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Sex & Nudity

  • Husband and wife hug passionately in bed while clothed.
  • Two parents start to have semi-graphic sex. Some what of a side breast is shown.
  • The titular character is accused of engaging in "cutter porn."
  • There is a very mild sex scene; it only lasts about 10 seconds.
  • Only one mild sex scene out of all 8 episodes. Somewhat of a side view of a breast is seen, but only if you're paying close attention. Actual duration of nudity lasts about 5 seconds, then cuts to the next scene.
  • middle aged man asks teen boy to feel his pants for money

Violence & Gore

  • A dead body is fully seen. Bloody.
  • A man is strangled with a rope.
  • A brief picture of a dead squirrel, with its organs coming out is shown. Very graphic and bloody
  • A brief scene, involving pictures with bloody and disturbing imagery


  • Occasional mention of the word "dick." Shit and fuck are used often (3 times in the first 15 minutes of the first episode). Uses of the f-slur only a couple times. Not too much swearing for a TV-MA show.
  • Contains blasphemous language (e.g., "J-sus Christ", "G-d damn it").

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some drinking and smoking just normally but nothing too bad.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The show revolves around a murder of a 14-year-old child. This could be very disturbing, especially if you are young or if you are a parent.
  • SUICIDE TRIGGER WARNING: About 3/4 through the final episode there is a very graphic suicide attempt by deliberate car crash.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • One character involved in a sexual offender. His offenses are mentioned.
  • A teenage girl is asked by a teenage boy to send him a naked photo. The girl obliges. The scene is decent; the only nudity is a bare back and shoulders.
  • A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that if she "doesn't give him a blow-job, he will release her topless picture to the whole school."
  • A girl is implied to be date raped after she goes missing.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman crashes her car head-on into the side of a bridge after accelerating to 90 mph with her son in the passenger seat. The scene leading up to the crash is intense as the mother is frantic and the son is begging her to slow down. The results of the crash are shown and it is disturbing, but both of them live, the mother having amnesia and the son being left in a coma. An intense moral predicament underlines the entire final episode and the results are disturbing.
  • One of the main characters has repeated flashbacks revealing that his father raped and killed a girl. Nothing graphic is shown.

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