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Sex & Nudity

  • The series has moderate to strong sexual innuendos some people may not understand, most are subtle. There are frequent jokes about masturbation, casual sex and affairs. A few characters have slept with underage teenagers. Sexual tension is a frequent theme in the series, there are affairs, hookups and casual sex.
  • One of the main characters is a rape victim.
  • Another character is known for her promiscuity and is frequently called "the neighborhood slut"
  • Brief nudity, characters are seen with their shirts off and in their underwear. In a few scenes oral sex is implied.
  • Brief topless scenes of main female characters.
  • [The Complete Sixth Season]
  • There are some references to a woman's gay son's relationship with his partner.
  • In addition, a lesbian relationship develops between a woman and another woman.
  • Besides verbal references, there are scenes of intimacy between two women.
  • [The Complete Eighth and Final Season]
  • Homosexual content is depicted, but discreet in treatment.
  • In addition, the series contains some verbal sexual references by the main characters, such as "First time I had sex, I was 24... I am quite over-sized down there", "You get him all liquored up, and then you undress him", etc.

Violence & Gore

  • Despite taking place in an American cul-de-sac murder is a frequent plot device. Characters get shot, run over, bludgeoned, beaten and stabbed. Domestic fights sometimes happen, most are fist-fights between males.
  • Some characters are shot in the head. Moderate blood is used. Non-graphic violence, but the terms are more realistic.
  • Suicides are shown. There are cat-fights mostly for comic relief.


  • Anatomical and sexual references are fairly common. Semi-frequent uses of b-tch, ass, and bastard. Damn, hell, and God are often said.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are occasional marijuana references. One side-character is a cocaine dealer. A young character gets into a drug problem. In early season 1 a character abuses prescription pills. One character is an alcoholic. Drinking is commonly seen on the show.
  • In season 4 a character goes through opiate painkillers addiction.
  • A character in season 1 is referenced to be using black-tar heroin.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This TV series revolves around the lives and friendships of a group of close-knit housewives.
  • Domestic tension may upset more sensitive viewers. There are some shocking and suspenseful plots mostly involving revenge, attempted murder, psychological warfare, chases, physical confrontations and beatings.
  • Some disturbing content is prolific throughout the series involving death, suicide, murder, self-destruction, dark personalities and some unsavory pasts.
  • [The Complete Sixth Season]
  • [The Complete Eighth and Final Season]


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In this season, Susan re-marries Mike, Lynette gets pregnant, Bree has an affair with Karl, Susan's ex-husband, which leads to Karl's death and Orson becoming paralyzed, Gabrielle is forced to home-school her daughter after she pisses off the principal while Katherine plots her revenge against Susan, becomes mentally unstable and after she recovers, develops a relationship with a female stripper. At the same time, a new family with a dark secret moves to Wisteria lane.
  • In the final season of 'Desperate Housewives', Gabby, Lynette, Bree and Susan's lives are affected adversely when they become involve in a murder and have to remain tip-lipped about it.

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