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Sex & Nudity

  • In season 1 there is a lot of underage sex especially in the first couple of episodes. Sometimes you can see characters in their underwear but it's often very briefly
  • Sexual content is frequent and often involves older teens: sex scenes with undressing to underwear, and sometimes nude but nothing sensitive on-screen, nor actual sex. S3 includes some lesbian sex scenes; one strongly implies oral sex (female bare backs shown in the sex scenes, but no graphic nudity).
  • Season 1 A couple kiss passionately and take off their clothes. They start having sex. There is no nudity

Violence & Gore

  • A lot of times, characters will die in harsh and cruel ways. The show gets increasingly more violent.
  • In one scene, someone steps on a landmine resulting in a bloody aftermath. Body parts are seen scattered across the ground. (Very graphic)
  • Later seasons contain much more graphic violence than the first, with medium to large amounts of blood and gore.
  • Contains blood, gore, and violence.
  • Some graphic violence. Mostly blood but there is a little gore occasionally.
  • The strongest scenes include decapitation and dismemberment, a man's eyes being violently gouged, heavy beatings, gory heart surgery, a character graphically slitting their wrists and another character cutting their arm open on the corner of a table.
  • Scenes include decapitation, dismemberment, an eye gouging, gory heart surgery, beatings and wrist slitting.
  • There are many torture scenes, including a man being repeatedly whipped before having a nail driven through his palm and being shocked with an electric cord, people being tied down and drilled into, a man having nails hammered through his hands before being hoisted into the air, and several people being cut and stabbed many times with knives and scalpels.
  • A man is repeatedly stabbed in the stomach and has his head hit against a table before his neck is bitten out.
  • A man's tooth is pulled out with pliers.
  • In season 7, a woman ripped out a chunk of a man's neck with her mouth. Seconds later she scooped out his eye with a spoon. Probably one of the more graphic scenes of the season. There is a lot of blood.
  • Show progressively gets more and more violent with each season. Going from PG-13 style violence to Hard R violence with on screen dismemberment and blood
  • Teenagers wield knives and pistols in each other's faces to threaten and intimidate each other. There is an overall theme that the characters on earth are expendable and useless. It is suggested one of the teenage boys sent to earth has shot someone and dressed as a guard to escape punishment. Most violent scenes have very little blood but extreme force.


  • In season 1, we briefly hear someone say to someone else, "Your dad is a dick!"
  • Infrequent use of bastard, piss, pissed, ass, badass, dumbass, smartass, and bitch. Frequent use of hell, damn, and dammit.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One of the main characters, makes and shares moonshine (a type of alcohol) with others.
  • There's a nut they found called jobi nuts that they eat and it makes them hallucinate
  • Underage drinking is briefly shown in some episodes. In most episodes, drinking is implied.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some of the deaths may be extremely emotional and unhappy deaths. Main characters die by suicide, execution, murder, etc.
  • The storyline of Jasper in seasons 3-4 is an extremely blunt portrayal of depression, and can be very unnerving to watch.
  • Constant scenes of slitting wrists, hangings, lighting self on fire, brutal executions, overdoses, etc.
  • The main protagonist is taken from her home and mother to be cast into a radiated wilderness.
  • Teenagers are on a crash-landing space shuttle.
  • A character is being treated for a gunshot wound on an operating table in a hospital scene.
  • A deer is mutated with a second face protruding from its other side and the face might be frightening or disturbing to some viewers. The deer also makes an eerie noise.
  • A character is suddenly attacked and kidnapped by an unseen spear-thrower while cheering.
  • A boy is attacked by other boys who cut off his bracelet while he protests.
  • A few torture scenes that may be distressing for viewers.


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

Violence & Gore

  • Several main character deaths per season =S1: Wells, S2: Finn, Maya, Dante, S3: Lincoln, Sinclair, Lexa, Pike, S4: Jasper, Roan, Luna, S5: Monty, Jaha, Harper, S6: Kane, Abby, Shaw, S7: Bellamy, Gabriel, Diyoza.

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