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Rating: TV-PG DLSV

Network: ABC


Most parents wouldn’t consider ritualistic murder and raucous sex appropriate entertainment for children – but ABC thinks they should be rated PG. On the April 13th episode of Castle (10:00 p.m. ET), main character Richard Castle leaves his bedroom in shambles after a bout of rowdy sex with his ex-wife. In the scene, Castle and his ex-wife break glasses, framed pictures, and his bed, pull curtains off the wall, and ultimately tumble to the ground during their sexual escapade. After a brief conversation where they list their top 10 sexual experiences together, she proceeds to dip beneath the view of the camera, and it is implied she performs oral sex on him.


The TV ratings system and the movie ratings systems are not conducted by the same organization. Movies are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, an independent organization not affiliated with any film studio. By contrast, TV programs are assigned ratings by the very networks that make, show – and stand to profit by – them. Still, one would expect some consistency in content between a movie rated PG and a TV show rated TV-PG. It should have been clear even to a profit-crazed network that the content in this episode of Castle would never be allowed in a PG-rated movie.  Can anyone imagine a scene like that described above appearing in Hannah Montana: The Movie or Bolt? Disney would never place such content in a PG-rated movie; but apparently, the Disney-owned ABC network thinks that an explicit and violent sex scene, as well as graphic murder, is perfectly appropriate for a television program rated PG.


If you agree that this program was inadequately rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at tvomb@usa.net and let them know that the TV ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate content.


For more information about the TV ratings, please visit http://www.tvguidelines.org/contact.asp.

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