Parents Television Council: TV is filthy

Won't someone think of the children? Well, someone is, and they're pissed off at television.

The Parents Television Council has released the results of its latest look into the state of network prime-time television programming, and according to the nonprofit, TV is plagued with potty-mouths, soaked in sexually charged innuendo, and gushing with gratuitous violence.

The conservative group, which says its mission is "to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry," was scathing in its criticism of "family hour" programming. In a statement, PTC president Tim Winter said, "Our study clearly demonstrates that corporate interests have hijacked the Family Hour from families." Winter continued, "Shockingly, [the PTC's findings] shows that parents cannot trust what is on during the so-called Family Hour for even a minute."

The study looked at last season's programming (shows that aired in 2006 and 2007), and found that almost 90 percent of the 208 shows examined contained what the group calls objectionable content. It also claims that instances of profanity, violence, or sexual content occur once every three-and-a-half minutes during the first hour of prime time.

Which network is corrupting our children the most, according to the PTC? Hands down it's Fox, which at 20.78 instances of objectionable content each hour more than doubles its nearest competitor. The single worst show in the study was Fox's American Dad, with an average of 52 objectionable instances per hour.

On the other side of the spectrum, The CW was named "cleanest programming overall," and the PTC approved Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Identity, and Grease: You're the One That I Want as "best overall due to lack of foul language, violence, and sexual content."

Individual leaders of controversial material include NBC's My Name is Earl with 16 instances of foul language per hour, Fox's The War at Home with 33 "sexual depictions of references" per hour, and Fox's 24 with "a whopping 28 occurrences of violence" per hour. The PTC did not explain its guidelines for what it counted as violent, sexual, or profane.

When compared to programming from 2001-2002, sexual references and violence rose 22 percent and 52 percent, respectively, whereas uncensored foul language actually dropped.

"The Family Hour needs to be restored," Winter said. "We are calling on the broadcast industry to return to the time-honored principle of airing mature-themed content only at later times of the evening; and to provide parents with a consistent, objective, and meaningful content-ratings system."

For the complete results of the study, head over to the official home page of the PTC.

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The PTC sucks big time. They can't rate or criticize a TV show, and they take the content in shows way too seriously.
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What the heck! Notice that this group never seems to involve the crap known as reality TV shows. Reality shows are the reason that there is hardly any good shows on now. Have they seen some of that crap. I mean who cares if New York finds love slave. Or if the Real World cast sleep with each at least twice before the show ends. I could go on about these show because they are worse the non reality shows. Talk about something you do not want your kids to watch. And I total believe that if you don't want your kids watching things that are too adult or too violent then the answer is easy.......... CHANGE THE DARN CHANNEL! And by all means talk to your kids, maybe spend some time with them and quit blaming TV for the problems your kids have. Maybe if you stop letting the TV babysit your kids, they wouldn't be so screwed up!
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I hate these people as well as L. Brent Bozell III(The Founder of this crap)
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i just want to say if your kids are seeing most of these shows then they're staying up too late. Theres a reason shows have ratings and its meant for YOU (the parents) to pay attention to.
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Tuck off, PTC!!!
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These people need to learn how to use the V chip and STFU. (I'm the parent of two well-adjusted children, but these "parental prudes" do not speak for me...)

Better yet, why don't they have their children read some books instead of watching TV, and leave TV for the normal people?
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American television is too censored anyway. I remember the time when the entire country got mad when a breast was on tv (the Super Bowl halftime show). "OH NO, can't anyone think of the children??! That's a BREAST!!!!"



