STUDY: Violence Increasing in TV Dramas — Especially on NBC

Unlike sex and language, graphic violence on television isn’t regulated by the FCC.

David Lyons plays Gen. Sebastian Monroe, left, and Jeff Swearingen plays Rick in Season 2 Episode 4 of NBC's "Revolution."
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Winter argues that what audiences want is not more violence, but better storytelling, though he acknowledges a show like "Breaking Bad," which had an entire episode in 2012 about the murder of a child, has also been praised for its master storytelling. "There has been violence in entertainment for thousands of years," he says, "but the issue is now it is going into homes at the time of day when children are watching."

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