 7, 14, 15).

"Faggot" is used once in season 1 (episode 1). "Retard" is said twice in season 1 (episode 2) and in season 2 (episode 2).

"Bitch" is often used, primarily by a main character.

Moderate amount of "hell", "damn", "ass", and "shit."

More infrequent profanities include "goddamn" and the insults "jerk-off", "pussy", "asshole", "dick" and "prick".

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.

Characters are smoking Cannabis, smoking, snorting methamphetamine, injecting heroin, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol. It's all shown.

The overall tone of the series is very depressing.

Themes such as death/dying, cancer, family disfunction, drug addiction, and more are all explored throughout.

The last 3 episodes feature a main character who is beaten, tortured and force to be a meth slave. These episodes will be highly disturbing for many viewers.

It is intended for a mature audience.

Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:16 (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 5 part 2) / Brazil:14 (season 4) (season 5 part 1) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Canada:PG (season 1) (season 4) (season 5) / Canada:14A (season 2) (season 3) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:U (with warning) / Germany:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:T (with warning) / Netherlands:12 (edited version) (season 1) (season 2) / Netherlands:16 (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 4) (season 5 part 1) / Netherlands:12 (season 5 part 2) / New Zealand:R16 (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 5) / New Zealand:R18 (season 4) / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/12 (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 4) / Portugal:M/16 (season 5) / Russia:18+ / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:16 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:TV-14 (edited version) / USA:TV-MA (original rating)

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