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Sex & Nudity

  • There is a man's butt in a changing room, but it is not sexual.
  • Season 2 : There are a few sex scenes distributed throughout the episodes, and although no nudity is directly seen, there are thrusts and it is obvious the characters are having sex. There are also scenes of both girls and boys in underwear throughout the episodes. There are pictures shown multiple times of a boy's naked buttocks.
  • Season 2: Sexual themes are more prevalent and more graphic than the first season. Some involve rape. Multiple shots of male rear ends, shirtless females from behind, and on one occasion even male full frontal nudity.
  • In season 2 there is a VERY graphic scene showing a topless woman on a pornsite from behind.
  • Season 2. Rape flashbacks throughout the whole season. Nothing very explicit.
  • Season 2. Also polaroid pictures showing a rape taking place with the rapists buttocks revealed.
  • In season 2 episode 6 (The Smile at the End of the Dock), there is a scene of a high school boy receiving a lap dance with female nudity from behind. This video is briefly shown again in episode 7 (The Third Polaroid)
  • In season 2 there is a brief glimpse of bare female buttocks right before implied sex.
  • Sexual situations/dialogue is spoken repeatedly throughout the series in both seasons. One of the main themes is how an innocent teenage girl is repeatedly regarded as a 'slut' or 'easy' following rumours of her sexual conquests.
  • Season 1 two rape scenes graphic season 2 one rape scene EXTREMELY GRAPHIC
  • Multiple sex scenes onscreen in season 3.
  • There is a scene where rape survivors stand up to say they are survivors, this scene is inspiring and not dark
  • A few sex scenes in season 4, but the scenes are settled. only last 2 minutes or less.
  • sex scenes get less graphic in the later seasons.
  • As an act of protest teen girls run onto a football feild in undergarments and body paint.
  • The series involves numerous sexual situations/dialogue in almost every episode. There are some occasions of depictions of sex acts, rape, and masturbation. Most of the only actual nudity involves male buttocks, but in season 2, there are a few instances of female nudity.
  • Season 1: Sexual situations/dialogue is very common. The most extreme instance occurs later in the season where a girl is raped from behind, this scene is around 2 minutes long towards the end of the episode. The sex scene is very disturbing. No nudity is shown, just thrusting and the victim's face. There are some instances of sexual acts without explicit nudity, for example teens having sex in a park, an implied masturbation scene with no nudity, and a couple of boys show their butts in a mocking manner.

Violence & Gore

  • Season 2: There is a little violence distributed throughout the episodes. A few fights break out between people, and people occasionally hurt themselves by hitting or punching walls.
  • Violence and Gore is infrequent but when it happens it can get a little intense with a little blood but sometimes it goes out of control and some scenes can be very violent and disturbing.
  • Season 3 introduces the topic of abortion and shows a played down scene of the intensity behind getting one. Machines, sounds, sucking noises, it should be mentioned that this subject matter is not only shown, but the depression of the aftermath as well for the character involved.
  • Season 3: Alex violently threatens Monty by pulling out a knife to stay away from Tyler, however nothing happens.
  • Attempts of gun violence.
  • Clay pretends to have a gun and scares people at a police station during a breakdown.
  • The series does have some violent images and some blood, but no gore
  • The overall graphic nature of violence and gore escalates as the series progresses. Early episodes involve various fights among characters but as the series progresses the violence becomes much more triggering.
  • Season 1: There's relatively little to no Violence and Gore in early episodes. For example, a girl slaps her friend. But as the season continues the violence and gore intensifies; there's a scene midway through the season involving suicide - this's graphic and brief. Teen suicide, with various bloody dream sequences starts to become more common and graphic. The fights, which weren't super violent early in the season are more violent and graphic. Most notably, later in the season, there's a very graphic, bloody and disturbing scene which's very hard to watch.


