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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


The overall rating of the television show is TV-MA. Sexual content is found throughout all episodes created. I don't recommend watching this with your children. the minimum age should be 18 and up to watch this series. Sexual content is frequent and graphic. The sex scenes are steamy and not suited for children. Nipples and genitalia are shown. The sex is used by the characters several times as means of manipulation and exploitation (including adultery). Very little of the sexual activity is marital.

Sex is used as a weapon regularly but is not visually graphic until episode 7 (female rear nudity) and episode 8 graphic sex scene that shows everything but nipples and genitals.

Violence & Gore


The violence in this show, while infrequent, is very realistic. There is never any gore, but blood and blood splatter are shown many times. Dead bodies are occasionally seen.

In S1E1, "Pilot", there is a flashback where it is revealed that Elizabeth was raped by her former captain. While there is no graphic detail and the lighting is very dark, there is obvious thrusting and she is in pain. This scene is rather intense and disturbing.

In S1E9, "Safehouse", a man is shot in the back of the head, causing some blood splatter. Fairly Graphic.



For a show that features a lot of sexual content and violence, the level of profanity on average is astonishingly limited.

Mild to average words such as "Damn" and "Hell" are occasionally used. "Shit" is used rarely.

Sexual slang is also used. "Pussy" is used at least once in that context.

Sexual dialog, while very rare, can be very strong. For example, in S1E9, "Safehouse", a woman screams "Shoot yourself into me" while having sex with her boyfriend.


Alcohol, drugs, and smoking is found throughout all episodes of all seasons.


This show can be very dramatic and intense at times. Many audiences may find the violence, including the rape scene in the first episode very disturbing.

Parents should especially take note of the fact that in one episode, "love" is simply defined by Elizabeth as "a feeling", which her General agrees with. This is important because anyone who truly understands relationships and marriage knows that "love" is much more complicated and is based on much more than just biochemistry.

Total Explicit Content: 29/50

The Americans is only recommended to audiences that possess a great deal of maturity and morality regarding the topics of love, sex, sexual fidelity, marriage, and the cold war. Thus, while the "appropriate-ness" of this show can vary depending on the person, perhaps the absolute minimum age to watch it is 18.

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Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) / Singapore:M18 (season 1) / Singapore:R21 (season 2)

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