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Press Release

PTC Cites Own Research As Reason The Muppets Will Relaunch

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 11/5/2015

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2015) – Parents Television Council President Tim Winter responded to the news that ABC’s The Muppets will relaunch mid-season. The PTC’s recent report on The Muppets found that children were exposed to adult-themed content every 3 minutes and 38 seconds during the first four episodes.

“I believe our research on The Muppets exposed a hard truth: When you have a show that inherently attracts kids, but frequently exposes them to adult content – sexual innuendoes, sexual references, drugs and alcohol – it’s bound to fail. We call on the ABC Television Network to relaunch The Muppets so that parents can actually watch the show with their children without fear of their children being confronted by sex and drugs on this iconic TV show," Winter said.

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at