History WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids / LiveActionTV

27th Mar '17 8:22:35 AM mimitchi33
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* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': A show promoted as a YA series about teenagers and their trials and tribulations, filled with top-name actors and young teen performers, many of whom went on to stardom, plus boatloads of critical acclaim. Great for kids and teens to watch, right? Then the sex scenes begin. And the drug taking. So much so that an extremely toned-down version produced for MTV in the US a few years later proved to be TooSpicyForYogSothoth and was yanked after 10 episodes.

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* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': A show promoted as a YA series about teenagers and their trials and tribulations, filled with top-name actors and young teen performers, many of whom went on to stardom, plus boatloads of critical acclaim. Great for kids and teens to watch, right? Then the sex scenes begin. And the drug taking. So much so that an extremely toned-down version produced for MTV in the US a few years later proved to be TooSpicyForYogSothoth and was yanked after 10 episodes.episodes.
* There are child fans of ''Series/StrangerThings'', because of the child protagonists in the show and because it came out around the same time as [[Anime/YokaiWatch a Disney XD show with a similar premise]].
27th Mar '17 8:18:43 AM mimitchi33
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** In Russia, the show aired on Disney Channel following their Disney Junior block.
23rd Mar '17 12:37:36 PM skidoo23
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* [[http://shinga.deviantart.com/art/Head-Trip-All-Greek-To-Me-61559835/ ABC Family]]. Either ABC/Disney or Fox before them ''wanted'' to change it, but didn't. It was rumored that their contract with Pat Robertson required them to keep "Family" in the channel name (their contract does require them to run ''The 700 Club'' before midnight... [[SnarkBait maybe]] they could give it a LaughTrack?). The rumor was debunked when ABC Family [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform announced that they were changing their name to Freeform]], which took effect January 12, 2016.

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* [[http://shinga.deviantart.com/art/Head-Trip-All-Greek-To-Me-61559835/ ABC Family]]. Either ABC/Disney or Fox before them ''wanted'' to change it, but didn't. It Not a series, an ''entire network''. ABC Family began as the CBN Family Channel - the CBN being "Christian Broadcasting Network", which was rumored that their owned by televangelist Pat Robertson of ''700 Club'' fame. When the network was sold, initially to Fox, and later to ABC/Disney, reportedly the contract with Pat Robertson required them to keep stipulated that the word "Family" remain in the channel name (their contract does require them network name. This led to run ''The 700 Club'' before midnight... [[SnarkBait maybe]] they could give ongoing conflicts with not only MoralGuardian types but parents, period, as ABC Family began airing shows aimed at older viewers, with sexual content and language and adult themes that seemed to contradict the "Family" name. If such a requirement ever existed, by the fall of 2015 it a LaughTrack?). The rumor was debunked when no longer a concern as ABC Family [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/06/abc-family-changing-name-freeform announced that they were changing their name to Freeform]], which took effect January 12, 2016.



* In the early 1970s Gerry and Sylvia Anderson decided to go into more serious, live-action drama with the series ''Seroes/{{UFO}}'', though it still used plenty of their famous model work. Unfortunately the networks didn't know what to do with a show about faceless aliens coming to Earth to steal people's organs, which included one episode about drugged out hippies and another which focuses on the lead character having an extramarital affair. After all, it was made by the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' so it must be for kids, right?

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* In the early 1970s Gerry and Sylvia Anderson decided to go into more serious, live-action drama with the series ''Seroes/{{UFO}}'', ''Series/{{UFO}}'', though it still used plenty of their famous model work. Unfortunately the networks didn't know what to do with a show about faceless aliens coming to Earth to steal people's organs, which included one episode about drugged out hippies and another which focuses on the lead character having an extramarital affair. After all, it was made by the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' so it must be for kids, right?



