Violence on television – "True Detective": Scenes of violence are routine in prime-time TV now, especially with the resurgence of crime and horror series such as "True Detective," which had its first season finale on Sunday, March 9. The show stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of investigators uncovering grisly murders.
Violence on television – "Justified": The critically acclaimed modern-day Western about lawman Raylan Givens features shootings as a regular occurrence -- in true Western style, nevertheless.
Violence on television – "Hannibal": This TV prequel to the films and books about cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter has violence and gore as an obvious part of the equation. Critics have said that the gruesome scenes are almost artistic and that witnessing so much brutality takes a toll. (Producers pulled an episode for being too dark after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.)
Violence on television – "Chicago PD": This series from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf made it clear from the start that it would not hold back, with a beheading early in the very first episode.
Violence on television – "Game of Thrones": The blood flows freely on this popular series, especially during the shocking "Red Wedding" scene.
Violence on television – "The Following": Just before its second season premiered, producers said the show's violence has been toned down.
Violence on television – "Top of the Lake": This show, though quite violent, has been widely praised as a commentary on rape culture.
Violence on television – "The Killing": Netflix picked up a fourth season of this series, which only seemed to get darker and more violent as it went on while it was on AMC.
Violence on television – "American Horror Story": The horror isn't all psychological here (though there is plenty of that). A shocking throat-slitting scene was among the violent moments in the third season, "Coven."
Violence on television – "The Walking Dead": It probably should not come as a surprise that the most popular scripted series on TV is also among the most violent.
Violence on television – "Broadchurch": Critics liked this British series, about a child murder, more than most other recent crime shows.