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PTC Research Finds TV-PG “Family” Comedy “The Real O’Neal’s” Saturated with Sexual and Profane Content

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 3/16/2016

LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2016) – New research from the found that the first three episodes of ABC’s new show, “The Real O’Neal’s,” were so saturated with adult content that sexual content and bleeped profanities aired every 43 seconds, despite that it was rated TV-PG and aired as early as 7:30 pm in half the country.

Of the adult-themed content, 83% was sexual (including sexual references and innuendo); 16% was bleeped profanities (f- and s-words). Most of the sexual dialogue involved the 16-year-old minor, Kenny, his older high-school-aged brother Jimmy, and their parents.

“ABC has essentially inserted explicit and adult-themed humor into a PG-rated primetime program that is about a family, created for families, and aired at a time when children are likely to be watching. Even worse, much of the sexual and expletive-laced dialogue is delivered by characters who are children. Simply put, the network is defrauding parents by rating this show as appropriate for young children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Is sexual dialogue among minors really appropriate for a TV-PG show? Are the standards for Disney-owned TV-PG content that dramatically different than Disney-released PG films, such as Cinderella, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur? I’d argue that most parents would not agree that the kind of content found in ‘The Real O’Neal’s’ is anywhere near acceptable for family audiences.

“We call on the network to reconsider its content rating for this program. And we call on all corporate sponsors to reconsider whether their brands should be associated with a show that spews such explicit content without any real consideration for family viewers.”

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