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PTC Recommends Fox Replace “The Mick” with “Last Man Standing”

Advertisers, Families, and Fox Stand to Gain if This Happens

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 5/7/2018

LOS ANGELES (May 7, 2018) – With news reports that Fox Broadcasting is considering bringing back “Last Man Standing,” the Parents Television Council is recommending that Fox cancel “The Mick,” and replace it with “Last Man Standing.” Last year, the PTC recommended Fox air new episodes of “Last Man Standing,” after ABC cancelled the show.

“The Mick” has featured child characters “sexting,” discussing child pornography, and having threesomes; the show has also promoted drinking and drug use, among other adult content, and is rated as appropriate for children.

“We are glad to hear that Fox may be taking our recommendation to add a more family-friendly show to its lineup and airing new episodes of ‘Last Man Standing’ gives families a safer program to watch than much of what’s on television. But Fox should take it one step further and give the boot to ‘The Mick,’ which only serves to be an example of what not to air, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Parents, advertisers, and Fox would stand to gain if ‘Last Man Standing’ replaces ‘The Mick.’ Parents would have a safer show for their families to watch together; advertisers would be able to market to a bigger family audience; and Fox would win because the network would presumably be able to gain more ad dollars.

“We hope advertisers are paying attention to this potential move ahead of Fox’s upfront presentation next week and we encourage them to share their views with Fox.”

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