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The television programming that is rated TV-Y in the United States by the TV Parental Guidelines signifies content that's suitable for all children, but especially recommended for young children aged 6 and under (directed to preschoolers and kindergarteners). TV shows on channels like Universal Kids (formerly known as Sprout channel), Disney Junior, Nick Jr., Cartoonito, PBS Kids and many others have usually receive this rating, whether the E/I symbol is shown on the upper right corner of the screen or not. It is equivalent to the MPA's soft G rating for movies, and the ESRB's defunct EC rating and current soft E rating for video games.

TV-Y (E/I) rated programs are actually only permitted to air between 6 AM to 5 PM EST on weekdays and 2 PM EST on weekends on most networks; they are the designated time limits to when they can air programs with this rating.

The only exception to this rule is if it's a network such as the Nick Jr. Channel or PBS Kids that exclusively airs programs 24/7 with this rating.

Like TV-G, this rating does not use any descriptors, but some channels have a E/I symbol displayed on the screen.


As of May 8, 2024, there are over 62,190 TV-Y rated titles according to IMDb (the third most uncommon TV rating in the United States, above TV-Y7 and below TV-Y7-FV). (list)

TV Parental Guidelines rating system
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