What TV content rating would you prefer the Amazon series to have? (US TV Parental Guidelines system)
I realize that different countries have different systems, but I am most familiar with the US system, and also I presume each episode will receive a US content rating first before it is rated elsewhere, Amazon being a US company. The US TV Parental Guidelines system is perhaps less well known worldwide than the MPAA film rating system (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17), but quite similar:
TV-G (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.
TV-PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) - 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).
TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) - 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).
TV-MA (Mature Audiences 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).
I realize that, for some shows, not all episodes may have the same rating. For the purposes of this poll, assume that all episodes will have the same rating. Also for the purposes of this poll, I am not distinguishing different types of content that may affect the rating (D, L, S, V). What rating would you prefer?
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... they'd use higher rated scenes if necessary for good storytelling, but would not do it needlessly, nor needlessly much or often, and would aim for a family friendly rating for other scenes. And then, for each episode they release that has higher rated scenes in it, they'd simultaneously release a version of it where those scenes are adapted to a lower rating.
So, everyone can choose which version they want to see, and everyone is happy, and maybe they get more viewtime because some folk will analyze both versions and compare them and make half of a science of which is better for which scene and so the producers will be better off as well.
Hahahahah well dreaming is allowed right
(This post was edited by Mari D. on Oct 30 2020, 10:51pm)
For instance, The Umbrella Academy on Netflix has a TV-14 rating, and I think (while that's obviously a very different genre and type of show) that's about the amount of violence I'd be okay with. I personally don't have a problem with there being nudity and some sexual content, as long as it's not overboard like Game Of Thrones sometimes could be. So I think I'd probably try to steer clear of the full-on TV-MA rating, but I wouldn't be totally opposed if the show did end up being MA either. But if it were up to me, I'd aim for a TV-14 rating: I don't see how the Second Age could ever be totally family-friendly, not if you're trying to keep fidelity to Tolkien.
I wonder how much of the vote for TV-PG is a reaction to how cable TV or streaming TV channels have overused "mature" imagery to justify their "artistic" choices? I've seen a number of movies/shows that seem to devolve into imagery that couldn't be shown on broadcast TV and in most cases, I really didn't feel it was justified from a storytelling perspective. It seems to me that Hollywood rushes to conform to a "non-conformist" standard (or lack thereof) to pound their chests as "artists". Oooh, look at me, I'm showing nekkid bodies and violence and gore! I'm just so avant garde! I actually think it takes more talent to tell the story in a TV-G or TV-PG format which means they're more likely to pay attention to the story and dialog rather than telling the actor to strip down or resort to a lot of CGI.