• NY Post: The Family Hour Is Dead

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Broadcast Decency, Profanity, Sex, Sexualization, Violence • 9 Comments

    Naomi Schaefer Riley has an excellent piece over at the NY Post, highlighting some of the vulgarities masquerading as “family shows.”

     “Mom” has its humorous moments, but this is one “family” sitcom you’d never watch with your family. And it’s hardly alone. The premiere of “The Millers” last year included an extended conversation about masturbating in the shower. Last week on “Black-ish,” which has been billed as the next “Cosby Show,” the mom suggested that the dad “ride the underground railroad” while she pointed emphatically at her private parts. I have a hard time imagining Clair Huxtable saying that to Cliff.

    Sadly, Riley’s take is accurate and this is just a small taste of some of what we’re seeing in the new fall season of television.

    However, as my colleague Christopher Gildemeister pointed out last week, the issue isn’t merely that this type of content exists, it’s that it has a long-term negative impact on those who consume it.  New social science demonstrates this fact – a fact that parents and families, moms and dads, know instinctively.

    Riley continued:

    So you have had a at least two generations of kids who have grown up with declining standards of what’s appropriate. And they are now raising kids with almost no standards at all when it comes to media consumption.

    The Family Hour, already endangered, is now well and truly dead.

    There are no limits to the “flexibility” of the actors, not to mention the producers and even the network executives today. And we’re all the worse for it.

    And this is exactly why the PTC exists.  To stand in the gap for you and your family, and help protect them from an entertainment culture that seems bent on always breaking the next taboo instead of merely entertaining and educating.

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    As Director of Communications and Public Policy for the Parents Television Council, Dan Isett is responsible for advancing the PTC’s mission to federal, state and local elected and appointed officials, as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

    9 Responses to NY Post: The Family Hour Is Dead

    1. Debby
      October 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

      This is so true. I’m afraid to leave my tv on for fear of some commercial about ED or the couple in bed talking about their brand of KY. I don’t want to see these commercials let alone my 6 and 10 year old grand child. I see the day when we probably will no longer have cable tv. If not for news, and inspirational tv channels and college football we could do without it now. TV shows are bad. Just when you think there might be another family show, get ready to change the channel. The push for acceptance of homosexuality as a normal lifestyle is big from hollywood. It’s sad that they just don’t get it.
      I would hope that it would challenge me to pray more specifically for those in the entertainment business.

    2. Dave Wollenberg
      October 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Yep. There needs to be MORE TV-G shows, with NO profanity or sex, whatsoever! The CW could benefit. by bringing back family-friendly sitcoms. I’m sure their target audience likes to laugh, too.

    3. Dana
      November 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

      You forgot one: The McCarthys–another watered-down-porn abomination.

    4. Vicky Galloway
      November 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Sadly the Family Hour has been fading with such speed….you could have missed it’s complete demise. When the programming is so sexually charged and profanity laden, the adults in our family cannot watch it and walk away feeling clean; it is over! Who could put their children in front of this trash?! How did television become such a cesspool? There is less to watch each season, and we have defaulted to Netflix so we can choose what we expose ourselves to. They have countless family movies and we can watch without having our values trounced! At least there is a way to navigate “free” of the darkness which has taken over our TV sets. We do like “The Flash”! But we are always cautious as to when will it turn to the dark side? Hopefully NEVER! There are so few shows left to enjoy.

    5. Meredith
      November 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! My husband and I have noticed that even the commercials aired throughout the day are no longer appropriate for family viewing. We’re very seriously considering ditching cable and network TV altogether and going with Netflix. Then we can truly choose what we and our children see in our living room!

    6. Thomas White
      November 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Commercial television is now MORE than a “vast wasteland” as proclaimed about a half-century ago. It, and much of the internet, is a reflection of “civilization” on a path of self-destruct. A majority of human beings on this tiny planet seem to ignore the existence of God and His Commandments and Teachings. With those interested, I would like to take an active part in “picking up the pieces” and re-establishing sensible, educational and PURE television broadcasting. But, then on second thought, I will not live long enough for this to happen !

    7. Kim
      November 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      I would like to weigh in on this. I was raised with excessive tv..however i was born in 1969. I had a God fearing grandma and my mom did enforce curfew and bedtime etc I had a son in 1994 and it was so bad then that I stopped watching local stations..for nickolodeon and Disney and other safe channels. I was to find out that even they were to push the boundaries. Having “girls gone bad” commercials aired on nick–yes it happened. When my son was older i couldnt protect him from neighborhood mothers that let their kids watch anything and play any game..so my son watched things i didnt want without my knowledge. But he is grown now. I myself am disgusted constantly by what has happened to Disney and esp Nickolodeon. I still dont watch the local channels and apparently i havent missed anything in all this time. But the commercials are disgusting and they have been for yrs now. The battle has become very real for those who have eyes to see…why do we have an FCC exactly what are they doing? Ive complained plenty of times..I also felt it was highly illegal in 2007 when the free tv band wave was highjacked by the gov under flimsy excuse. What amazes me is how anyone can watch the stuff and why they want to and how they dont see how vulgar things are offensive. How they dont see the Darkness that is growing stronger and what that means. People are sooo in denial about what they know is really going on because they cant accept it could really be what it appears to be, but it is. Like the Church in Germany during WW2 next to the tracks leading to the ‘camps” when the trains carrying the screaming,crying jews went by they just started singing their hymns louder so they didnt have to hear it….that is america today.

      • Cmarie
        November 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

        The biggest problem we’ve been up against is this present administration. I’m sure how Satan worked his power (too few people with their eyes open I would imagine), but “he” put people in charge of every aspect of our lives and so nothing moral will ever get done until God reigns again. The A.G. actually permits the entire staff to spend their days on line with porn – I think that pretty much clears up what’s happening with regulations (FCC) being enforced – NOT. I hope & pray that everyone will really make a personal campaign to pray unceasingly for God to take control again so we can get some real decency back into this dark & lost society. Its heartbreaking with grandchildren, homeschooling and keeping them out of this lost society for as long as possible in order to have the opportunity to instill God’s ways.

    8. November 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

      It is so refreshing to hear of this great report. Through prayers of the righteous God is truly answering His peoples prayers, and request. Ask and we are receiving the changes for great family programs. I commend the work that Parents Televion Council are doing; keep up the good wrk.

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