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U.S. TV watchdog group scorns CSI, Housewives

The two biggest hits on US television, CSI and Desperate Housewives, joined two Fox network cartoons on the latest list of shows scorned by a conservative watchdog group as the worst for family audiences.

Fox accounted for six of the 10 shows the Parents Television Council named Wednesday as the most offensive this season, with The War at Home, a new sitcom about a married couple raising three teenagers, topping the group's roster.

Two returning animated shows, Family Guy and American Dad, were ranked in second and third place.

The group said it based its annual rankings according to the frequency of foul language, sexual content and violence contained in shows, as well as their story lines, time slots and target audiences.

"We were alarmed to find that the three worst shows...are being marketed as family-friendly when in fact these shows are none other than wolves in sheep's clothing," Brent Bozell, head of the Virginia-based group, said in a statement.

A Fox spokesman said the network had "no comment regarding the PTC's opinions."

Three other Fox shows named on the council's "worst" list were youth-oriented drama The O.C. at number 4, period sitcom That '70s Show at number 8 and the Emmy-winning comedy Arrested Development, a favorite of TV critics, at number 9.

The two most-watched shows in prime time, CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the darkly comic ABC soap Desperate Housewives, ranked in fifth and sixth place. Two other CBS shows, the raunchy sitcom Two and a Half Men and detective drama Cold Case, landed on the list at Numbers 7 and 10.

While Fox was the council's biggest target of criticism this year, the News Corporation-owned network also made the group's separate list of favorites with its mega-hit talent show American Idol and family sitcom The Bernie Mac Show.

Two other uplifting reality shows topped the group's roster of "best" shows--ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and NBC's Three Wishes.

Rounding out the list of PTC-endorsed shows were Ghost Whisperer on CBS, Everybody Hates Chris on UPN, Reba on the WB, Dancing with the Stars on ABC and the WB's 7th Heaven.

CBS and UPN are units of Viacom. ABC is owned by Walt Disney. NBC is part of NBC Universal, which is controlled by General Electric. The WB belongs to Time Warner.

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While most of my favorite shows ranked neither top nor bottom, this report by the 'PTC' still seemed ridiculous. American Idol. Wow, I mean, that just falls in line with all the most quality shows out there. We should all be teaching our children that failed singers, cynical musical producers, and aggressive Britons are proper role-models. Honestly, all British people are rude and scornful. This isn't a stereotype at all.
Not to mention that how does a show like Cold Case fall in here? They don't show any gore(that I've seen). Violence is short and used only to show what the heck happened. It's like banning a novel because a character mentions being shot at one time. Ah well. Anyways, this 'report' gives the more conservative of us a bad name. I think the PTC should look more at quality instead of omition. While I agree sensational CSI is more illusionary and 'scandalous', than educational; or that parents shouldn't save Desperate Housewives on TIVO to show their children in the morning instead of Sesami Street, the whole point of them being late at night, is that young children will have already been put to bed.
Instead of looking statistics for instances of this and that, the PTC should look at quality. If we took a look at that, we wouldn't have to deal with two more reality shows popping up when one gets the axe. In the attempt to purge America of "immorality" on Television, the PTC seeks to replace entertainment with vapid, in-the-moment reality shows. How many of us would choose to watch a re-run of American Idol over something like Law & Order or Alias...Oh, that's right, we WOULDN'T, hence many prime-time cabel slots for Law & Order episodes. Ironic, isn't it just? Can anyone say Farenheit 451?
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The Parents Television Council uses a number of tactics to make you think their agenda is "family viewing" - including their name. In fact, their agenda is tangentially related to family viewing. What they want is the kind of world they think existed in the past, a world compatible with their extremely fundamental religious beliefs. And they think that everyone else would be better off for it. Their name and stated purpose exist to disguise this attempt at controlling media content as something vaguely palatable. Don't buy what they're selling.
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Some of the PTC's reasoning, for what little can be found, is lost on me.

They claim one of their criteria is "story line", which apparently needs to be missing entirely for a show to make the cut. How THREE reality shows would end up topping ANYONE's list is quite inconceivable.

Then there's sexual content. HELLO, have you ever even WATCHED Ghost Whisperer?! Jennifer Love Hewitt wearing revealing clothes is NOT turning these people's horny teenage children on??

It's also pretty well known that most people watch American Idol for the humiliation and insults, that covers foul language and violence to some extent. I've not seen an episode of Everybody hates Chris yet, but knowing Chris Rock..

The PTC probably realise that their complaints don't make an ounce of sense, so they mindlessly resort to mud slinging. Way to dig your own grave.
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I think the government should shut up and mind there own business
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PTC has final got it right oh never mind this is the stupidest list I have ever seen and PTC needs to do something because no one cares what they have to say and no one listens to them.
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I think that it is stupid that thePTC is blasting shows that aren't even aimed for family viewing. I think they should find shows that are for families and find the worst shows and best shows from them.
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I wish that they would say what about each of those shows put them on the list. I think it is a weird and random list of shows. I certainly don't think they are made or kids anyway, but violence is the only thing I can think of that would qualify for Cold Case, certainly now language or sex, so why does that make the list and not Law and order SVU, or criminal minds or any or the other myriad of criminal based shows. I guess I can kind of understand the point of the group.. if you are not that up on what is on today and you have a preteen. It might be a good place to check out what you want to let them watch. But after seeing that list I don't think there is much rhyme or reason to there selections.. Bizarre
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That is ridiculous! Who ever said CSI is a Family Drama? I can't imagine a parent watching it with his kids, especially kids under 10! Is the PTC crazy?
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Look, they miss the point. While there may be some violence in CSI - there is nothing in the show that endorses violence. Why don't they put that factor in as part of their evaluation criteria? Would they lose _their_ sponsors?
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Who ever said any of those were for families anyway.the PTC needs to realize that it's 2005 not 1955.
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I for one don't give a hoot what PTC likes or not!!! No one asked for their opinion! What the Heck have you got against these shows anyway??? and for CSI to be included in the list!!! Way too dumb :(
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I don't ever remember Family Guy being marketed as a family show. PTC need a life!
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Notice how most of the approved shows ****.
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Networks put the more adult themed shows on later at night. If these parents are so concerned about their kids, why would they let them be up late watching tv on a school night anyways.... Not everything in America or on tv has to be suitable for children. The best things in life usually aren't. If it bothers you, just use your V Chip.
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I disagree totally. CSI obviously isn't a TV show that'd you'd watch with your 6 or 7 year olds of course. I mean, it's not a show for young children because I'm sure they'd get scared or something. CSI is a TV show that deals with Forensic science. It might not be a "family" TV show, but that doesn't mean it's a trashy,bad show for people to watch.
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Anybody who is offended by something like That 70's Show is a complete moron. Period.
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The only reason CSI fell in the rankings this week,is because everyone is checking out the new season line-up.Not to fear CSI on all counts is still no.1
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What do people find wrong with CSI? I think people know what they're watching when they put it on and the people who watch it are the people who like it.
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If you don't like it, don't watch it. Otherwise, mind your own business.
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