Emmys Highlights Hollywood’s Dark Side


Posted: Sep 16, 2022 12:01 AM

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Star Wars isn’t the only entertainment franchise to struggle with the “dark side.” In fact, the entire entertainment industry appears to be going to darker, more disturbing places in its storytelling – and particularly in programs targeted to youth. 

Reporting about the recent Emmys broadcast, the Associated Press noted this TV trend: The evening’s uplifting tone, as voiced especially by Zendaya, Lizzo and Sheryl Lee Ralph, was in contrast to the darkness that pervaded the storytelling of the best drama series winner “Succession” and even comedy series victor “Ted Lasso.”

We have noted this trend even in our own research at the Parents Television and Media Council.

In our report analyzing all four seasons of Netflix’s Stranger Things, we found that the TV-14-rated program steadily introduced more explicit adult content with each new season, resulting in a shocking increase of uncensored profanity and graphic violence. There was a 217% increase in profanity from season 1 to season 4 (explicit language is uncensored),

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