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Sex & Nudity

  • No actual male or female nudity present.
  • Multiple sex scenes; Madani's butt is shown.
  • sexual scene a man is seen bent over with a gag in his mouth as a dominatrix whips him.
  • There is much moaning during these sex scenes
  • A woman is about to perform oral sex on a man before he is shot in the head.
  • A man dreams of having passionate intercourse with his deceased wife as he is being beaten and tortured partial nudity.
  • Two main characters carry on an intimate relationship for a brief period where multiple sex scenes with thrusting and moaning are portrayed with no actual nudity shown.
  • As the main protagonist chokes a man to death in an airport bathroom, his gurgles and muffled cries for help are likened to a couple having gay sex by a pair of young businessmen who overhear the act taking place.
  • One sex scene features pleasure through connecting with pain. As the two people engage in sexual intercourse they touch their scars that they received from traumatic experiences in their life to gain pleasure. They moan loudly throughout. No nudity shown.
  • A man in a wretched state is shown being given fellatio by a prostitute. No nudity and only the back of her head is shown moving. (Season 2)

Violence & Gore

  • Multiple scenes of graphic shootings. Some scenes of interrogation, showing men tied up and being beaten. Some knife violence, showing people being stabbed, sometimes brutally. Some scenes of heads being bashed in with sound effects.
  • A man's face is smashed into and dragged through a mirror. He screams in agony and his face is left bloody, chunks of glass stuck in his skin.
  • Some surgical type scenes. Bullets being pulled out of wounds, cuts being stitched up, etc. In one scene a man is removing an arrow from another man's shoulder. He slices into his back and pulls the arrow through, stapling up the wound. Not awfully graphic or disturbing but pretty gross nonetheless.
  • A man's throat is slit. Not clearly seen.
  • A man's inner intestines and organs are briefly shown in a ,,surgery''. Following the detonation of a bomb.
  • A group of private contracted soldiers are taken out by a man and his accomplice in the woods by shooting and stabbing them. Multiple wounds are visible.
  • A man is stabbed multiple times in his home. Graphic.
  • A group of men are beaten and killed with a sledgehammer by the main protagonist.
  • A man has his face blown off by a shotgun at point blank range.
  • A man has recurring nightmares of his wife being murdered.
  • The main protagonist is strapped to a chair and tortured by being beaten repeatedly.
  • In a wartime scenario, the main protagonist kills many enemy combatants by shooting, stabbing and violently bludgeoning them to death.
  • A man is permanently blinded by being punched in the eye.
  • A woman is shot in the head but ultimately lives.
  • A man is executed with a shotgun blast to the back of the head. Gore is shown very briefly.
  • Two bikers are gunned down and run over with a van by the main protagonist.
  • A man is choked to death in an airport bathroom.
  • A man is shot in the head via long range sniper fire. Brain matter splatters on the wall behind him.
  • In one scene, the mutilated corpse of a woman is shown lying in a bed.
  • A man is shown carrying a severed head.
  • A group of men savagely beat their former accomplice.
  • A room full of gangsters are shot and killed by the main protagonist.
  • A woman is badly wounded in a car crash.
  • The main protagonist himself is repeatedly shot, stabbed, beaten, and tortured throughout the series.
  • Multiple men are shot and killed in an illegal safehouse containing stolen cars.
  • A man is beaten multiple times before being shot offscreen.
  • A man is hanged to death in an abandoned warehouse.
  • It's implied that a man kills his own father when a bloody sheet is exposed in the foreground.
  • A man has his arm blown off in a war zone.
  • A man has his neck snapped by the main protagonist after he infiltrates his home and interrogates him.
  • A deceased man in a warehouse is seen in the foreground with a pair of pliers sticking out of his ear.
  • In a warzone, the main protagonist beats an enemy combatants head in with a rock repeatedly. Not overly graphic, but much blood sprays on the protagonists face as the act takes place.
  • A man is stabbed with a concealed blade.
  • Season 2 is not quite as graphic and gory as season 1 was. Season 1 was more tactical that season 2, and the overall combat and shootouts seemed more realistic to me. The blood looked more real as well in season 1. The hand to hand action sequences (Such as the Gym fight, Bathroom confrontation, and the bar brawl) in season 2 are more brutal and graphic than some in season 1.
  • This show is INCREDIBLY violent and savage, with an extremely dark and serious tone, and it's filled with extreme graphic violence and grisly images throughout. Here, Frank Castle mercilessly slaughters every single criminal he finds on his path, and it's often with extremely graphic results. This is NOTHING compared to any of the other Marvel/Netflix shows, and it's definitely NSFW and not for the squeamish nor the faint of heart or stomach.


  • Many uses of "shit" throughout every episode.
  • Infrequent uses of "fuck." Coarse language such as "pussy" is occasionally used as well.
  • More frequent profanity than the other Marvel/Netflix series.
  • Vulgar banter among the main antagonists and protagonists throughout.
  • The two main protagonists have an "odd couple" relationship with colorful banter and vulgar exchanges.
  • Many uses of GD.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Frank (the main character) is repeatedly seen drinking alcohol
  • Talk of heroin being used to fund illegal projects.
  • The main antagonist's mother is a heroin addict.
  • A man injects heroin into a bed-ridden woman.
  • Mentions of heroin being smuggled back to the United States in the bodies of dead soldiers.
  • Some scenes of people smoking cigarettes and cigars.
  • Two of the main characters get drunk together.
  • A man and a woman drink wine
  • Season 2 features several characters snorting cocaine and dealing meth.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The show is very mature. The content matter may upset some people.
  • A man is brutally interrogated and then shot to death. Very disturbing and upsetting.
  • A man is unexpectedly stabbed to death. Very sad.
  • A woman is very unexpectedly shot to death. It's off screen but it is extremely upsetting and shocking.
  • The show is about a vigilante who ruthlessly murders criminals.
  • The show features very emotional themes throughout that may upset some viewers.
  • Heavy themes such as close personal loss and former soldiers struggling with PTSD and rejoining civilian society are explored.
  • The show revolves around an ex-Marine turned vigilante who hunts and kills criminals after his wife and children are murdered by gangsters. The overall tone of the show is very dark.
  • This show is much more violent and more explicit than any other Marvel/Netflix show and also, this is the darkest and most violent entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU, for short). The tone is very dark as well.


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Violence & Gore

  • Rawlins tortures Frank. Frank then proceeds to stab Rawlins in the chest, punch him repeatedly, and gouge his eyes out, killing him. This is all clearly shown and extremely brutal. Rawlins' dead body is shown in later shots, bloody but mostly out of focus.
  • Season 1 Episode 11- the last 20 minutes are a fight scene with the authorities and the Punisher. Some graphic scenes include a bomb attached to a decapitated head, 2 men getting their heads shot at with a shotgun, and a man's intestines hanging out of his stomach after an explosion. Blood sprays everywhere with every shot. Frank is also shot many times, but he shows no visible signs of wounding, as he is wearing a bulletproof vest. This fight can disturb some, or at least make you cringe.

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