East London Netflix drama ‘Top Boy’ has been named as the most offensive TV show, according to a new study by Preply.
Taking into account shows from 2022, the team has studied scripts of varying genres to break down the shows that have the most offensive words in them per hour, based on the most recent Ofcom report on offensive language on TV. Here are the ones which make it into the top 5:
Top Boy – 63 words per hour
Euphoria – 51 words per hour
Derry Girls – 41 words per hour
Tiger King – 31 words per hour
Sex Education – 29 words per hour
When it comes to the categories of offensive words – from mild, moderate to strong – the graphics below show where each series ranks.
43% of the shows studied had a large amount of ‘moderately’ offensive words included, while, thankfully, only 13% involved ones classed as ‘strong’. ‘Top Boy’ characters used a startling 63 offensive words per hour in the episodes studied, while ‘Euphoria’ had a whopping 51.
‘Derry Girls’, the drama-comedy based on what it was like to grow up in Ireland during political unrest in the 90s, had only 41, while ‘Tiger King’ had 31. These results were unexpected, as ‘Tiger King’ focuses on controversial zoo owner Joe Exotic, his nemesis Carol Baskin, a hairpin plot involving hit-men and the FBI, all of which resulted in Exotic ending up in prison.
Finally, ‘Sex Education’ recorded 29 offensive words in the episodes we broke down, putting them at the bottom of the list.
The team also broke down the data for the most romantic words said on TV, as well as the friendliest, angriest and the most common words said on screen overall.