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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

I. There is a brief scene in which a new pirate is hazed by being put into a brothel room with ten prostitutes. The scene is quick, but toplessness as well as the full-frontal nudity of the various women in the scene are shown. Later in the episode a lesbian couple are shown passionately kissing, one of them is topless and places her hand beneath the other's skirt, moaning is heard.

II. The lesbian couple from the previous episode are seen in bed naked together the next morning. Toplessness is throughout the scene, and one of them is seen fully nude at the end of the scene when she removes the sheets to entice her partner to stay in the room. Later in the episode the same woman is seen topless giving a man a handjob (the man's genitals are obscured from view by furniture).

III. A man and women have sex passionately, toplessness and rear nudity shown in the scene as well as thrusting being depicted and moaning heard. A naked woman is seen cowering in a shack with chains on her ankles, it is implied she was sexually abused. The end of the episode features an intense rape scene where it is very plain that a woman has been raped by several men, and we see one of them currently assaulting her in the scene.

IV. Early in the episode there is a strong sex scene where a woman is seen riding a man in bed and climaxing loudly. Full frontal female nudity is shown in the scene. A woman is kept in chains in a hut on the beach prostituting herself to a pirate crew. There is an unpleasant scene where an older woman tries to douche the prostitute and hurts her, another woman comes into the hut and does it properly.

V. A woman is seen riding a man (whom is tied to the headboard) and she leaves him there tied. Briefly full-frontal male nudity is shown.

VI. Briefly a naked prostitute is seen sitting in a window. A woman disrobes in front of a man and they briefly have sex on a porch.

VII. Topless prostitutes are seen in a brothel. The episode ends in which a naked man kills another man, briefly the naked man's penis is shown.

VIII. The episode opens on a prostitute riding a customer and moaning loudly.

IX. Early in the episode a prostitute is seen riding a man and climaxes loudly.

X. Two women kiss passionately in bed, one of them has their top unbuttoned during the scene.

XI. A naked woman is seen going down on another woman, moaning is heard throughout the scene. At the end of the episode a woman strips naked and invites a man to have a threeway with herself and another woman. Also during the episode a man and woman strip each other naked, and the woman is seen being taken from behind by the man.

XII. A man is seen in the morning after of the threeway that ended the previous episode. As he leaves the room full-frontal male nudity is shown.

XIII. The episode opens on a threeway sex scene between two women and a man. Loud moaning is heard and the scene is fairly explicit. Topless female nudity and rear male and female nudity are shown.

XIV. None.

XV. Briefly a prostitute's corset is seen pulled open and a john sucks her breast.

XVI. None.

XVII. None.

XVIII. None.

Violence & Gore

Throughout the series there are many instances of intense violence, some of it rather graphic. Notable examples include...

I. The episode ends with an intense fight scene between two men that ends with one of the men being beaten to death with bare fists.

II. The dead man from the fight scene in the previous episode is shown several times in the opening scenes of the episode, one time being pissed on.

III. Sexual violence is clearly implied on two occasions in the episode. A beaten woman is seen shackled naked in a hut. The episode ends on an fairly intense rape scene that implies the same woman was raped by several men before.

IV. A woman prostitutes herself to a pirate crew and sexual violence is clearly happening to her, but although off-screen it is quite disturbing.

V. A man bites the jugular out of another man during a fight, this scene is quite graphic.

VII. two men fight and one is knocked unconscious and buried in the sand. At the end of the episode the buried man wakes up, finds, and stabs the other man with a stake.

IX. A man leads a pirate crew on a mission that ends in massacre in the opening scene of the episode.

X. A man cuts another man's head off with a dagger.

XI. Two men fight to the death and it ends in decapitation, the severed head is placed on a spike.

XIII. A pirate ship opens fire on shore, lots of destruction is seen as well as victims in the rubble.

XIV. A woman slices a man's throat as well as stabs a prostitute to death. Also, a man cuts another man's jugular.

XVII. A woman is shot in the head. A pirate crew attacks a pirate ship, many are slain violently.

XVIII. A pirate ship opens fire on shore, lots of destruction is shown. Men fight with swords and guns, many are killed in the chaos. In another storyline, a man is tortured and has his leg badly broken and it must be removed.


Strong language throughout (ie: "fuck", "shit", etc.), but some episodes feature stronger more frequent language than others. It varies greatly from episode to episode.

Sexual slang such as "cock" and "cunt" are used in some episodes.

Frequent drinking and cigar smoking.

Opium abuse is central to a first season storyline.

To aid realism scenes can be brutal including fights, period weapon injuries/killing, some rape and slavery.

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