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Sex & Nudity

  • There's a scene where a boy and a girl make out.
  • This show is usually family-friendly but there are also a lot of episodes that focus on Axl "getting a girl " with lots of sexual innuendos.
  • Some dialogue and brief implications of sexual content.
  • Axl is shown is the shower once. His private area is covered up by a logo on a shower curtain. Later in this episode, Brick then asks Axl a question while he is in the shower. Axl is shown from the waist up. Brick sees Axl's buttocks and genitals when he turns around (we do not).

Violence & Gore

  • A deer runs at a girl and the screen cuts off, and later it is determined that her leg was broken.
  • Sue accidentally runs over Axl's foot and breaks it.
  • Rita Glossner threatens people with violence, at one point she assaults and batters Mike.


  • Many damns, hells, and some instances of ass and jackass.
  • Bastard in four episodes.
  • Mild swearing like crap, freaking, screwed, oh my god, and sucks.
  • "Slutty" in two episodes.
  • A brief use of "douche" in one episode.
  • "Boobs" in a few episodes.
  • There are some episodes where an incomplete "son-of-a-bitch" is said. One episode has the complete saying.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) are both frequent beer drinkers but are never seen as drunken unstable parents. Frankie's two aunts smoke cigarettes. Rita Glossner is seen holding a beer when she walks by.
  • A random teen boy is shown drinking beer at a party and he offers some to Sue.
  • Sue says people are burning incense at a party, and it is implied that the people burning incense are covering up marijuana use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The episode with Sue and Brick watching a horror film may frighten younger viewers.
  • When Rita beats up Mike, it can upset viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.


  • Four charecters flip off the Heck's they are censored and nothing can be seen but the action is obvious.

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