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Artful fantasy series heavy on sexuality and violence.

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Parent Written byfirstavenger11 February 12, 2012
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18
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Game of thrones

Random Sex scenes
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Parent Written bydarianr July 11, 2011
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16
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Winter is coming

This is a really good series. I absolutely loved it. But I don't think I'd let my kids watch it until they were at least 15-16 depending on maturity level. There are frequently scenes of graphic sexuality not necessary in any way, other than keeping the audience entertained during extended scenes of monologues. There is also graphic violence and intense fighting and battle. The sex and violence combine to create a fantastical hyper-reality of fantasy so I understand why they are so over the top. Just be aware of it. The story is great. There is honor and dishonor, betrayal and redemption. Can't wait for more seasons!
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Great messages
Great role models
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Adult Written bySunnyZim January 11, 2014
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18
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Not worth the mental scarring

I love fantasy. I love history. With that in mind, I watched the first 20 minutes of the first episode and could not bring myself to go any further. The graphic violence I could probably handle, being a huge fan of series like Band of Brothers etc, but the graphic sex and nudity, including incest was disgusting, unnecessary and degrading to women. Seriously don't bother. Watch Lord of the Rings instead.
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Too much violence
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Teen, 16 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 August 2, 2012
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16
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Game of THRONES

Game of Thrones was a Good drama series.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byImnotateenbutgood September 20, 2012
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18
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Gives kids nightmares

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Too much violence
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski August 1, 2012
AGE
17
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Great show, but only for adults

As with most HBO series, this one is not for children or young teens. Older teens may be drawn to it especially if they have already read the books. In my opinion after several viewings of both season 1&2, any teen younger than 17 should not be watching this show. Some teens older than 17 shouldn't watch it either, it really depends on the maturity level of your kid. It is still a great show for adults and I highly recommend the books as well.
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Adult Written bypennythegreyt May 2, 2013
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18
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Great show, not kid friendly!

No one can deny that they show is great, however there are far too many "HBO Originals" if you know what I mean. There is a scene of a man watching a woman perform oral sex on a man, who is watching woman go at it with each other. In fact I'm pretty sure there have been at least on set of bare breast per episode. I applaud their choice of actresses who are never overly thin; in fact they are quite voluptuous. Apart from the sex, I think most children younger than 17 will not be able to fully enjoy the story. The story twist and turn as the characters change form and break alliances, plot against one another and engage in this "Game of Thrones" (sorry had to so it!). Most characters are not fully good or bad, they are more realistic and can be both self-serving and compassionate at the same time. It not your typical good triumphs over evil story, it is much more complex. As with anything you should watch the show on your own and decide if it is right. If it were my kid I might tell them they have to read the entire series first (5 books over 1000 pages each, plus it not finished and it could be year before its done). That way by the time they watched it they would be old enough. ;-)
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Teen, 17 years old Written byLaoiseMc April 28, 2013
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15
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On the contrary..give it a shot!

Although violence and language are a part of this series, it also promotes positive role models for example Lord Eddard Stark, who represents honesty, goodness, and always doing what is right, not to mention, his undying love for his wife and children. So although the tv series explores some dark areas it also explores the light. It is a fantastic series, not to be written off. Based on a fantastic book series, it stays true to it, word for word!
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 8, 11, and 12 year old Written byYatesy March 5, 2013
AGE
17
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Not for kids

This is an epic series with episodes that are like movies every week. The twists and turns are incredible with awesome characters like Tyrion Lannister. Lots of gore etc but there are more disturbing psychological events that happen between people of power and peasants, some of these are very disturbing on a sexually level also. I believe this to be quite detrimental to an undeveloped mind.
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Great messages
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Teen, 15 years old Written byKingsguard February 16, 2013
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18
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Sensational

