Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

TV Show • 1999 • Crime  

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In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
This tv show contains 109 potentially triggering events.
Season
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
251 supporters
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gallifreygod
Born Psychopath, Season 14 Episode 19, a kid drowns a dog in the bathtub
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Unanswered Triggers
Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there misophonia?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Abandonment
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Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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15
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Is there domestic violence?
61 supporters
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Yes
13
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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4
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0
Yes
5
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Is someone gaslighted?
32 supporters
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10
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Is someone abused with a belt?
14 supporters
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3
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Is a child abused?
79 supporters
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14
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1
skillwithaquill24
Several episodes every season feature children who have been molested or abused in various ways.
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Addiction
Yes
11
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Is there addiction?
11 supporters
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11
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Yes
12
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skillwithaquill24
Olivia’s mother was an alcoholic.

Several guest starring characters have been alcoholics over the years.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
95 supporters
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0
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3
Does a horse die?
68 supporters
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0
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8
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
124 supporters
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14
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2
Bubbly
S1 E2, Stabler and his wife accidentally ground up a turtle in their garbage disposal
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Are animals abused?
145 supporters
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12
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2
gallifreygod
Born Psychopath, Season 14 Episode 19, a kid drowns a dog in the bathtub
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1
Disabled - season 11, episode 17: around 16.5 minute mark, discussion of dog fighting and cleaning up the ones who die :( dog fighting “clean up” convo continues into next scene
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12
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0
1
Nelda
S8
 E1
S8E1. About 11 minutes in, Benson finds a stash of photos of dead animals. One is only a skeleton but the rest are distressingly recognisable as the animals they are and look purposefully injured, so close your eyes until you hear Olivia and Haley start talking.
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Are rabbits harmed?
49 supporters
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3
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0
0
Mrini
S20
 E1
Yes a rabbit is shot, and there is an unnecessarily graphic depiction of it’s painful death 3 minutes 15 seconds in.
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Does a cat die?
126 supporters
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13
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1
Nelda
S8
 E1
S8E1. About 11 minutes in, Benson finds a stash of photos of dead animals. One is only a skeleton but the rest are distressingly recognisable as the animals they are and look purposefully injured, so close your eyes until you hear Olivia and Haley start talking.
Adding to this section because from the little time I spent looking, one of the animals seemed to be a cat.
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Does a pet die?
114 supporters
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7
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1
Nelda
S8
 E14
S8E14, a man mentions a family receiving their dismembered cat in boxes on their doorstep. No pictures shown of the cat, only the boxes. About 8 minutes in, skip 15 seconds to avoid.
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Does a dragon die?
21 supporters
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0
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11
Are there spiders?
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Are there bugs?
21 supporters
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2
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1
Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
14 supporters
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5
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Is someone drugged?
21 supporters
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7
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Is there pedophilia?
79 supporters
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9
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Is someone held under water?
14 supporters
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Yes
4
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0
Is rape mentioned?
50 supporters
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10
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2
Nelda
Almost every episode. It's the sex crime show. Some episodes aren't about rape and are instead about abused, kidnapped or killed children, but if the rape just being mentioned is triggering to you, please don't watch this show, for your own mental health.
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
15 supporters
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6
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0
Is someone restrained?
16 supporters
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8
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Yes
16
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7
gallifreygod
The entire premise of the show is based on sexual assault
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Is someone's mouth covered?
9 supporters
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5
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Yes
5
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
25 supporters
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8
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Yes
4
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Nelda
S7
 E19
The parents of two children both have their throats slit by a hunting knife and die. Olivia's neck is cut as well later in the episode but not enough to do permanent damage.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
23 supporters
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Is there cannibalism?
30 supporters
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Yes
0
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5
Is someone choked?
14 supporters
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3
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Is someone burned alive?
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8
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Is someone buried alive?
20 supporters
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8
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Is there amputation?
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3
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Is there a hanging?
30 supporters
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6
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Nelda
S8
 E15
S8E15, a woman kills herself by hanging. Body shown about 17 minutes in.
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Does someone asphyxiate?
19 supporters
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3
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Are any teeth damaged?
35 supporters
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Yes
7
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Does someone become unconscious?
6 supporters
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5
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Does someone break a bone?
19 supporters
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Yes
7
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0
Does someone have a seizure?
4 supporters
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Yes
7
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0
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skillwithaquill24
Never shown onscreen, but the amputation/dismembering of a penis has occurred in a few episodes.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
38 supporters
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7
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0
Is someone tortured?
67 supporters
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Yes
10
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0
Does someone fall down stairs?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
Does someone fall to their death?
10 supporters
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9
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Yes
6
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skillwithaquill24
A rapist blinds his victims with ammonia in one episode.
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Is someone stabbed?
9 supporters
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3
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0
Is there excessive gore?
70 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Children
Is an infant abducted?
16 supporters
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Yes
4
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0
Does a kid die?
34 supporters
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16
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0
2
skillwithaquill24
Episode “Fault”, a child is murdered.
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Is a minor sexualized?
76 supporters
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Yes
4
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0
Death
Does someone die?
10 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
27 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
0
Nelda
S7
Yyyes, but the disabled person turns out to be faking - she has Munchausen's, a psychological disorder that causes people to fake or self-induce illness for attention.

