• Graphic Gunshot on PG-rated Once Upon a Time

    by  • October 30, 2017 • ABC, Violence • 1 Comment

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    The Disney fantasy series features a gory killing. 


    ABC’s Once Upon a Time is a TV program based Disney’s classic fairytale movies and characters. The fantasy series is rated TV-PG, acceptable for children under 14. But the October 27th episode featured an ultra-graphic violence totally inappropriate for children.

    In the scene, Alice in Wonderland points a gun at a man she believes to be Rumpelstiltskin. After an argument, Alice shoots him at point-blank range. “Rumpelstiltskin” falls, with blood gushing out and pooling beneath him.

    In our recent study “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore:” Fantasy-Themed Prime-Time Broadcast Programming Unsafe for Children, the PTC pointed out the growing trend on towards more explicit violence, sex, and language on shows based on fantasy concepts attractive to children.

    At the time of that study, Once Upon a Time was one of the less graphic programs analyzed. But now, apparently those running the Disney-themed fantasy show feel the need to increase graphic content to the level of Grimm or Sleepy Hollow.



    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.

    One Response to Graphic Gunshot on PG-rated Once Upon a Time

    1. EA
      November 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I guess when they said on the advertising poster “Fairy Tales Are Over”, they weren’t kidding.

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