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PTC Chooses Best (& Worst) New Fall TV Shows for Families

Release Date: 9/26/2019

LOS ANGELES (September 26, 2018) – The Parents Television Council has chosen the Best and Worst New TV Shows, an annual list of new fall broadcast TV shows that are safe, or not, for children and families.


1) ABC’s Mixed-ish

2) CBS’ Bob [heart] Abishola

3) CBS’ All Rise


1) Fox’s Prodigal Son

2) The CW’s Nancy Drew

3) Fox’s Bless The Harts

“We applaud ABC and CBS for its new shows on our Best List that look promising for families. We hope that they continue in positive directions and provide safe, quality entertainment for the entire family. We also believe the shows from Fox and The CW that made it onto our Worst List will serve as a guide for families to stay away from given the adult content that is found in those shows. We wish The CW had stayed true to the original Nancy Drew stories in its new series, but the gratuitous sex among teens has taken the series in a decidedly more adult direction and is a show families should avoid,” said PTC Program Director Melissa Henson.

The PTC annually reviews and evaluates new TV shows presented at the Fall TV Previews at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles in order to create this list. Because the Best and Worst List is based on a review of the first episode, families are encouraged to look at the PTC’s Family Guide for complete reviews later in the season.

More details and reviews of the Best and Worst New TV Shows can be found here.

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