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Sex & Nudity

TV-PG for violence including scary moments and language

Some scenes of sensuality. A few episodes contain off-screen sex, but we only see people before and/or after; no actual sex or nudity is shown. Some episodes have sexually related comments and dialogue, though nothing explicit.

A female character uses mind control on a man for casual sex in the very beginning of season one.

In The Price of Gold, Emma is shown briefly in her bra.

In Heart of Darkness, there is a guard shown who Snow White stole armor/clothes from. Briefly he is shown from the front, and while he is covering himself, still more is shown than necessary.

In Hat Trick, Emma is kidnapped and stripped to an undershirt and jeans. Minor cleavage.

Ruby is almost always seen wearing either a midriff shirt baring her abdomen, short tight skirts, or cleavage revealing shirts.

Female characters often have mild to moderately cleavage revealing attire

Emma often has a slightly see through blouse in which we can see her bra beneath.

In season one, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Graham is shown with his shirt off following an implied post-sexual encounter.

Characters kiss

Violence & Gore

There is often blood shown in the show. Blood is seen in each episode at least once, however the blood is kept at a minimum; there isn't that much.

In an early Episode we see Charming defending his newborn baby, and he gets slashed by a sword which leaves a blood trail along his chest. He is also stabbed again, but they focus on his face rather than the wound itself.

Stealthy, the dwarf, dies by an arrow.

There is a birth scene where you do not see anything, but the mother is screaming in pain. May frighten small children.

Scene in a cavern where two men attack a man who is more than their match.

During one of the episodes, a wolf attacks a group of men. The attack is off-camera, however the bloody aftermath of the attack is seen from a distance detailing bloody bodies and in one case a severed hand and several legs. There is A LOT of blood in this scene. Before we see this Red pulls a bucket of blood red water out of a well.

Also during this episode a wolf eats a man alive. You can't see anything you can just hear growls and muffled screams. The wolf turns into a human and looks at the bloody aftermath of what had just happened. There is some flesh and a couple of bones in the distance for about a millisecond.

In another episode, A man is decapitated and his head is held by his hair. His body falls to the floor but his head is still moving. A lacerated wound around his neck is shown but not graphically bloody.

In episode 6, there is a dragon who burns the knights to death. No blood, just skeletons.


Damn, hell, bastard, ass, and bitch are all used and the element of sex is implied a few times.

Most of the characters are seen drinking from time to time. That being said, there is no drug use, and no one smokes in this series.

Some mild scenes.

The show deals with more realistic versions of the fairy tales we grew up with. They can tend to be darker and even sadder, with final consequences of death. There is also a constant theme of children losing their parents for one reason or another (Emma, Rumple, Henry, Neil, Gepetto, Snow White, Prince Charming, Zelena, August, Regina, and Anna & Elsa). This could be a touchy subject for anyone who may have had similar home life situations.

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Brazil:Livre (some episodes) / Brazil:10 (some episodes) / Brazil:12 (some episodes) / Netherlands:12 (season 1) / Netherlands:9 (season 2) / Singapore:PG13 (season 1) (season 2) / USA:TV-PG

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