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October 19, 2005

Who Has Time for TV?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:02 pm

You should watch what you, er, watch:

Four Fox network programs, led by the comedies “The War at Home,” “The Family Guy” and “American Dad,” topped a parents group’s annual listing of the worst prime-time shows for family viewing.

The Parents Television Council rated two aspirational reality shows, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and NBC’s new “Three Wishes,” as the best programs for family viewing . . .

The Fox drama “The O.C.” was fourth on the group’s list of worst prime-time shows for families. Add in “That ’70s Show” and “Arrested Development,” and the network that tries to be hip for young viewers makes up 60 percent of the list.

Television’s two most popular programs _ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Desperate Housewives _ are also cited as bad family viewing. So were “Two and a Half Men” and “Cold Case” on CBS . . .

Fox’s “American Idol,” which returns in January, made the group’s list of best family viewing experiences. Two new shows, CBS’ “The Ghost Whisperer” and UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” also made it.

Bozell said the group couldn’t even come up with 10 prime-time shows it would recommend for family viewing. Its list stops at nine.

And now you know.



  1. Funny, since I only know people who work on the “bad” shows.

    I’d be curious to see their standards, because apparently any show that is in any way entertaining or in any way makes any sort of commentary on society is off limits.

    Shows like Family Guy and American Dad are absolutely hilarious and make for great social satire, which apparently doesn’t count for much. The OC is a great escapist fantasy soap opera that mythologizes high school in Newport Beach with real emotion and the ups and downs of high school, magnified of course because everyone’s beautiful and glamorous.

    Anyways, aside from maybe Desperate Housewives with the women flirting with everyone and everything, I wouldn’t have a problem with much of what’s on TV. It’s up to parents to be up to snuff and I probably wouldn’t even have a TV available to my kids anyway.

    Comment by Matt — October 20, 2005 @ 11:47 am

  2. I’ll sleep more soundly tonight, knowing that there are people out there who think it’s their duty to tell me what would be best for me to watch. though I do argee with some of their “bad” choices. “the O.C” is the stupidest show ever to hit me in the face.

    Comment by Alistair . — October 20, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

  3. The OC is a show for teenagers, and I’m guessing this is a variation on the old, “If the music’s too loud, then you’re too old” theme.

    Comment by Matt — October 20, 2005 @ 7:32 pm

  4. I wondered why my niece loved that trash. give me loony toons any day 🙂

    Comment by Alistair A. — October 21, 2005 @ 10:21 am

  5. Hey, I was a huge 90210 fan back in the day, so I don’t pretend to judge. Besides, I think that The OC is a great show, and that the show-runner and creator is one hell of a cool guy 🙂

    Comment by Matt — October 25, 2005 @ 11:57 am

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