* ''Series/Class2016'', another ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which is full of blood and sex, gets a lot of this as well. In addition to being a spin-off of the popular family show, it centers around a group of teenagers (which can sometimes hint at something for younger audiences). In addition, parts of the premise closely resemble ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which was aimed ''more'' at kids than its parent show. And of course, many people are just clueless over what YoungAdult fiction means (in reality it is aimed at older teenagers up to early 30s and as such can contain explicit sex and violence, but some people assume it's a synonym for "children's"). As a result, the BBC itself ran into issues with production and marketing - according to UK media it only allowed the Doctor to make a cameo if the show toned down its violence and sexual content; after the series underperformed in a streaming platform, BBC One buried it in a late-night time slot and fired through the 8-episode first series in 4 weeks flat, attracting pocket-change viewership numbers.

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* ''Series/Class2016'', another ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which is full of blood and sex, gets a lot of this as well. In addition to being a spin-off of the popular family show, it centers centres around a group of teenagers (which can sometimes hint at something for younger audiences). In addition, parts of the premise closely resemble ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which was aimed ''more'' at kids than its parent show. And of course, many people are just clueless over what YoungAdult fiction means (in reality it is aimed at older teenagers up to early 30s and as such can contain explicit sex and violence, but some people assume it's a synonym for "children's"). As a result, the BBC itself ran into issues with production and marketing - according to UK media it only allowed the Doctor to make a cameo if the show toned down its violence and sexual content; content (it's unclear if the reports referred to only the episode he appeared in, or the whole series); after the series underperformed in a streaming platform, BBC One buried it in a late-night time slot and fired through the 8-episode first series in 4 weeks flat, attracting pocket-change viewership numbers. numbers and leaving its future in doubt. This is less of an issue on broadcasters like Space in Canada and BBC America that usually air ''Doctor Who'' in a mid-evening time slot anyway (one that in the UK would be considered post-watershed), and have no qualms airing a show like ''Class'' alongside ''Doctor Who''.



* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' gets this too, despite the fact that it's usually rated TV-14 and has characters dealing with a plethora of (mostly non child-friendly) challenges, such as eating disorders, peer pressure, sexual identity, gang violence, self-injury, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, school shootings, rape, etc. The fact that it airs in the U.S. on Creator/TeenNick might have a part in this.

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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' gets this too, despite the fact that it's usually rated TV-14 and has characters dealing with a plethora of (mostly non child-friendly) challenges, such as eating disorders, peer pressure, sexual identity, gang violence, self-injury, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, school shootings, rape, etc. The fact that it airs in the U.S. on Creator/TeenNick might have a part in this. (It should be noted that many parents likely recall watching the original series, which ''was'' more family-friendly.)



* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.hit.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': A show promoted as a YA series about teenagers and their trials and tribulations, filled with top-name actors and young teen performers, many of whom went on to stardom, plus boatloads of critical acclaim. Great for kids and teens to watch, right? Then the sex scenes begin. And the drug taking. So much so that an extremely toned-down version produced for MTV in the US a few years later proved to be TooSpicyForYogSothoth and was yanked after 10 episodes.
10th Mar '17 10:09:09 PM skidoo23
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* ''Series/Class2016'', another ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which is full of blood and sex, gets a lot of this as well. In addition to being a spin-off of the popular family show, it centers around a group of teenagers (which can sometimes hint at something for younger audiences). In addition, parts of the premise closely resemble ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which was aimed ''more'' at kids than its parent show. And of course, some people are just clueless over what YoungAdult fiction means (in reality it is aimed at teengers and generally contains fairly mature content, but some people assume it's a synonym for "children's").

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* ''Series/Class2016'', another ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which is full of blood and sex, gets a lot of this as well. In addition to being a spin-off of the popular family show, it centers around a group of teenagers (which can sometimes hint at something for younger audiences). In addition, parts of the premise closely resemble ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which was aimed ''more'' at kids than its parent show. And of course, some many people are just clueless over what YoungAdult fiction means (in reality it is aimed at teengers older teenagers up to early 30s and generally contains fairly mature content, as such can contain explicit sex and violence, but some people assume it's a synonym for "children's")."children's"). As a result, the BBC itself ran into issues with production and marketing - according to UK media it only allowed the Doctor to make a cameo if the show toned down its violence and sexual content; after the series underperformed in a streaming platform, BBC One buried it in a late-night time slot and fired through the 8-episode first series in 4 weeks flat, attracting pocket-change viewership numbers.



* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.
* ''Series/Class2016'', a spin-off from ''Series/DoctorWho'', ran into this problem. As ''Doctor Who'' is (the occasional violent or suggestive moment aside) considered a family show - and in fact is still considered a children's show by many in the UK - the announcement of a spin-off set at Coal Hill School was met with excitement by those who assumed a successor to the beloved ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' had finally arrived - that series had actually been aimed at a younger demographic than ''Doctor Who''. The resulting series, however, ended up being closer to the adults-only spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' in terms of violence and sex, even with the Doctor cameoing in the pilot episode. The problem is a misunderstanding of the term YA, or Young Adult, which is the genre ''Class'' falls into. YA is primarily aimed at 17-34 year olds and therefore can be just as explicit and violent as something that carries an R-rating.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.
* ''Series/Class2016'', a spin-off from ''Series/DoctorWho'', ran into this problem. As ''Doctor Who'' is (the occasional violent or suggestive moment aside) considered a family show - and in fact is still considered a children's show by many in the UK - the announcement of a spin-off set at Coal Hill School was met with excitement by those who assumed a successor to the beloved ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' had finally arrived - that series had actually been aimed at a younger demographic than ''Doctor Who''. The resulting series, however, ended up being closer to the adults-only spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' in terms of violence and sex, even with the Doctor cameoing in the pilot episode. The problem is a misunderstanding of the term YA, or Young Adult, which is the genre ''Class'' falls into. YA is primarily aimed at 17-34 year olds and therefore can be just as explicit and violent as something that carries an R-rating.
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10th Mar '17 10:03:48 PM skidoo23
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** There were eyebrows raised when the first episode of the series - which included violence and sex scenes - was shown at a New York Comic Con event attended by parents with children. To be fair, parents were given the option to leave with their kids before the screening began, but there were reports of some who didn't quite realize Marvel meant it when they said Jessica Jones was an adults-only series.



* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.hit.
* ''Series/Class2016'', a spin-off from ''Series/DoctorWho'', ran into this problem. As ''Doctor Who'' is (the occasional violent or suggestive moment aside) considered a family show - and in fact is still considered a children's show by many in the UK - the announcement of a spin-off set at Coal Hill School was met with excitement by those who assumed a successor to the beloved ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' had finally arrived - that series had actually been aimed at a younger demographic than ''Doctor Who''. The resulting series, however, ended up being closer to the adults-only spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' in terms of violence and sex, even with the Doctor cameoing in the pilot episode. The problem is a misunderstanding of the term YA, or Young Adult, which is the genre ''Class'' falls into. YA is primarily aimed at 17-34 year olds and therefore can be just as explicit and violent as something that carries an R-rating.
4th Mar '17 8:26:13 PM DoctorCooper
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* WalkingWithDinosaurs, it's bound to be for kids! But it, and Walking with Beasts and Walking with Monsters, contain:
** [[EatsBabies Cannibalism on the young... twice]]
** [[EatsBabies Several Allosaurs and a Stegosaurus murdering some baby Diplodocus]]
** Liopleurodon, which makes the shark from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' look like a sardine
** [[EyeScream More cannibalism... including the EYES]]
** Several Leaellynasaura dying of frostbite
** A stillborn Tyrannosaurus embryo
** [[TearJerker The carcass of a baby Torosaurus killed by Dromaeosaurs]]
** Cute little horse ancestors getting brutally murdered by a Gastornis - and the hatching baby of said Gastornis being overwhelmed by ants
** [[FullBoarAction Entelodonts]]...
** An Indricotherium calf being abandoned by his own mother
** Sex (many times, including Australopithecus - that scene was blurred out for being too human-like)
** The fact that the animated film /is/ child-friendly, starring an adorable runt-of-the-litter, will probably not help with this.
*** Just like the movie 9, this is less all kids and more younger kids. Older kids, say ten and up, would quite enjoy this series.



