Arrested Development

TV Show • 2003 • Comedy  

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The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.
This tv show contains 75 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
60 supporters
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0
Is an animal sad?
51 supporters
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0
Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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0
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is someone eaten?
23 supporters
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FleetwoodMacNCheez
Buster's hand is eaten by a seal.
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Is there blackface?
22 supporters
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0
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0
1
FleetwoodMacNCheez
Not exactly, but Gob's puppet Franklin acts out numerous stereotypes.
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Is there decapitation?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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6
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1
Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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8
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Is someone stalked?
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13
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1
2
MayaBrown
Lucille hits her son over the head with several items, Maeby hits Stan (who she is kind of dating and living with at the time) over the head with objects as well. Both are done with the intent of causing harm so that they will be concussed basically and forget things.
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FleetwoodMacNCheez
It could be argued that the adult Bluth children play out their parents' abuse in their poor treatment of their children.
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8
Memebird
Lucille attempts to convince Michael that a car crash was his fault, which he believes because he has memory loss from it. She also hits him on the head with things when he starts to figure out that she's lying, to make sure that he doesn't remember.
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Is a child abused?
75 supporters
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22
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3
5
Memebird
The treatment that Michael, Gob, Lindsay, and Buster experienced as children could be counted as abusive or at least neglectful. Specifically Buster, who is put on a leash against his will due to overprotective parenting on Lucille and George Sr.'s part.
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Addiction
5
Maktopus
One of the main characters is an alcoholic throughout the show. Two of the main characters take roofies intentionally. There is also a character who frequently smokes marijuana.
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Is there addiction?
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23
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Yes
35
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4
clevernapkin
Lucille is heavily implied to be an alcoholic and then later goes to rehab.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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3
Does a horse die?
59 supporters
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23
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
107 supporters
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37
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0
8
Memebird
In season 1 episode 2, Gob buys a dove form the pet store. He then immediately walks into a glass door and it's implied that he crushed the dove to death. There's also a bag that Michael finds in the freezer labelled "dead dove, do not eat" and obviously, it contains a dead dove. Do not eat.

Note: no dead doves are shown in this episode.
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Are animals abused?
124 supporters
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24
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3
4
Animals used for magic tricks
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0
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18
Yes
23
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1
Dead dove onscreen
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Are rabbits harmed?
42 supporters
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1
Does a cat die?
111 supporters
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17
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12
2
MayaBrown
A cat gets eaten alive by a seal
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Does a pet die?
97 supporters
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5
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1
Does a dragon die?
18 supporters
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0
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25
0
There are no Dragons in this show.
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Are there spiders?
32 supporters
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14
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0
2
comedownmachine
why doesn’t anyone say where the spiders are ffs….
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Are there snakes?
12 supporters
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2
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17
Are there bugs?
20 supporters
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16
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3
7
punqdoq
Bees
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
20 supporters
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8
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0
Is there pedophilia?
74 supporters
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1
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3
Yes
3
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0
0
Anonymous
Someone gets stuck in a current. They don’t drown and it’s only shown for a second.
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Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
Yes
3
No
2
1
Skiddicat
Lucille has a rape horn.
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Is someone restrained?
14 supporters
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5
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1
Yes
11
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9
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lvndrdame
During a flashback of the Sitwell and Bluth company softball games, Gob is depicted groping multiple women during the game.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
20
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1
2
punqdoq
a character has scans on his head from hair implants and he has to shave for a magic trick. The act is not shown but it cuts away before anything can be shown. He screams. (Made for comedy)
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15
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0
1
clevernapkin
Buster suffers from panic attacks
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Is there cannibalism?
29 supporters
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14
Is someone crushed to death?
19 supporters
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0
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5
Is someone choked?
13 supporters
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3
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0
Is someone burned alive?
26 supporters
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0
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23
Yes
26
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0
2
punqdoq
Gob’s magic trick goes wrong and he falls in a grave hole
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Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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5
Is there amputation?
17 supporters
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22
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2
2
Matthew
There is no amputation, however, one character loses a hand
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1
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22
4
MKBrown
A fossilized skull does get broken right in the center with a pick axe
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
13 supporters
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0
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6
Is there a hanging?
28 supporters
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2
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14
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damalojo
No but in S2 E5, a character starts to attempt to hang himself by his belt but is interrupted and stops
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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1
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3
Yes
27
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1
5
punqdoq
Gob bites into an apple and his tooth chips and he speaks with a whistle (made for laughs)

This happens again when he gets hit with a baseball
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Does someone become unconscious?
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3
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0
Does someone break a bone?
16 supporters
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10
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2
Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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19
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
53 supporters
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9
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8
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11
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MayaBrown
Character loses a hand, it gets eaten by a seal
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Is someone tortured?
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18
Yes
7
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0
0
Skiddicat
S5

Yes, it's a heavy theme toward the end of the series.
In a flashback in one of the final episodes, Buster (as a child) pushes his grandma down the stairs, taking her life.

