Boardwalk Empire

TV review by Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, mature Prohibition gangster drama is for adults.

HBO Drama 2010

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Drama about selling alcohol

I have seen boardwalk empire a few times and I was not a fan of it. This show is for adults only. There is a lot of graphic violence . There is domestic violence with people getting beat up with a lot of blood shown . People get shot in the head on screen and you could see a lot of spurting blood . I find it disturbing personally . Dead people are also shown. Some scenes feature people haveing loud sex with nudity shown . There is a lot of smoking and drinking in the show which is accurate for its time period. There is a lot of unbleeped swearing . The show uses swear words like cocksucker, fuck and motherfucker

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

No sane, responsible parent would let any 12-year-old child watch this.

No sane, responsible parent would let any 12-year-old child watch this. Not one.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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