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At some points we see couples, presumably after sex, in bed together.

At least four points, couples sensually grasp and straddle each other in bed. The most explicit scene of sex (no totally graphic) was in a single episode in Season 4.

Women are frequently shown in underwear.

There is some kissing as well.

The plot of the second episode is about impregnating and killing women.


Green = PG, ex: The Pacifier (2005) Orange = PG-13, ex: The Bourne Identity (2002) Red = R, ex: Alien (1979), Cube (1997)


Some fistfights occur.

Martial-arts fighting between two FBI agents in one episode.

Peter is electrocuted for answers when he is taken hostage. He gets a bloody nose.

Some episodes contain shootouts with some blood.

A giant spiky slug slithers out of a dead man's mouth. This is not graphic, but it is gross and scary.

People sometimes go through scary monster transformations in some episodes, which can be disturbing.

In one episode, the life source (a small metal circle) is cut from shapeshifters' bodies. However, it is not difficult to watch because the shapeshifters' blood is in fact mercury, and they are minor 'bad guys'. This would still earn these parts a solid PG-13.

Autopsies are shown on-screen in some episodes, with blood and some gore. Nothing worse than CSI.

In the Pilot episode, skin melts off of people's faces in a brief 20-second scene.

In one episode, a man gets his arm caught in a machine and it is completely mangled and almost sliced in half, but it is brief and the camera does not linger. We see blood splatter on the ground.

In one episode, people randomly break out in viral tumors. This can be hard to watch, because there are many and it can be found gross.

In one of the episodes, a man gets stuck in wall during a bank robbery (he is dead). The main characters saw off the man's hand and place it on a tray (all we see is some blood spraying onto the tray as we hear the saw running). We also see the man's bloody severed hand, but it is unrealistic and almost cheesy.

Most of the cases ocurred during the first three seasons, and repeated in Season 5, used nematode worms, radioactive isotopes, the hallucinogenic drug that simulates deadly butterflies and a skin-growth toxin. In an episode they're used some of their for a massacre.


Infrequent language includes damn, b-tch, ass, S.O.B, and hell.


Walter does enjoy what he calls "self-medicating" himself but we never see him its only talked about. Many experiments involve drugs, especially LSD.

Some characters were experimented on as children with an extreme, experimental drug.

In two episodes, we see what the characters are seeing when they take drugs, which are LSD and 'Black Blotter'. In this situation, the drugs are actually used for good. In an episode we can see hallucinatory effects of black blotter.


Some of the episodes can be frightening and induce nightmares, but rarely.

Very dark scenes, involving CSI-type crime investigation. Disturbing images, sometimes bloody.

Heads-up: A very disturbing and nightmare-inducing episode is The Candyman (season 3), where a religious man abducts children, and sucks their spinal fluid through a machine to give The Candyman youth, which is how he stays young. Due to the fluid intake, he also secretes sugar through his sweat. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN 12 OR YOUNGER WATCHING, SKIP THIS EPISODE.

The latest minutes of the series are very sad and emotive, especially for those who have followed the whole series.


Suggested age: +14 for violence, grisly images, drug use, some sexual situations and language.

Australia:MA15+ / Australia:M (TV rating) / Brazil:14 / Brazil:12 (some episodes) (season 1) / Brazil:16 (some episodes) (season 1) / Canada:14A (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Canada:PG (cable rating) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-12 / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:16 / Hungary:18 / Ireland:15 / Italy:T (with warning) / Malaysia:U / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 (Season 5) / Netherlands:12 (season 1 - 4) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/12 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:NC16 / South Africa:13 (V) / South Africa:10-12 (V) (season 5) / South Korea:15 / Spain:16 / Spain:18 (cable rating) / Spain:12 (on some TV networks) / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 / Thailand:18 / UK:15 / UK:PG (one episode) (season 2) / UK:U (one episode) (season 5) / UK:12 (some episodes) / USA:TV-14

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