Review: An epic TV series set in a fantasy world governed by nobles involved in a political war for power. Whilst they are in feuds over power, an evil force musters in the north beyond a wall. It is superb and has a very unclear story line that shows what the price of honor can be. Violence: 8/10 Violence in game of thrones is fairly heavy and occasionally focuses on pain. Some scenes include tongues cut off, babies being slaughtered and decapitation. Blood is realistic and gore is very mature. Sex: 9/10 Sometimes, the movie focuses on aspects of sex such as incest, rape and homosexuality. There is an extremely graphic depiction of sex in some scenes where scenes are extremely realistic, with full nudity and male and female private parts shown. Profanity: 9/10 Some words are used in this TV series that even adults would dislike. The terms are not racist though or directly promote any form of swearing. Drugs: 6/10 Alcohol is sometimes consumed and a character is shown to be drunk. Substances are often consumed. Peril: 8/10 There are some scenes, sometimes emphasized by impending gore or a good character being killed. Others include horrific scenes of massacres and men begging for mercy who are killed. Hate: 7/10 Whores are referred to like animals. An extremely short man is often called imp or dwarf in a derogatory way. Bastards of lords are bullied often. Horror: 6/10 Wights and mysterious creatures are seen, albeit in a very small number of episodes. They are jumpy and look putrid. Gory images which may scare people are shown. Overall: 53/70 (0.76) I would say (as a teen) that the expansive story line, history and politics, keeps the sex and violence from attempting to be cliche. The acting is superb, the series is well constructed and dare i say, this is one of the best shows of all time, well done HBO! For parents, I would advise that children who couldn't handle extremely mature situations are not recommended to watch this. It is rated 18 for a reason.
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Parent Written byD.R.A August 7, 2012
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15
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A Game of Thrones - Strongly Recommend (ages 15+)

A Terrific and entertaining story line that gives many insights into European medieval politics as well as having been filmed in breathtaking locations around the world. This is an astonishingly good Fantasy series, the Best I have ever seen. It is "Iffy" for children, and that is an individual parents call, but definitely not for prepubescent members of the family. Graphic Nudity, Strong Language and Graphic Violence. Despite these signs of worry, there are quite a few useful messages and good role models in the series. For example it shows how Honor is something that is earned not taken or bought however it also shows that it will not necessarily help one live longer or survive. It shows some people doing good for goods sake, for it is the right thing to do, not because it will help them in the Long run. This is clearly shown by Eddard Stark. From a message/meaning point of view it is very "Rustic". It shows life as it can be: Tough, Unfair and Dangerous. It does not decorate or over emphasis good or evil, it shows the world for what it is: Filled with people, some doing good others bad, and that does not necessarily have anything to do with weather "Fate" or "God" or "Karma" or whatever form of spiritual retribution/Blessing you believe in. This I believe ads a greatly needed aspect of realism to the Fantasy. It will not directly encourage neither good nor bad behavior, I believe - It leaves that sort of stuff to the audience, they decide who and why they support/respect in the series. This is because there is little clear cut GOOD or BAD, like life. An unrivaled fantasy series that will have you bitting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat for a lot of the time. Definitely recommend anyone aged 15 and above to see this.
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Great messages
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Too much violence
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Parent Written byDevinR127 November 17, 2013
AGE
17
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I love this show - but no one has mentioned all the genital mutilation

This site talks about violence, sex, and sexual violence, but now that Game of Thrones exists there should be a separate category for genital mutilation. Someone needs to say it: George R. R. Martin is positively fixated on guys getting their junk cut off. It is heavily implied that castration and emasculation are frequently used as punishment in the Seven Kingdoms. One of the main characters is a eunuch who eventually describes in detail the circumstances under which he was "cut." One of the main characters is taken captive and emasculated as a means of torture. The act of removing his penis is kept off screen (barely), but the scene when the event occurs begins with a suggestive visit from some prostitutes, implying the sexual nature of the torture to come. What has been done to him is made abundantly clear as his torturer (easily the most sadistic character on the show, and likely all of television) gleefully jokes about it and generally makes light of the situation. There is an entire army of slave warriors who, as young boys, emasculated and castrated by their masters before they begin their training. Much is made of the fact that these soldiers are "no longer men." All in all, genital mutilation is nonchalantly treated as something that "just happens," one way or another to a SIGNIFICANT portion of the world's male population. That premise is a very specific type of disgusting, and viewers should at least have some measure of forewarning before they get hooked into the show, because the plot is VERY ADDICTING, but the mutilation is VERY DISTURBING.
Teen, 16 years old Written byCyprus May 1, 2013
AGE
18
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Disappointed

