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Sex & Nudity

  • A character in Season 3 has an extremely disturbing fetish where he likes to be choked out with a belt while he's having sex. In other words he finds pleasure through extreme pain.
  • Very explicit sexual content. There are several strong sex scenes with some graphic nudity and thrusting. Several scenes take place in brothels where women are topless and on occasions we see their pubic hair.
  • Frontal Male Nudity from Bobby Cavavale who's penis can be seen out of focus and then again from a birds eye view
  • Nonsexual full frontal female nudity is seen at various intervals throughout the entirety of this series, with breast and occasional buttock nudity during sex scenes - often with thrusting.

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 numerous shocking and unexpected instances of graphic brutal violence. For mature audiences only.
  • People get executed by men with machine guns, shotguns, and handguns, all of these scenes are extremely graphic.
  • Brains and lots of blood often spray out when people get shot in the head.
  • Much more gruesome and disturbing than "The Sopranos" and much, MUCH more graphic than "Casino".
  • 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 also used infrequently as well.
  • The word "fuck" is said very frequently throughout the series, along with other milder profanities such as "shit," "goddamn," "bitch", "son of a bitch", "ass", "asshole", and "dick"

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.
  • During Season 4 a character becomes addicted to heroin, there are a few scenes of her visibly shooting up
  • 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

  • There is lots of gruesome violence with blood and gore.
  • Bobby Cannavale's character in Season 3 is an insane and sadistic psychopath who gets offended easily and kills people who say things that upset him. Each scene with him is menacing and brutal.
  • TV MA for strong brutal bloody violence, grisly images, pervasive strong language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use
  • "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 Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A man has sex with his mother in Season 2
  • A main characters wife has an affair with another woman in Season 1

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The final scene is especially saddening and depressing. It features Nucky Thompson being brutally killed

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