  • Lots of swearing. many uses of 'Shit' and 'fuck'
  • Very frequent cursing including "fuck," "shit," "damn," "assholes," and "sucks." Name-calling such as "idiot."
  • There is a lot of swearing throughout the show. Words like shit, fuck and bitch are used very casually in everyday conversation. The word faggot is used a lot by one character. Girls are also called whores and sluts a lot.
  • A lot of cursing and derogatory terms used throughout the season. Slut, whore, referring to someone as 'easy', bitch, shit, fuck.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Underage drinking and drug use is also not as frequent but strong.
  • Season 1 has many scenes of drinking. Heavy drinking. Season 2 introduces drugs. Some scenes of smoking in the series. In some scene s there is charecters smoking weed out of a bong
  • There is a plot line revolving around substance misuse in a teenager. This details withdrawal, addiction and dependence.
  • Various occasions of drug paraphernalia being shown used by teenagers. Including visible injections and using makeshift apparatus for heroin use.
  • Extended scene where a group of teenagers take drugs together, and experience a high. There is also details of the come down the next day.
  • Plotline revolving around a young teenager suffering from alcoholism. Various alcoholic behaviours shown, including drinking at school.
  • Scene of a heroin overdose of a young person.
  • Plotline revolving around illicit steroid use in young people for performance enhancing purposes.
  • Justin's mom smokes a cigarette (brief)
  • Marijuana dealing is important in the 1st season. A major charecter is seen being come to for marijauna in a couple of scenes of bags of marijuana are seen. People are shown smoking marijuana in the first season too like bongs
  • Alcohol, drugs and smoking aren't uncommon throughout the series. While it's not the primary focus, there's underage drinking and drug use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • "13 Reasons Why" deals with dark content, such as suicide, self harm and sexual assault. This content can be disturbing and is often portrayed graphically.
  • Some rape scenes are prolonged.
  • Overall there are a lot of emotional scenes that can upset and traumatize the sensitive, like disturbing scenes of suicide, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual harrasment.
  • Some of the characters but mainly Clay experience a lot of dissociating and hallucinations, some include ghosts of dead people, some are really disturbing.
  • Clays panic attacks and breakdowns are very intense and sometimes include hallucinations and dissociating.
  • Season 4 has much of a darker, scary vibe into it than the 3 other seasons.
  • Rated TV-MA for strong sexual and disturbing content including rape, graphic violence, nudity, pervasive language and drug/alcohol material
  • Very graphic and disturbing content.
  • Season 1: The issue of rape is dealt with a lot in the last 4 episodes. The issue is not dealt lightly and it is presented in a rather daunting way.
  • Hannah's suicide scene lasts for a few minutes. There is a lot of blood and is the most graphic, painful scene of the season. It may be triggering or upsetting to viewers, whether they have been in a similar situation or not.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • In the last episode of Season 2, there is a very graphic scene where Monty sodomises Tyler with a mop into his rectum, while others laugh. Monty does not show regret.
  • There are multiple scenes of rape and sexual assault. There is no nudity however the scenes are relatively long in length and disturbing/difficult to watch.
  • It's revealed Justin did sex work for money when he was homeless.
  • Justin tells Jessica he was raped by one of his mothers ex boyfriends.
  • Some moments of teen sexuality, including masturbation and some make-out scenes. One explicit scene of two teens having sex; lots of thrusting but no nudity. A teen shares a photo he took up a girl's skirt showing her underwear. A character keeps trying to have sex but has difficulties due to his emotional state. A character becomes pregnant and has an abortion. A character does sex work while homeless and contracts HIV, eventually dying of AIDS.
  • Season 3 episode 7 minute 39 Ani and Bryce are playing poker while Bryce is naked then they kiss and move to the bed Ani is shown on top of Bryce and both of them are thrusting and moaning this scene is about 30 seconds long.
  • There is a scene where a boy is video chatting a porn star on his laptop. She removes her bra and her breasts and nipples are exposed and visible

Violence & Gore

  • When Hannah kills herself shown in the original version of the Season 1 finale, (this is intense and scary for some) she cuts her arm with a razor blade, and blood comes out of the cut. When her parents find her, the bathtub she is in is red with blood. This is for sure one of the most graphic scenes of the show, and most disturbing. However, after backlash, Netflix removed the suicide scene, and all we see is the aftermath.
  • In the final episode of Season 2, Tyler is sodomised into his rectum by Monty which is very graphic and Monty shows no remorse.
  • At the very end of season one you see that Alex has shot himself.
  • Justin's mother dies, her death isn't seen only talked about and revealed.
  • Clay has a panic attack with violent hallucinations, he sees Monty dying when in reality it's a dummy for a prank, he tries to save him as he bleeds out, he's covered in fake blood from a shower from a prank by jocks, he goes out covered in fake blood with a knife in front of everyone.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • At the beginning of season 2, Justin does heroin and is affected by it the next morning.
  • Teens drink at parties with no noticeable consequences. A character is a heroin addict; we see him with paraphernalia and obviously high. Later he detoxes with the help of his friends. Clay's friend group does Molly together. Another character does cocaine and steroids are a major plot device in the third season.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In the last episode of season 2, Tyler is bashed into a mirror, a sink, has his head dunked in a toilet and is forcefully sodomized by a mop handle into his rectum by Monty. The scene is very disturbing and sudden. This causes Tyler to plan a school shooting at an upcoming dance which can also be very disturbing to some viewers.
  • In the last episode of season 4, one of the main characters die in a hospital. This scene lasts for several minutes, and Is extremely sad
  • In the last episode of season 4, Clay tries to die by going inside of a police station and yelling that he has a gun. A police officer eventually calms him down

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