Adult show is, well, adult. From all the glowing reviews I've read, I found myself very disappointed with this show. I haven't read the books, and I can't say I plan to. The only thing keeping me from giving this show a one star is the setting and costumes. Those are fantastic. It's everything else that is overdone, i.e., the sex and the language. The violence is also graphic and often, this is not for kids.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byRandomEnigma March 22, 2013
AGE
18
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Game of Thrones: A Rambling But Hopefully Useful Review

• MESSAGE: Game of Thrones takes place in a patriarchal medieval inspired fantasy universe where the monarchy is supreme, noblemen rule over peasants and men are depicted in more prominent positions of power than women. The Game of Thrones universe is often bleak and gruesome, filled with morally ambiguous and deeply flawed characters. Manipulative characters are shown to get away with their misdeeds with little consequence while more honourable characters often suffer fatally. However, the show tends to depict all the positives and flaws of humanity in general. The show tends to convey the dangers of too much power and self-interest, highlighting the importance of fairness and honour although the show is largely cynical about human nature, particularly in relation to power. • ROLE MODELS: The show has a number of morally complex characters with both positives and negatives. The Stark family are depicted as a good, honourable, fair and loving family although not without their flaws. Ned Stark has an illegitimate son, Jon Snow, who is despised by Ned's wife Catelyn. Ned and Catelyn's daughter, Sansa, as well as Jon, are often portrayed as spoiled and entitled while characters such as the Baratheons, Lannisters, Greyjoys and a large majority of supporting characters are depicted as often being cruel or highly manipulative although there is a complexity behind their darker moments. Characters like Joffrey, Viserys and Gregor Clegane are portrayed as being almost unrelentingly cruel with barely any positive or sympathetic traits. The characters also tend to look down upon women, dwarves (people with the genetic condition, not the fantasy creature), castrated males (termed exclusively as eunuchs), homosexuals, children born out of wedlock (termed exclusively in the show as "b*****ds"), disabled people (termed as cripples) and characters who do not fit into assigned gender roles. However, a diverse number of main female characters are depicted and well developed in the series including Brienne, who is often insulted due to her masculine stature and personality. Tyrion, a dwarf, is one of the show's breakout characters. There is a disabled character (played by an able bodied actor) and two supporting male homosexual characters that are reasonably well developed. The fictional Dothraki race are depicted as a Mongol/North African style race and are shown to be more savage than the more civilised white characters although they are portrayed as being characters with both good and bad points. The main cast is exclusively white with one mixed race cast member receiving an "Also Starring" credit. However, the supporting cast does contain a number of non-white or mixed races. The main cast of actors are an international group comprised mostly of Brits but also contain Irish, American, Danish and Dutch cast members. • VIOLENCE AND HORROR: Game of Thrones is a HBO television show and so is willing to push the envelope on violence. Hack and slash battles are depicted on the show with blood and gory violence, including graphic scenes such as a head been beaten in with a shield. One Season 2 episode contains a large battle sequence where a ship explodes and kills a number of people. Many characters die on the show, including some of its most prominent characters. Sexual violence is shown or implied towards women and violence is used, implied or attempted on children, sometimes verbally and sometimes physically. One scene in Season 2 depicts the murder of a baby. While the actual killing is depicted off-screen, the baby's cry can be heard. An animal killing is also depicted similarly in an early Season 1 episode. Open misogyny towards women is also present. Horror elements are also contained within the show with antagonistic demon like creatures known as White Walkers being a threat that looms over the show and dark magical elements. There are some scenes that are tense and frightening. • SEX AND NUDITY: HBO is also known for its television shows with high nudity and Game of Thrones is no exception. Both heterosexual and homosexual sex is implied or shown onscreen with kissing, touching, sexual acts and penetration shown. Female nudity is highly frequent and much more so than male nudity. Full frontal nudity appears less frequently but has been shown onscreen occasionally on both women and men. Two characters are engaged in a consensual incestuous relationship. Sexism and sexual violence are depicted in the show. One scene shows a husband and wife engaged in a sex act which the wife does not approve of. There is some debate over the two characters relationship as the wife comes to love the husband over time and learns to take agency for herself and earns respect from her husband but she is essentially sold into the marriage and is not respected until she takes charge. Another scene depicts a teenage girl who is almost raped. Prostitution also features heavily in the show. • LANGUAGE: The show contains strong language such as "f**k" and "c**t" among most other swear words. • CONSUMERISM: There is no consumerism within the show itself but the series is based off the bestselling fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and the series has inspired merchandise such as the Game of Thrones video games. • DRINKING, DRUGS AND SMOKING: Alcohol is depicted in the show frequently although characters are infrequently shown as drunk. Characters like Tyrion and Robert are shown to be heavy drinkers. • REVIEW: Game of Thrones is a fantastic television series with beautiful production values, incredible sets and visual effects and a very talented cast of international actors. The series honours the source material, bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by depicting it with a large degree of faithfulness. The show also presents viewers with a number of shocking twists, complex storytelling, an intriguing world, engaging and complicated, well-acted characters and interesting themes of morality, power, familial dysfunction and politics. Although the show is fantasy, the fantasy elements are only a component of the show with the majority of the series being one of politics and societal problems which despite its fantasy, medieval setting bears many parallels with the real, modern world. The show is must see and exciting television which in terms of production is really pushing what a television series can do. Despite my overall enjoyment of the show, it's not perfect. The nudity aspects of the show are highly sensationalised or contrived particularly around Season 2 and certain characters who proved popular in Season 1 have been given increased prominence in Season 2 which at times feels like pandering to me although this is not a major problem. The writing occasionally feels a little clunky and cheesy to me although this was more notable on a second viewing than the first time round. Despite this, however, the writing is mostly solid and even thought provoking. If I had to pick the three best things about the show, I would say the following: 1. An interesting cast of characters 2. An outstanding cast (there are no weak links in my opinion and that includes the three main child actors who are all incredibly talented) 3. Beautiful production values with filming taking place in incredible locations around the world including Northern Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Morocco and Iceland. • FINAL VERDICT: Probably one of the best fantasy television shows to come around. Containing intricate storytelling, amazing production values, engrossing characters and wonderful acting; it's a great show to immerse yourself in. Some people may be put off by the overuse of sex and gory violence or find the sheer number of characters and storylines overwhelming but if you can get past these barriers, then you're in for a great ride!
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Great messages
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Parent Written bySimon S.G. March 2, 2013
AGE
16
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Realism is Scary

