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V-Chip Rating Explanations
US V-Chip Rating System
TV-MA (Mature Audience Only) Specifically designed to be viewed by adults and may be unsuitable for
children under 17. It contains one or more of the following content themes: crude indecent language (L),
explicit sexual activity (S), or graphic violence (V).
TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) Contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for
children under 14. 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 content themes: intensely suggestive dialogue (D), strong coarse language (L), intense sexual
situations (S), or intense violence (V).
TV-PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The program contains one or more of the
following content themes: some suggestive dialogue (D), infrequent coarse language (L), some sexual situa-
tions (S), or moderate violence (V).
TV-G (Parental Audience) Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages. It contains little or no
sexual dialogue (D) or situations (S), no strong language (L), and little or no violence (V).
TV-Y7 (Directed to Children 7 years and older) Designed for children ages 7 and above. It may be more
appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between make be-
lieve and reality. Themes and elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence (FV) or comedic violence,
or may frighten children under the age of 7.
TV-Y (All Children) Themes and elements in this program are designed for a young audience, including children
ages 2-6. It is not expected to frighten younger children.
Canadian English V-Chip Rating System
18+ (Adult) Programming intended for adults 18 and older. It may contain elements of violence, language, and
sexual content which could make it unsuitable for viewers under 18. Violence Guidelines: May contain violence
integral to the development of the plot, character or theme, intended for adult audiences. Other Content
Guidelines: May contain graphic language and explicit portrayals of nudity and/or sex.
14+ (Viewer 14 and over) Programming contains themes or content which may not be suitable for viewers
under the age of 14. Parents are strongly cautioned to exercise discretion in permitting viewing by pre-teens
and early teens. Violence Guidelines: May contain intense scenes of violence. Could deal with mature
themes and societal issues in a realistic fashion. Other Content Guidelines: May contain scenes of nudity
and/or sexual activity. There could be frequent use of profanity.
PG (Parental Guidance) Programming intended for a general audience but which may not be suitable for
younger children (under the age of 8). Parents may consider some content inappropriate for unsupervised
viewing by children aged 8-13. Violence Guidelines: Depictions of conflict and/or aggression will be limited and
moderate; may include physical, fantasy, or supernatural violence. Other Content Guidelines: May contain
infrequent mild profanity, or mildly suggestive language. Could also contain brief scenes of nudity.