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Wingnut Parents Television Council rates top 10 best and worst shows

Right wing arbiter of good taste and high moral standards, L. Brent Bozell, is the president of the Parents Television Council, an organization that prides itself on watching all the “smut” that airs to keep kids “safe” from the perversion out there. I imagine a room with banks of video monitors, sitting in a dark room, furiously writing about what they see…well, I’m sure one hand is always free.

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.

OK. Kate flipped on “Three Wishes” once, and nearly keeled over from the sugary-sweet pablum being served up on there. It’s no surprise Brent gives this show the thumbs up.

Three Wishes is the best example yet of the positive potential of reality TV.  Utterly engaging and heartfelt, this series demonstrates the transformative power of kindness.  Each week, singer Amy Grant and a crew descend on a different small town to help deserving families realize their fondest hopes and dreams by granting them three wishes.

Too often our celebrity-obsessed culture celebrates vanity, materialism, and selfishness.  For children growing up surrounded by that environment, the temptation to give-in to those influences can be tremendous.  Three Wishes is a much-needed antidote, showing viewers that charity is its own reward. 

I’ve never seen “The War at Home,” so I have no clue if it’s awful, disgusting or just pathetically unfunny. Is it even still on the air?

The first episode opened with Dave introducing viewers to his wife, Vicky, then saying, “Did you check out that rack? Nice, huh?” Of his daughter, Hillary, viewers learn, “I only have one simple rule for dating my teenage daughter: if she sees your penis, I’ll cut it off.” It goes downhill from there. An early episode this season had Dave buying his teenage son a lubricant because he was making himself sore from masturbating too often.

I was not surprised to find CSI on that list. I get weirded out by some of those episodes, but certainly not offended. My personal favorite was that one on furries, where Grissom went to a convention of them.

Last season, episodes included storylines about the murder of a man who practiced the sexual fetish of infantilism, complete with scenes of him playing baby and “nursing” from his girlfriend’s breasts; a murder resulting from the antics at a wife-swapping sex party; the investigation of illegal sex-change operations, complete with frightening and graphic death scenes; and a case at a mental hospital that revealed a twisted relationship of mother-son incest. In the first two episodes of this current season there was a storyline about a man dying from auto-erotic asphyxiation and a plot involving a special Las Vegas luxury “party bus” in which men were entertained by strippers.

You can find more descriptions of the top 10s here.

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