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Sex & Nudity

6/10

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

9/10

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.

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 violent, psychedelic visions, 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 eccentrically 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.

Many graphic death scenes - victims are torn apart in the snow, their body parts scattered everywhere, a man cuts off his own face and eats his nose, a man's bottom half is eaten by pigs, men's throats are slit. Various stabbings, shootings and fist fights.

A man is hung from the ceiling with his brain and heart on scales (graphic).

A woman is cut vertically into about 6 pieces, then separated - we see her insides for a good five minutes.

A girl's face is carved.

A woman is set on fire.

Various disturbing dreams.

A man's body is merged with an animal skeleton.

A man's head and eyes are filled with bees.

A man gouges out another mans eyes, and sticks spears through his body.

A woman is pulled out of the inside of a horse.

A man wakes up stitched to numerous other bodies, and to free himself he has to pull himself away from these, tearing off chunks of his skin (on-screen) in the process.

A man is found slicing off parts of his face and feeding it to dogs (slightly obscured by the darkness)

A man cuts open and removes the kidney of another man who is awake and conscious (obscured by camera angle)

A woman catches on fire and burns to death inside a glass box

Please note that this series just about always contains graphic scenes, and I have only mentioned a few on this list. All in all, while the violence might not be overly graphic, as we usually see the aftermaths, the violence is very brutal and quite grisly.

Profanity

2/10

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.

6/10

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.

10/10

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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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (TV rating) / Germany:18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) / New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) (Season 2) / Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) / South Korea:18 (edited version) / UK:18 / USA:TV-14

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