Parent reviews for Damages

Common Sense says

Dark, criminally good legal thriller. Adults only.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews
Adult Written bysingle991 June 18, 2018


Damages is an interesting and brilliant show with great characters and exciting twists. Going into the show, I did not know how strong the content was, there was a love scene in Episode 1 which was mild and romantic! However, there was a graphic sex scene in Episode 2 in which a man moans loudly as he has sex with a hooker in the back of his car... very graphic. There was another sex scene in Episode 3 which didn't last very long and was fairly mild. However, the final sex scene in Episode 9 was also very graphic. S2 didn't have many sex scene but there was a scene in Episode 8 in which a man has sex with a hooker again. S3, not graphic, some sex is implied. S4 contained more graphic scenes including an implied foursome, the next morning we see a woman's breasts as she wakes up. Episode 4, a man is tortured naked... graphic! Episode 5 A brief sight of a woman's breasts. S5, by far has the most graphic sex, three sex scenes throughout the season which include a man and woman having sex, with the woman's breasts visible. A strong sex scene with a man thrusting into a woman in bed with her breasts visible. Finally, a man, with his buttocks visible, thrusts into a woman from behind who moans. The sex is infrequent but rather graphic. Drug use: quite strong, cocaine is snorted sometimes, characters smoke and drink. A scene where a woman takes ecstasy pills, and a man smokes a bong. Violence: An unexpected suicide in S1, flashbacks in S1 depict a bloody corpse and a woman covered in blood. In Season 4, a man is tortured, a woman's neck is snapped, shootings, fistfights. Season 5 depicts a very violent scene in the beginning where a woman is held down by people and has her wrists cut with lots of blood. S5 is the most sexual and S4 is the most violent... hope this is helpful!

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Sexy stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written byjamestgreen December 3, 2014

Great Story - Gets Sketchy in Season 4 and 5

The plot and the way the story is told are both really interesting. The adult content is uncomfortable but limited in the first three season. Seasons 4 and 5 the content gets really adult and was too much for me. I sadly stopped watching the 5th season after about 5 minutes.

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Sexy stuff
Adult Written byFeifei July 16, 2013

Who attempted to kill Ellen?

Uncle Pete is the man who takes care of Patty' illegal activities and keeps her safe from suspicion. He maintains that Ellen Parsons is a liability and must be taken care of, but Patty has been reluctant albeit very suspicious. Pete sends an assassin to kill Ellen with a butcher's cleaver. This was foiled when Ellen fought back and the cleaver ended up in the mans chest. His body disappears, but we don't find out until the second season that he survived, and is a long time associate of Pete's.

Patty's involvement in the assassination of Ellen is unclear until late in the second season, when Ellen coerces her into admitting that she had ordered Pete to have her killed.

Damages Seasons 1-5

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Positive Messages
Adult Written bychristian2011 November 29, 2012

Great Show.

Damages is a very well written and acted crime thriller about a lawyer named Patty Hewes who owns her law firm in New Yorks legal scene, and she does whatever means necessary to keep yet increase her high status, even by manipulating and using her own colleagues in order to achieve her goals to win a case. That's until she meets with Ellen Parsons whom seems to share some unique simularities with, and everything changes after that. Damages has a very tense, dark psychological theme and setting to it, which may unnerve some viewers, and the violence that occurs is infrequent, but very graphic and disturbing. You see flashbacks of a man who was murdered in a bathtub (this scene is gruesome because it looks extremely real), and there's a part where someone's dog is seen lying in a pool of blood with its throat slit. Language (seasons 1-3) contains uses of godd**n, sh*t, h*ll, b*tch, and some uses of d**k and p*ssy. In seasons 4 and 5, language becomes more stronger, and contains uses of f**k, motherf**ker, c**ksucker, c**t, and other variatives. The sex scenes that occur in seasons 1-3 are very intimate and contains thrusting / moaning, but no nudity is shown. However in seasons 4-5, it shows more graphic images of nudity including breasts and buttocks, but is infrequent. Drug use really isn't a big issue, because most characters are seen smoking cigars, cigarettes, and drinking alcohol; which Patty is occassionally seen drinking a glass of bourbon (type of whiskey). If you are into thrilling crime shows, Damages is one of the best I've seen, and the acting is amazing, especially from Glenn Close.
Adult Written byMatthew James October 26, 2011

Know Your Child

"Damages" is a clever, well-written, drama show about these (incredibly believable) characters and a major case involving a corrupt CEO.

"Damages" contains some rather risky content but even if your kid is used to it, i hardly believe anyone under 16 would be able to follow (and fully understand) the plot at all. It's all one big, long story-line containing elements most kids can't understand. The theme and characters of the show are also arguably risky. Almost exclusively promoting dominating, mean and corrupt characters younger kids could take it the wrong way and take someone like Art Frobisher as their role-model. Trust me you don't want that. I say know your kid well and think three-times before letting him see "Damages". Top notch show.

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Sexy stuff
Adult Written byPL Hans May 29, 2011

Amazing show; mature content

I'm well into season one, but I can't comment beyond that. So far, I have been kept guessing at what is going on; every episode seems to reveal so much, and yet there's always another twist. So far, the first three episodes each contained a sex scene(the first was intimate, the next two were graphic), and there was one more in episode 9(I haven't seen beyond that). Language is kept to PG-13 level, but there has been some drug use(snorting cocaine, taking pills, smoking, drinking), and a bloody corpse is seen in nearly every episode. There's little onscreen violence, although we see glimpses of a disturbing struggle, complete with the aftermath showing a knife impaled in the loser's body. One woman was shot, a man was hit with a baseball bat, and another was hit with a car. A man also pulled bloody teeth out of his mouth in a very disturbing manner.

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Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Adult Written byDamagesfan December 19, 2010

Preferebly for adults but older teens 16 and up can watch it too.

Let me just say that DAMAGES is one of the best shows I have ever seen, possibly the most scary. thrilling, brilliantly crafted/written shows ever made. There are 5 sex scenes in season 1, 2 in season 2, and 1 in season 3, NO NUDITY just thrusting and moaning. Lots of language but never goes past f*ck they never say those curse words, they regularly say sh*t, BS, SOB and some scenes are gory, there is violence and its intense throughout.
Adult Written byscenesteeler April 9, 2008


The best ever on TV! Glen Close and Ted Danson are awesome actors and their characters leave you wondering about their "character". I can't wait to watch each week. I watched each episode twice and each time I learned something different that I didn't see the first time. A true mystery!
Parent Written byedk012 April 9, 2008

Very interesting show, but watcher beware!

I watched this show for at least 6 episodes and just decided that was enough. Loved the plot, characters, etc. and the actors were great, but I kept seeing things that I can live without. Violence was definitely borderline in my opinion, but the sexual content was just too much. Not every episode had it, but enough that I decided to boycott. At one point they did reruns of early episodes for those that missed and each one was TV-14. If they would edit the Sunday rerun to TV-14 I would TIVO and continue to watch. Definitely would never want my kids to see it.