||Numerous sex jokes, innuendo, women seen in bras and underwear, men and women under blankets, implied to have no clothes on, mentions of rape (when discussing a rape related crime), some sexism from certain characters, some kissing, detectives investigate an S&M club, hookers are seen in the background of some scenes on occasion. A detective discovers to his horror that in an art gallery across from the police station, are photos of him posing naked from his time as a hippie. Munch and Bayliss hear people having sex in a room upstairs while they guard a house. Brodie has a pornographic VHS tape and Munch and Kay find it. Sexual moaning of a woman can be heard on the tape.
Some scatological humor, phrases such as "poop", "pee", "take a leak", "crap", "bird splotches" (referring to bird droppings, which are shown on Bolander's car). Brodie claims in one episode to have every time a detective "shoots", memorized and catalogued.
Bayliss is mentioned as being bisexual and Kay Howard is rumoured to be a lesbian. Skinheads also murder a gay man outside and leave his body in the street.
Meldrick leaves a penis-shaped balloon on Munch's desk. Munch, annoyed, pops it with his gun.
Older detectives frequently make passes on women at least ten years younger than they are. Munch even marries a young barmaid and appears to dye his hair dark brown to cover up his salt-and-pepper hair in the first episode of season 7, making him look slightly younger than he is. Gharty tries to date a younger female detective and he also cheats with Billie Lou, unknown to Munch.
A young woman works at a sex store.
Prostitutes are frequently seen in various episodes, at street corners and in the office. In one episode a little boy whose parents were murdered, is frightened by a tall blonde prostitute in the homicide squad room.
Sexual phrases are said, including "fellatio", "sex", "rub my rectum the wrong way", "pain in the prostate", "sodomy", "semen", "dingle" and "naked".
A man tells another man that he was sexually abused and fondled by his uncle as a child, and that his parents didn't care. Despite this, in an act of forgiveness he looks after his uncle when the uncle is dying, hoping to find an answer to the abuse.
||While the show doesn't often show explicit or graphic violence, blood is seen in various episodes from time to time.
In one particularly violent episode, Bolander, Felton and Howard are all critically shot, leaving Munch guilt-ridden and shocked for the next couple of following episodes. He becomes even more upset when Bolander is unable to remember his name. Bolander has to undergo dangerous surgery so his ex-wife comes to stay with him. Munch later becomes extremely worried that Kay will be shot by a sniper, and has a panic attack while driving, despite her telling him that it's alright.
Crosetti kills himself.
Danvers falls into a deep depression after his wife is murdered.
Mentions of child abuse.
Frequently there is arguing and name-calling, often racist and sexist comments thrown around in the heat of the moment (although many of the detectives never say the comments themselves as they are all friends and professionals), and there is some occasional police violence, such as Pembleton driving a suspect to tears and Munch throwing a pervert against a wall after the pervert was caught for raping and murdering a girl he liked from high school.
A woman abandons a baby in a cage.
Bolander's favorite threat when Munch won't shut up is that he'll "gut him", but he isn't being serious.
Bodies are seen in an autopsy room.
Frequent mentioning of suicide, poisoning, death, the afterlife and murder.
Gruesome descriptions of bodily injuries, in particular when Pembleton bonds with a dying man whose body has been mangled by a train.
A teenage boy relates with Munch how kids cruelly bullied him. Munch tells Gharty that he was bullied in school for being Jewish.
Pembleton has a violent stroke on-screen and twitches rapidly, meanwhile his friends have to see it and are very troubled by this.
A teenage couple kills a baby and buries it in a shallow grave.
It is heavily implied that Munch has a screw loose, and not just in a comical sense. There's a possibility that he murdered the man who shot his friends, but it was covered up, and he snaps into a rage and threatens to hit a man over the head with an ashtray in one episode. He is revealed to be very depressed and covers it with cynical jokes.
Kay Howard falls into grief after Beau Felton kills himself.
Many of the detectives are troubled by their grim job and they make morbid jokes while investigating, not to be disrespectful to the victims but to keep themselves from experiencing the dark emotions that come with the job.
A woman is shot in the foot.
A man is shot in the chest.
A man breaks his ribs in a car accident.
Giardello cries when he tells the story of his baby daughter getting sick. It is also mentioned that his wife has died in the past.
Internal organs are mentioned.
A golden retriever, mauled to death by a pit bull, is stuffed into a trash can. Falcone is very disturbed by the pit bull owner's attachment to the dog.
||Some sexual phrases and sex comments (see "Sex & Nudity")
"Damn", "god", "crap", "pothead", "piss", "bitch", "pervert", "geek", "shut up", "pedo" and other similar phrases are all said in various episodes, though not incessantly or to the point where the show becomes crass.
Various racist and sexist phrases are used on occasion, usually by antagonistic characters, EG "boy (used in a racist sense)", "faggot ass", "coloured boy", "gaydar".
Some name-calling, such as "idiot", "nerd", "munchkin", "creep".
||Various criminals and suspects are on everything from cocaine to meth.
Drugs like LSD and acid are mentioned.
Munch is said to have been a frequent pot-smoker during his college years as a hippie in the Sixties, although he was never charged for it. A criminal gives Munch a bag of rolled joints, which he disposes of, although his colleagues joke that he looks like a drug dealer.
Bayliss and Howard smoke cigarettes. In one episode they both try to quit, only to go into withdraw and start acting jumpy and strange.
A few characters smoke cigars.
An environmentalist lady smokes a cigarette.
Munch asks Bolander if he ever gets high.
While depressed about a girlfriend dumping him, Munch asks if he can take what's left of a murdered couples' heart medication. Munch often wants to borrow meds off of various people.
Three detectives try to buy a waterfront bar, get a notice signed by the liquor commission, and run it themselves.
Characters frequently drink alcohol.
A man becomes intoxicated and tries to drive despite his friends warning him not to.
Wine bottles are spiked with poison.
Munch is caught on a VHS tape dipping a children's rocket popsicle into a glass of beer, grotesquely licking the popsicle and then downing a full glass of beer.
Most of the detectives drink coffee to stay awake for days on end.
"Jonesing", "pothead" and "stoned" are all said.