The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Sex & Nudity
- A main character is raped on a staircase. Not graphic but upsetting and very disturbing.
- Activity is visible at a strip club in several episodes. Strippers are shown suggestively dancing, sometimes nude (bare breasts visible).
- While there is plenty of female nudity, there is no male nudity
- There are a few episodes that show nudity, strippers, breasts, buttocks, sexual dialogue, sex and oral sex.
- Tony has several adulterous relationships throughout the series.
- Several references throughout the show. Sometimes they can be explicit
- There are some minor themes of prostitution
Violence & Gore
- A man is unexpectedly shot in the head, he is then shot once more in the chest, his face is then slowly ran over by a large car, we don't see it but we hear a graphic crunch, a man vomits after witnessing this.
- There are multiple beatings which can get extremely graphic.
- A character is violently sexually assaulted in an extremely graphic scene that lasts over a minute. Very distressing
- The violence in The Sopranos is usually very brutal, but the violence is never depicted as fun or cool. It is shown in a responsible and negative light and has consequences. Unlike most crime shows, the violence is not glorified. It is all meant to show that the characters are bad people and the life they lead is chaotic
- A man brutally beats his pregnant girlfriend to death by punching her and bashing her head into a metal guard rail repeatedly, we see her bloody corpse a few times, this scene is extremely disturbing.
- A man is viciously beaten in the head with a golf club until his skull splits open and blood gushes out.
- A man is shot in the face with a shotgun and half of his face is blown off, the camera lingers on his gory wound in closeup.
- An elderly man shoots his godson in the head spraying blood and brain matter onto the ceiling. There is tons of blood in this scene
- A man is beaten to death with pool cues in a homophobic hate crime. Later it is mentioned that he had a pool cue rammed up his buttocks
- A man is shot in the back of the head, chunks of blood splatter onto a lamp. We later see a gory bullet hole in his face. A dead rat is shoved in his mouth.
- A woman shoots her fiance in the chest and face the day before their wedding. His body is then cut up into pieces and ran through a meet grinder.
- A corpse is dismembered in a bathtub. We see hands chopped off and a decapitation. Tons of blood. His arms/legs and head are placed in a bowling bag that gets buried. The rest of the body is then thrown in the river.
- A man is viscously pistol whipped in the face, blood surrounds his mouth. Later he is curb stomped, he cries out in pain, and all of his teeth are knocked out. This scene is extremely bloody and brutal.
- No one is safe from murder during this show. Throughout the series, family members and blood relatives kill each other in cold business like manners.
- Infrequent use of "cunt" throughout
- The word "cocksucker" is used numerous times per episode.
- There is pervasive use of "fuck" per episode. It can be used by mobsters, children, rabbis, just about anyone
- Slurs for African Americans, Italians, Polish, Hispanics, Jews, Russians, Native Americans, Asians, Muslims, and homosexuals are heard throughout the series.
- Some profanity in other languages, most notably in italian.
- Virtually every single character on the show regularly uses harsh language.
- Irreverent jokes about sex, pedophilia, homosexuality, and suicide.
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- A group of thugs raid a dope house, people are shown doing and dealing drugs.
- One episode features Tony and a stripper using peyote.
- Use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine is shown often. Sometimes they are seen being packaged.
- A main character abuses drugs and alcohol often.
- Cigarette/cigar smoking and social drinking are present in nearly every episode.
- Tony's teenage son smokes marijuana in a few scenes
- Tony is involved in narcotics trafficking.
- Underage drinking, smoking, and drug use is shown in a few episodes.
- Ecstasy is sold to teens and adults alike at parties and local night clubs.
- In one episode, teens take ecstasy and "Special K" at a party. One overdoses and goes to the hospital.
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- The show highlights many various hard-hitting topics such as mental health/illness, PTSD, depression, dementia, dysfunctional families, murder, cancer, rape, sexual harassment, organized crime, domestic violence, discrimination, family estrangement, gambling addiction, infidelity, existential crises, suicide, and drug and alcohol abuse.
- The main character Tony Soprano has several violent outbursts throughout the show. They get worse as the show progresses.
- Many of the dream sequences portrayed in the show are frightening and quite disturbing.
- The show can be extremely suspenseful and intense. Major and minor characters are killed, sometimes suddenly.
Sex & Nudity
- One of the secondary characters, Vito, is a married but closeted gay man. In Season 6 Vito is seen being physically intimate with another man.