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Sex & Nudity

  • Moderate sexual references and some brief sex scenes with no nudity.
  • Seasons 1-3 are fairly clean, with 2 or 3 brief sex scenes and mild sexual references. However, seasons 4-7 after that contain a lot more sex scenes, lesbianism, and they tend to be extended and more graphic. No nudity, although there is moaning and thrusting. The sexual references become more frequent as well. There's an attempted rape scene in Season 6, Episode 19 Seeing Red and it's fairly graphic lasting about 30 seconds.

Violence & Gore

  • Frequent moderate violence involving vampires and demons. Usually with just punching and kicking. Vampires are often 'dusted', which involves stabbing them in the heart or decapitating them. They then turn into dust with no blood. For a show about vampires, there's very little blood shown.


  • Mostly damn and hell, but occasional instances of bitch, ass, slut, wanker etc. There is also some occasionally crude sexual humor. The word "bollocks" is also used once or twice
  • Please Note: there are a few occasions where someone is about to curse and you can tell what the word was going to be, but they are always cut off before saying the entire word (usually by death).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some alcohol can be seen being consumed. In a few episodes people appear to be 'high' on magic. Some mild drug references. One of the main characters, a vampire smokes cigarettes regularly.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A few episodes are very dark, and some of the vampires and demons can appear scary.
  • It really should be noted that this series matures with its expected audience.


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Violence & Gore

  • Quite a bit of realistic, non-fantasy violence in some episodes: A Slayer mistakes a human for a vampire and stabs him to death, the scene is slightly bloody. A beloved character is shot to death. A human male is flayed alive and shown hanging from a tree, muscle, bone, and sinew exposed, lacking skin. There are many scenes of human women being assaulted by vampires. The Slayers (enhanced young human women) experience repeated violence that in real life would be fatal many times over; as it is, they are slammed against walls, bloodied, bruised, and knocked unconscious.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Buffy dies -- more than once. The deaths and funerals are intense.
  • In Season 5, Episode 16, The Body; Buffy's mother dies.

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