I can't name any other country with such strict censorship.
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24 makes no apologies for being one of the most violent shows on TV, nor should it. It comes on at 9, when all younger children are in bed. It is a show about terrorism. Do you expect them to sit around and have coffee and chat about the workday? You're being ignorant if you expect that from 24. It's violent, sometimes brutally, but that's the nature of the show.
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I seriously have to say that these people are so ignorant that they don't understand that these prime time shows which are shown later during the night are meant for older people and they don't have a right to try to control television. If they think it is bad for their kids, just lure them away from it or set up parental controls, but no one-sided group has the right to try to control children or Television in that manner. This is why I find that the censorship laws are so restrictive.
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Now, I'm the first one to blame the acceptablity of profanity and sexual promiscuity on the fact that tv, movies, and books say that it's fine. Yes, i think some things could use some cleaning up. But the PTC needs to get their heads screwed on straight. Where I live, ABC has news on at 4 in the afternoon. That's right about when elementary school kids get home from school and turn the tv on while they eat a snack. PTC isn't complaining about that. How can they rag on 24, which comes on at 8 at night when most elementary school kids I know are getting a bath before going to bed, and not get upset about the news informing the kids about the real-life terrorists plotting against us. Good parents control what their kids watch on tv. A lot of parents don't see a problem with what's on tv, though. The more violence, cussing, and sex a child sees, the more acceptable it will become. And if the parents won't protect their kids from it, then the networks do. I think we would all agree that it would be better to have jack bauer tone down his violence than for some high school or college age boy to say, "jack solves his problems by beating up/ shooting people and he gets away with it. i can too." we don't want a young woman to see the hookers on tv and decide that that's her chosen profession. But I still find it terribly interesting that with everything else they complained about having to much sex, desparate housewives and grey's anatomy didn't get mentioned....
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Yes these shows may be inappropriot for the younger crowd, but these shows aren't rated G are they? 24 is a show about terrorism. Did they except to sit down and watch a show about daisies?
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Tese people need to stop complaining.They need to accept there is violence in this world.They are saying 24 has lots of violence in it.Well it is a counter terrorism drama.What do they expect ? The terrorists to be nice,friendly people ? Anyway,it's not as if shows such as 24 are on that early anyway.24 isn't even the most violent show on televison.Plus these people aren't specifying theeir criteria,so their results don't have much credibility.
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These parents are looking at things backwards. They're complaining because they can't go relax after supper with their kids without hearing profanity or seeing behavior (or innuendo) that offends them. Hey! PTC parents! This is a BLESSING, not something to complain about! It could be your neighbor cussing, your child's teacher behaving in sexual ways you don't like, these things happen in your kids' real lives where they (and you) HAVE to face it. So this is a blessing. You get to practice on TV shows that just aren't real! You can be all one-sided and say "that character really shouldn't use bad words" and get that point across to the kiddos, instead of having to criticize a neighbor in front of their kids (a very sticky situation for sure). Same goes for the sexual innuendo. As for the violence, count your blessings these things aren't happening across the street... except of course where they are. Many times you can get everyone to laugh "oh that is sooooo fake." And those other times, use the commercials for putting your "parental spin" on these TV situations. TV, even bad TV, is great as discussion openers, and nobody's threatened talking about some character's cussing, drug use or bad behavior. You could be pointing that finger of blame at one of the kids, ya know. So count those blessings! and start taking advantage of the opportunities you're given to REALLY talk to your kids about what matters.
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In my line of business there are people who cannot afford cable and do not have a VCR either. They enjoy sitting down with their young children after a long hard day and watching TV together. Family hour is probably very important to them. America is centered around many lifestyles and all deserves certain rights. Family hour does not impose on Americans; Americans benefit from it. Our country can never be so selfish as to forget about our families with children and their needs.
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An advise to all those worried parents: just prevent your kids from watching the programs you consider "filthy" and stop blaming the media just because you're too lazy to educate your children and be careful about what they are watching.

Time to say good-bye to the electronic nanny.
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OMG we're all gonna DIE!!!!! TV is BAD!

Grow up. Get a DVD player if you want your kids to grow up on clean entertainment, and only buy reruns of "All in the Family" and "Cheers"...oh, whups, those were some nasty shows on prime time back then...

Or you could *read* to your kids, right? Or is that too radical a concept...
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They are saying TV is bad now?



Yeesh. Get a life!
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I've said this so many times, it's the parents responsibility to take care of their children.
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This isn't the 1950s. And the kids in the 1950s were not the kids in the 1930s. And the kids in the 1930s were not the kids in the 1910s.

The point is, kids get wiser and more mature as the years go by. You can only treat them like toddlers for so long before you just start to be offensive to them. And any organization that thinks it needs to raise America's families for them is in no way for the good of the families themselves.
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"The PTC did not explain its guidelines for what it counted as violent, sexual, or profane."

Did you see this line above?

To me, this is what takes whatever credibility this "PTC" thinks it might have an pukes it all over itself.

Did you see the shows that it "recommends?"
"the PTC approved Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Identity, and Grease: You're the One That I Want"

And you might ask who is behind the "dumbing down" of Americans. Screw off, PTC, and shame on you TV.com to bring me to realize this group even exists!
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Parents need to become more involved in their children's lives; turn the damn thing off, tell them no television between certain hours of the day, read to them, television does not have to be the center of their universe unless you let it.
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The so-called "Family Hour" doesn't mean it has to be spent watching tv. Help your kids with their homework or play a board game. Tape the programs you want to watch, then watch it when the kids are asleep. Problem solved. Adults don't want to watch Barney-like programs.
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I'm not a parent, but if I were I would think that it was up to me to be sure that my kids weren't watching show that I felt were innappropriate. Not the responsibility of the networks. Call me crazy but that's the way I see it.
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ok so judging from this article, and this alone... I'm just going to go ahead and assume the people over there at the PTC are bigoted racists. The reason I feel this way is because, "My Name is Earl" really doesn't have that many sexual innuendos, unless you count mixed race or biracial couples as sexually charging. And friends, that is what I believe the good people over at PTC have done. I know for a fact they don't swear 16 times per 30 minute episode, which everyone knows, is only about 20 minutes of actual air time. DO THE MATH. That would be almost one cuss-word per minute, and this is coming from a show that was co-produced by a company that is owned by Disney. Disney doesn't associate with productions of foul-mouthed, sexually charged garbage television. So who do we belive, the company that gave us Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Or some flash in the pan, neo-conservative ultra-secretive public decency group, that won't even make public the standards by which they judge, and is probably backed by super right-winged, moral-majority republicans, that want to tell you how to live every second of your life........

