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Sex & Nudity

  • Some episodes contain sexual references and nudity.
  • There are several sex scenes throughout the show's run. On par with other HBO shows like the Sopranos in terms of nudity. Meaning infrequent and not graphic.

Violence & Gore

  • There are lots of shootouts that are detailed with brutal deaths and strong bloodshed. Shootouts occurred very frequently during the prohibition era.
  • This show contains scenes of brutal violence and is sometimes very emotional. Many characters die and it is not for the squeamish.
  • Frequent, when it appears it is usually somewhat graphic, and sometimes disturbing. Gunshots and other gruesome moments.


  • Slurs for African Americans, Italians, Polish, Hispanics, Jews, and Irish are heard throughout the series.
  • Occasional profanity in other languages, especially Italian.
  • Sexual dialogue but rarely explicit
  • Irreverent jokes about sex, usually quick, and not explicit.
  • The word "cunt" is used several times throughout the series, but very infrequently. The word "cocksucker" is used infrequently as well.
  • Similar volumes of language to shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood.
  • The word "fuck" is said very frequently throughout the series, along with many other profanities such as "shit," "goddamn," "bitch", "son of a bitch", "ass", "asshole", "dick", "pussy", and "cock."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cigarette smoking is common and seen in every episode.
  • Use of cocaine can be seen in a few episodes especially by Al Capone.
  • Alcoholic beverages are made and consumed constantly. Some references to hard drugs. Specifically in the later seasons, where the "Heroin Trade" becomes a more frequent topic of discussion.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 'Boardwalk Empire' is set in the Prohibition era of the 1920's revolving around Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. It showcases how the Federal Government start to take an interest in him due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts which in turn put his illegal operation in jeopardy.
  • The final scene is especially saddening and depressing.

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