Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

2010 TV-MA 5 discs

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

2010 TV-MA 5 discs
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As Atlantic City's treasurer at the dawn of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) attempts to exploit his political clout and underworld ties to become the region's booze baron, which places him at odds with fierce competitors, the feds and his former protégé (Michael Pitt). This Golden Globe-winning HBO drama series also stars Michael Shannon as G-man Van Alden and Shea Whigham as the town sheriff and Nucky's brother.
Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Paz de la Huerta, Michael K. Williams, Anthony Laciura, Paul Sparks, Dabney Coleman
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese (Brazilian)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that HBO's mature period drama focuses on an Atlantic City mob boss during Prohibition, when making alcohol illegal created a booming business in smuggling. So not only do people drink frequently on the series, but much of the story revolves around making, transporting, and selling alcohol as well. The characters are quick to anger and not above-double crossing each other, and there's plenty of graphic violence when deals go bad (including people getting badly beaten and being shot in the head on screen). They're a rough and dangerous crowd: They smoke, swear constantly, and have sex (sometimes loudly, with full-frontal nudity).

Sexual Content

Some scenes featuring full-frontal nudity and loud, vigorous sex.


Mobsters threaten -- and sometimes kill -- people with guns or just beat them with their bare hands. People get shot in the head at close range, on-screen, and/or get pummeled severely. Some scenes of domestic violence, with husbands beating their wives.


Near-constant swearing, including "s--t," "ass," "c--ksucker," "piss," and just about every variation of "f--k."

Social Behavior

The mobsters in this period drama make their own luck, whether that means heisting a shipment of liquor when the opportunity arises or cheating anyone foolish enough to do business with them. The established mob bosses and the younger thugs are all on the make and will double-cross anyone to make a buck if they think they can get away with it.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The series takes place during Prohibition, so there are many scenes that show people smuggling and consuming liquor. Some people get quite drunk. Characters also smoke frequently, which is accurate for the period.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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