TV-MASuitable for Mature Audiences Only (TV program rating)
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Based on the industry's published content ratings definitions, this program should have been rated TV-MA, meaning it was appropriate for mature audiences only.
TV-MA -- Not for children under 17; may contain sex, profane language, or graphic violence.
Currently, the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating.
The resulting cavalcade of classifications (TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-MA) went into effect on Jan.
The parents get a PIN number that blocks TV-MA and programs rated R and X." Even technologically gifted kids can't crack the code unless they get their mitts on the PIN number.
Entertainment programming on the broadcast webs (NBC aside) will soon be subdivided into dozens of possible ratings combos: TV-PG S; TVY7 FV; TV-14 VD; TV-MA SVLD, etc, etc.
The fall season is still a month away, but Steven Bochco's "Brooklyn South" has already earned the distinction of becoming the first primetime pilot headed for the adults-only TV-MA content rating.
By definition, shows tagged with a TV-MA are for "mature audiences only."