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Sex & Nudity

  • Throughout the entire series there is limited nudity. Its not as much titilating or exciting rather it advances the plot. Overall, the show only features female nudity once, in the very first episode for a few seconds. As for the rest of the series the sex is either implied or not shown explicitly. The sex in this show is never graphic and never features nudity accompanying it.
  • Season 1, Episode 1: A well-endowed woman is seen topless through an open window.
  • Season 1
  • Episode 2: the only nudity in the episode is Walt's bare buttocks as he leaves the bed to go into the bathroom.
  • Episode 3: There is a brief scene in which Jesse goes into a motel with a prostitute. The lights are out, so no nudity is seen. Sex is implied
  • Episode 7: Walt and Skylar go to his car to have sex. We hear them moaning and climaxing. They are fully clothed.
  • Season 2
  • Episode 1: Walt, in a confused state, shoves Skylar against a fridge and starts to get undressed but she protests so he stops and leaves. No nudity.
  • Episode 3: Walt's bare buttocks are seen while he is walking through a grocery store nude.
  • Some passionate kissing scenes are spread across the seasons.
  • Season 3
  • Episode 4: Skylar is shown with Ted and they kiss and she takes her shirt off leaving her in a bra. The scene cuts to Skylar putting her shirt back on. Sex is implied.
  • Episode 5: There is a brief scene in a strip club with no nudity. But women are shown in their underwear pole dancing in the background, with suction cups covering their nipples. Some are seen kissing each other
  • Episode 11: A topless woman puts her shirt on. No nudity is seen as the room is dark.
  • Some crude jokes are occasionally spoken.
  • Season 4
  • Episode 2: A woman's bare buttocks are seen as she walks across the room of passed out party goers in Jesse's house.
  • Episode 3: Hank is shown caught watching porn but there is no nudity or sex shown on the television.
  • Episode 5: Walt and Skylar are shown kissing in bed. The scene ten cuts to Walt walking to the bathroom with his bare buttocks shown briefly. Sex is implied.
  • Episode 10: Several women in bikinis around a pool. Bare buttocks are seen.
  • Season 5
  • Episode 2: The final scene of the episode it is heavily implied that Walt is about to have sex with her and she doesn't want to. Nothing sexual is depicted, it is only implied, but it is disturbing.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence and Gore are common themes throughout the entire series. This is an extremely disturbing show. Acts of violence include dissolving bodies in acid, beating people to death, decapitation, choking to death on vomit, numerous stabbing and shootings using various forms of knives and guns, emotional torture, etc. Across all seasons, the acts of violence and gore is relatively constant.
  • Season 1
  • Episode 2: In the last five minutes (probably the most gruesome in the history of the show), a man places a corpse in a bathtub and begins pouring strong acid onto it. We see blood on the bottom of the bathtub. Later, the acid melts through the floor; blood, gore, meat, and bones falls through and splatters everywhere.
  • Episode 3: the first three minutes of the episode, before the title sequence starts, consist of the characters cleaning up dissolved body parts. In one of the last scenes, a man is choked to death with a bike lock. Lasts for about 20 seconds. The man stabs the attacker in the leg with a broken piece of plate before he dies.
  • Episode 7: a man beats another man to death for no particular reason. The latter is punched in the face and repeatedly punched after he's on the floor. Two other men watch in horror. The man is later dragged away with his face covered in blood.
  • Season 2
  • Episode 1: a man who has been beaten to death is shown foaming at the mouth and dying. After he dies, another man tries to hide the body beneath a stack of crushed cars that fall on him and take off his arm. Police who find the crime scene find it amusing and take photos of the two dead men.
  • Episode 6: in a somewhat bizarre sequence, a woman knocks an ATM on a man, crushing his head. We hear an awful squishing/splatting sound when it happens and then see the man lying with the ATM covering his head as blood pools around him. A child is in the house when this happens but doesn't witness the death, so another man runs him outside and makes the child close his eyes to avoid seeing the gruesome scene. This scene is quite disturbing.
  • Episode 7: a group of men see a decapitated head on a tortoise. One goes to lift the head off and it turns out to be a bomb and explodes. Briefly, dismembered men can be seen screaming in agony and sitting in their own blood.
  • Episode 11: a man is shot several times by a child.
  • Episode 12: a man watches a younger woman choke to death in her own vomit.
  • Season 3
  • Episode 3: in the first five minutes of the episode, someone's head is chopped off with a machete. The decapitation is shown off screen, but we see a streak of blood hit a wall. The head is later seen on a turtle shell.
  • Episode 6: in the prologue before the theme song starts, a policeman is killed by an axe and an elderly woman's corpse is shown.
  • Episode 7: in the end, a shootout happens at a parking lot. An innocent bystander is shot and killed, one gunman is critically wounded and the other is shot in the head. Blood splatters on the camera.
  • Episode 12: two men who are threatening another are suddenly run over by another man. No blood is shown, but there is clear sight of the car making an impact. One dies instantly, but the other is still alive and is then shot in the head. Blood splatters on the ground.
  • Episode 13: a man points his gun at a wall (another man's head is on the other side), and shoots. A moderate amount of blood splatter can be seen from a distance.
  • Season 4
  • Episode 1: a man's throat is suddenly sliced with a box cutter. Blood pours out and soaks the man's clothes. The body is later dissolved in acid.
  • Episode 8: in a flashback sequence, a man is suddenly shot in the head. We see blood pour out of his head as he falls towards a pool. The man's friend is held down and forced to look at the man bleeding out into the pool as he struggles and protests. Disturbing and bloody.
  • Season 5
  • Episode 5: the final scene depicts an innocent child who witnessed a crime being shot by one of the perpetrators. We briefly see the bullet impact and the child falling down dead, but the scene is more disturbing than graphic.
  • Episode 14: a very emotionally intense episode. Several scenes of intense physical and emotional violence featuring main characters. A major character is fatally shot in the head offscreen.
  • Episode 15: a main character is seen being psychologically broken via emotional torture. One scene features him having to watch the woman he loves being executed.


