Parents, after 9pm, put your kids to bed because that’s when the gangsters, drug dealers, serial killers and stand up comedians come out. There are many shows on television that are critically and commercially acclaimed. However, many of them are geared towards an adult audience. Some of these shows feature, graphic violence, sexuality or adult humor and inappropriate situations. Despite many of these shows not being suitable for children, they still feature great storytelling, characters and an amazing cast. Basically, these shows are great for adults but parents might want to think twice about letting their kids watch it. Here is a look at 17 awesome TV shows parents might not want their kids to watch.
17) Dexter October 1, 2006 – September 22, 2013
Dexter followed the life of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst who moonlights as a serial killer. However, he only kills bad guys. It was both a critical and commercial success. Some critics feel uncomfortable with a protagonist who is serial killer. Several real life crimes were committed and the perpetrators noted that Dexter served as the inspiration. Regardless, many defend the series and it remains popular with fans.
16) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia August 4, 2005 – Present
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia revolves around a group of self-centred, greedy and somewhat twisted friends, running an unsuccessful pub in Philadelphia. The series was created by Rob McElhenney, Glen Howerton and Charlie Day and they are the three star in the series, along with Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. The series is known for its dark and sometimes disturbing sense of humour. One episode featured characters smoking crack in an attempt to get welfare. The show has received positive reviews and continues to do well.
15) Wilfred June 23, 2011 – August 13, 2014
There is no big purple dinosaur with a huge heart and special message. However, there is a walking, talking and pot smoking dog. So, there is a good chance that he sees purple dinosaurs. Wilfred is a rude, mean and very opinionated dog that can walk, talk and smokes out of a homemade bong. He first reveals himself to his neighbor, the suicidal Ryan, played by Elijah Wood. The Series has received praise and critical acclaim. However, some might find the humor and situations inappropriate for kids.
14) Sons Of Anarchy September 3, 2008 – Present
Sons Of Anarchy revolves around Jackson “Jax” Teller, played by Charlie Hunnam, who is a member of the outlaw motorcycle gang, The Sons Of Anarchy. The series has received positive reviews throughout its entire run. It is known for its brutal violence, coarse language and sexuality. So in other words, it is definitely not children-appropriate.
13) Weeds August 7, 2005 – September 16, 2012
Weeds is about a mother from the suburbs, who starts to sell cannabis in an attempt to take care of her two sons after the sudden death of her husband. The series was critically and commercially successful. The series was praised for its anti-hero protagonist, Nancy Botwin, played by Mary-Louise Parker. Her character constantly struggled with the concept of right and wrong. The series was known to have scenes of sexuality, course language and of course, the selling of marijuana.
12) Oz July 12, 1997 – February 23, 2003
Oz revolved around inmates and prisoners at the Oswald State Correctional Facility. The series was critically acclaimed and was very popular at the time. The series is noted as being the first HBO original drama. At the time, it was the most violent show on TV. The series was known for its graphic violence and intense scenes.
11) Boardwalk Empire September 19, 2010 – October 26, 2014
Although, it could be considered a history lesson, Boardwalk Empire might feature too much violence, sex and more violence for kids to watch. Boardwalk Empire revolved around a corrupt politician and bootlegger during prohibition in the 20’s/30’s, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi. The series features brutal and very hard to watch murders. The series is critically acclaimed.
10) Orange is the New Black July 11, 2013 – Present
This is a tricky one. One the one hand, it’s a violent show with sexuality and intense brutality. But on the other hand, after watching it, kids will never, ever want to go to jail. Orange is the New Black is a tremendously successful series that airs on Netflix. The series revolves around Piper Chapman, a young women who is sent to a minimum security prison. The series has received praise for its writing, directing and cast.
9) South Park August 13, 1997 – Present
South Park is an animated sitcom that is geared towards a very adult audience. The series has been universally praised for its writing, sense of humor and plot lines. The series is noted as being one of the only animated shows that writes and animates the episode the week it airs. The show has received criticism for its taboo subject matter. The show has been known to joke about anything from religion to racism. However, the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, consider themselves to be “equal opportunity offenders”.
8) Sex and The City June 6, 1998 – February 22, 2004
Sex and the City revolved around four 30-something female best friends living in New York City. The series dealt with friendships, relationship and obviously, sex. It’s in the title. The series was highly praised and has had a big influence on television. It was one of the first shows to depict a high level of sexuality. It remains one of the most popular series of all time.
7) The Sopranos January 10, 1999 – June 10, 2007
HBO’s The Sopranos is considered by many critics and fans, as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. The series revolved around Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, who was a New Jersey Mob boss dealing with anxiety and depression. The series is universally praised for its incredible acting, writing and directing. The series won numerous awards and accolades. The series is also noted for its extreme violence, intense brutality and sexuality. The series featured several very brutal and graphic murders.
6) Louie June 29, 2010 – Present
Louie is a fictionalized version of the life of stand up comedian, Louis C.K. The series is universally critically acclaimed, and has won several awards. Louie created, stars, writes and directs the entire series. The series is known for its adult humor and situations. At times, the series can be a bit depressing and at other times, features good old fashioned poo jokes. The series remains very popular amongst adults.
5) Breaking Bad January 20, 2008 – September 29, 2013
Breaking Bad was a about a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has cancer, so he starts to cook meth. The series is regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. The series featured the cooking and selling of meth. The show has also showed several brutal and violent murders. However, the series is critically and commercially acclaimed. The writing, acting and directing has received universal praise.
4) Girls April 15, 2012 – Present
Girls revolves around four female friends in their late 20’s living in New York, who deal with relationships, friendships and disappointments. The series is created by Lena Dunham who also stars in the series. It’s based on her life and experiences. The show has received critical acclaim and praise for its humor, portrayal of women and realistic situations. The series often features sex scenes that are both awkward and sometimes very hard to watch. However, many feel that the scenes are realistically depicted. Regardless, the series remains a favorite among many fans.
3) The Walking Dead October 31, 2010 – Present
AMC’s The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors in a post apocalyptic world full of flesh-eating zombies. The series has received positive reviews and is a big success for AMC. The show is known for its horror, brutal violence and vicious killings.
2) Game of Thrones April 17, 2011 – Present
Games of Thrones is a massively popular series that airs on HBO. The series is a fantasy/adventure that features dragons and exciting sword fighting. However, the series is also well known for its graphic violence, extreme brutality and intense sexuality. Regardless, the series is a critical and commercial success. The series brings in some of the highest ratings for HBO.
1) American Horror Story October 5, 2011 – Present
American Horror Story is an anthology horror series that airs on FX. The series is unique, in that each season is a self contained story. The first season featured a haunted house. The second season was universally praised and featured the occupants of an insane asylum. Season three revolved around witches. The current season follows the performers in a freak show. The series has been renewed for a fifth season for fall of 2015. The series features just about everything that will give a child nightmares. From creepy kids to killer clowns. In fact, the series can even give adults nightmares.