the choice is yours
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Then watch the news channel...IRA-Q



24 juss started from 2001 & gets better every year......
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Life if filthy! As well as tv. So it ain't the first time nor will it be the last time!
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Why does the PTC believe people are stupid enough to have to rely on them to let us know if something is questionable? Really does it matter if one show has 10 foul words and another has 25 per hour? If that kind of language offends you does it really matter...."One more bad word and I'm changing this show"....gimme a break. If parents are that worried about what is on TV get up off your lazy backsides and read up on what your kids are watching or use the V-chip, or get this.....turn off the television...
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i hate censorship stuff like this
i mean 24 with 28 incidents of violence... ITS A ACTION SHOW. WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSE TO SHOW? if you think a show is not for child, then dont let them watch but, but dont try and stop people who enjoy it from watching it!
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Wow, every new report from the PTC makes me laugh. I am sixteen, and have been watching so called "inappropriate" shows for years, and I am not a horrible individual. It isn't up to the networks to hide our impressionable little kiddies eyes from the violence on TV, if parents are really concerned, then they should be taking more precautions to make sure their kids don't watch the shows they don't want them watching.

I just find it funny that these people are all about censoring their kids from the world.
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not all tv
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The so called "Family Hour" was a device accepted by the Nets to avoid a feared censorship crackdown by the government. It lived for a short while and when the specter of government intervention passed so did the "Family Hour." With the advent of the V-Chip the voice of groups like the PTC are now only echoes of what they once were. It's sad because most parents I know don't know how or are not concerned enough to use the V-Chip, or the old standby: the on-off switch. If anyone should be taken to task it's the parents: by not watching or allowing your children to watch these shows you send a stronger message to the Nets than any advocacy group. No matter what any of us individually want to see on TV, in the majority of cases it's only the ratings that matter. This is America: Money Talks. And it's voice is heard louder than any other voice in our culture.
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Big deal, your child knows the word "damn". Just be thankful they're not doing pot! God American network TV is so censored anyway a little violence wouldn't go a miss every now and then. If your so bothered about family values throw away the TV and teach your kids how to read! :D
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"Family Friendly" programing offends me and I want it taken off the air, or aired earlier so I'm not forced to watch it.
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PTC? never heard of it.
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Parents, have you ever tried turning off the TV, sitting down with them... and hitting them.
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There are at least 6 kids channels that I can think of off he top of my head. The PTC seems to like game shows... Anything with a script must be bad... Idiots! Family friendly scripted shows get canceled because they are too boring, preachy and lame. Lets face it, kids today deal with a lot more than these PTC 50's tv watching freaks are aware of. Sex, terrorism, sexual abuse, crime, politics, etc... These are more interesting to the average adult than children solving misdemeanor crimes in their basements.



Kid friendly primetime programing is not worth the investment. Networks invest in individual shows, not in bland themes.



If the PTC likes those old shows, they can rent them on DVD and watch them in primetime.
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Butt out of my TV! Two words: Disney Channel!
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I'm sure that most of the shows that are violent and not children approved says "Viewer Discretion is advised." Last time I checked that was your queue to NOT LET YOUR KIDS WATCH IT! geez stop ruining other people's lives just because you aren't good of a parent.
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Someone remind the PTC that the TV can be turned off if you don't like the programs. Or parents can use the V-Chip.
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If you don't want your children to watch it then cover their eyes and block their ears.

How many children are watching 24 and American Dad anyway???

Parent should take the responsibility for what their children watch and not shift the blame to the tv shows.

It's not like their not going to find out about it anyways... life is full of violence.
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24 is fine. Its not really violence. Besides, children should be smart enough to know that it is not real particularly VIOLENCE.
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Life is filthy. I'm not sure what the TV Council wants.
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How bout spending time with your kids instead of having them watch TV? I watched hardly any TV growing up, and all of it was Nickelodeon. So it's your fault, parents, not the TV people!
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they complain about the children then y do they allow the children to watch it
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lol, get a life. Besides, words don't kill people, stupid people kill people.
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TV is bad, mmmkay?
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Im tired of parents of being to lazy to be in control of what their chilren are watching. Seriously, are parents that lazy. If parents really think that these shows are runing their kids minds and they let them watch it then their bad parents. I dont believe violence on tv and games ruins minds. My first violent game was "Perfect Dark" which I played when I was 13, and watched Die Hard when I was 9. Hey in not violent.
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I am sick of all the PTC crap. Maybe if the members of PTC weren't so busy trying to force feed the general public their views they would probably have more time to actually control what their kids watch instead of expecting everyone else to raise their kids.
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Wow......24 has violence??? People need to stop blaming tv and games for all the problems in the world. Seriously.
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The networks don't really need a family hour. First off, there's cable and families rarely (unfortunately) watch TV together. Secondly, every time that there IS an actually GOOD more family-friendly show on that's scripted, it's canceled, because people don't watch them.

So the PTC can go %(#*$)#($*().
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