Even though there's familial love at the root, the show depicts the Gallaghers' overblown dysfunction in such a way that it almost seems charming. What's more, iffy choices rarely net negative consequences.
Occasional acts of violence (mostly punching, but also one graphic scene in which a father gives his son a bloody nose) and some incidents involving neighborhood bullying.
Full-frontal male and female nudity, plus frank depictions of sexual acts, including teens and adults engaged in intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation. A teen character who recently realized he's gay is also carrying on a sexual relationship with his married male boss.
Strong, unbleeped language, including "f--k," "s--t" and "c--k," in addition to sexually charged terms like "finger-bang."
Some brand names appear in passing, including Best Buy, Molson, and Oberweis Dairy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is a dysfunctional alcoholic who spends nights (and most mornings) passed out on the floor. His children -- some who appear to be as young as 8 or 9 -- also drink beer occasionally and smoke marijuana in addition to regular cigarettes.