The TV parental guidelines are a television content rating system in the United States that was first proposed on December 19, , by the United States Congress , the television industry and the Federal Communications Commission FCC , and went into effect by January 1, , on most major broadcast and cable networks in response to public concerns  about increasingly explicit sexual content, graphic violence and strong profanity in television programs. It was established as a voluntary-participation system, with ratings to be determined by the individually participating broadcast and cable networks. The ratings are generally applied to most television series, television films and edited broadcast or basic cable versions of theatrically released films; premium channels also assign ratings from the TV parental guidelines on broadcasts of some films that have been released theatrically or on home video , either if the Motion Picture Association of America did not assign a rating for the film or if the channel airs the unrated version of the film. In the Telecommunications Act of , the United States Congress called upon the entertainment industry to establish, within one year, a voluntary television rating system to provide parents with advance information on material in television programming that might be unsuitable for their children.
Television content rating system
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Television content rating systems are systems for evaluating the content and reporting the suitability of television programs for children, teenagers, or adults. Many countries have their own television rating system and countries' rating processes vary by local priorities. Programs are rated by the organization that manages the system, the broadcaster , or the content producers. A rating is usually set for each individual episode of a television series. The rating can change per episode, network , rerun, and country.
TV Parental Guidelines