Even as the chorus of voices opposing the increasingly sexualized images of women in media grows louder, and even as those who have decided to break the mold have seen unprecedented success, some brands are backsliding even farther, and even...Read more →
With the news that a number of R-rated movies bombed at the box office last weekend, there is speculation that audiences are growing weary by the number of more adult movies currently showing in theaters.Read more →
A new crop of family-friendly shows will soon be hitting TV screens. Read more →
Advertising during the Super Bowl has become infamous for presenting negative, sexually-charged commercials. But every year, there are also some delightfully positive, family-friendly ads…and this year is no exception.
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Clint Eastwood’s new film, American Sniper, opened in theaters and raked in a record $105.3 million over the long holiday weekend. Obviously, this is a pretty staggering sum, and ranked the movie alongside most of last summer’s blockbusters in terms of its initial gross. ...Read more →
It’s the first business week of 2015, so my thoughts naturally go to “what are your wishes for the new year?” Folks, there is a lot on the PTC’s plate for the coming year, but I’d like to give you some flavor of where we are...Read more →
Just before Christmas, Entertainment Weekly published an unedited question and answer session (warning: the original story on the Entertainment Weekly website contains graphic images) with PTC President Tim Winter.
It’s not to be missed!
It’s unusual for a major publication to devote such resources to...Read more →
Back on September 2, a law professor at George Washington University filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission urging the FCC to ban the use of the term “Redskins” on broadcast networks as obscene, or profane, or even classified as hate speech. Regardless...Read more →
There once was a time on American television when shows that featured families would generally be suitable for family viewing. I’m not even going all the way back to I Love Lucy or Father Knows Best, there are other much more recent examples of the success...Read more →
A common refrain among the Hollywood crowd is that entertainment must be “edgy” or “push the envelope” of taste or appropriateness to gain an audience and be successful. As we at the PTC like to point out, that is very often the opposite of reality – and viewership numbers are the proof of that.Read more →
The PTC is pleased to join forces with other public interest groups, concerned private companies, labor unions and industry associations to form the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition. Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced the $45 billion deal in February; however, the transaction...Read more →
In the wake of the PTC’s criticism of the FX network for bringing HBO-caliber p*rnography to basic cable, some critics and TV writers have taken the PTC to task for “hypocrisy” and claiming there was “divide” exposed between parental sensitivities on explicit sexual content and graphic violence.
Simply put,...Read more →
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It’s not exactly unusual for the PTC to criticize Family Guy. It’s consistently among the most offensive programs on television, and it’s particularly problematic given the fact that it’s animated and consequently naturally appeals to kids. Much of Family Guy’s most shocking content has been chronicled by the PTC during...Read more →
For unbelievably graphic sexual language and gory violence, Fox’s Family Guy is the Worst TV Show of the Week.
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Like millions of others, were you watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with your family last Thursday night?
If so, ABC had a rude and unexpected surprise waiting for you immediately after the end of the show: graphic sex in the very next scene. PTC President...Read more →
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...Read more →
Brad Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Bushman is well-known for his many studies of the effects of violent video games and other violent media on increased aggression in children. Recently, Dr. Bushman and others...Read more →
One of the world’s largest media conglomerates has threatened to pull out of the Canadian market if the government there goes through with plans to unbundle cable television programming.
Let’s think this through for a minute: Viacom owns more...Read more →
LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2014) – The Parents Television Council is warning parents and advertisers about tonight’s premiere of CBS’ “Stalker,” which opens with a graphically violent scene featuring a woman being tortured and murdered, and will presumably...Read more →
Sunday night, the FOX broadcast network aired a highly promoted Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode, and the results for the network are mixed, at best. During the program, FOX aired a tasteless and inappropriate joke about rape, that the PTC warned parents and advertisers about last...Read more →
Earlier this week, CBS Corporation President and CEO Les Moonves, gave the firmest indication to date that his company plans to offer Showtime as an “over-the-top” service, meaning that subscribers could access the channel over the internet without being forced to purchase an expensive...Read more →
ABC is the final broadcast network to present some of the network’s new fall TV shows at PaleyFest, and the Parents Television Council has the latest!
In good news, the PTC says that “Black-ish” and “Cristela” look promising for families, and should make for shows that don’t...Read more →
NBC’s new fall TV shows are next up in the Parents Television Council’s coverage of PaleyFest.
So what’s worth watching for families on NBC this fall?
The PTC reviewed “A to Z,” which may not necessarily appeal to children, but appears to have “little objectionable content.” In addition,...Read more →
In the continuing coverage of PaleyFest, today our focus shifts to FOX Broadcasting’s new fall shows. The Parents Television Council’s
special correspondent Christopher Gildemeister has written several reviews about some of the new shows on FOX to help families decide what shows might be worth watching.
The PTC...Read more →
The CW and CBS showcased a few of their upcoming new fall TV shows over the weekend, and the Parents Television Council’s special correspondent Christopher Gildemeister has given parents the inside scoop on what shows may – or may not – be good for their...Read more →