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PTC Says ‘Extreme Makeover’ Is Suitable for All, but ‘Family Guy’? Not So Much

November 12, 2008 2:42 PM

The Parents Television Council released its list of the 20 most popular prime-time broadcast TV shows watched by children ages 2-17, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Family Guy

The programs are ranked from best to worst “based on foul language, sexual content and violence, along with the overall themes of each program,” using a traffic-light ratings system.

The green-light category, which is populated by reality and game shows such as “Deal or No Deal” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” may be most suitable for children, but it’s hardly quality programming, if you ask the Daily Blink.

Here’s the complete list of green-light shows. We’ll give the PTC its top show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” because it’s the only thing on TV that makes the Daily Blink tear up.

1. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
2. “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”
3. “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”
4. “Deal or No Deal”
5. “NBC Sunday Night Football”
6. “American Idol”

Readers, prepare to step on the gas, because the following yellow-light shows are “questionably suitable.”

7. “Dancing With the Stars”: As if the sight of toned women in scanty ballroom dance outfits isn’t horrible enough (somebody ought to alert PBS, which often airs real ballroom dancing competitions), the child may be scarred for life after seeing Cloris Leachman in a revealing evening gown.
8. “So You Think You Can Dance”
9. “America’s Got Talent”: No, it doesn’t, according to this show, which may discourage the children of America, our future, from thinking that they do.
10. “The Amazing Race”
11. “Survivor”
12. “King of the Hill”
13. “The Simpsons”
14. “American Gladiator”

Moms and dads, it’s time to send the kiddies to bed when these red-light shows air—they’re simply “not suitable.”

15. “Hell’s Kitchen”: But it’s preparing them for the soul-crushing, foul-language-filled environment they’ll encounter when they enter the real work force!
16. “House”: The child may be misdiagnosed to death.
17. “Heroes”: This ranking would have made more sense when Ali Larter was playing a stripper, but now that she’s a political ice queen…. The Daily Blink supposes “Heroes’” recent confounding time-jumps and out-of-character scenarios aren’t good for children, either.
18. “The Moment of Truth”: Not suitable for anyone.
19. “American Dad”
20. “Family Guy”: OK, PTC, you totally win this one.

—Vlada Gelman


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