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Sex & Nudity


Episode 1x01: A murder victim is found naked in a field, but no explicit nudity is shown.

Episode 1x05: Two murder victims are found naked in a motel room. Their bare buttocks can be briefly seen. No frontal nudity. During this same episode, a man's castrated testicles are seen at a crime scene.

Episode 2x01 and 2x02 feature an image of naked corpses sewn together in a pattern. The lightening on this image is low, and it is blanketed in shadows. No explicit nudity.

Episode 2x10 features a sequence in which two separate sex/love scenes are intercut together and become a fantasy sequence in which a man slowly alternates between kissing two women. A demonic creature (symbolizing another character) is also shown positioned atop a woman. No nudity or sexual sounds throughout.

Mild references to sex crime and semen in a police procedural context.

Violence & Gore


The series is about Will Graham and his ability to empathize with serial killers to a point he can recreate their violent actions in his imagination as part of criminal investigation. As a result, we see him acting out the murder's crimes on screen. These scenes are often bloody and graphic.

The opening scene of the series, we see Will Graham recreating the murder of two people in their homes. This scene is quite disturbing, but it sets the tone of the show very well.

Will Graham's psychologist, and the overall antagonist of the entire series, is Hannibal. We see him preparing and eating human beings, as well as serving human meat to his dinner guests (unknown to them, and otherwise) throughout the show.

One of the recurring themes are Will's vivid night terrors in which he has psychodelic visions, often disturbing if not just violent, due to his having to empathize with serial murderers.

There's several "serial killer of the week" episodes, in which killers with bizarre styles of ritualistic killing is often tied thematically into the series' narrative. These killers are often one-offs, but sometimes stick around for later appearances in the series, but are always disturbed and commit eccentric violent crimes.

Cannibalism is a theme through the entirety of the series. There are many scenes of cannibalism, as well as some scenes of auto cannibalism.



Overall, this series has had "bitch" said once, and the phrase "pissing contest" said once. That's all the profanity featured in the first 26 episodes.


A character takes Aspirin fairly frequently due to headaches.

Characters are shown drinking wine with dinner and whiskey while relaxing at home.

A character is given hallucinogenic tea under a psychiatrist's supervision. When asked about her unnaturally calm state, the psychiatrist lies and says she was given half a Valium (a medication that helps anxiety temporarily).

Reference is made to a killer who uses a heroin overdose to kill his victims. One such victim is revealed to survive this on account of a former drug habit.

Other substances are used within medical situations as well as crime situations. In most of the crime situations they are used to drug victims.


The entire series is intense by nature due to it's subject matter being psychological horror.

The series carries surreal imagery throughout, which might enhance the disturbing atmosphere of the show.

Most of the crimes contain violence that is bizarre and/or aberrant, and there are gruesome and unsettling images throughout.

There are dream sequences that might be disturbing due to the violent imagery portrayed in them.

Some morbid moments early on, involving crime scenes and forensics, that may repulse some viewers.

The season 2 finale is particularly intense, and may be upsetting for some.

Total: 43/50

Overall, recommended rating, TV-MA (V): Adult Content, Graphic Violence

Suggested MPAA rating: R for grotesque violent imagery

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