• Critic Slams Serial Killer Show, Agrees with PTC

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Broadcast Decency, Violence • 2 Comments

    Brian Lowry is TV columnist for the entertainment industry trade magazine Variety. In a recent column, Lowry ripped apart the Fox broadcast network’s sick serial killer drama The Following  — and agreed with the PTC that Fox incorrectly rates the program as appropriate for 14 year olds.following-mob-thumb

    After condemning the blood-soaked, sadistic series for its “lazy writing” and “pervasive nihilism,” Lowry notes that “The Following has the look and cruelty [of a cable drama] with none of the smarts. Moreover, its condescending attitude toward religion and Fox’s generous use of the TV-14 rating (indicating the show is appropriate for those 14 and up, as opposed to the more restrictive TV-MA) give credence to complaints from groups like the Parents Television Council.”

    Lowry particularly highlighted the PTC calling out The Following and Fox broadcasting for an episode in which a woman’s throat was cut, yet which was rated TV-14. Despite low ratings and disgusting content, it often seems that broadcasters are determined to keep troubling programming on TV at all costs. But when the entertainment industry’s own critics start attacking a show, it’s time for network bosses to worry.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Critic Slams Serial Killer Show, Agrees with PTC

    1. Debbie
      May 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      I think all parents know where the “off” button on the tv is. I think it’s their responsibility to use it.

    2. Joyce Gilliland
      May 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I think that watching such graphically violent programming is not mentally healthy for anyone. I think in adults it desensitizes their ability to react appropriated to violence. People should be shocked, appalled, and hate to see this, but with repeated exposure people hardly notice. If a child sees this violence it can permanently affect what they view as acceptable. This is not healthy for children and could cause them to have nightmares/terrors or worse. Many stories can be told without actually showing what happens and that would be better, what would be best is to fill our lives with good things, kindness, and positive information. I know this won’t happen, but if it did i think we would see a significant change in life.

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