It is an extremely cynical and gritty yet extraordinarily well done take on the human condition in extremer and different times. It is one of the best series I have ever seen. However, it should not be seen by anyone but adults or mature 16-17 year olds (with a strong stomach) due to its explicit and raw (yet realistic) show of sexual and violent content (Especially the sex and nudity feels sometimes a bit unnecessarily abundant).
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Teen, 14 years old Written byspawnofmunky August 11, 2012
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13
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GoT is too cool for you

Game of Thrones is too cool for you, maybe there are some who can't grasp it, if they're mature enough they should be allowed to first read the books then head on to dessert, HBO's delicacy for the night, Game of Thrones
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Parent Written byLenY0 June 13, 2012
AGE
15
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Violence

Yes, there's a lot of sex, but more than that, there's a lot of brutal violence. I'm always puzzled by the way that sexuality bothers so many parents far more than, say, a graphic decapitation. To me, the violence in the show is more of a concern for younger audiences than even the sexuality. Appropriate for older teenagers +.
Parent Written bytbohannan5 April 5, 2012
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18
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seriously dont bother

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Too much violence
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Teen, 15 years old Written byalexx55 January 8, 2012
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18
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Good story but unecessary sex

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 November 2, 2013
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16
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Not my kind of show.

Wow they got away with all of this? There are a lot of scenes of strong graphic sexual content that includes graphic nudity which can sometimes revolve around incest, rape, etc. There is also brutal violence that sometimes involves gore including stabbings, decapitation, fighting, torture, etc. There is use of the F and S word within episodes. Alcohol is used frequently mainly in parties. Very Mature 16 if not 17. Suggested MPAA R: Strong Brutal Violence including Rape, Disturbing and Grisly Images, Graphic Sexual Content including Nudity, Use Of Alcohol, and Language
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