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:
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.
This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
This program is designed for children age 7 and above and includes strong fantasy violence.
Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
Parental Guidance Suggested
This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
Parents Strongly Cautioned
This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children less than 14 years of age.
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.