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Parents Guide for
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Infrequent sexual content, nothing graphic.

Condoms have been discussed in Season 2.

In one episode, Andrea gropes Shane's crotch, however there is absolutely no nudity. This is relatively brief.

There is a scene in Episode 2 of Season 1 where a man and woman is seen undressing and the man is seen briefly thrusting behind the woman who moans right before the opening credits.

Occasional sex scenes, but nothing graphic and no nudity.

A variety of weapons are used to kill zombies, from guns to axes, and have bloody results.

Throughout the show many zombies are seen in various states of decay, sometimes with bone or internal organs are exposed.

The series has a focus on what humanity is left in a world after humanity is extinct. As the series progresses violent conflicts between people begin to arise.

Every episode has gore, but some episodes are VERY graphic.

Season 7 episode 1 contains such graphic gore that there were many reports of people being sick while watching it. Lead characters Glenn and Abraham both have their heads bashed in my a baseball wrapped in barbed wire while the man doing it laughs and makes jokes. We see close-ups of eyes popping out and the heads completely smashed in with large amounts of organs, intestines, brain and other various gore completely noticeable. While this is happening Glenn's wife and Abraham's girlfriend and most of their friends are forced to watch. We hear and see them screaming and crying throughout.

[Season 1]

All six episodes (including an extended version of Episode 1) contain moderate to strong depictions of violence, with frequent shooting and/or slashing scenes throughout the season featuring zombies attacking humans and the latter shooting, impaling, driving into or over, and using various weapons on the former, with extremely bloody, gory and at times, graphic results.

Episode 1 where a police officer is seen shooting another officer who has turned into a zombie. Apart from a hole that is seen in its head, we also see a lot of blood spurting.

Episode 6 where a man is seen shooting zombies after his group rushes out of a building. Blood spurting visible. There is also a scene where a man slashes off a zombie's head thus detaching it from its body.

[Season 2]

All thirteen episodes contain moderate to strong depictions of violence, with frequent shootings and/or slashing scenes of zombies attacking humans and the latter shooting, impaling, driving into or over, and using various weapons on the former, with extremely bloody, gory and, at times, graphic results.

One of the strongest of such scenes is in Episode 3 where a man is seen being dragged by a large group of zombies. His flesh is seen being torn apart with some blood spurting visible. The man is seen screaming hysterically but his friend continues to walk away from the scene.

Another example is in Episode 5 where a fighting scene between a zombie and a man occurs. The man is seen punching and smashing the head of a zombie with a branch repeatedly with blood spurting. He then moves on to shoot an arrow towards another approaching zombie.

All the fighting and killing of zombies takes place within the context of self-defense, rather than with any sadistic intent or relish, and within a firmly established fantasy context.

[Season 3]

All sixteen episodes contain moderate to strong violence, with frequent shooting and/or slashing scenes of zombies attacking humans and the latter shooting, impaling, driving into or over, and using various weapons on the former, with extremely bloody, gory and, at times, graphic results.

One of the strongest of such scenes is in Episode 1 where a zombie is seen biting the leg of an elderly man. It tears the flesh slightly before being shot in the head. Close-up shots of wound are shown before another man uses an axe to cut the old mans leg off to prevent the latter from being infected. In this scene, there are intermittent shots of his leg being cut off with some blood.

Another example is in Episode 9 where a zombie is seen coming out of a car, surprising a man, who reacts by kicking and stomping the zombies face repeatedly causing it to smash into pieces.

In most scenes, the fighting and killing of zombies takes place within the context of self-defense, rather than with any sadistic intent or relish, and set in a fantasy-fiction genre.

[Season 4]

All sixteen episode contain moderate to strong violence, with many humans and zombies dying in various ways. The worst violence is as follows:

Episode 8 contains multiple main characters deaths: Rick is beaten severely; the Governor is beaten and stabbed, before being shot; Hershel is beheaded by a sword (we see this vividly as the Governor slowly hacks away at his neck); and an small girl is bitten by a walker - we later see her mother carrying her dead, limb body.

Episode 14 contains two young girls being killed. It is one of the most disturbing episode in the show. A girl, aged 12, kills her younger sister, 10, with a kitchen knife. We do not see the actual killing, but the scene cuts to her standing next to her young sister's dead body on the ground (we only see the body briefly), while she is standing next to the body, with her hands covered in blood as she holds the knife. Later in the episode this girl is also killed, as two adults decide she is dangerous and shoot her in the head.

[Season 5]

Probably the most violent season, with the usual levels of human and zombie gore in every episode. The worst violence is as follows:

Episode 1 show cannibals slicing people's necks and letting them drain into a trough. We also sees kitchens full of human meat and body parts hung up on pegs. Many of these cannibals are shot and killed by Rick and his group during the episode.

Episode 3 contains Rick and his group hacking the group of cannibals to death with various machetes, knives and the back ends of guns. The cannibals plead Rick not to do it but he decides to kill them anyway.

Episode 15 has a naked zombie corpse tied to a tree with its chest having been opened and guts falling out. It is said that this happened recently, and the corpse is noticeably fresh. We do not see much nudity in the scene, but it is a disturbing image.





Profanity is used sparingly, with the word "shit" being the strongest said a few times every episode. Other than that the only regular profanity is quite mild (such as "ass", "hell", "piss", and "damn").

"Bitch", "asshole", "dick", "prick", "pussy", and "jerk-off" are infrequently used.

Also, religious profanity in the show is quite limited to simply "Oh my God," "Jesus!" or "Christ!"

Most of the potentially offensive language comes from a bigoted character who's portrayed negatively. As such, other slurs used in his presence include "nigger", "rug-muncher", and "taco-bender".

The middle finger is seen on a few occasions.

Daryl calls a baby "Lil' Asskicker"

The word "fuck" is used in multiple episodes (censored on AMC and DVD, but uncensored on Blu-Ray releases).

Season 4: Once in episode 16.

Season 5: Once in episode 6.

Season 6: Once in episode 1, Once in episode 10, and 23 times in an extended version of episode 16.

According to interviews the Season 7 Blu-Ray release will also include multiple uses throughout as Negan is now on the show.

Alcohol is consumed in some episodes.

Some characters smoke cigarettes.

References to hard drugs are made rarely and are not depicted in use.

Bob is an alcoholic.

The overall tone of the series is quite bleak, long drawn out and miserable.

OFFICIAL ratings are included below, not the "suggested" ratings people add (contrary to the rules).

If this was a movie it would rated R for strong graphic violence, strong language and brief sexuality.



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