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Sex & Nudity

  • Some scenes in Season 3 feature BDSM

Violence & Gore

  • There are lots of shootouts that are detailed with brutal deaths and strong bloodshed. Shootouts occurred very frequently during the prohibition era.
  • This show contains scenes of brutal violence and is sometimes very emotional. Many characters die and it is not for the squeamish.
  • People get executed by men with machine guns, shotguns, and handguns, all of these scenes are extremely graphic.
  • Frequent, when it appears it is usually somewhat graphic, and sometimes disturbing. Gunshots and other gruesome moments.


  • Slurs for African Americans, Italians, Polish, Hispanics, Jews, and Irish are heard throughout the series.
  • Occasional profanity in other languages, especially Italian.
  • Sexual dialogue but rarely explicit
  • Irreverent jokes about sex, usually quick, and not explicit.
  • The word "cunt" is used several times throughout the series, but very infrequently.
  • The word "cocksucker" is also used infrequently as well.
  • The word "fuck" is said very frequently throughout the series, along with other milder profanities such as "shit," "goddamn," "bitch", "son of a bitch", "ass", "asshole", and "dick"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cigarette smoking is common and seen in every episode.
  • Use of cocaine can be seen in a few episodes especially by Al Capone.
  • During Season 4 a character becomes addicted to heroin, there are a few scenes of her visibly shooting up
  • Alcoholic beverages are made and consumed constantly. Some references to hard drugs. Specifically in the later seasons, where the "Heroin Trade" becomes a more frequent topic of discussion.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 'Boardwalk Empire' is set in the Prohibition era of the 1920's revolving around Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. It showcases how the Federal Government start to take an interest in him due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts which in turn put his illegal operation in jeopardy.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A man has sex with his mother in season 2
  • A main characters wife has an affair with another woman.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The final scene is especially saddening and depressing.

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