• About Melissa Henson

    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

    Disney+, an 80% Solution for Families

    by  • November 12, 2019 • Other • 0 Comments

    Disney+

    Today marked Disney’s long-anticipated debut into the streaming video universe with the launch of Disney+. For a little under $7/month (after a free 1 week trial), Disney+ offers an extensive library of child-friendly and family-friendly content that ranges from classic animated movies from the...

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    Viacom Grooms Next Generation of MTV Fans by Airing VMAs on Nickelodeon

    by  • August 27, 2019 • Awards Shows, Cable Choice • 5 Comments

    2019 MTV VMAs

     “Nickelodeon isn’t just SpongeBob Squarepants: It’s a gateway station to crotch- grabbing MTV. With millions of viewers, Nickelodeon offers the perfect cross-marketing vehicle for Viacom: Kids love it; parents trust its programming.”  -Christine Parsons, San Francisco Chronicle 

    Last night marked the 35th annual Video...

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    The Orville Grows Up

    by  • April 11, 2019 • Other, Television • 2 Comments

    Orville

    Most TV comedies today are a lot like your stereotypical college frat-boy: trying to cram in as many sexual innuendos and euphemisms for butts, breasts and genitalia as they can in twenty or so minutes of airtime. Whatever there is of a story arc,...

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    Urgent Warning to Parents and Schools About Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” Season Two

    by  • May 21, 2018 • 4 Every Girl, Cable Choice, Internet Safety, Profanity, Sex, Streaming, Violence • 32 Comments

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    The Parents Television Council issued an urgent warning to parents and schools about the content found in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” Season 2, which was just released on the platform last Friday, and has called on Netflix to pull the series entirely because of the potentially...

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