  • "God" as an expletive is heard with frequency. "Christ" and "Jesus" are also not uncommonly abused as curse words.
  • "Fuck" is said around 16 times in season 1 (there is at least one F-bomb per episode 1), but is seldom used in the rest of the series. Once in season 2 (episode 6), twice in season 3 (episodes 3, 10), three times in season 4 (episodes 3, 9, 11), and five times in season 5 (episodes 3, 6, 7, 14, 15). One of the uses in season 3 and 4 are "motherfuck--" and "motherfucker". Total "fuck" count: 27
  • "Faggot" is used once in season 1 (episode 1). "Retard" is said twice in season 1 (episode 2) and in season 2 (episode 2).
  • "Bitch" is often used, primarily by a main character.
  • Moderate amount of "hell", "damn", "ass", and "shit."
  • More infrequent profanities include "goddamn" and the insults "jerk-off", "pussy", "asshole", "dick" and "prick".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Despite the anti-drug messages, some teenagers might get the impression that cooking meth is a good way to make money
  • It is important to state that this show delivers a very strong anti-drug message by showing the negative side effects of drugs. However, this is the reason for the show's mature rating.
  • It features nothing you wouldn't see in a school assembly about drugs.
  • The premise of the show is about a man resorting to making drugs to get much needed money for his expensive cancer treatment and for his family after he dies. He is shown in a few scenes making drugs with a recipe made up by the show's producers and cannot be copied.
  • Clearly negative characters are shown to have drugs and are punished by the police for this.
  • Characters are smoking Cannabis, smoking, snorting methamphetamine, injecting heroin, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol. It's all shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rated TV-MA for graphic disturbing violence, drug content throughout, language, and sexuality/nudity.
  • The overall tone of the series is very dark and depressing.
  • Themes such as death/dying, cancer, family dysfunction, drug addiction, and more are all explored throughout.
  • The last 3 episodes feature a main character who is beaten, tortured and force to be a meth slave. These episodes will be highly disturbing for many viewers.


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Violence & Gore

  • Episode 13: a bomb goes off in a room with three people inside. One man walks out, still alive. The camera then rotates to show that half of his face has been blown off, we see several pieces of torn facial tissue, and bone. After about 6 seconds, he falls toward the camera offscreen and dies, this scene is extremely gory and disturbing. A man is shot offscreen, blood is seen on the killers face.
  • Episode 8: Ten people are killed in a two-minute jail montage. They are stabbed, beaten, and burnt to death. This scene is very graphic, and disturbing
  • Episode 16: at least ten people are shot by a machine gun with lots of blood spraying onto walls. During the gunfire, Walt gets shot in the side and survives for a couple of minutes before his death. Jesse strangles Todd to death by a chain; this lasts for about 15 seconds, and we see the man who's getting strangled struggle on the floor and we hear his neck snap. Jack who is coughing up blood after being shot in the stomach is shot in the head by Walt. Blood and brain matter splatters onto the camera lens as we see this from his perspective. During a phone call we find out someone is poisoned and we know she will die. The final scene of the whole series is Walts death, he leaves a bloody hand print on a gas tank and falls to the ground. The camera pans out from his lifeless body. Blood is covering his left rib.

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