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Women’s Murder Club
Rating: TV- PG SDL
The May 6th episode
of Women’s Murder Club entitled “And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You
Free” was rife with violence and graphic content. The story centered on
investigator Lindsay Boxer learning that a murdered college student named Collin
and his friend Jay were accused of rape; but the D.A.’s office did not pursue a
prosecution due to lack of evidence. Suspicion falls on the rape victim, Kate,
forcing Lindsey to struggle with the ethics of arresting a victim whom the
system has failed. The episode, airing at 10:00 p.m. ET, was rated TV-PG SDL
with no content descriptor for violence.
The opening scene of the
episode featured Collin’s dead body, with blood oozing through his shirt and
coming out of his mouth. At the medical examiner’s office, Collin’s dead body
was shown on an examination table as coroners discussed his injuries. Later,
Kate’s boyfriend, Charlie, shows up at a press conference with a gun and shoots
at Jay, but he misses and the bullet hits Cindy Thomas, a reporter. Again, a
large blood stain soaks through her shirt.
A rating of TV-PG SDL suggests
that the episode features no violent content. However, with the depiction of a
blood-spattered dead body, a shooting scene, and a seriously injured reporter, a
violence descriptor seems an obvious necessity. A rating of TV-PG SDLV would
have cautioned parents of the violent nature of the episode.
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