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

Full frontal female and male nudity appear.

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 as the baby's head is exiting.

Sexual favors are exchanged for money once in every few episodes.

Violence and gore is not consistently shown, but can be graphic when it is shown.

Characters are sometimes shot with blood spatter. Blood is seen spurting out.

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.

A character kills himself.

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

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

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.

A main character 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 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.

One character becomes a drug dealer at a young age.

Characters manage a marijuana plant warehouse, and other characters manage an opium poppy plant warehouse. This is shown in two or three episodes, and is not a regularly talked about subject.

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 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.

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.

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

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