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PTC Warns Parents About Spike in Graphic Content in Netflix’s Stranger Things

Release Date: 7/9/2019

LOS ANGELES (July 9, 2019) – The Parents Television Council is warning parents about the increased profanity found in Netflix’s Stranger Things, which according to new VidAngel data, has gotten more explicit in the new Season 3 as compared to the first two seasons of the series.

“The entertainment world is abuzz over the newest season of the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things. Although the program is rated TV-14, parents should be aware of the spike in adult content, especially profanity on the program. According to the content filtering provider VidAngel, there were 357 profanities during Season 3 of the show, compared to 310 profanities in Season 2, and 163 profanities in the first season,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“It is unfortunate, but all-too-familiar in Hollywood today, that the creative community believes explicit content must be ratcheted up for each successive season in order to remain entertaining. Given that this particular show is centered on young characters, and given its content rating, it is very likely that children are consuming it in huge numbers. Netflix should reconsider the teen content rating, and parents need to be aware of just how graphic this show has become.

“Actress Evan Rachel Wood recently expressed her concern that violent and abusive relationships depicted in the new season of Stranger Things might be normalized by the show. Despite vicious blowback, she has boldly – and rightly – called for increased public awareness about such depictions and their real-life consequences.

“The only way that families can enjoy a growing volume of content on platforms like Netflix is via content filtering services like VidAngel, which allows parents to filter out unwanted profanity and other explicit material in programming like Stranger Things. Ironically, and indeed sadly, major forces in Hollywood are attempting to kill such filtering services, despite the fact that filtering opens up an entire new marketplace for movies and TV shows.

“Parents should be given more filtering resources so that they can make better, more informed entertainment media decisions for their families.”

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at