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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: PG

John Ritter stars as a struggling salesman who gets a TV with a huge screen and a super satellite dish accessing 666 channels-of pure hell: It's "Hellivision" where every show has a morbid slant. Ritter and wife Pam Dawber get sucked into the satellite dish and find themselves scrambling to save their lives as they move from program to program.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Dawber is tied to a wagon in her bloomers, cleavage is shown in that costume and others.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Lots of cartoonish violence. One lady gets killed by Godzilla. One guy gets his arm and leg torn off by wolves (though you just see him getting attacked). There isn't a whole lot of gore or blood, but lots of violence, especially in the animated sequence.

PROFANITY 2 - Use of mildly offensive language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Twisted parodies of TV shows that adults will understand, but kids won't.

MESSAGE - Be a doer instead of a watcher.

Special Keywords: S1 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG

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