Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this harsh, brilliant drama isn't a romanticized Western. It pulls no punches about the brutality of life in the Old West and isn't for kids. Murder, drinking, drugs, and viciousness toward the vulnerable (especially women) are common. People have ugly experiences, use each other horribly, speak with unrepentant racism, and die violently. In its grittiness, however, the show delves deeply into complex, sophisticated themes that might intrigue mature audiences.
Nudity, vulgar talk, some brutal and blatant scenes (including group and fetishistic sex). Breasts, butts, and male genitalia sometimes visible. Sex is dirty and rough, and prostitution is part of the everyday landscape -- sex was a commodity in lawless Deadwood.
The body count (from accidents, disease, and disputes) is impressive. Murder (often bloody) and gunfire are common. Various depictions of rape and violent sex.
Never has "f--k" (and every other swear word under the sun) been heard so often or used in so many ways. Sailors would blush.
In a lawless era, some characters are struggling to impose order while others take advantage of everyone and every situation. Swearengen is the king of manipulators, and even the "good" guys struggle between right and wrong. Plenty of racism and sexism.
No products, but lots of gambling.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Plenty of carousing, smoking, drugs, and drinking. Some characters are addicts.