* The makers of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' must have thought that by [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Series 4]] there was no longer any need to keep saying "Yes, we know this is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff, but it's broadcast at 9pm for a ''reason''", so they didn't. Cue outrage at the first gay sex scene, with more than one person tweeting to the effect of "That's not right, it's a kids' show". Clearly the post-watershed swearing and gore and a paedophile as a major character didn't clue them in enough. (''Series/DoctorWho'', of course, is one of the more famous examples of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the opposite of this trope]], since, while [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids this doesn't always show]], it's aimed at family audiences.)

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* The makers of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' must have thought that by [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Series 4]] there was no longer any need to keep saying "Yes, we know this is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff, but it's broadcast at 9pm for a ''reason''", so they didn't. Cue outrage at the first gay sex scene, with more than one person tweeting to the effect of "That's not right, it's a kids' show". Clearly the post-watershed swearing and gore and a paedophile as a major character didn't clue them in enough. (''Series/DoctorWho'', of course, is one of the more famous examples of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the opposite of this trope]], since, while [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids this doesn't always show]], show, it's aimed at family audiences.)
2nd Dec '16 2:10:00 PM dmcreif
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* Speaking of ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', to say that it earned its TV-MA rating would be a massive understatement. The level of violence in the series can be absolutely shocking at times, whether it be hearing a guy offscreen getting his skull smashed in with a bowling ball, or seeing a brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that ends with an OffWithHisHead.

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* Speaking of ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', to say that it earned its TV-MA rating would be a massive understatement. The level of violence in the series can be absolutely shocking at times, whether it be hearing Healy smash a guy offscreen getting his skull smashed guy's in with a bowling ball, or seeing a brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that ends Wilson Fisk kill Anatoly by beating him unconscious and decapitating him with an OffWithHisHead.a car door.
17th Nov '16 11:20:26 AM DalekExterminer
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* ''Series/Class2016'', another ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which is full of blood and sex, gets a lot of this as well. In addition to being a spin-off of the popular family show, it centers around a group of teenagers (which can sometimes hint at something for younger audiences). In addition, parts of the premise closely resemble ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off which was aimed ''more'' at kids than its parent show. And of course, some people are just clueless over what YoungAdult fiction means (in reality it is aimed at teengers and generally contains fairly mature content, but some people assume it's a synonym for "children's").
29th Oct '16 6:53:02 AM StFan
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' suffers the same "detectives and spies are okay for kids" stigma that series like James Bond and Austin Powers commonly get treated with (see [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids.{{Film}} this page for more on that]]). Its' popularity with kids was made famous upon the publication of [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1318646/First-man-moon-Buzz-Lightyear-say-1-5-schoolchildren.html a study showing that British school children knew more about pop culture than events in history]].

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' suffers the same "detectives and spies are okay for kids" stigma that series like James Bond ''James Bond'' and Austin Powers ''Austin Powers'' commonly get treated with (see [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids.{{Film}} LiveActionFilms this page for more on that]]). Its' popularity with kids was made famous upon the publication of [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1318646/First-man-moon-Buzz-Lightyear-say-1-5-schoolchildren.html a study showing that British school children knew more about pop culture than events in history]].
12th Oct '16 1:01:22 PM Fan
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** While on the topic, the ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Avengers]]'' game is based on the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] and has levels based on the various movies and TV shows. Despite this, the ''Daredevil'' and ''Jessica Jones'' series were not included, as Marvel felt they were inappropriate for children.

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** While on the topic, the ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Avengers]]'' game is based on the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] and has levels based on the various movies and TV shows. Despite this, the ''Daredevil'' and ''Jessica Jones'' series were not included, as Marvel felt they were inappropriate for children.children, but they do appear as playable characters.
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