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TV Disclaimers: What You REALLY Need to Know Before Watching These Shows

TV Disclaimers: What You REALLY Need to Know Before Watching These Shows

On “The Late Show” this week, David Letterman debuted a rather unfunny segment about “TV disclaimers,” or the warnings you see before shows begin. Most commonly, viewers will see “Parental discretion advised” with a TV-14 or TV-MA tag applied in bold print across the screen. Dave, though, with all his hip and wily ways, added what he considered more pertinent information for fans of the most boring CBS shows on air.

Despite the bland jokes—and Dave completely misunderstanding why people watch TV today—we here at Indiewire thought it might be worth revamping the segment a bit, by applying warning labels you might actually need. We can’t promise they’re any funnier than Dave’s, but we can promise they’re useful for up-to-date audiences and newcomers alike. Take a look at our Game of Thrones entry above, and then 10 more guides below.

The Leftovers

True Detective

“House of Cards”

“Orange is the New Black”

“Doctor Who”

“Mad Men”



“Bob’s Burgers”

“Parks and Recreation”

Casey Cipriani, Shipra Gupta, Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers contributed to this piece. 

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