Family Guide to Prime Time Television

What's on TV for Your Family Tonight?

The PTC's Family Guide to TV is the most comprehensive study of this year's network prime time fare -- from a family-values perspective -- and it is the only content-based guide in existence. This resource contains the facts you need to make informed viewing decisions for your family. Within the web pages of the Family Guide to TV is a brief background and thematic summary of every entertainment television show currently appearing on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, i (formerly PAX), and CW. To prepare this Family Guide to TV, we evaluated each series on the basis of its suitability of content for viewers of all ages, not on its artistic merits. Every show's timeslot has been factored into our analysis. The PTC rates each show using an easy-to-follow traffic-light rating system: red, yellow, green.

PTC Ratings Legend

red Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content,or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.
yellow The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.
green Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.
green Unrated program

Click here for a description of industry ratings

The Family Guide to TV is the culmination of thousands of hours of content analysis conducted by the Parents Television Council. Teams of researchers have scrutinized closely every prime time sitcom and drama series for offensive subject matter, employing the PTC's state-of-the-art computerized Entertainment Tracking System to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date analysis of every show. Since 1989, we've examined more than 125,000 hours of television fare, which has enabled us to document long-term thematic developments and shifts in network programming standards. Please e-mail us and let us know how the Family Guide to TV is working for you and your family!

 

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