• PTC Finds PG-rated The Real O’Neals Filled with Sex and Profanity

    by  • March 17, 2016 • Advertiser Accountability, Broadcast Decency, Profanity, Ratings Reform, Sex • 7 Comments

    ABC’s so-called “family comedy” is totally inappropriate for families.

    PTC research has found that the first three episodes of ABC’s new show, The Real O’Neals were saturated with adult content. Children watching were exposed to either sexual dialogue or bleeped profanities on an average of once every 43 seconds – in spite of the fact that the show is rated TV-PG and airs as early as 7:30 p.m. in half the country.

    Of the adult-themed content, 83% was sexual (including sexual references and innuendo); 16% was bleeped profanities (f- and s-words). Most of the sexual dialogue involved the 16-year-old minor, Kenny, his older high-school-aged brother Jimmy, and their parents.

    “ABC has essentially inserted explicit and adult-themed humor into a PG-rated, prime-time program that is about a family, created for families, and aired at a time when children are likely to be watching. Even worse, much of the sexual and expletive-laced dialogue is delivered by characters who are children. Simply put, the network is defrauding parents by rating this show as appropriate for young children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    Is sexual dialogue among minors really appropriate for a TV-PG show? Are the standards for Disney-owned TV-PG content that dramatically different than Disney-released PG films, such as Cinderella, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur? I’d argue that most parents would not agree that the kind of content found in The Real O’Neals is anywhere near acceptable for family audiences.

    The PTC is calling on the ABC network to reconsider its content rating for this program, and on all corporate sponsors to consider whether their brands should be associated with a show that spews such explicit content without any real consideration for family viewers.


    The Parents Television Council’s Research Department reviewed the first three episodes of The Real O’Neals for the 2016 Spring season and examined them for adult-themed content and messaging. Violence on the program was not included in the analysis. However, bleeped extreme profanity (the f-and s-words) was counted in the data. The episodes included in the study aired on 3/02/16 (2 episodes) and 3/08/16 (1 episode).


    • In just three 20-minute episodes, there were a total of 30 instances of adult-themed content. That is equivalent to 1.4 instances of adult-themed content airing every minute, or one instance every 43 seconds.
    • Most of the adult-themed content within the show consisted of sexual references and innuendo.
    • Eighty-three percent of all the adult-themed content was sexual (83.3%).
    • Sixteen percent of all the adult-themed content consisted of bleeped profanities (f- and s-words). (16.7%).
    • Most of the sexual dialogue involved the character of Kenny, a 16 year old child. Other content involved his older brother Jimmy (also still a high-school student), and their parents.
    • The number of instances doesn’t tell the full story of how much adult-themed content a child watching would consume. Screen time (the amount of time allotted for a scene, actor, or continuous dialogue) is also important to consider. In this report, one scene is counted as one instance; but each scene might contain multiple references to sex.


    Bleeped profanity

    Jimmy: “Mom, where the hell is the [bleeped f***ing] car?” (March 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET)

    Jodi: “People were talking about Kenny and Mimi. Guess who was yammering on the most?”

    Eileen: “Marcia [bleeped f***ing] Worthman.” (March 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET)

    Kenny: “That is some crazy Old Testament [bleeped s***], Mom.” (March 2, 2016, 9:30 p.m. ET)

    Sexual content

    Mimi: “We’ve been dating for six months and you’ve never once pressured me to have sex. Which is why I want to have sex.”

    Mimi hands Kenny a large box of condoms.

    Kenny: “Wow. 48 condoms!”

    Mimi: “Twelve didn’t seem like enough.” (March 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET)


    Jimmy: “What did Mimi do to you?”

    Kenny: “Oh. Just — you know, just…all that sex stuff that drives us wild.”

    Jimmy: “No matter what she [Mom] tells you, you’re not going to Hell. Trust me. If everything she said was true, I would be so blind by now.” (March 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET)

    Kenny: “My dad’s way of handling parenting stuff was bring us to work. He doesn’t want me to have premarital sex, he takes me to Crystal. She was in the middle of telling me her sex worker origin story…” (March 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET)


    Kenny grabs Mimi’s chest and immediately pulls his hand away.

