The Wire

TV Show • 2002 • Crime  

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Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.
This tv show contains 48 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
216 supporters
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joseph.lampke
*SPOILERS*
Season 3, Episode 2, a dog fighting ring takes place. One of the fighter's dogs loses, and he carries it behind a van and shoots it off camera.
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Unanswered Triggers
Were animals harmed in the making?
75 supporters
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Is there pedophilia?
70 supporters
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nalo25
S4
Implied to have been committed by a character. Some uncomfortable moments between the abuser and their victim years after it happened and the abuser interacting with a younger kid.
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Is a minor sexualized?
65 supporters
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Is there excessive gore?
57 supporters
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Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
51 supporters
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
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nalo25
See: Is someone sexually assaulted? There are no gratuitous rape scenes, but there are several jokes and mentions of assault.
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Abuse
Is there domestic violence?
56 supporters
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Is someone gaslighted?
30 supporters
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3
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Is a child abused?
73 supporters
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8
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Anonymous
s1e2 cop hits a snarky kid in the face and permanently blinds him

e4+5 a sixteen year old is brutalized by cops

e12 wallaces mother threatens abuse/is implied to be abusive
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Addiction
4
George MacLeod
You would be hard-pressed to find at least one episode where drugs aren't used.
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
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12
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amwhite91
This show deals with the drug trade, and there are depictions of drug addiction throughout.
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Anonymous
Polk has an addiction and binges a lot. a lot of binge drinking dockworkers in S2

s1e12 wallaces mother is alcoholic
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Animal
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
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19
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rurone
In season 2, Ziggy acquires a pet duck. He teaches it to drink alcohol and it drinks itself to death. Although the death happens off-camera, we see an upset Ziggy holding its empty collar and, shortly thereafter, its body left slumped in a corner of the bar.
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Are animals abused?
119 supporters
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13
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0
In S05E08 @ approx 13:24, boys are seen pouring lighter fluid on a cat. Nothing else is seen or implied.
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ericandthene
Dog fighting in S03E02, scene where they're prepping the dog: 9:18-10:22. Actual fight and subsequent shooting of the losing dog occurs 11:18-13:20. There is a follow-up conversation 14:09-14:34 and a discussion in a wiretap 26:38-27:07.
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9
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nalo25
S2
 E9
A dead duck is shown on a pool table.
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Does a cat die?
107 supporters
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2
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5
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NICKO
A Cat is being poured gasoline on by a boy, but the boy gets distracted by his idol and runs after him, leaving the cat soaking wet with gasoline
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Does a pet die?
93 supporters
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4
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nalo25
S2
 E9
A pet duck dies of alcohol poisoning.
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Does a dragon die?
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8
Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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1
Season 1 Episode 9. At the basketball game there is a snake on someone's arm.
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Assault
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10
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3
GDConnell
In the first season a character is date-raped off screen while intoxicated, she dies during or just after the assault and the perpetrators show no remorse. In the fourth season a teenage character is strongly implied to have be sexually assaulted by his stepfather.
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Bodily Harm
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4
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joseph.lampke
At least two people's throats are slit in season 2 at the least. One is shown, the other is found post-mortem.
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Anonymous
s2e7 a character in the prison is strangled and hanged in a staged suicide
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Is there cannibalism?
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4
Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
17 supporters
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beaupre
Photographs of bodies without heads or hands are shown, one character implies amputating people. (Season 2)
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
27 supporters
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Anonymous
s2e7 a character in the prison is strangled and hanged on a doorknob in a staged suicide
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Are any teeth damaged?
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beaupre
A character breaks their leg after falling from a high building.
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beaupre
A young boy has a couple of his fingers broken by a police officer after driving a stolen car and crashing it (S4 E10)
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Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
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8
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Anonymous
Omar's boyfriend Brandon is captured, tortured, and killed in between episodes 5 + 6. You don't see it happen.

Episode 6:
- Opens on a shot of his body; after the kids leave for school, there's a brief close-up.
- After McNulty walks past the barking dog later, there's 4-5 minutes of scenes of discussing the murder. Wallace and Di express regret that he had to be killed.
- Later, when McNulty takes Omar into the building to show him Brandon's body and leaves the kids on the bench, there's a 1-2 minute scene where we see the body up close and he mourns, and then another 2 minutes of talking about the torture.
- At the very end of the episode, after Daniels tells McNulty they were granted another month and he leaves, there's a final shot of a picture of the body


Season 2 E2 greek gang kidnaps a shipworker, beats him up, and stabs him after he confesses. only beating
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beaupre
A character falls from a multiple-story building and is injured but ultimately survives.
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Anonymous
It's a child who loses an eye. See notes on "is a child abused"

E6 has disturbing shots of a body. See "is there torture"

E13: there's a close up picture of brandon's body during the interrogation
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Children
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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11
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1
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beaupre
A teenager is killed after implicating a criminal of high importance. (S1 E12)

A young boy is unintentionally shot to death by a stray bullet following a gang shooting. (S2 E9)
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Family
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Anonymous
season 2 deals with sex trafficking victims that died in transit