In the final episode, a flashback shows Michael falling down the stairs of the stair car at the Cinco de Mayo festival. He is unharmed.

It's implied at the end of Season 5 that Buster killed Lucille 2 by pushing down the stair car at the Cinco de Mayo festival.
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Skiddicat
S5
In a flashback, Mimi (Lucille's mum) is killed by being pushed down the stairs. It's also implied that Lucille 2 was killed by being pushed down the stairs.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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15
Is someone stabbed?
8 supporters
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2
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1
Is there excessive gore?
61 supporters
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0
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7
Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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0
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5
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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0
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26
Is a minor sexualized?
67 supporters
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7
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0
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
7 supporters
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0
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5
Does a major character die?
15 supporters
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1
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2
Does a non-human character die?
18 supporters
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0
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4
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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2
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1
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
26 supporters
Yes
10
No
1
2
kiyolux
S3
Yes, multiple times in season 3. See the comment under “Is there ableist language or behavior?” Additionally, the character’s name (Rita) is meant as a joke for sounding similar to the R-slur.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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0
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5
Family
Yes
19
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0
5
punqdoq
Rita is kidnapped and drugged with a roofie
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Does a parent die?
12 supporters
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25
No
2
8
Memebird
George Michael's mom is dead, though her death is never shown, and in the later seasons the death of Lucille's mom is kind of shown.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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29
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0
7
8BitMonkey
cheating is frequent and treated a bit casually and comedically throughout, but it's also made clear the characters doing it are not good people. cheating is very touchy for me, and i'm able to tolerate it.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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0
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8
Does a family member die?
14 supporters
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3
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0
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
36 supporters
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0
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24
Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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0
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17
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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0
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22
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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19
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1
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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4
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0
Is trypophobic content shown?
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0
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3
Are there razors?
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9 supporters
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0
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3
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27
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0
3
Maktopus
There is a brief scene of Tobias taking a shower in shorts. There is another scene of Tobias and Lindsay hiding in the shower fully clothed.
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Are there mannequins?
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0
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3
Gross
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crustiie
no, but george michael briefly misunderstands his father saying that his grandmother “had an accident” after he slips in some liquid on the floor (she had actually spilled her drink).
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Does someone vomit?
64 supporters
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33
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3
7
punqdoq
For those with emetophobia, I have it and I can handle it. It just looks like regular spit and it barely shows at all. It’s the episode titled Ready, Aim, Marry Me
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Does someone spit?
9 supporters
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18
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0
Is there audio gore?
34 supporters
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0
No
14
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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0
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5
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
18 supporters
Yes
6
No
3
3
Not quite??? The cops are the butt of the joke but Michael tries to teach Maeby to respect them
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3
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0
1
FleetwoodMacNCheez
George Bluth spends much of the series in prison and other family members join him over the course of the series.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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0
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3
Yes
10
No
0
0
The slur tranny is used, and being trans is depicted as something negative, though the receiver is not a trans person
She-male appears printed on a shirt, but this time not referencing a trans person, but an affeminate man
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Is there bisexual cheating?
18 supporters
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0
No
5
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
17 supporters
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0
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17
Yes
4
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18
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FleetwoodMacNCheez
Medical and dental students work on Buster while he is pretending to be in a coma.
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MayaBrown
Characters are seen in rehab more than once (different characters and different times) and they see a therapist and go to group therapy sessions and things like that. It is heavily touched upon, especially in the later seasons.
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Yes
32
No
0
2
clevernapkin
There are multiple hospital scenes but the situations are always played for laughs
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Yes
15
No
7
7
Memebird
While it isn't explicitly shown, George Michael's mom dies of ovarian cancer before the events of the show.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
32 supporters
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5
No
0
Does someone self harm?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
49 supporters
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Yes
0
No
19
Is a mentally ill person violent?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
12 supporters
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0
No
5
0
Skiddicat
S5
George struggles in season 5 and attempts suicide multiple times. Could be really triggering.
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Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
1
Occasional loud eating
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Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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1
