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Sex & Nudity

  • Rated R: graphic carnage, explicit sexual content including rape, and language.
  • There is a HIGH amount of sex and nudity in Spartacus.
  • There is full frontal nudity of both men and women in every episode, if not every other scene.
  • There are many sex scenes including an extremely graphic orgy sequence. Straight, gay, and lesbian sex acts are shown.
  • A slave girl is anally raped while being double penetrated by two men.
  • In the second episode a man is seen peeing on another man's face. The second time you see his penis.
  • There are slaves seen fully naked in the streets of Rome.
  • There is a lot of sexual references and language

Violence & Gore

  • There is also a VERY HIGH amount of Blood and Gore in Spartacus.
  • There are many brutal dismemberings, beheadings, stabbings, neck-slicings, brain-bashings and many more brutal depictions of death.
  • Since it is set in ancient Rome, following along the lives of Gladiators there is a high amount of brutality and blood loss. The blood and gore is usually CGI but it is also very realistic due to the gritty battles and ruthless killings.
  • Many slaves are seen beaten and whipped, due to disrespect.
  • Gladiators use many severe weapons to brutally murder their foes.
  • In the beginning of the first episode a gladiator is seen having his head cut in half by a sword and fall to the floor a few yards away. You can see much blood and the inside of his head where the strike occurred.


  • There are many uses of "fuck" and "cock", usually referring to a penis.
  • "Shit", "bitch", "ass", and "bastard" are sometimes said.
  • "Cunt" is uttered a few times as well as seen in Subtitles of a foreign Gladiator.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many men and women drink wine in celebratory occasions.
  • Two women are seen consuming Opium which is a strong drug, and are seen delusional later on.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are a lot of depictions of Gory and Brutal Gladiator battles.
  • Slaves are beaten and whipped and are shown in pain.
  • One main character Batiatus is shown beaten brutally and being peed on afterward. He is shown having bruises and cuts the day after.
  • One Gladiator is forced to have sex with a female slave, who is married to the Gladiator's friend. This seen is highly emotional and tense. .


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Violence & Gore

  • A woman is raped and later beheaded. Very disturbing.
  • In the final episode, a man is stabbed in the mouth with a spear and his jaw is hacked off. This is shown in closeup and in slow motion. Extremely gruesome and gory.

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