What Does TV-MA Mean on Netflix?

By Kyle McBride

Understand the show's parental guidance rating to avoid awkward surprises.
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"TV-MA" is a rating assigned by the TV Parental Guidelines to a television program that was designed for mature audiences only. Using this rating, the TVPG warns viewers that the show's content contains foul language, graphic violence, graphic sexual activity or any combination of these elements. Netflix does not assign this rating. Using movie ratings that you might find more familiar, the equivalent rating would be "R" or "NC-17."

Rating Origins

As part of the negotiations with studios and distributors for licenses to movies or TV shows, Netflix also requests maturity ratings for these programs. The rating shown for each program is the rating assigned it by the standards organization for the region from which the program originated. Movies from the U.S. display ratings assigned by the Classification and Rating Administration at the Motion Picture Association of America. Television shows from the U.S. display ratings assigned by TVPG.