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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

TV-MA for some sexual content, violence, language, drinking and smoking, and disturbing images

There is infrequent strong sexual content.

Thematically, there is much subject matter involving adultery and using sex as a power play.

Infrequently, strong sex scenes and brief nudity are present.

Violence & Gore

Heated arguments mostly, but extremely infrequently violence has broken out.

Three notable examples:

A major character is murdered through carbon monoxide poisoning. Though not graphic, it is disturbing and unexpected.

Another major character is shoved in front of an oncoming subway train and killed. Again, not graphic, but disturbing and unexpected.

A major character is hit repeatedly in the head and face with a brick and killed. His dead body is later seen with blood on his face

Violence towards animals is a reoccurring event in the show. Notably, the opening scene of the series features a dog hit off screen by a car and put out of it's misery. We only hear the event, but although it is never seen on screen it can be disturbing to some viewers.

A bird is crushed onscreen in a character's hand in late season two. It is bloodless, but disturbing.

A man threatens to step on and kill another man's pet guinea pig, but he doesn't. The animal is unharmed.


The amount of profanity heard varies from episode-to-episode.

Some episodes have very few uses of strong profanities such as "fuck" or "shit", while others may contain frequent uses of those words. Milder profanities are also present.

"Fuck" is said a few times per episode, although some episodes may have as many as 20 uses and others may have as few as it being heard twice.

"Cunt" is said 3 times in an episode, twice directed toward a woman.


People smoke and drink casually on every episode.

One character struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. Depictions can be disturbing. One episode depicts four men getting drunk and destroying property, while other briefly depict the use of cocaine.


Nothing more than heated arguments. The show's score does maintain an intense feel throughout.

The murder of a major character can be quite emotional.

A man killing his pet bird maybe upsetting to animal lovers.

A man threatening to kill a guinea pig by stepping on him resulting in the animal to whimper maybe upsetting to animal lovers.

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Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M (DVD rating) (Season 1) / New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) (Season 2) / Singapore:M18 (season 1) / South Korea:15 (DVD rating) / South Korea:18 (cable rating) / USA:TV-MA

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