True Detective

TV Show • 2014 • Drama  

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An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
This tv show contains 86 potentially triggering events.
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Season
Episode
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
217 supporters
Yes
74
No
21
7
Rosetastic
Season 1: Form and Void about 28 minutes in once the dog runs outside. Skip ahead to 29 minutes to avoid the graphic scene
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Unanswered Triggers
Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Yes
0
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0
Is autism misrepresented?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Yes
0
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0
Does a non-human character die?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Are there end credit scenes?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Does a major character die?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
21 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is an animal abandoned?
56 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Abuse
Yes
8
No
0
0
Finn1234
Around 31 minutes, a man slaps his teenaged daughter
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Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
Yes
6
No
4
3
schimazl
In chapter 3, Marty forces his way inside his ex-lover's house, physically assaults and threatens her date, screaming and pointing incapacitating spray at his face while she shouts at him to stop and leave.
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4
Anonymous
A father is tortured/murdered by an adult son. The same man also has a questionably consentual incestuous dynamic with uis intellectually impaired female direct relative. It appears to have been a lifelong familial abuse cycle for her, going back as far as her grandfather.
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0
Ajb
S4
 E1
The case of "Annie" that they re-visit is a woman who was brutally murdered
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1
Pantalones
Cyclical abuse and incest in a family going back decades. A man who was victimized by his father when he was young kills his father.
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Yes
7
No
5
1
Anonymous
Interpretively; the entire season focuses on a collective of politically privileged, caucasian men, orchestrating a three decade long sprawling cover up for dozens of abductions, rapes, torture, possible sacrifically motivated murder and serial killing of socially vulnerable children and women. A routine "chain of command" system, from the state governor down, is instituted for serveral generations; making it an untouchable family tree.
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Is a child abused?
73 supporters
Yes
24
No
0
0
Finn1234
Child sexual abuse is an overarching theme of the first season, though no graphic sexual abuse is shown.
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Addiction
0
Finn1234
S1
Drugs are mentioned and used several times throughout season 1, particularly in episode 4
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
Yes
10
No
1
0
Rafilo
Never really depicted, but talked about a lot, and the long-term effects are shown (hallucinations due to brain damage during the time of addiction).
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Yes
34
No
0
0
Pantalones
Several characters use and abuse alcohol to dull their problems.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
75 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Yes
1
No
14
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
Yes
42
No
9
5
Ep 1: a herd of caribou are being hunted. None get shot but they all get frightened by something when the sun sets and they all run off of the edge of a cliff. It was unclear to me if they died (it was a rocky drop and not a true clufff, it looked like something climbable for mountain goats, I don’t know how adept caribou are at navigating that sort of terrain. I also had my eyes half closed lol)

In scene 2 or 3 ish, there is a scene in what looks like a meat (maybe fish?) packing plant

In the first third of the show, there is a scene where a woman is seen gutting a wolf that is strung up outside. It’s graphic but brief.

In one of the last scenes in the episode, you see a polar bear that is missing an eye. They look mad. Nothing happens to them though.


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Are animals abused?
119 supporters
Yes
24
No
7
3
Anonymous
In the last couple episodes, dogs are threatened with physical abuse and murdered. In S1:E8 @ 0:04:45 - 0:05:05 a (cast iron?) object is thrown at a German Shepherd, possibly injuring it causing it to make a distressed yelp in fear.
In the final episode S1:E8 @ 0:28:15 a dog is verbally abused on an off until 0:29:15.
When it gets loose, it makes a terrible cry in pain (S1:E8 @ 0:29:25 off camera).
At S1:E2 @0:29:48 the camera pans past the bloodied body of the animal for about 4 seconds; the body is shown at a distance/partially obscured again 0:32:57
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Yes
0
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12
Yes
30
No
2
5
Ajb
S4
 E1
Rose is shown cutting open a wolf.

