How does Netflix decide the maturity rating on movies and TV shows?

Netflix gathers maturity ratings based on country and region. The ratings are set by a standards organization that determines whether or not the material is appropriate for children. If for whatever reason a movie, TV show or other piece of content has not been rated by a known standards organization, Netflix will use its reasonable judgment to determine whether or not the material is appropriate and assign a "Kids OK," "Guidance," or "Adult" rating.

The movie and television show ratings that usually fall under each Netflix maturity level vary by region:

United States

Movies:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G PG PG-13, TV-14 R, NC-17, NR, UR

TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
TV-Y, TV-G TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-PG TV-14 TV-MA

Canada

Movies:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G PG 13+ (Only Quebec), 16+ (Only Quebec), 14A E, 18A, 18+, R

TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
C C8, G, PG 14+ 18+

Latin America

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
AA, ATP, ER, L, TE, T, 7 A, 10 B, 12, 13, 14 Banned, B15, C, D, E, X, 15, 16, 18, 18/P, 18/V

United Kingdom

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
U G, PG 12, 12A, G-12, G-15 15, 18, R18, G-16, G18, GB-Not Rated

Ireland

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G PG 12, 12A, 15, 15A, G-12, G-15 16, 18, G-16, G-18, IE-Not Rated

Sweden

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
BTL 7 11 15

Denmark

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
A 7 11 15

Norway

Movies:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
All, Children, Children/Youth, 5 7, 10, Family 11, 12, Young people, Young people from 13, Young people from 13 / adult 15, 16, 18, Youth/Adult, Adult

TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
Children, Children/Youth Family Young people, Young people from 13, Young people from 13 / adult Youth/Adult, Adult

Finland

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
- Exempt, 7 11, 12, 13 15, 16 18

Netherlands

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
AL 6, 9 12 16

France

Movies:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
All, U 6 12 -16, 16, 18

TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
All 6 12 -16, 18

Germany

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
0 6 12 16, 18, NR

Austria

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
U, 6 10 12, 14 16, NR

Switzerland

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
0, 6 8, 10 12, 14 16, 18, NR

Belgium

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
KT/EA - - KNT/ENA, NR, E

Luxembourg

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
All, 6 - 12 16, 18, NR

Australia

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G E, PG M MA-15+, R-18

New Zealand

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G E, PG M, R13, RP-13, R15, RP15 R16, RP16, R18, RP18

Japan

Movies and TV:

Little Kids Older Kids Teens Adults
G PG12 RP15+ RP18+
  • Kid-friendly content: Content that we feel is appropriate for children 12 and under is added to a kid-friendly section that's available on the Netflix website and in the Netflix app on many devices.
  • Netflix Guidance: Parents should read reviews or pre-watch the movie or show to best determine whether it's right for their child.
  • Unrated or Not rated: This film has not been officially reviewed by Netflix or a standards organization.

Take a look at the television or movie rating system to find more detailed information on how ratings are determined for your region.

In Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand you can use these maturity ratings in conjunction with the PIN parental control settings on Your Account. For more information about PIN protection on your account, click here for Germany and here for Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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