Violence on TV
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Violent TV shows

Some of the most popular series on TV right now are also among the most violent, including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Fox’s “The Following.”  (Edel Rodriguez / For The Times)
Glenn (Steven Yeun), left, and Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) in “The Walking Dead.” (Gene Page / AMC)
Mike (Jonathan Banks), left, and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in “Breaking Bad.” (Ursula Coyote / AMC)
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is attacked during the Battle of Blackwater Bay in “Game of Thrones.” (Helen Sloan / HBO)
Michael C. Hall, rear, as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter.” (Randy Tepper / Showtime)
The biker gang drama “Sons of Anarchy.” (Prashant Gupta / AP / FX)
Jennifer Jareau (AJ Cook) in “Criminal Minds.” (Cliff Lipson / CBS)
Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) in “Scandal.” (Danny Feld / ABC)
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon, center) and the NCIS team investigate a crash on “NCIS.” (Cliff Lipson / CBS)
D.B. Russell (played by Ted Danson) and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” (Sonja Flemming / CBS)

Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) tends to the wound of her vampire boyfiend, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), in “The Vampire Diaries.”

 (Annette Brown / The CW)
Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) gets too close to his ex-wife, Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), in “The Following.” (David Giesbrecht / FOX)
Judson Mills, left, Chuck Norris, center, and Clarence Gilyard in “Walker, Texas Ranger.” (Tony Esparza / CBS)