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KQED 9

KQED 9
Comcast 9 and 709
Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1

All widescreen and HD programs

KQED Plus

Channel 54
Comcast 10 and 710
Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH

KQED Life

KQED Life
Comcast 189
Digital 54.3

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World
Comcast 190
Digital 9.3

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me
Comcast 191 & 621
Digital 54.5 or 25.3

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids
Comcast 192
Digital 54.4

Quality children's programming parents love too

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Parent Guidelines

All Children

This program is designed to be appropriate for all children. Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages two to six. This program is not expected to frighten younger children.

Directed to Older Children

This program is designed for children age seven and above. It may be more appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between make-believe and reality. Themes and elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence or comedic violence, or may frighten children under the age of seven. Therefore, parents may wish to consider the suitability of this program for their very young children.

Note: For those programs where fantasy violence may be more intense or more combative than other programs in this category, such programs will be designated TVY7-FV.

The following categories apply to programs designed for the entire audience:

General Audience

Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages. Although this rating does not signify a program designed specifically for children, most parents may let younger children watch this program unattended. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.

Parental Guidance Suggested

This program might contain some material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program contains one or more of the following:

  • Moderate violence (V)
  • Some sexual situations (S)
  • Infrequent coarse language (L)
  • Suggestive sexual dialogue (D)

Parents Strongly Cautioned

This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under fourteen years of age. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of fourteen watch unattended. This program contains one or more of the following:

  • Moderate violence (V)
  • Some sexual situations (S)
  • Infrequent coarse language (L)
  • Suggestive sexual dialogue (D)

Mature Audience Only

This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under seventeen. This program contains one or more of the following:

  • Moderate violence (V)
  • Some sexual situations (S)
  • Infrequent coarse language (L)
  • Suggestive sexual dialogue (D)

Ratings Exempt

Two types of shows are not rated by the Parental Guidelines: news and sports.






An Oversight Monitoring Board has been created to review the guidelines on a regular basis and make sure that the uniformity and consistency of the guidelines will be maintained to the greatest extent that is possible.
Inquiries regarding the guidelines should be directed to:
TV Parental Guidelines
Monitoring Board
Post Office Box 14097
Washington, DC 20004
1-202-879-9364

Additional information is available on the TV Parental Guidelines home page. Other codes & abbreviations associated with programs.

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