The TV Parental Guideline
Ratings System was modeled after movie ratings to give parents
easy-to-follow warnings regarding the content and age-appropriateness
of TV programs. Ratings apply to all programs except sports and news
TV Ratings are broken down
into two basic parts: Age-Appropriate Guidelines and Content
Descriptors. Age-Appropriate Guidelines: Provide a guideline to the
age-appropriateness of TV shows.
All Children ::
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children. Whether
animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are
specifically designed for a very young audience, including children
from ages 2–6. This program is not expected to frighten younger
Directed to Older
This program is designed for children age 7 and above. It may be more
appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills
needed to distinguish between make-believe and reality. Themes and
elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence or comedic
violence, or may frighten children under the age of 7. Therefore,
parents may wish to consider the suitability of this program for their
very young children.
Directed to Older
Children-Fantasy Violence ::
For those programs where fantasy violence may be more intense or more
combative than in other programs in this category, such programs will
be designated TV-Y7-FV.
General Audience ::
Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages. Although
this rating does not signify a program designed specifically for
children, most parents may let younger children watch this program
unattended. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and
little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for
younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger
children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the
program contains one or more of the following: moderate violence (V),
some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L) or some
suggestive dialogue (D).
This program contains some material that many parents would find
unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. Parents are strongly
urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are
cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch
unattended. This program contains one or more of the following: intense
violence (V), intense sexual situations (S), strong coarse language
(L), or intensely suggestive dialogue (D).
Mature Audience Only ::
This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and
therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. This program
contains one or more of the following: graphic violence (V), explicit
sexual activity (S), or crude indecent language (L).
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Content Descriptors: Provide
additional information about the content of TV shows: violence [V],
fantasy violence [FV], sexual situations [S], coarse language [L] and
suggestive dialogue [D].
Note: One or more letters may
be added below the age-based audience label.