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.
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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.
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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 →
Consumers and families in Canada have an ally in Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his conservative Tory Party.
Consumers are frustrated over being forced to buy large bundles of channels they don’t want when they sign up for satellite and cable TV services, says Industry...Read more →
The PTC is going to PaleyFest. You are invited to come along, and get a jump on the new fall TV shows!
Each year, the Paley Center for Media hosts PaleyFest, a preview of some of the new fall shows on the broadcast networks (CBS, ABC,...Read more →
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The creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, recently gave an interview in which he decried the criticism of the sexual content of the show – or at least relative to the criticism of...Read more →
LOS ANGELES (August 25, 2014) – The Parents Television Council issued the following statement in reaction to MTV’s “Video Music Awards” special, which aired last night.
“MTV seemed to have toned down the VMA broadcast this year – at least compared to last year’s cringe-inducing mess. The MTV broadcast standards...Read more →
Today, Nicki Minaj released the video for her new single “Anaconda,” and she is slated to perform on the VMAs this weekend. The video is described (accurately) in
The Wrap like this:
After tons of teasing, an endless stream of racy promo pics...Read more →
We at the PTC are always happy to shine a light on companies that are doing good work and having a positive impact on the culture, so today we would like to applaud General Mills for its positive portrayal of fathers with its new #HowToDad Peanut...Read more →
UPDATE, Thursday 10:15 AM ET. Entertainment Tonight has posted the segment here.
PTC’s own Director of Grassroots Communication and Advocacy, Melissa Henson, will appear tonight on nationally syndicated Entertainment Tonight.
She will be discussing the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, and the PTC’s admonition to MTV and...Read more →
Today, PTC president Tim Winter called on MTV not to repeat the mistakes made during the 2013 Video Music Awards. Although much of the media attention was focused on the performance of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, the explicit content of last year’s VMAs...Read more →
The PTC is strongly pro-cable choice. That is, the idea that consumers and families should have the ability to pick, choose, and pay for the cable programming they wish to come into their homes. That way, they would not be forced to subsidize the enormous...Read more →
PTC President Tim Winter has a new piece published at One News Now today lamenting McDonald’s turn from among the most family-friendly advertisers on television to one of the worst:
The juxtaposition of this historically family brand with such sexually graphic content is shocking, to...Read more →
VH1 Has now assaulted families with Dating Naked, which is just as you might imagine – a “dating” show entirely predicated on the nudity of the contestants – for three weeks now. The episode that aired last Thursday evening contained near-constant nudity, several instances of...Read more →