TV ratings, much like feature film ratings, were created to give viewers guidelines to a television series' target audience and its potential content so that viewers can make informed choices on what they and their families watch. A rating may also be accompanied by a content label that further defines content within the program. Definitions for both the ratings and the labels are below.

 


Here is what each rating represents:

 

TV-Y
All Children
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.

TV-Y7
Older Children
This program is designed for children age 7 and above.

TV-Y7-FV
Older Children
This program is designed for children age 7 and above and includes strong fantasy violence.

TV-G
General Audience
Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.

TV-PG
Parental Guidance Suggested
This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.

TV-14
Parents Strongly Cautioned
This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children less than 14 years of age.

TV-MA
Mature Audience Only
This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.

 


Here is how the labels are defined:

 

V: Violence
S: Sexual situations
L: Coarse language
D: Suggestive dialogue
FV: Fantasy violence

 


Got additional questions? Want to learn more about parental controls on your television? Visit The TV Boss site or the FCC Parents Place site for more information.

URLS:
http://www.thetvboss.org/
http://reboot.fcc.gov/parents/