After taking Seth MacFarlane and American Dad to task recently, the Parents Television Council has now taken aim at AMC's The Walking Dead with claims that the zombie drama's TV-14 rating is misleading.
A nonpartisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment, the PTC is requesting that the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board alter the show's "misrating," noting that the copious amounts of gore and violence render the show highly inappropriate for children. "Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable," PTC president Tim Winter stated. "In the current season alone the show has depicted hundreds of scenes of grisly murder both of living and 'undead,' but human, characters. The intensely violent content has included depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete, extreme gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains splattering after gunshot wounds, and the use of a sharpened human bone as a weapon to stab another character."
You may be asking yourself if he is lodging a complaint or promoting the show, because that description would make me tune in if I weren't already watching. Make no mistake, Mr. Winter is not a fan and wrote a letter to chairman Gordon Smith asking that the PGMB review the television rating for the popular post-apocalyptic series. "Clearly, this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but AMC has rated every single episode of The Walking Dead as suitable for a 14 year old child," he wrote. "We call on you and the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to immediately take any necessary steps to insure that this program is rated accurately, appropriately and for the audience for which the show is designed. For the TV Ratings system to work as it is designed, the board and you as its chairman can do no less."
Honestly, as a fan of the show, I have to admit the PTC is absolutely right. If this season of The Walking Dead were a film, it would be rated R. They aren't calling for the show to be taken off the air, they're just asking for a more appropriate TV-MA rating like FX's American Horror Story. That's not unreasonable. Do you think The Walking Dead is too violent for 14-year-olds?