Greece did not have its own television rating system before the year 2000. The Greek television rating system uses five different ratings. Each rating is represented by a different shape contained in a different-colored background.
These color-coded ratings are mandatorily displayed and verbally announced at the beginning of each broadcast. These binding provisions are enforced by the National Radio and Television Council (ESR), an independent authority, the executive members of which are appointed by the leaders of all parliamentary parties, preferably by unanimous consent and in extremis by an 80% supermajority.
- White rhombus in green background: Suitable for all audiences. Equivalent to TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-G and sometimes, low TV-PG. Equivalent for G and PG movies too.
- White circle in blue background: Suitable for children over 10 years of age; parental guidance is suggested for those under 10. Equivalent to low TV-PG and some PG and PG-13 movies.The series Two And A Half Men carry this rating because sexual humor is more acceptable in Greece.
- White triangle in orange background: Suitable for children aged 12 and over; parental guidance recommended for those under that age. (only allowed between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) Equivalent to high TV-PG and low TV-14 and sometimes, low TV-MA. PG-13 movies and a few R rated ones carry this rating.
- White square in purple background: Not recommended for anyone under the age of 15 (only allowed between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) Equivalent to high TV-14 and low TV-MA and R Movies.
- White X in red background: Not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. (allowed only between midnight and 6:00 a.m.. Very strong language before midnight is punishable by fine, except when used in the context of the program.) Equivalent to high TV-MA. A few R rated movies carry this rating too. NC-17 movies are not acceptable in Greece