SBS recently announced that they would be revising the viewer rating for "The Penthouse". The first two episodes of the drama were recommended for viewers over the age of fourteen, and the third episode which is set to broadcast on November 2nd will have the same recommendation. However, the fourth episode on November 3rd will see this rating rise to only appropriate for viewers over the age of eighteen.
The move appears to be preemptive. A relevant person at SBS who has seen the fourth episode likely realized that the content has escalated compared to previous episodes. Consequently, SBS decided to increase the rating threshhold in anticipation of criticism for the content being inappropriate for younger viewers.
The World of the Married" endured similar backlash earlier this year due to an exploitation style scene wherein the lead character played by Kim Hee-ae was violently assaulted and even choked by a masked attacker. The Korea Standards Communication Commission has also been more outspoken recently about inappropriate television content, stoking fears of increased government censorship of television dramas. "The Penthouse" airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at ten in the evening.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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