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Sex & Nudity

  • Two female characters kiss
  • A prostitute mentions her day off is Monday, saying "It's the only day of the week where I give my patootie a rest", referencing anal sex.
  • Prostitution is a very large theme in the show (one of the main characters runs a brothel)
  • Prostitutes reveal large amount of cleavage

Violence & Gore

  • A dead man is found attached to a tree, scalped and with this dismembered penis shoved in his mouth. (Very disturbing)
  • A man has his leg amputated slowly and I'm graphic detail. Extremely disturbing.
  • There is violence throughout this show that can range from completely bloodless to very graphic and bloody.
  • A woman slowly pushes an arrow through the neck of an Indian (close up of arrow piercing the skin).
  • A man is shot in the head while confessing in a church, blood is seen on the wall.
  • Native Americans scalp people.
  • Detached limbs are shown burning.
  • A man gets his throat cut, blood pours through his hands.
  • A man is seen dead after being hung through a window for a few seconds or so.
  • A man guns down his horse after it got shot in the leg (seen from a distance).
  • Men are seen injured and dead after an explosion.
  • Many shootouts throughout an episode.
  • There is an intense shooting scene in one episode that consists of slow motion and bloody results.
  • Many men get hung (including a young child).
  • A man chops off another man's head.
  • Violence against Black workers happens often.
  • There is bare-knuckles boxing match that is very intense and bloody.
  • 3 men are shot in a daydream sequence.
  • A man has an arrow through him and slowly pulls it out (quite bloody).


  • Several strong profanities as: Ass, Whore, Shit, Damn (and its derivatives), Hussy, Nigger (used in every episode multiple times)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One of the main characters runs a bar (the same one that runs a brothel).
  • Many of the men are alcoholics frequently abusing alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This show takes place right after the Civil War and the slaves had recently just been freed.
  • There is a lot of abuse towards the newly freed slaves that work on the railroad
  • This show is very violent and there is a lot of prostitution in it.

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