• Hannibal Is Back, and Bloodier Than Ever

    by  • March 5, 2014 • Violence • 2 Comments

    Last Friday, NBC’s ultra-violent serial killer drama Hannibal returned to prime time…and once again deluged viewers with graphic gore.nbcprovoc

    Featuring the murderous character Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter from the movie The Silence of the Lambs, last season the TV program indulged in hideous levels of violence. The second season premiere, airing on February 28th at 10:00 p.m. ET, hasn’t improved. Scenes in the episode included a close-up of a drowned corpse’s rotting, dessicated flesh; a man with his limbs glued to his body like a statue, who is surrounded by dozens of human corpses similarly glued and turned into human statues; and a dream sequence in which lead character Will sits down to dinner and finds a mutilated human ear on his plate.

    Also notable was one of the program’s sponsors: Trojan condoms. Previously, ads for prophylactics have rarely if ever been featured in prime time. Either NBC has had difficulty finding sponsors for its grisly murder/cannibalism drama (this wouldn’t be surprising, given that last year, Hannibal was one of the lowest-rated dramas on broadcast TV); or maybe the network feels that adding commercials for sex products are yet one more way for NBC’s bosses to demonstrate how “edgy” the show is.

    Regardless, NBC thinks that all this is appropriate for 14-year-old viewers, as it rates Hannibal TV-14. Wouldn’t it be nice if parents got a say in how TV programs were rated?



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Hannibal Is Back, and Bloodier Than Ever

    1. Tap Dogs Dad
      March 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

      TV is largely a wasteland. Those who sit mindlessly in front of the tube deserve that c**p they get…. and it is 99% C**P!

      Aside from some of the stuff on the Military, History, Science and a few other channels, it’s pretty worthless. Exceptions are sports and special events. CSPAN can be interesting.

      I recall the TV shows of the 50′s and 60′s. That was entertainment. Let’s face it. American society is in the toilet.

    2. grabl
      March 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

      The first condom commercial was aired during an episode of FOX’s “Herman’s Head” in 1991. Of all the shows…

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