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Is an animal sad?
47 supporters
Yes
6
No
0
1
Finn1234
Dog is yelled at, hit, and kicked throughout the episode before being killed.
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Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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Yes
1
No
5
Does a cat die?
107 supporters
Yes
25
No
9
6
Rosetastic
The last episode of season one (form & void) is pretty messed up & graphic. There are several shots that imply animal abuse. Dogs and cats. Very graphic. If you have to watch it skip minutes 28-37
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Does a pet die?
93 supporters
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Yes
5
No
3
Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
15
Are there spiders?
30 supporters
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Yes
1
No
9
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Are there bugs?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Assault
0
Finn1234
A teenaged girl gets slapped by her father at around 31 minutes.
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Is someone drugged?
19 supporters
Yes
5
No
1
0
Finn1234
S1
Several victims are found to have drugs in their system, and one abuse survivor describes the feeling of being drugged, but it's not shown or simulated onscreen (excluding characters who use drugs voluntarily)
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Is there pedophilia?
70 supporters
Yes
13
No
2
3
frenchforletsgo
S1
not sure why someone said no, the first season is about children being sexually abused. never shown, but discussed frequently
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Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
Yes
13
No
0
1
Honestly
Graphical threatened, and then the threat is discussed. This is near the end of the episode at a scene with a car in a field upon opening the trunk.
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
14 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Yes
10
No
0
0
Finn1234
A man is kept tied to a bedframe
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
23
No
2
4
CjKenyon
there is a video tape presented in the show of a young child being raped. there is a cut scene before anything graphic is shown, but it is clear what has happened and could be triggering to some.
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Yes
5
No
1
0
Honestly
An individual is gagged with a cloth and duct tape and locked in the trunk of a car.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
7
No
0
0
kooltadpole
S4
Navarro and her lover have a seen where they are having sex and he tries to stop twice and she doesn’t. It’s not discussed in the show as a rape but it can be triggering for viewers.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
9
No
2
2
schimazl
Reference in chapter 3 of someone being castrated with a razor in jail, description in chapter 4 of a similar (lengthier explanation) torture and murder method used by a drug cartel involving cutting.
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Yes
6
No
0
0
A frozen arm breaks off

