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Best/Worst Shows?

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 19, 2005

The following comes from the folks at the Parents Television Council, and I pass it on for your information. I'll have a few comments after the release.


The Parents Television Council announced its choices for the Top Ten Best and Worst Shows for family viewing on prime time broadcast television for the 2005-2006 season and found that the top three worst shows for families – The War at Home, The Family Guy, and American Dad – are packaged as family shows.



“We provide this analysis as a guide for parents because it’s very difficult to monitor all the shows that are appropriate for family viewing and those that are not,” said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.  “We were alarmed to find that the three worst shows on prime time broadcast television are being marketed as family-friendly when, in fact, these shows are none other than wolves in sheep’s clothing.”


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This analysis is the PTC’s ninth ranking of the best and worst series on broadcast television from the perspective of family audiences.  The lists are ranked based on the content of the program and the appropriateness of the show for children.  The criterion for this annual ranking includes not only the frequency of foul language, sexual content and violence but also the time slot, target audience, themes and plotlines of the programs.



The Top Ten Best and Worst Shows for family viewing on prime time broadcast television are:



BEST                                                              WORST





















1.  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition


ABC/8:00 Sunday – Returning show

1. The War at Home


Fox/8:30 Sunday – 1st Season

2. Three Wishes


NBC/9:00 Friday – 1st season

2. The Family Guy


Fox/9:00 Sunday – Returning show

3. American Idol


Fox/Returning in spring ’06

3. American Dad


Fox/9:30 Sunday – Returning show

4. The Ghost Whisperer


CBS/8:00 Friday – 1st Season

4. The O.C.


Fox/8:00 Thursday – Returning show

5. Everybody Hates Chris


UPN/8:00 Thursday – 1st Season

5. C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)


CBS/9:00 Thursday – Returning show

6. Reba


WB/9:00 Friday – Returning show

6. Desperate Housewives


ABC/9:00 Sunday – Returning show

7. Bernie Mac


Fox/8:00 Friday – Returning show

7. Two and a Half Men


CBS/9:00 Monday – Returning show

8. Dancing with the Stars


ABC/Returning in spring ‘06

8. That ‘70s Show


Fox/Returning in November ‘05

9. 7th Heaven


WB/8:00 Monday – Returning show

9. Arrested Development


Fox/8:00 Monday – Returning show

10.  Not available.

10. Cold Case


CBS/8:00 Sunday – Returning show



Me again: I do have to say that any careful viewer should know by now that Fox's comedies should be considered edgy and targeted at adults unless proven otherwise, and that ''Family Guy'' has never pretended to be a family show.


Also, it's interesting that PTC could not come up with a 10th best show for families. No love for ''Everwood''? ''Gilmore Girls''? ''Veronica Mars''? ''The Amazing Race'' -- hey, it's having a family edition right now (which one of my colleagues refers to as ''the Disney version'' of ''Amazing Race.'')

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