I don't remember other episodes.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
12 supporters
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Yes
4
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0
Family
Is someone kidnapped?
7 supporters
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Yes
11
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0
Does a parent die?
14 supporters
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Yes
12
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0
Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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Yes
10
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0
Is a child's toy destroyed?
20 supporters
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Yes
4
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0
Does a family member die?
15 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
Fear
Are there jump scares?
45 supporters
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5
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0
Is someone possessed?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Are there ghosts?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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6
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0
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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2
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1
Yes
9
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0
skillwithaquill24
A woman is attacked while in the shower during the first few minutes of “Burned”.
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Gross
0
skillwithaquill24
A child who was a victim of molestation wets themselves out of fear during questioning.
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Does someone vomit?
65 supporters
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21
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0
1
aarondd19
When?
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Does someone spit?
10 supporters
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Yes
7
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0
Is there audio gore?
38 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
22 supporters
Yes
31
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2
4
skillwithaquill24
All main characters are either cops or lawyers and they’re almost always portrayed as being justified in their actions - even when in clear violation of the law or when brutalizing suspects.

A few episodes attempt to tackle police brutality and/or unethical policing, but it rarely effects the main characters. The few times it does effect main characters, they are typically portrayed sympathetically.
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Is there incarceration?
4 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
30 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
Yes
4
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0
0
Nelda
Mostly "tranny" and the outdated term "transvestite".
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
16 supporters
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Yes
5
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0
Are needles/syringes used?
27 supporters
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Yes
9
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0
Is there a mental institution scene?
19 supporters
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10
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0
Is there a hospital scene?
10 supporters
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9
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0
Yes
7
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1
skillwithaquill24
A long-time recurring character reveals a cancer diagnosis in Season 21.
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Mental Health
Yes
6
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0
0
CatsAndCornYk
Yes, I mean...yes
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Does someone have a mental illness?
12 supporters
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3
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0
Yes
11
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0
0
Charlie318
S8
 E14
A girl attempts suicide by putting her fist through a window, it’s pretty graphic. It’s around 20 minutes into the episode, right after she confesses to killing her mother.
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
27 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Yes
6
No
0
Does someone have a meltdown?
5 supporters
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3
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0
Yes
8
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0
0
xtianwoman
2:9 ‘pixies’: gymnasts are pressured to lose weight for competitions
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Yes
7
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0
Are there anxiety attacks?
23 supporters
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Yes
10
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0
Is there a claustrophobic scene?
16 supporters
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7
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0
Does someone have an eating disorder?
30 supporters
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9
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0
Yes
2
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2
0
AdrianadB
S16
 E19
I am not saying a person on the spectrum is bullied or something. But in this specific episode autism is being used as an excuse not to vaccinate kids, as in multiple moms (of kids going to same school) claim vaccines cause autism and therefore will not vaccinate their children. I do find this to be abusive to all the people on the spectrum.
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skillwithaquill24
The episode “The Longest Night of Rain” features multiple suicides. So much so that the suicide hotline phone number appears before the end credits.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
25 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
Does a baby cry?
16 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Is there shakey cam?
28 supporters
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Yes
1
No
5
Is there screaming?
9 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
0
Typical cussing, slurs, offensive language, etc.
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Are there flashing lights or images?
34 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
6 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Is the fourth wall broken?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
17 supporters
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10
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0
0
skillwithaquill24
Episode “Paternity”.
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Are there abortions?
15 supporters
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Yes
9
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0
Are there babies or unborn children?
15 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Does someone miscarry?
19 supporters
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Yes
7
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0
Yes
9
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0
1
skillwithaquill24
A pregnant woman has her baby cut out of her. She doesn’t survive.
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
41 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
0
skillwithaquill24
Episode “Fat”.
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1
xtianwoman
Multiple times in 4x21 — the episodes victim is a trans woman and she’s also referred to with a deadname, as the t slur, and as a ‘heshe’
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Does the black guy die first?
20 supporters
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0
No
3
Yes
9
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0
2
skillwithaquill24
The slurs “faggot”, “dyke”, and “tranny” are used pejoratively, especially in early seasons.
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2
skillwithaquill24
“Raw” features characters who are white supremacists/Nazis. They use many slurs, including ones targeted at Jews.
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1
upsteadtwt
Slurs "t*nny" and referring to transgender individuals as "he-shes" are used, especially in the earlier seasons.
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Is there hate speech?
23 supporters
Yes
13
No
0
0
xtianwoman
Some of the sex crimes are hate crime based — the earliest instance is 4x21 where a trans woman is described to have been assaulted since she was 12. Frequently by perps in all seasons and by cops in the earlier seasons.
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1
Stereotypical depictions of trans women as brutes in dresses and bad makeup
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Does an LGBT person die?
28 supporters
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Yes
10
No
0
1
xtianwoman
Early episodes use retarded, I’m not sure if there’s much more than that.

There’s an episode in season three covering a woman with Down syndrome and whether she’s competent to have a baby and live her own life.
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Are there n-words?
26 supporters
Yes
6
No
0
1
Nelda
Like the other comment says. It's the version of the word ending with -er, not -a, if that matters to anyone.
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
29 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Sex
Is there sexual content?
41 supporters
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Yes
13
No
0
Is someone sexually objectified?
31 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Is there BDSM?
15 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
65 supporters
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Yes
13
No
0
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
9 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
19 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Social
Is someone homeless?
5 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
11
No
0
1
skillwithaquill24
Many episodes end tragically, either with a death, suicide, or a miscarriage of justice.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
13 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
1
skillwithaquill24
“Paternity” in Season 9
“The Good Girl” in Season 20
“And the Empire Strikes Back” in Season 23.
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
11 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Is someone hit by a car?
18 supporters
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Yes
9
No
0
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Is there blood/gore?
46 supporters
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Yes
10
No
0
Does someone drown?
13 supporters
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Yes
9
No
0
Is there gun violence?
18 supporters
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Yes
12
No
0