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Are there dislocations?
5 supporters
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Yes
3
No
1
Is there throat mutilation?
19 supporters
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Yes
3
No
2
0
schimazl
In chapter 4, during a shootout, Rusty hits a man in the trachea to incapacitate him.
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Is there decapitation?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there cannibalism?
26 supporters
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Yes
1
No
6
Is someone crushed to death?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is someone choked?
12 supporters
Yes
3
No
1
1
S1
 E1
Mentioning of strangulation
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Yes
1
No
8
0
Rafilo
Someone has scars on their face from burnt skin though.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
4
No
7
0
Buried alive in the ice
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Is there body horror?
31 supporters
Yes
6
No
4
0
S4
 E1
A detached tongue is shown before the intro.
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Is there amputation?
17 supporters
Yes
8
No
5
0
Chinama
One of the Tsalal survivors has to have both legs amputated, his amputated legs are visible when the detectives visit him at the hospital
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Yes
4
No
8
1
Finn1234
Not technically squashed, but a man is VERY graphically shot in the head around 17 minutes, and another man gets blown up less than a minute later. The exploded head is shown in several shots over the next two minutes or so. You're clear once Rust says, "After we confirmed the two deaths..."
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Is there a hanging?
27 supporters
Yes
1
No
5
0
Animal hanging upside down
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
6
No
6
0
enterthename
Someone was punched in a face so probably yes
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0
Pantalones
A character is gravely injured and ends up in a coma at the end of season one.
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Does someone break a bone?
16 supporters
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Yes
2
No
4
Yes
6
No
7
0
Someone seems to be having a seizure
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1
Rafilo
Not shown, but talked about in episodes 3 and 4.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
33 supporters
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Yes
2
No
7
Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
Yes
19
No
1
0
Finn1234
S1
Several characters are unlawfully beaten by police officers throughout season 1. Rust at one point describes a nasty cartel torture method, but it isn't shown.
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0
Ajb
S4
 E1
Not a person- but in the opening scene, a herd of elk jump to their death. The death isn't shown.
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Yes
8
No
8
1
frenchforletsgo
S2
in the second season a dead body is shown with mutilated eyes
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Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
Yes
10
No
1
1
S1
 E1
Mentioning of superficial stab wounds, some visible.
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
6
No
3
0
Finn1234
Episodes 4, 5, and 8 contain the most gore.
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Children
Yes
2
No
2
0
Finn1234
S1
Not an infant, but young children are. We don't see them being abducted though.
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Does a kid die?
31 supporters
Yes
25
No
0
1
Finn1234
Around 47 minutes in, Marty tells a story about a baby dying in a horrible way. We see the crime scene of the baby's death, and while the body itself is out of focus, there is blood and the scene is disturbing.
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Yes
8
No
1
0
Pantalones
A girl who Marty states is underaged tries to work in a brothel.
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Death
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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Yes
12
No
0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
24 supporters
Yes
3
No
0
0
Pantalones
Marty states he figured the killer might be some kind of "retard job."
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Drugs/Alcohol
Yes
3
No
0
0
Finn1234
S1
Yes, a minor character. It isn't shown onscreen and is only ever discussed in vague terms.
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Family
Yes
9
No
0
0
Finn1234
S1
Yes, but not onscreen
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Does a parent die?
11 supporters
Yes
10
No
0
0
Finn1234
Rust briefly talks about the death of his father, but we never meet him.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
19
No
1
1
Rafilo
major subplot
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
2
No
5
0
kooltadpole
S4
Liz throws a stuffed polar bear outside after a fight with Navarro
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
3
No
0
0
Finn1234
Rust briefly talks about the death of his father, but we never meet him.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
34 supporters
Yes
12
No
6
0
Anonymous
Episode 6 has three intense jump scares just in the first 10 minutes.
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Yes
4
No
8
0
Ajb
S4
S4e3 when they are in the hospital...the man becomes possessed and speaks to Navarro.
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
Yes
11
No
6
0
S1
 E1
Mentioning of ghosts, suggestion is there that a ghost (child) is seen briefly.
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
0
Finn1234
S1
Many aerial shots of lakes, rivers, and bayou country, as well as scenes taking place on boats
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Yes
3
No
4
0
kooltadpole
S4
Bath scene
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Gross
0
Finn1234
Around 14 minutes. Both, out of fear, though we don't see it happen.
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Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
Yes
24
No
6
3
Finn1234
Yes, around 4 minutes in, while Marty is getting in the car.
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Is someone eaten?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there on-screen pooping?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
Yes
6
No
1
0
Pantalones
S1
 E8
A character spits after being head-butted in the face in the season 1 finale.
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
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Yes
1
No
4
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
Yes
4
No
7
0
Ep 1: This show centers around detectives and cops, though I will say none of them are terribly likable so far.
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Is there incarceration?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
5
No
0
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there transphobic slurs?
34 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Yes
0
No
3
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
18 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
3
Is there bisexual cheating?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Yes
11
No
2
1
Rafilo
episode 4
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1
kooltadpole
S4
Not sure if it’s exactly a mental institution but a character is admitted to a voluntary hospital stay for severe mental health issues.
5 comments | Add comment
Yes
19
No
1
1
Chinama
The detectives visit the Tsalal survivor at the hospital. He has a creepy moment where he sits up, says a line to Navarro, and flatlines.
4 comments | Add comment
Yes
5
No
9
0
Rafilo
Cohle mentions his father having leukemia. It's implied his father dies in the course of the series. He is never shown though.
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Mental Health
Yes
11
No
0
1
rustincohle
Rust visits a young woman who he rescued from abuse as a child. She is now in a psychiatric hospital and when he mentions the facial appearance of someone who he believes abused her, she has a panic attack and cannot stop screaming. She defintely has PTSD from her trauma
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1
Chinama
S4