S2E2 greek gang kidnaps a shipworker and interrogates him
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Does a parent die?
11 supporters
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Anonymous
SPOILER










































end of s2 e10 frank sobotka. his body is dredged up next episode and nicky sees the body
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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nalo25
Two of the main characters cheat on their wives. Other characters cheat on their girlfriends.
In S02 a woman cheats on her boyfriend who is in prison with one of his bosses.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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4
Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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4
Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
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nalo25
S1
 E12
A character is threatened with a gun and he wets his pants before being killed.
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Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
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Anonymous
Lot of mentions

S1E3 a gang member hostage vomits on the floor after the rival gang leaves

s1e10 10m in, McNulty after they play the recording of the shooting

s2e7 bunk retches after drinking binge
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Does someone spit?
9 supporters
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8
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nalo25
S4
Bodie spits a lot.
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
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3
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
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1
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7
3
SiRenfield
Okay here’s the thing: just because it’s a cop show doesn’t automatically mean it’s “copaganda” since one of the central themes of the show is police corruption, including how the War on Drugs was ultimately a failure
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Medical
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9
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Anonymous
So much drug use, very explicit and onscreen, including blood. Every episode
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9
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nalo25
S1
There are several scenes in the hospital near the end of the season after a main character is injured.
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Mental Health
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3
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nalo25
S3
 E3
A character puts out a cigarette on his own hand.
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nalo25
S4
See: Does someone die by suicide? One character attempts to hang himself, which was the only overt attempt.
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Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
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3
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fc2217
Sniffing at least every episode, but usually when predictable (crying, drugs, etc.) so you'll typically be safe just muting when necessary. Bubs is a big sniffer.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
21 supporters
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nalo25
S2
 E1
Near the end of the episode, a character enters a cramped container as she investigates why it's customs seal was broken. She discovers that several women died in the enclosed space from a lack of oxygen.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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5
2
GDConnell
A character is murdered by strangulation and his death is passed off as suicide, this is clear to the audience but the characters believe it was suicide and talk about it as such.
Several characters unintentionally overdose.
A character unknowingly consumes heroine laced with rat poison and dies as a result.
A character attempts to hang himself in a police interrogation room but detectives intervene and he survives unharmed.
No characters are shown or discussed successfully committing suicide.
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Noxious
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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3
No
1
1
Anonymous
occasionaly in car ride scenes

S1E10
S2E1
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joseph.lampke
Cop cars (cop show), and some party scenes throughout the series.
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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4
Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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4
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
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5
No
1
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Anonymous
skinny/weight loss jokes ep 2

E7 Bird in the interrogation
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9
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TomChen
Lmao the show takes place in the Baltimore hood with a huge majority of poor Afro-American people so yeah, the chances to see Black people getting murdered are actually quite high.
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beaupre
A gay stickup man is referred to as "f*ggot", "c*cksucker", and "d*cksucker" multiple times by various characters.
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Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
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11
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Anonymous
racial slurs, homophobia, misogyny

jay sings a song with g*psy in it in s1e7 and LaRue the psychic is continually referred to that way

s1e12 there's an asian slur
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Chained
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Season 3, Episode 3, Tosha (lesbian) is killed in a shoot out, a robbery gone bad, as part of Omar's crew.
Season 5, Episode 8, Omar (gay) is shot in the head and killed.
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Anonymous
s1e9 after they ID Avon, they call one of the players m*dget

s2e8 blind jokes
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Are there n-words?
22 supporters
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10
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Anonymous
Regularly by white people

E 1 or 2, Major Dorman calls one of the other bosses n* behind his back

Herc uses 'monkey' and other slurs a lot (E5)
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Sex
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11
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nalo25
There are several explicit sex scenes. One includes an undercover officer with prostitutes (season 2).
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
58 supporters
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5
Social
Yes
4
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nalo25
Season 5 deals with homelessness a lot. There are several homeless characters who appear in various roles. A former homeless man turns his life around. Another character who's underage becomes homeless and an addict.
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Spoiler
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No
6
2
No, but if your child believes in Santa this really isn’t the show for them for a million other reasons!
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4
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1
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GDConnell
The series lacks a traditional ending, many characters are shown to continue on their paths - "the game is the game, always" and many are left worse off than at the beginning of the series. There is little sense of closure and the main antagonist is still active.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
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7
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GDConnell
In season 2 a character is shown driving drunk, he sideswipes a concrete column. The car is shown to be damaged but the character is unharmed. He then gets back into the car, backs up, and attempts to make the turn a second time. He crashes harder this time, further damaging the car, but is still unharmed. Later in season 4 a careless police officer causes a collision resulting in minor damage and no injuries.
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Does a plane crash?
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7
Is someone hit by a car?
16 supporters
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4
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1
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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8
Is there blood/gore?
37 supporters
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10
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0
Does someone drown?
11 supporters
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1
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3
1
GDConnell
On two occasions bodies are removed from the Baltimore harbour but both characters are confirmed to have died prior to entering the water.
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Anonymous
you probably don't want to watch if that bothers you but here's (most of) the bad ones

s1e3 guy shot in the leg during the gang ride

s1e8 there's a shootout and one of the attackers is ambushed from the side by Omar

end of e9 omar starts a shootout

end of episode 10 ambushed in a parked car

e12 a teenager is shot, you see it coming minutes before

s2e10 someone gets cheated out of the money he was owed and then a minute later he gets a gun out of his car and shoots up the store
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