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(2011– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • Every episode has sex and much of it is pretty graphic and raunchy. There is lots of nudity.
  • A father forces his son to have sex with a female prostitute at gunpoint after catching him having sex with his boyfriend.
  • A teenage girl rapes a passed out young adult male.
  • A main character runs a prostitute business with his fake wife.
  • 3 main characters in Season 7 create a "throuple" which is basically another word for a threesome couple. They are shown graphic having threesomes multiple times.
  • An adult male has sexual relations with an underage boy. When they have sex, there is lots of grunting and moaning.
  • A few scenes take place in gay strip clubs.
  • A straight male character gets a job at a gay bar. He dances very sexually for a lot of men.
  • A main character has a sexual relationship with his college teacher in Season 5. They are shown having sex multiple times. She is also shown nude multiple times.
  • Fiona is shown having lots of raunchy sex with several men in each season.
  • Kevin and Veronica are shown having extremely graphic sex in each season.
  • Frank has a ton of raunchy sex with lots of women throughout each season.
  • Season 9 has less nudity than the previous 8 seasons with no penises, only a couple of quick breast shots, though about 8 male rear nudity and zero female rear nude shots
  • Suggested rating R for pervasive drug use and language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, alcohol abuse and some bloody violence- all involving minors
  • It would honestly be easier to count the episodes that DON'T contain nudity...
  • There are scenes of casual sexual encounters, some characters will be seen watching pornography on TV and on the computer and sexual favors are exchanged for money.

Violence & Gore

  • There are scenes which depict attempted and successful suicide in a graphic manner.
  • Mickey gets shot in the buttocks with a shotgun. The wound is pretty gory and we see fragments of the bullets being pulled out of the wound.
  • Lots of fights between Ian and Lip with bloody results.
  • Woman slits her wrists. Very upsetting and hard to watch. Lots of blood. Possibly triggering.
  • Woman gives birth. Close up view of baby being born
  • Man gets punched in the nose at a pub. Lots of blood.
  • Violence is usually very infrequent but when it does happen it can sometimes be extremely graphic.
  • A man gets executed by gun shot to the head, blood sprays out of the wound and onto the wall and floor. His body is later cut up into pieces and thrown in a lake to hide the evidence. (Graphic)
  • An elderly man is stabbed multiple times in a prison shower, blood is seen pouring out of the wounds
  • Violence and gore is not consistently shown, but can be graphic when it is shown.
  • Many scenes of punching, often with graphically bloody results.
  • A man's limbs are chopped off, his bloody intestines later shown being put in trash bags.


  • 10-15 uses of "fuck" per episode. Occasional use of "cunt" in harsh situations. Milder profanity such as "shit", "damn", "ass", and "hell" used frequently. Sexually derogatory terms such as "dick", "cock", and "pussy" are also used frequently.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A toddler accidently ingests cocaine the was left lying on a counter during a party (not shown)
  • The main characters sell drugs from an ice cream truck.
  • A main character is an alcoholic; this is often depicted graphically. There is also semi-regular underaged drinking, and occasional use of marijuana. Once or twice throughout the series, characters are seen using cocaine.
  • A character is seen consuming a great deal of pain killers, often chopping up the pills and snorting them. He is also seen shooting heroin.
  • One character becomes a drug dealer at a young age.
  • Characters manage a marijuana plant warehouse, and other characters manage an opium poppy plant warehouse. This is shown in two or three episodes, and is not a regularly talked about subject.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The show has a depressing and bleak tone. The show doesn't shy away from mature subject matter or even violence.
  • Suggested MMPA Rating: R for sequences of strong sexual content throughout including graphic nudity, pervasive language and alcohol abuse, drug use, and some bloody violence-all involving children
  • Canadian Rating: Rated 14A for Course Language, Substance Abuse, Sexual Content, Nudity
  • The series is never frightening, but is often shocking, disturbing and alarming. All shocking scene are; however, infrequent and over with fairly quickly.
  • A lot of shock value scenes in which a lot of the characters, commit petty theft crimes, sell drugs from an ice cream truck, break into houses, buy guns from an illegal arms dealer, run a massage parlor from a local bar.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character is hit by a car in one episode and loses their memory.

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