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Parents Guide for
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Full frontal female and male nudity

Contains infrequent, but graphic sexual dialogue, as well as semi-regular sex scenes, which are sometimes graphic, and often include at least partial nudity.

There are scenes of casual sexual encounters, some characters will be seen watching pornography on TV and on the computer.

A childbirth scene including a close up of the vagina

Although no sex ever occurs, a young teenage girl is involved on a friend level with a 20 year old man, with whom she is hoping to lose her virginity to. She is also seen preoccupied with this goal, as she constructs a "virginity loss poster", uses a heavy amount of makeup, and starts dressing in revealing skirts and high heels.


A man gets shot in the leg. Blood is seen spurting out.

A boy hits a man's leg with a crowbar. His leg breaks.

Many scenes of punching, often with graphically bloody results.

A bald eagle is shot, away from screen, we do see it after it has been skinned

A woman slits her wrists. A lot of blood is seen gushing out of them.

Characters are often seen bruised, and with cuts on their faces/body.

A character kills himself.

A man is shot through the forehead, with blood splatter.

A man's limbs are chopped off, his bloody intestines later shown being put in trash bags.

A man dislocated another man's pinky very suddenly. It's seen completely broken.

A man deliberately stabbed a baby's arm with a pin.

A woman cuts off a corpse's toe.

A man throws up a substantial amount of blood.


10-15 uses of "fuck" per episode. Occasional use of "cunt" in harsh situations. Milder profanity such as shit, damn, ass, and hell used frequently. Sexually derogatory terms such as dick, cock, and pussy are also used frequently.


Frank is an alcoholic; this is often depicted graphically. There is also semi-regular underaged drinking, and occasional use of marijuana. Once or twice throughout the series, characters (not part of the regular cast) are seen using cocaine.

A character is seen consuming a great deal of pain killers, often chopping up the pills and snorting them. He is also seen shooting heroin.


The series is never frightening, but is often shocking, particularly the climax of season 2, episode 11, which is very disturbing and alarming. All shocking scene are; however, infrequent and over with fairly quickly.

A character vomits a copious amount of blood, due to severe illness brought on by liver damage

A toddler accidently ingests cocaine the was left lying on a counter during a party (not shown)

A teenage character gives birth to a baby with Down's syndrome, whom she rejects, abandons, and calls the "R" word several times.

A lot of shock value scenes in which a lot of the characters, commit petty theft crimes, sell drugs from an ice cream truck, break into houses, buy guns from an illegal arms dealer, run a massage parlor from a local bar.

A couple having difficulty with conceiving a baby, utilize the woman's mother as a surrogate, with the man having sex with the mother, which results in pregnancy.

After a woman learns she is pregnant with multiples, she insists that the surrogate carrying her husband's child, have an abortion when the surrogate is already several months along, and has a non chalant attitude about it.

Season 4 in particular is very emotional and distressing.

Total Explicit Content: 41/50.

Showtime's official rating for the series: TV-MA (LDSV): Graphic Language, Adult Content, Sexual Content, Nudity, Mild Violence

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use, violence and pervasive language.

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