Detective Navarro's sister Julia suffers from an unnamed/undiagnosed mental illness, with symptoms including delusions, paranoia, and erratic behavior. Their mother is said to have had the same issues.
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Yes
11
No
3
2
MollieTucker
S1E5: 44mins in. A scene in which a dead body has cuts on their wrists. Not for long but worth forwarding through if triggered.
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
24 supporters
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Yes
7
No
3
0
A tongue is found
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3
frenchforletsgo
other comment is not true, the killer does not have d.i.d., he does put on different accents and is mentally ill, but is not implied to have d.i.d. at all
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0
Ajb
S4
 E4
Spoiler: towards the end of the episode, a character does commit suicide. But it is not graphically shown
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Yes
12
No
2
1
Honestly
This is a major aspect of the storytelling and is integral to all episodes in this season.
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Does someone have a meltdown?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
1
Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
Yes
1
No
2
1
Finn1234
Dinner scene with background sounds of eating, silverware scraping, etc.
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Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Yes
1
No
2
Yes
5
No
4
1
Finn1234
A girl has a panic attack around 26 minutes.
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0
Anonymous
S4E6 narrow cave walls.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
26 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Yes
2
No
7
0
Anonymous
Mental illness is implied in two characters. The focus character has features of some altered personality disorders. A female character very obviously has a form of unspecified intellectual disability, potentially autistim and congenital disorders, which aids in her groomed exploitation and complete social isolation.
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1
BruckheimerFoehdh
An inmate slits his wrists in his cell off-screen. you see the aftermath. A detective also tells a woman who murdered her children that she should kill herself in jail.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
22 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Yes
2
No
2
0
kooltadpole
S4
In the opening credits.
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Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
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Yes
2
No
2
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
Yes
0
No
7
0
Finn1234
S1
There are some handheld shots, but it isn't excessively shaky.
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Is there screaming?
8 supporters
Yes
14
No
0
0
Ajb
S4
The video found on Annie's phone
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
10
No
0
Are there flashing lights or images?
29 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Paranoia
Yes
1
No
3
0
frenchforletsgo
S3
the main character in the third season looks at and addresses the camera frequently
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
Yes
6
No
2
0
zensluv
S4 E3 there's a childbirth scene and the baby is not breathing at first but manage to resuscitate. S4 E5 stillbirths discussed and scene in cemetary shows their coffins.
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Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
8
No
6
1
Chinama
A woman has a water birth at a birthing center with a doula and other women supporting
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Are there abortions?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
0
rustincohle
Not shown, but mentioned. Including descriptions of how three infants died, one accidental and two intentional.
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Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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Yes
1
No
7
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
6
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
Yes
3
No
4
1
Finn1234
Rust briefly calls someone a "fatass"
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Does the black guy die first?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Are there homophobic slurs?
33 supporters
Add comment
Yes
7
No
2
Yes
1
No
5
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
23 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
Yes
17
No
0
0
Finn1234
White characters use the N word and other racist slurs around 44 minutes in. Several minor characters wear white supremacist tattoos or insignias.
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Yes
3
No
8
1
rumblescum
Tom Purcell, (the father of the missing children) is revealed to be gay when Roland finds a pamphlet about "curing" homosexuality in Tom's nightstand.
he is murdered at the end of the same episode but, we don't actually find out he was killed until the next, when his body is discovered
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0
schimazl
Chapter 3, referencing whether a member of the religious congregation could have committed the first in-show murder.
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Are there n-words?
22 supporters
Yes
12
No
2
1
frenchforletsgo
S3
 E2
said by a black man in s3e2
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Relationships
Yes
6
No
0
0
Finn1234
S1
Marty hooks up with several younger women, including one who he initially met when she was underage.
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Religious
Yes
6
No
0
0
Finn1234
S1
Yes, religion is discussed and debated heavily throughout season 1
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Sex
Yes
31
No
0
0
Rafilo
in almost all episodes
1 comment | Add comment
0
Pantalones
Several strippers. The camera pans across their butts.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
14
No
0
0
Pantalones
Sex scenes and a strip club have topless female nudity.
1 comment | Add comment
0
Finn1234
S1
Presumably yes, since children are involved. But the concept of virginity isn't discussed
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
58 supporters
Yes
13
No
3
1
Finn1234
Near the beginning of the episode, there are a few short sexual scenes (no nudity) between a character and what's later described as "at least a half-sister"
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Sickness
Yes
4
No
1
0
frenchforletsgo
S3
the main character in the third season is suffering from dementia
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Social
Are there anti-abortion themes?
24 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Yes
10
No
1
1
Pantalones
Several times in season 1, Rust either discusses or monologs about the meaning of life and existence, or what happens after death. There is a nihilistic bent to it.
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Does it have a sad ending?
28 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
9
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
Yes
15
No
2
1
In the first episode a car slides on ice and hits a light pole, narrowly missing another driver
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0
rustincohle
Rust honks at Marty to get him to pull over at the end of episode 6
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Does a plane crash?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Yes
4
No
2
0
rustincohle
Not on screen, but Rust talks about his daughter dying after being hit by a car
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Is there blood/gore?
37 supporters
Yes
24
No
1
0
Ajb
S4
Episode 1: A tongue is found (when the delivery man drops his phone) and there are closeups of it when the detectives look into it.
There is a flashback scene from Navarro as a soldier and there is a woman with half of her head missing.
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
Yes
4
No
7
0
Anonymous
S4 a scene of a kid drowning, meanwhile his dad is trying to break the ice to save him. The child survives.
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Yes
13
No
0
0
Pantalones
There are several gunfights. A character is shot in the head and it's very graphic.
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