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Sex & Nudity

  • Very mild to none. Mild sexual implications only.
  • In the episodes "Indiscretion" (4x05) and "The Emperor's New Cloak" (7x12) women are shown kissing with each other. The former episode's main plot involves two women falling in love with each other.
  • In a few episodes characters are implied to be before or after sex but no sex scenes are shown.
  • In the episode "Dr. Bashir, I presume" (5x16) a woman is shown naked from behind from up the waist. She's implied to be completely in the nude in front of a man.
  • One subtle implication of incest: in the time-travel episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (5x06) a man suggests that he should have sex with his (now young) great-grandmother and become his own great-grandfather. The idea is dismissed as 'ridiculous' by another man and is not pursued any further.
  • For a few episodes (from 4x25 to 5x12) a man lives with two women, one being his wife, the other carrying his child (through sci-fi means, not adultery). At one point they are tempted to get involved romantically, but they resist it.
  • A slight reference to masturbation in the episode 4x16 - Bar Association.
  • Sexually promiscuous behavior in the episode 5x07 - Let He Who is Without Sin.
  • The Ferengi species are quite "sexist" and opressive towards women. (Women are not allowed to wear clothes, do business, earn profit - a central element in Ferengi culture -, speak without being asked a question, etc.) In a few scenes a Ferengi female is implied to be naked but no nudity is shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Frequent, moderate, stylized sci-fi violence.
  • The protagonists are military officers. The story prominently features a major interstellar war. Many grand battle scenes with stylized explosions of starships.
  • Many minor/irrelevant characters are killed, most of them by sci-fi weapons, some of them by stabbing. Protagonists occasionally kill humanoid aliens (in war situations, direct self-defence or in a duel).
  • Occasionally people get waporised by sci-fi weapons. In one episode it is implied that some people think it feels like being boiled alive.
  • A few mentions of rape and torture. One torture scene takes place:
  • In the episode "The Die is Cast" (3x21) A Cardassian (non-human but humanoid) secret agent uses a sci-fi device to lock a shapeshifter (one of the protagonists) into a human form when his biorythm would require him to revert into a liquid. (Sci-fi equivalent of sleep deprivation.) He's shown deteriorating and shedding "withered" flicks of his body. (He doesn't sustain permament injury though.) He agonises in pain.
  • A Klingon (non-human but humanoid) stabs his own brother at an unsuccessful attempt to ritually kill him at his own request.
  • Klingons often engage in violent games and brawling that seems excessive with human eyes (as they are stronger and tougher than humans).
  • Nearly no blood. Drops and vials of blood are shown, not related to violence. In the episode "Field of Fire" (7x13) a Vulcan (non-human but humanoid) criminal gets shot by one of the protagonists. He's shown bleeding mildly but his blood is green as he isn't human.


  • Nearly no harsh language. Occasional, infrequent use of the words "bloody" (as a curseword), "damn" and "hell".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol consumption frequently shown. (Many scenes take place in Quark's bar where people drink socially.)
  • Occasional drunkness of some protagonists. Heavy drinking by Klingons (non-humans but humanoids).
  • A hostile alien species called the Jem'Hadar are genetically engineered to be addicted to a synthetic drug, as a means to ensure their obedience and dependence of the Dominion. Taking the drug is shown a few times. In a few episodes their addiction is a plot element.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Deep Space Nine is "darker" (a producer's choice of word) and contains higher levels of emotional intensity and drama than other Star Trek shows.
  • The story peripherially involves: racial opression, slavery, genocide, internment and concentration camps, ghettos (deceitfully called "sanctuaries") with humans in it, secret agents and spies, interrogations, organised crime, suicide, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, possession by supernatural forces (both good and bad), mental illness, demon worshipping, suicidal cult, coup d'etait attempted by a human military officer, treason and theft committed by a number of defecting human military officers.
  • One torture scene (see in violence section). The background music extends the psychological effect.
  • The series feature a species of malevolent shape-shifters who have the ability to undistinguishably duplicate people and objects. Might be frightening for younger children.
  • A lot of alien species appear in the series, some of them (like the Letheans or the Jem'Hadar) may be frightening for younger children.
  • The episodes " ...Nor the Battle to the Strong" (5x04) and "The Siege of AR-558" (7x08) are "in the trenches" kind of war stories that may be too intense/realistic/dark for younger children. The latter involves a boy permanently losing a leg as result of a war wound.
  • The episode "Distant Voices" (3x18) may be particulary scary for younger children.
  • The episode "Hard Time" (4x19) contains high emotional tension, involves confinement, starvation, murder, family/social disfunctionality and suicidal intent.
  • There are a few other episodes - like "The Visitor" (4x03), "The Begotten" (5x12), "Dr. Bashir, I Presume?" (5x16) or "Time's Orphan" (6x24) - which are emotionally intense.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • In the final episode when Ezri is shown in bed with Dr. Bashir, her breasts are partially visible. A small part of a nipple is visible (have to be observant to notice).

Violence & Gore

  • One of the protagonists gets killed through "supernatural" means by a "wraith" possessing a man.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • An antagonist Cardassian (non-human but humanoid) becomes a heavy alcoholic, then turns around, quits and becomes a positive character.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Human secret agents engineer a disease to the species of shapeshifters and infect them with it. Deteriorating shapeshifters in human form are shown. (Mild.)
  • At the end of the series protagonist Captain Sisko dies; he keeps existing outside space-time. His wife meets him in this state - a quite emotional scene. This outcome is quite unexpected and shocking for a Star Trek show, even as this outcome was foreshadowed in "The Visitor" (4x03).

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