PTC Seeks Streaming Parental Control Town Hall

The Parents Television and Media Council has reached out to the top streaming platforms to talk about coming up with a “clear, uniform commitment to protecting children from age-inappropriate content.” PTC has changed the focus of its advocacy from content on broadcast (and cable) TV to streaming video, given the rise of those platforms, driven in part by the pandemic.

PTC Issues Cord-Cutters Guide To Streaming Services

PTC Uges Netflix To Cancel ’13 Reasons Why’

PTC Issues Warning Over HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

The Parents Television Council today issued what it called an “urgent warning to parents” ahead of the premiere of HBO’s teen-targeted Euphoria on Sunday, June 16. “Just as MTV did with Skins and as Netflix is doing with 13 Reasons Why, HBO, with its new high school-centered show Euphoria, appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic […]

PTC Presses Powell For Ratings Board Changes

PTC Calls For FCC Hearings on Content Ratings

PTC Picks Its Best, Worst TV Sponsors

The watchdog group releases its annual list in time for holiday shopping.

PTC Ranks Best And Worst TV Advertisers

Today, the Parents Television Council released its annual list of “Best and Worst TV Advertisers,” which catalogues companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year.


PTC Seeks Indecency Fine For ‘The Mick’

The watchdog group takes 3,000 complaints to the FCC about the Fox show’s April 25 episode centered on breast implants.

PTC Applauds Rosenworcel FCC Renomination

The Parents Television Council today urged the Senate to approve Jessica Rosenworcel’s renomination to the FCC, and called on President Trump to fill the remaining commissioner slot with a nominee who will advocate for children and families. PTC said: “Most pressing among pro-family FCC issues is the reform of the TV content ratings system, which has […]

PTC Urges Indecency Inquiry On ‘The Mick’

The watchdog group says this Tuesday’s episode of the Fox sitcom, which centered on 17-year-old Sabrina and her desire to get breast implants, included graphic sexual dialogue and double-entendres.

PTC Calls Out T-Mobile For Sponsoring ‘The Mick’

The Parents Television Council said today it has contacted T-Mobile to urge the company to reconsider sponsoring Fox’s The Mick, a new sitcom that PTC says “routinely features minors smoking, drinking, swearing and having sex.” T-Mobile has advertised in six out of nine episodes, which aired as early as 7:30 p.m. in half the country. “We […]

PTC Outlines Its Priorities For New FCC

The Parents Television Council today called on the Congress, the FCC and the incoming Trump administration to move swiftly on four key FCC-related issues in order to serve the needs of children and families. “With the new presidential administration will come a new FCC and a new communication policy agenda. No doubt there will be considerable scrutiny […]

PTC Hits ‘Brutally Explicit’ ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere

PTC Throws Its Support Behind Fox’s ‘Pitch’

The Parents Television Council is urging Fox to consider moving its new sports drama, Pitch, to a different day and time to help ensure the show’s success.  PTC is also reaching out to advertisers to encourage support for the show. “We are urging Fox to ensure that Pitch hits a home run with families by airing it […]

Advertisers Pull Out Of VH1’s ‘Dating Naked’

Parents Television Council has successfully convinced dozens of advertisers to pull out of VH1’s Dating Naked. The show, which is exactly what the title implies, has a 14+ rating, meaning 14 year-olds can watch it. To the PTC, that’s appalling considering the show’s cast members are all cavorting about nude — with heavy pixelation of their private parts.

PTC Meets With MPAA’s Dodd On TV Ratings Reform

PTC Urges Sen. Dodd To ‘Fix’ TV Content Ratings

PTC: TV Content Ratings System Has Failed

The TV content ratings system is a shameful failure that is causing young American minds to be polluted with smut, profanity and graphic violence, says the Parents Television Council in its latest study in which it pounds on the commercial broadcast networks.

PTC OK With Charter-TWC Merger

PTC Blasts ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals’

The Parents Television Council says that the first three episodes of ABC’s new show, The Real O’Neals, “were so saturated with adult content that sexual content and bleeped profanities aired every 43 seconds,” adding that “despite that it was rated TV-PG and aired as early as 7:30 p.m. in half the country.” Of the adult-themed […]

PTC Blasts ABC’s Drama ‘Of Kings And Prophets’

PTC Concerned About ABC’s ‘Of Kings And Prophets’

PTC Supports ‘Truth in Advertising Act’

PTC: PG-Rated TV Shows Dropped In 2011-14

On the heels of the highly-watched, family-friendly special broadcast of NBC’s The Wiz Live, the Parents Television Council is renewing its call for broadcasters to program for families throughout the year and not only during the holidays. According to new PTC data, there were 11.5 fewer hours of TV-PG primetime broadcast programming during a two-week study period in 2014 than in 2011, representing an almost 20% decrease.

PTC Lists Best And Worst TV Advertisers

The Parents Television Council released its annual list of “Best and Worst TV Advertisers,” which catalogs companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year.

PTC Urges FX Network To Move To Premium Tier

PTC Blasts ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

PTC Criticizes ‘Mr. Robot’ Finale Suicide, Rating

PTC Rejects WE TV’s ‘Sex Box’ Offer

PTC Fights WE tv’s New ‘Sex Box’ Show


Burning Questions For TV’s Biggest Watchdog

It’s the best-known protest organization against graphic TV sex and violence. Those headlines about that long Sons of Anarchy sex montage? The furor over ABC’s Charlie Brown repeat leading into a Scandal sex scene? The content protests against Fox’s Family Guy, VH1’s Dating Naked and CBS’s Stalker? All the work of the Parents Television Council, a 19-year-old oft-outraged Los Angeles-based organization that’s probably the best known remaining anti-indecency group around. PTC’s President Tim Winter anweres a range of questions about the group and its efforts.

PTC: Shows On Families Not Family-Friendly

The Parents Television Council today released a report finding that 99% of broadcast television shows about families contain some form of adult content (sex, violence, and profanity). “Parents often assume that TV shows about families are ‘safe’ viewing choices, but our study shows that families who watch TV shows about families will be barraged by sex and profanity — even on TV-PG-rated shows. This is unacceptable,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

PTC Blasts FX For ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Graphic Sex

PTC Lists Best And Worst TV Advertisers

Today, the Parents Television Council released its annual list of “Best and Worst TV Advertisers,” which catalogues companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year.

Rape Joke On Fox Cartoons Draws Attention

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network isn’t responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” to remove a joke where the punch line is “your sister’s being raped.” The line appears in Sunday’s much-awaited special where Bart Simpson and his family hang around with Stewie and […]

PTC: There Are Too Many Naked People On TV

PTC Writes Open Letter To Matt Groening

PTC President Tim Winter calls on The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening to not let the show perpetuate rape jokes during the crossover episode with Family Guy slated to air in the fall. A preview of the episode is available on YouTube and includes a “joke” about the rape of a character’s sister.

PTC Scolds McDonald’s Over ‘Dating Naked’

The watchdog group condemns the fast-food chain’s sponsorship of the VH1 program and recommends patronizing Wendy’s as an alternative “until McDonald’s returns to being a responsible advertiser.”

PTC Urges Sanctions Against ‘Reckless’

The group says scenes in the June 29 show at 9/8 p.m. ET/CT “constitute a violation of the broadcast indecency law due to the patently offensive sexual content airing when children are likely to be in the audience. It is even more troubling that CBS chose to rate the episode as appropriate for 14-year-old children.”