    Kenny: “Your boobs feel squishy.”

    Mimi: “Do you really want to go your whole life without knowing what it’s like? Shouldn’t you have something to compare everything else to?…Just try Mimi’s papaya. I know you’ll like it.”
    (March 2, 2016, 9:30 p.m. ET)

    Nor has the program’s content improved over the first three episodes. The most recent episode, airing Tuesday, March 15th at 8:30 p.m. PT/ET, 7:30 p.m. Central/Mountain, included the following dialogue:

    Vice Principal Murray: “Well my ex-wife performed several love crimes on me during our marriage, which is why we always had a safe word.”

    Vice Principal Murray: “Well, you did use one of the banned words, which include but are not limited to ass, bitch, butt head, douche, slut, slut shamer, slut bag, slut basket…”

    Kenny: “V. P. Murray, this policy is the [bleeped unknown] [bleeped unknown] lamest, [bleeped unknown] ass tickling, [bleeped unknown] sucking thing I’ve ever heard.”



    7 Responses to PTC Finds PG-rated The Real O’Neals Filled with Sex and Profanity

    1. Holly Ferguson
      June 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      “and on all corporate sponsors to consider whether their brands should be associated with a show that spews such explicit content without any real consideration for family viewers.”

      Are you freaking kidding me? So AGAIN, rather than just NOT WATCH, you’re trying to screw with people’s jobs?? Because that’s what would happen if sponsors dropped out in large numbers – people will lose their jobs. And it’s not just the actors, it’s all the crew behind the scenes as well. So because you people are incapable of acting like adults and just choosing to not watch something, you’d sooner screw people out of their job!

      Talk about teaching your children responsibility lmao.

    2. Alex
      April 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Bleeps are a joke. Kids are clever enough to know whats behind the bleeps. Perhaps there wouldnt be so many bleeps if parents were to be responsible enough to educate kids, ” Hey, hear these words these morons are saying? dont repeat them”. Kids are taught how to say things like sorry, and thank you, and please. They are taught to not do drugs. They are taught to not bully others. So why cant kids be educated in not using such words? People are educated enough to not use slurs like the N word, so why not the same with profanity?

      Like, when was the last time you heard the N word bleeped? But for some reason its usually the f and s words. At this point, kids would already associate bleeps with those words. Kids are more clever than people think.

    3. Julie
      March 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

      What I find so disturbing is that they’re involving children more and more into the sexual scenes and dialogue. I complained about The Goldbergs after the first episode. Shameful.

    4. Rae Lewis
      March 19, 2016 at 12:01 am

      I am getting more and more disgusted with the content of many ABC shows. I knew from the first preview I saw of The Real O’Neals that I would never watch such a trashy show. Shame on you, ABC, for putting only a PG rating on that show. Why can’t you have refreshing and funny comedies without the profanity and sexual subject matter?

    5. March 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I watched the first episode and couldn’t believe it was shown before midnight, no less at all! It was disgusting, not funny! Just a lot of scenes filled with vulgar words with no real story-line! And what a slap in the face of all the good Irishmen and women who raise their children with respect for themselves and others! I think the writers had the mind of a teenager, trying to come up with one immoral scenario after another! I can’t believe it is still on the air! Shame on ABC! It’s no wonder I seldom watch that channel

    6. Scott Lear
      March 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      The warnings about this show and Dan Savage, it’s creator have been out for about a year, Surely ABC has heard the complaints and chosen to ignore them. So has the major sponsor for this show, Coca-Cola. Boycott and spread the word.

    7. Luis Guzman
      March 18, 2016 at 10:32 am

      This is going too far, I could not watch a program like this with any of my children, not even the adult ones, to think that a major network like ABC sponsor this kind of garbage, is a sing of the major declining of our society, shame on ABC and their sponsors.

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