The Umbrella Academy changes rating to R17 ahead of Season 3

Netflix changes the content rating of The Umbrella Academy from TV-14 to TV-MA in preparation for the third season to release on the service on June 22.

The Umbrella Academy’s TV-14 rating is changed to TV-MA months before the third season’s release on Netflix. Based on the graphic novels of the same name by Gabriel Bá and Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), The Umbrella Academy follows the misadventures of seven children adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargeeves, who raises them in his ‘Umbrella Academy’ to save the world.

The series stars Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min.
After its adventures with time travel, The Umbrella Academy Season 2 ended with its heroes returning to the present only to find that the timeline had changed. Season 3 introduces several new cast members including Justin Cornwell, Britne Oldford, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David and Jake Epsteinwho will play members of the alternate universe’s Sparrow Academy.

While season 3 will explore volume 3 of the novels in its Hotel Oblivion setting, the introduction of Sparrow Academy represents a departure from the source material, so there’s no telling what to expect. Showrunner Steve Blackman recently shared a first look at season 3 with its premiere date, and now Netflix has changed the classification of The Umbrella Academy in preparation for season 3.

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As noted by tua_updates on Twitter, who was informed by another user, Netflix has officially changed the classification of The Umbrella Academy, the series was previously rated TV-14 or not recommended for children under 14, now it is TV- BUT, therefore not recommended for an audience under the age of 17.

The change was made three months before the third season hits the service.

According to TV’s parental guidelines, the TV-14 (“Parents Strongly Cautioned”) rating refers to content recommended for audiences 15 and older as it may contain “strongly suggestive (D) dialogue, strong language, and vulgar (L), intense sexual situations (S), or intense violence (V).” On the other hand, TV-MA content is the equivalent of an R rating, being “unsuitable for children under 17” as it can contain “indecent crude language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), or graphic violence (V)”.

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Given the already outlandish nature of The Umbrella Academy, most fans would probably accept an increase in violence, profanity, and sexual content in season three. However, it’s more likely that The Umbrella Academy characters will simply slip some explicit language, given that The Umbrella Academy’s landing page on Netflix lists “language, smoke” as the reason for the series’ TV-MA rating.

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If the show planned to lean towards sex, nudity, gore, or violence, that would definitely be listed as well. Regardless, audiences will get to see what The Umbrella Academy has in store when season three hits Netflix on June 22.

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