Undaunted by its court defeat at the hands of World Wrestling
Entertainment Inc., the Parents Television Council is back criticizing television
programming, this time focusing on teen fave MTV: Music Television.
PTC named five MTV programs among the worst with regard to family values on
basic cable: Undressed, The Real World, Celebrity
Deathmatch, The Andy Dick Show and The Osbournes, one of basic
cable's highest-rated programs.
"For those who think that raunch and vulgarity are found on only premium
cable channels, this is a wake-up call," PTC president and founder L. Brent Bozell said.
"Basic cable is worse than ever before. In a tasteless attempt to boost
ratings, basic cable has begun to target children with programs that clearly
push the envelope." the PTC said.
FX's The Shield is the least family-friendly show on basic cable, the group added,
also listing Comedy Central's South Park, TNN: The National Network's WWE Raw Is War and
Turner Network Television's Witchblade.
Among the most family-friendly shows on basic cable, according to the PTC, are
ABC Family's State of Grace and So Little Time; Nickelodeon's
The Brothers Garcia, SpongeBob SquarePants and Caitlin's Way;
Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire; Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls; MTV's
Making the Band; and A&E Network's Nero Wolf.