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Press Release

PTC Issues Warning to Parents Over HBO’s Teen-Targeted Show ‘Euphoria’

Release Date: 6/11/2019

LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2019) – The Parents Television Council issued an urgent warning to parents ahead of the premiere of HBO’s teen-targeted show “Euphoria” on Sunday, June 16.


“Just as MTV did with ‘Skins’ and as Netflix is doing with ’13 Reasons Why,’ HBO, with its new high school centered show ‘Euphoria,’ appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content - sex, violence, profanity and drug use - to teens and preteens,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“HBO might attach a content rating suggesting that it is intended for mature audiences, but let’s be real here: who watches a show about high school children, except high school and junior high school-aged children?


“While HBO is a premium cable network, parents who are HBO subscribers may be blindsided by HBO’s new attempt to market such explicit content directly to minors. And the parental blindside is greatly exacerbated by ubiquitous streaming apps that deliver such explicit content directly to a teen’s phone or computer screen. Parents urgently need to be aware of HBO’s grossly irresponsible programming decision.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) 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.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

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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 kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.