PTC rates the #20 TV shows

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PTC rates the #20 TV showsParents Television Council is concerned about appropriate content for children ages 2-17, and they just came out with their first take on the 2007-2008 season. They come in three categories: most suitable (1-8); questionably suitable (9-14); and not suitable (15-20). Rated first to worst, here’s the PTC kid-friendliness chart.


Most Suitable: (1) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC); (2) Sunday Night Football (NBC); (3) Deal or No Deal (NBC); (4) Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Fox); (5) The Singing Bee (NBC); (6) Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Fox); (7) American Idol (Fox); (8) Supernanny (ABC).

Questionably suitable: (9) America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC); (10) Dancing with the Stars (ABC); (11) So You Think You Can Dance (Fox); (12) Amazing Race (CBS); (13) Survivor (CBS); (14) The Simpsons (Fox).

Not suitable: (15) House (Fox); (16) Grey’s Anatomy (ABC); (17) Heroes (NBC); (18) C.S.I. (CBS); (19) American Dad (Fox); (20) Family Guy (Fox).

TVBR/RBR observation: We often disagree with PTC. When it comes to imposing massive indecency fines, imposing an a la carte business model on cable systems or generally bumping up against the First Amendment, we tend to oppose the organization with all due vigor. However, we have no problem whatsoever with PTC when it uses its resources to rate programming for its members and any others who choose to pay attention. This is an example of PTC’s exercise of its own First Amendment rights, and that is a right we will always defend.


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