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Sex & Nudity

  • Cleavage is shown throughout.
  • A lesbian couple is seen kissing multiple times throughout the series
  • A lesbian couple is shown in bed together and start to kiss then the scene cuts out
  • Brief sexuality and some sexual dialogue.
  • Girls in underwear
  • A scene opens with a female character in bed with a male character in bed but they just talk.
  • In one episode a club is being investigated.
  • Captain Barnes tells Jim Gordon that "eveyone knows you're banging the M.E."

Violence & Gore

  • Professor Pyg can be quite disturbing. He kills cops and then puts a pig face on them. Whenever he kills someone it usually ends up bloody. In episode 4x09 he forces a group of people to eat pies made out of people.
  • Gun wounds and stab wounds are visible and bloody.
  • Probably the most graphic scene in the entire show is in the Season 3 episode 'Blood Rush', where a "cleaner" is dissolving body parts in a "vat of acid"; an arm is shown in the acid and a torso with legs and arms and head chopped off is left in a bathtub, which is very bloody, disturbing and shocking. The cleaner is then torn limb from limb in a bloody mess by the man who found him (this is not shown, but the graphic remains are shown).
  • The spike of a heel is stabbed through a mans throught
  • A man burns another man to death by stuffing him in a bin and filling the bin with petrol. Naturally, he sets it on fire, and later on in the episode, you can see his burnt remains
  • Bruce Wayne's parents are shot with blood spatter and they are shown bleeding out. Quite graphic.
  • Most killings are quite bloody and gruesome. A man's arm severed with a large knife and the inside of the arm is shown with blood flowing from within.
  • A lot of shootings. Some of the shootings are graphic in the fact that blood sprays out of the bullet wounds.
  • Penguin slashes a fishermans throat, it is quite bloody. In the following episode he murders a man by stabbing him in the neck with a broken bottle. It cuts away, but you still see blood squirt out of the mans neck.
  • A man falls from the sky and you can briefly see him in the background with blood and guts around him.
  • A woman scoops her eye out with a spoon, and the eyeball is seen on the floor, and her eye socket a bloody mess.
  • Whenever Penguin kills someone, it is often very gory and brutal.
  • The second season of Gotham is much more gory and violent. A character plays with a very real looking severed head (which has blood dripping from the jagged cut)
  • A man is shot in the head and blood sprays and get blood on peoples faces


  • Son of a bitch, damn, hell, and shit are used infrequently, more frequently during season 2.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some use of alcohol and some smoking, usually in Fish Mooney's club.
  • Oswald Cobblepot gets drunk in one episode. This is more humorous than anything.
  • Barbara clearly has struggled with drug addiction in the past and later on in the show she relapses appearing to be high in a few scenes. No drug use is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rated TV-MA for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, and some language
  • A hitman likes to "eat" people. In one episode, a woman is "eaten" alive in a police station, blood is seen spurting all over the floor.
  • Some of the deaths can be disturbing due mainly to how graphic they are.
  • The scene of the Wayne murders is very upsetting and quite brutal.
  • Some of the villains' appearances can be quite scary.
  • Dr Crane creates a drug that creates fear. The scene where he tests it on himself is quite disturbing as well as the scenes involving his son taking the drug and overdosing thus creating hallucinations of a menacing scarecrow.
  • The character of Jerome is quite creepy.
  • People being held captive in a basement-like area for their bodyparts and having said parts removed or the people being killed for them.
  • The character Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/Penguin becomes more and more frightening and psychopathic over the course of the series, almost to the point of bordering the Joker's extreme psychosis, which will no doubt frighten and disturb some viewers. The fact that this character, portrayed by Robin Lord Taylor, is primarily based Danny DeVito's portrayal of The Penguin in the 1992 Tim Burton film "Batman Returns" also adds to the character's psychotic behavior.
  • The second season is much darker, gorier and more violent than the first.
  • Due to the graphic violence depicted in the show, and given that recent superhero shows like Jessica Jones and Daredevil have been rated TV-MA, this show would also be more appropriate under that rating. Despite its TV-14 rating, the show's level of violence should be considered TV-MA and it is one of the most extreme TV-14 shows on television, alongside some others including "Hannibal", "Criminal Minds" and "The Following".


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Violence & Gore

  • Penguin kills Gabe with some kind of plant tool. Very Gory
  • Carmine Falcone gets shot with blood coming out.
  • In some episodes in season three, a character's face is removed, stapled back on, and punched off, revealing blood and muscle beneath.
  • Falcone's daughter gets shot in the head with blood coming out. It is later said she is in a coma.
  • In Season 1 episode 8, Bruce is shown being bullied once he returns to school. he is shown leaving school with bruising. Near the end of the episode, he is shown being drove by Alfred to one of the bullies' house and once the bully answers the door, Bruce proceeds to beat the bully with his dad's watch on one of his fists (a ton of blood on the watch and the bully's face)
  • The scene where Galavan is brutally beaten with a wooden bad seen bloody he is then shot and killed and although the bullet impact isn't seen there is blood flowing down his chest.
  • Oswald Cobblepot is discovered to be a snitch and is quite brutally beaten. The beating results in him having a bad limp from that scene onwards.
  • In one episode a large group of men are shot with very gory bloody results. Immediately after this, Penguin stabs Frankie Carbone, one of Maronis men, multiple times, whilst quite clearly taking pleasure in murdering him. He stabs him multiple times in the abdomen, and we hear him groan in pain and flesh being pierced and blood pouring
  • In the season finale, Don Maroni is shot in the head at point blank range, it is very sudden and bloody.
  • At the very end of the season finale, Penguin shoots many of Maroni/Fish's men with a machine gun, we see the men flailing around with blood spraying and chunks of flesh falling off them . He then shoots a man (whom begs for mercy) with a pistol and we see blood and chunks of flesh splatter. Penguin then chases Fish to the rooftop where they fight. Butch shoots both of them in the leg as he is confused as to where his loyalties lie. Penguin recovers and then pushes Fish Mooney off a building to her presumed death.
  • Jim Gordon Shoots a man (very bloody)
  • There is a massive shootout in the GCPD, lots of blood. In the ensuing crossfire, Commissioner Sarah Essen is fatally shot and dies. This is very upsetting
  • A man named the Flamingo has a tendency to eat people after he has killed them. In the final scene of this episode, he kills Parker by biting her neck. She falls to the floor and blood is seen spurting out as policemen make failed attempts to baton him. Very disturbing.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Scene where a table is set and people are forced to eat pies made out of people

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