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Sex & Nudity

Rated TV-14 (television versions of most episodes)/TV-MA (Netflix/DVD versions) for violent sequences of action, disturbing images, language, strong drug content, and sexual themes.

5/10 (TV versions) or 7/10 (Netflix/DVD versions).

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.

Pilot episode: a woman's bare breasts are seen briefly, but clearly, through a second-story window shortly after a man exits the house through the same window.

Walt and Skyler have sex however scene is brief and the room is dark, the next episode opens up with same scene with moaning, and walt gets up naked to go to the bathroom, we only see his behind.

In one episode, Walt tries to have sex with Skyler but stops after realizing she doesn't want it.

Season two, episode three ("Bit by a Dead Bee"): a man's naked buttocks are shown in a supermarket.

Season three, episode five ("Mas"): the episode begins with a rather quick scene where a group of young men go to a strip club. The scene ends approximately three minutes in, and shows several women in g-strings, most topless, some wearing "pasties" and some not. This is probably the most sexually explicit scene in the series.

Some non-explicit sexual references/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.

On Walts Birthday, Skyler gives him a handjob and comments about him not getting an erection. A few moments later she smiles and says "There it is". Nothing graphic shown

Violence & Gore

8/10

Overall, many people are shot throughout the series, some at point blank range, and sometimes there can be very graphic results (blood splatter, occasional gore, visible bullet holes, etc). In certain episodes, corpses are melted/dissolved, and some of these scenes can be very gory and graphic. Notable instances of violence are mentioned below:

Season one, episode one ("Pilot"): Character attempts suicide, but his gun is on safety.

Season one, episode two ("Cat's in the Bag..."): the last five and a half minutes of the episode consist of a body being dissolved in acid. This is gory, graphic, and will likely be disturbing to several viewers.

Season one, episode three ("...and the Bag's in the River"): 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.

Season one, episode seven ("A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal"): 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 two, episode six ("Peek-a-boo"): a female character hits an ATM machine onto a male character's head. Not very bloody or graphic, but still quite hard to watch because it's very shocking.

Season three, episode one ("No Mas"): Two gunmen in a truck begin to massacre illegal immigrants inside and only gunshots are heard. They emerge from the truck and shoot the fleeing driver. His death is seen from a distance.

Season three, episode three ("I.F.T"): in the first five minutes of the episode, someone's head is chopped off with a machete. Very brief but could be quite disturbing to some viewers. 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.

Season three, episode seven ("Sunset"): in the prologue before the theme song starts, a policeman is killed by an ax and an elderly woman's corpse is shown.

Season three, episode eight ("One Minute"): 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. Brain matter splatters over the camera.

Season three, episode 13 ("Full Measure"): 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 four, episode one ("Box Cutter"): a man's throat is suddenly sliced with a box cutter. Very bloody and extremely shocking. The body is later dissolved in acid.

Season four, episode 13 ("Face Off"): 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. (This is rather graphic and disturbing, but only last about 5 seconds) He then falls face first to the camera and dies. This is reminiscent of "Two-Face" in The Dark Knight but much more graphic and disturbing.

Season five, episode eight ("Gliding Over All"): 10 people are killed in a two-minute jail montage. They are stabbed, beaten, and burnt to death. There isn't a great amount of blood, but the overall acts of violence are strong and disturbing.

Season five, episode sixteen ("Felina"): 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.

NOTE: Breaking Bad is a sometimes difficult show to determine the appropriate age range for, as most episodes (i.e. "Phoenix," "Fly") will go by with very little violence, but there are infrequent instances of bloody, extremely realistic violence. Violence is not glorified on this show, and some characters have trouble dealing with their violent actions, but it can still be disturbing. (Ex. A man is forced to kill a man he knows and is seen crying while holding him at gunpoint)

Profanity

5/10

The word "bitch" is often used by a main character for comic relief. This sometimes may make the audience laugh because it's rather unecessary

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

Some use of words like goddamn, pussy, dick, prick, jerkoff, skank, and whore. Junkie is used a lot, mostly by Walter

Occasionally, "fuck" is used and middle fingers are seen. Uses of the word are censored on the AMC versions, but the DVD/Blu-ray and Netflix edition leaves them uncensored.

10/10

Given the premise of the show, the presence of drugs, particularly crystal meth, is constant throughout the series. Many scenes show smoking, snorting, and/or cooking crystal meth. In addition, there are many scenes showing other substance use, like smoking of marijuana and/or cigarettes.

Two people are explicitly shown injecting heroin, one of whom overdoses and dies later on.

A boy vomits after drinking too much whiskey.

Alcohol is consumed in several scenes, but not much intoxication is shown.

Some scenes take place in "drug dens," or poor-neighborhood, boarded-up places in which everyone is addicted to meth. These scenes can be disturbing.

NOTE: Drug usage is not glorified on this program. The awful effects of the usage of these drugs are shown often and described as well, and not to mention the consequences of involvement. The message of this program is anti-drug, and that crime doesn't pay.

9/10 This is a very mature and emotional show. Jesse struggles with drug addiction throughout.

'Breaking Bad' is a show where throughout all seasons, from beginning to end, keep a very intense feel. There are some brief scenes that may be played for laughs, but pretty much the entire series keeps the audience on the edge of their seat, anticipated for what's to come, and always keeps the audience concerned for these characters and what will happen to them or what they will do. Overall, this is probably one of the most thrilling and intense shows ever made.

The villains in the show are often psychotic -- most will kill without the slightest iota of remorse. The show itself is also dark in tone, especially in the last two seasons. One villain in particular has Neo-Nazi tendencies, along with those who follow him, which is upsetting. Characters in the show are almost always placed in perilous, intense situations which are often left on cliffhangers.

The show has become notable for provoking intellectual thought within viewers about foreshadowing and resolution to plot holes, and it may lead to discussion about crystal meth.

The fourteenth episode of the fifth season, "Ozymandias," doesn't have much graphic violence, but is very emotionally intense.

Jesse is held as a slave cook the last 3 episodes and is tortured if he doesn't obey. This causes a punishment to someone he's close with and he's forced to watch it happen. Jesse's seen screaming and crying in a car close by.

A fan favorite dies in the end,which could be very sad to those who sympathized with him.

Suggested MPAA Rating (TV Version): R for Sexual Content, Bloody Violence, Some Grisly Images, Language, and Pervasive and Disturbing Drug Content

Suggested MPAA Rating (Uncensored Version): R for Sexuality/Nudity, Bloody Violence, Some Grisly Images, Language, and Pervasive and Disturbing Drug Content

*The only difference between the TV version and the uncensored version is the TV version censors language and has no nudity in it. Everything else regarding violence and drugs is the same.

(SPOILERS CHARACTER DEATHS!!!) The two most emotionally intense deaths are Walt and Andrea's deaths at the end of season 5. Walt's is in the finale "felina" and Andrea's is one of the last episodes. Walt's a fan favorite, which is very intense and Jesse is forced to watch Andrea get shot as a form of torcher. He's seen screaming and crying in a car.

Jesses girlfriend overdoses on heroin and Walt stands by and watches as she chokes to death on her own vomit.

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Certification:
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) / 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/16 / 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 (TV version)

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