So You Think You Can Rate a TV Show?
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Mafia on ABC
Rating: TV-PG DL
By Caroline Schulenburg
A rating of TV-PG DL suggests
that parents might not want to their young children to be exposed to some bad
language and sexual dialogue, but that the remainder of a given television
episode is certainly safe for viewing by older children and other family
members. At least, that is the conclusion of the executives responsible for
rating TV programs – like the episode of ABC’s new show Cashmere Mafia,
which aired on January 16th, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Apparently, ABC
believes that children are mature enough to handle the themes of adultery and
promiscuity, as well as the depictions of semi-nude women, that dominated the
In the episode titled
“Dangerous Liaisons,” successful businesswoman and hotelier Juliet Draper is
trying to make sense of her relationship with her husband, who has recently
committed adultery. She gets in touch with a former flame named Bobby, who is
anxious for a reunion. Bobby arrives in New York before Juliet has had time to
come to terms with her decision to get even with her husband. One night Juliet
is able to slip away to Bobby’s hotel room. Soon they are rolling around in bed
and pulling each other’s clothes off.
Meanwhile, Zoe Burden is
frustrated because junior co-worker Catherine is suddenly being included in
major decision-making at her company. Zoe understands Catherine’s sudden ascent
when she sees the young woman following their boss into his hotel room on a
business trip. Zoe confronts her boss, chastising him for “letting your little
head think for your big head,” but also worries that she is insecure in her own
sexuality. Ultimately she decides to test her sexual attractiveness by walking
into the room where her husband is working on his computer, ripping off her top
to reveal that she is not wearing underwear, and attempting to seduce him. Her
nude back is seen from behind.
Clearly intended to capture the
edgy tone of Sex and the City (as well as some that program’s fans),
Cashmere Mafia contains material that is simply too mature for a PG rating.
With depictions of women lolling around in lingerie and its many references to
sex, this program is without a doubt too racy not to carry an S-descriptor for
sexual content. It could even be argued that the program deserves a TV-14
rating. The entertainment industry’s much-touted V-Chip can only function
properly and protect children from inappropriate content if programs are
accurately rated. ABC’s blatant misrating of this episode surely undermines the
industry’s argument that TV ratings obviate the need for FCC enforcement of
broadcast decency laws.
If you agree that this program was inadequately
rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at
email@example.com and let them know that the TV
ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate
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