TV Ratings

Spectrum doesn't rate TV programs. They're classified by broadcast and cable television networks or program producers. TV ratings are based on content and address the age-appropriateness of a particular program. Common TV ratings are listed below:

 

TV Y7 All Children: Intended for children ages 2-6 and is not designed or expected to frighten.

Directed to Older Children Directed to Older Children: Intended for children ages 7 and older. Best suited for children who know the difference between real life and make-believe. Contains mild fantasy or comedic violence. Some content could frighten younger children (under age 7).

Directed to Older Children - Fantasy Violence Directed to Older Children - Fantasy Violence: Intended for older children. Contains fantasy violence more combative than TVY7 programs.

General AudienceGeneral Audience: Intended for all ages. Contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.

Parental Guidance SuggestedParental Guidance Suggested: Intended for younger children in the company of an adult. Possibly contains some suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations or some moderate violence.

Parents Strongly CautionedParents Strongly Cautioned: Intended for children ages 14 and older in the company of an adult. Possibly contains intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations or intense violence.

Mature Audionce OnlyMature Audience Only: Intended for adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Possibly contains crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity or graphic violence.


Movie (Film) Ratings

Spectrum doesn't rate movies. They're voluntarily rated and classified by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Films are rated based on content and ratings address the age-appropriateness of a particular movie. Common movie/film ratings are listed below:

General AudiencesGeneral Audiences: This program is designed to be appropriate for all ages. This rating indicates a film contains nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.

Parental Guidance SuggestedParental Guidance Suggested: Parents are urged to give parental guidance. This film may contain some material parents might not like for their young children.

Parents Strongly CautionedParents Strongly Cautioned: Some material may not be suited for children under age 13. May contain violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements beyond a PG rating, but doesn't reach the restricted R category.

RestrictedRestricted: This rating is for films specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
 

NC-17 Clearly Adult: This rating is applied to films the MPAA believes most parents will consider inappropriate for children 17 and under. It indicates only that adult content is more intense than in an R rated movie.


Unrated

A TV program or movie/film may also be classified as Unrated for various reasons, including:


TV:

  • Television advertising isn't rated and can't be blocked.
  • News and sports are exempt from the TV ratings system and may be considered unrated.
  • Religious and home shopping programs also don't generally carry a rating.

Movies:

  • Older films with content pre-dating MPAA ratings are considered to be more PG in nature.
  • Not submitted to MPAA to be rated.
  • If an uncut version of a film was submitted to the MPAA, the labels Not Rated (NR) or Unrated (UR) are often used.
Note: Uncut/extended versions of films that are Unrated also contain warnings saying that the uncut version of the film contains content that differs from the theatrical release and may not be suitable for younger children or minors.