No
4
Yes
25
No
3
11
Memebird
Lindsay is repeatedly led to believe that she is overweight by Lucille.
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11
No
0
Yes
22
No
0
3
clevernapkin
Buster Bluth experiences crippling panic attacks but these are usually played for laughs
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Yes
21
No
0
2
Maktopus
Gob often gets trapped in his own contraptions during escape artist magic tricks, but he is only ever shown from the outside.
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8
Memebird
Lindsay is implied to have an eating disorder throughout the seasons due to Lucille's consistent comments about her weight.
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Yes
18
No
1
6
Maktopus
There is a character who is developmentally disabled. The disability is treated like a joke and she is personified as being childlike. The character is referred to with the r-slur.
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clevernapkin
In season 5 a character expresses suicidal thoughts and tries to kill himself but is rescued.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
22 supporters
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0
No
3
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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Yes
3
No
1
Is there shakey cam?
25 supporters
Yes
25
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0
4
punqdoq
the show is filmed as a mockumentary so it looks as if someone’s recording it without a stand/tripod to give it that “live documentary” style look
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
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5
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0
Are there flashing lights or images?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
17
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
8 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Yes
5
No
2
1
Dorianaz9
S1
 E13
towards the end of the episode, the judge says that the cameras are forbidden in court and the cameraman of the show leaves the room
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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0
No
5
Is there childbirth?
15 supporters
Yes
4
No
16
1
bento
There is a picture shown of Lindsay and Tobias during Maybe's birth. Lots of blood in a tub.
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Are there abortions?
13 supporters
Yes
3
No
14
1
MayaBrown
There is mention of abortion but only a statistic of how many abortions there are a year and then a joke about how the failed play that Tobias put on was "an abortion".
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Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
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0
No
5
Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
20
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
17
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
35 supporters
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Yes
25
No
0
7
series_of_unfortunate_events
LOTS of transphobia
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Does the black guy die first?
18 supporters
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0
No
18
Yes
27
No
1
7
AddyMairLowery
at one point maeby pretends her mother is a trans woman and refers to her as a tr*nny, she also buys her a shirt that says sh*m*le. also a lot of homophobic stuff throughout the show
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Anonymous
In the first season, George Sr. has a vision in the form of a Star of David, which he interprets as a sign from God. However, he’s not particularly interested in studying, to the annoyance of those around him. He plays on whatever Jewish thing he can think of, but none of them are harmful stereotypes. Mostly just getting out of conversations or duties by claiming it’s a holiday, or “the Sabbath”, even in the middle of the week. No anti-semitism, just that George Sr. is supposed to be lazy and inattentive at everything he does.
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0
3
S1E17: The closeted gay Bluth family lawyer, Barry Zuckercorn, goes to the red light district to pick up a prostitute. He pulls up to a woman and asks: “Hey, you’re not one of those silly men that’s dressed like a woman, as you?” When she says she’s the “real thing”, he drives away since he is not attracted to cis women.
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Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
Yes
34
No
1
12
CapnJack
The Bluth family lawyer, Barry Zuckerkorn, repeatedly tries to peddle disparaging remarks about “homos”, disguised as ordinary humorous banter.
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1
BuzzyMcGee
Franklin, I'm looking at you...
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Yes
0
No
19
3
MKBrown
We are led to believe this but it is revealed to not be true
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8BitMonkey
the entire character of rita from season 3 is a joke at the expense of mentally disabled people. throughout her first few episodes, her mannerisms are intentionally represented in a way meant to convince the audience that she's a secret agent, although it's fairly obvious from the start what her "big twist" is, being that she was disabled the whole time. various ableist hints at her disability include her attending a preschool called "slowbrooke", laughing loudly, wearing mismatched clothes, being called stupid by her uncle and the narrator, eating improperly, playing with dirt, frequent mentions that she doesn't "seem" disabled because she's attractive, and "r*t*rd" and "r*t*rded" are used multiple times after her "reveal". she's featured quite heavily between episodes 2-6 of season 3, so unfortunately if you want to avoid all the ableism, skipping these episodes might be necessary.
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Are there n-words?
24 supporters
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0
No
14
Is there aphobia?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Yes
8
No
0
2
CrunchySugar2
Near the end of season 3 a character who is meant to be around 30 years old starts dating someone who has very recently turned 18. The comes off like it is acknowledging that this is wrong.
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
37 supporters
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Yes
28
No
0
Is someone sexually objectified?
26 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Yes
0
No
4
0
CrunchySugar2
There are nude scenes but they either don't show any sensitive areas, or the subject is wearing short jeans.
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Is there bestiality?
56 supporters
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0
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5
Are there incestuous relationships?
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60 supporters
Yes
37
No
0
9
Memebird
Yes, if you're triggered by incestuous relationships I definitely wouldn't recommend this show. George Michael fake dates, and then eventually real dates, his cousin Maeby throughout the course of the show. It starts off as a prank relationship to bother their parents and turns into something more.
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Sexism
Yes
3
No
1
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone have a chronic illness?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is someone terminally ill?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Social
Is someone homeless?
1 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Are there anti-abortion themes?
25 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Are there fat suits?
17 supporters
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Yes
5
No
1
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
16
Does it have a sad ending?
30 supporters
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Yes
12
No
3
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
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Yes
26
No
0
Does a car honk or tires screech?
10 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
16
Yes
25
No
0
1
punqdoq
Yes but nothing is shown and it’s for a comedic effect
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Violence
Yes
0
No
17
0
Gemini
No, mentions on WMD’s 2x6, everything is fine
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Is there blood/gore?
39 supporters
Yes
20
No
4
5
schadd
don't remember the episode but as the characters walk by a baseball game at the prison there's blood that splatters from a fight
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
Yes
11
No
7
3
MKBrown
Buster drowns but is resuscitated
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
1
No
9
0
lvndrdame
Tobias and some of the Hot Cops challenge a street gang to a rap battle and one of the Hot Cops gets shot. No gun is shown.
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