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Sex & Nudity

  • Beth and a teenage boy are shown finishing having sex, he is shown thrusting on top of her. They are fully clothed, when he rolls off of her he shirt is unbuttoned and we can briefly see her bra. No nudity shown
  • A couple of teenagers kiss each other roughly.
  • A young woman has implied sex with a man, heavy breathing is heard post-coitus
  • A drunk woman asks a young woman if she likes to "fuck", the young woman is surprised by the vulgarity of the question, the woman then asks if she "fucked" a man, afterward she asks if she liked "fucking" the same man, to which the young woman replies "sometimes".
  • A young woman sleeps with a young man. No nudity.
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  • A candle is shown and referenced to which is in the form of male reproductive anatomy.
  • Several episodes where main characters undress to bras, underwear, slips and, for extended times, are shown in this state of undress - vacuuming, dancing drunkenly, talking, laying around.... Never any real nudity.
  • Long scenes and frequent when women are high - vacuuming, dancing drunkenly etc.

Violence & Gore


  • 31 uses of "fuck"
  • A few uses of "shit", "asshole", and "god damnit".
  • Multiple uses of "cocksucker" by adolescents.
  • Uses Jesus as swear word

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Addiction of two main characters to both prescription drugs (Librium) and alcohol are at the core of the story, including daily drugging of children as young as eight years old. Characters get high and drink regularly, some implication that this is a performance enhancement for competitive chess.
  • Underage consumption is portrayed graphically.
  • Part of the plot is based on substance abuse and it is visualized countless times.
  • Beth is a drug addict, smoker and alcoholic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The dead body of the protagonist's birth mother is shown laying on a roadway, the victim of an automobile crash. The body is shown from a distance, covered by a sheet, and minimal blood is shown.


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Violence & Gore

  • A character dies, she is shown dead, and it is described what happened. The actual death is not shown graphically, but it is still upsetting.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A main theme throughout this show is this woman's addiction to drugs/ alcohol. It as an active part or back drop to each episode. Female orphans drugged as part of the institution's control measures. A parent is an alcoholic and drinks every episode at all times of day.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A young girl is seen consuming a large amount of librium (tranquilizer) capsules; after taking an excessive number of pills, the girl drops the jar of pills and falls to the floor, suggesting an overdose.
  • Parent attempts homicide/suicide and scene/mood is intense.There is an overriding foreboding dark feel to the show with scenes girls are in the presence of men and the possibility of sexual abuse is hinted at by the cinematography and mood, etc

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