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Absolutely Fabulous     -viewer comments…
    Although this is a very funny English comedy, it has some drawbacks. Edina and Patsy, the main stars, lead nearly totally immoral lives and this makes the show not recommended for young children. However, the daughter of Edina in the series, Saffron, is most of the times a moral rock, and as a female nerd is sensible. The combination of these characters and others are sublime and perfect for this comedy, but the show must be watched carefully because of the immoral behavior of most of the characters.
       —Jan Derk Kotlarski, age 22


All In the Family (Re-runs)     -viewer comments…
    This show I watched ever since I was a little kid. Unfortunately, I only saw the re-runs. But it was a great show, had a few choice words, but not bad, didn't promote sex, or any other bad things. I would recommend this be put on the Green.
       —Brandon Flinn, age 21


Ally McBeal     [ viewer comments ]

Andromedia     [ viewer comments ]

The Andy Griffith Show     -viewer comments…
    This classic TV show is super great for children and families. It offers many great moral values, and I think the only thing anyone would find offensive would be Otis the town drunk. Compared to a lot of TV shows today, this is one I highly recommend…
       —Darlene Gantt-Pineiro, age 36


Arthur     -viewer comments…
    Questionable—I used to let my children watch Arthur daily, and I felt that the show always taught a good lesson. However, after a while, I realized that to get to that lesson, there was 20 minutes of bratty behavior. The “children” on Arthur are awful!! I would rather my children watch shows that teach good lessons while modeling good character traits.
       —Frances, age 34

    Questionable—For older kids, this might be ok. But for our 4 year old we saw some episodes we did not feel comfortable having our child watch. Arthur (the program) tends to occasionally get on a soapbox on current issues. One episode I saw made those not in favor of "Harry Potter" type books look like fools: as if we were back in the day of book burnings and witch hunting. As one who firmly believes Potter's teachings are not in line with Scriptural principles, it comes as a slap in the face. I don't want my child being brainwashed with some of the producer's ideas of reality.
       —Tim, age 28

    Young people express their opinions…

    Usually OK—I used to watch Arthur nearly every day. Sometimes I'll see it again once in a while, and it is as funny and interesting as ever. This cartoon features the daily lives of Arthur (an aardvark) and his friends and annoying sister D. W. There's nothing not appropriate for ages 3+ and sometimes it can be hilarious. I recommend it for all ages…
       —platzapS, age 12


Babylon 5     -viewer comments…
    Probably too involved for those not into serious science fiction, but it remains a thought-provoking show. Despite being created and written by an atheist, Babylon 5 has presented Christianity in a positive light on several occasions. Believe it or not, one entire episode dealt with the nature of forgiveness and Christ's atonement. However, the show requires some thought, and it is structured like a 5-year miniseries, so it's not for the casual viewer. For teen and up.
       —Christopher Heyn

    Babylon 5 is a great Sci-Fi series. However, already noted comments about a 5-year mini-series are true. If you are not a Sci-Fi fan and if you are not the kind that likes to get involves and really figure out what is going on this is not for you. On the Christian front, this show more then most (especially Sci-Fi) respects the beliefs of Christians. There is a whole show dedicated to Christ and there are many references to the Bible in a positive light. There are of course some problems, but they are small and if you are a sci-fi Christian like myself this is the best of what is out there.
       —Patrick Aquilone, age 28

    A bit on the violent side, poor language. There will be references to God and religion, but usually not in an extreme negative light.
       —Tim Emmerich


Battlestar Galactica (Re-runs)     -viewer comments…

    Young people express their opinions…

    Although having great special effects and acting, like so many unfortunate sci fi shows it combines new age and pagan concepts. If you're a Christian into sci fi such as myself, I would prefer Babylon 5 or some of the older, more God guided sci fi shows of the 50's and 60's.
       —Adam Stokes, age 18


Becker     -viewer comments…
    Becker too me is a pretty good show. It's about an angry, grumpy man named John Becker who is mad at the world and who is a doctor. The show centers around John and how he deals with patients and people who seem to annoy him however they act. Margaret his secretary (who by the way is a Christian on the show) takes his behavior with a grain of salt and tries to keep him grounded as best she can and Linda, his somewhat airhead assistant really annoy's him with her idiotic questions and naive attitude. My father who is a very conservative Christian loves this show and watching Becker try to put up with Linda and his friends at the local diner. Good Show!!!
       —Jennifer Conway, age 22


Behind the Music (VH1)     -viewer comments…
    Caution—I have to honestly say be cautious, but I love BTM episodes. It's interesting to find out that under the glitz, glamour, pyro and scantily clad women that most rock stars lives were really far from perfect. We looks at rock musicians and think they've got it made and "gosh I wish I lived like that" only to find out that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister got so destitute that he had to take a minimum wage job as a courier on a bike to support his family. We find out that for all his great guitar riffs and his conservative stance that Ted Nugent didn't know diddly about investments, and know to watch the people watching his money. We learn that for all the millions he made, his accountants took most of it without his knowledge. Rock stars turn out to be people. Finite, destructible people. They aren't what we thought they were and this show goes a long way to show it I feel. This is NOT a show for kiddos. There's always a ton of bleeping and some rough subject matter. Mature adults and teenagers who need a does of reality might get something out of this show. If you find out a past or present favorite group of yours is on, it might be interesting to see what they are really like. It might shatter your image. But it goes to show that nobody, even musicians, are above the fallen state of humanity.
       —James

    Caution—This show covers the biographies of rock, rap and R&B musicians and singers. Very few of the stories go by without mention of some tragedy, drug/alcohol abuse, debauchery, etc. However, it's a good show to use to point out the teens the dangers of going the wrong way in life.
       —Hillari Hunter, age 39


Biography (A&E)     -viewer comments…
    One of the best shows on cable. It not only does profiles of well-known celebrities, but political figures and historical figures as well. An excellent tool for having discussions with children about famous people.
       —Hillari Hunter, age 39


Bonanza    -viewer comments…
    Usually OK—This show is usually OK, and sometimes even has Christian themes/values. It is an adventurous western show with some romance. There are some objectionable episodes/parts, sometimes having to do with "dance hall girls," gambling, etc. Sometimes there are lessons in the episodes, and sometimes they are just for fun-- sometimes good and sometimes bad.
       —Melissa, age 18, non-Christian


Boy Meets World     -viewer comments…
    Great show. My kids never miss and episode. I watch it with them and the episode that turned my head was the one where the main character's best friend joins a cult because he had nothing to believe in. He felt lost and empty. He wanted an easy way to live. the whole episode his friends and close teachers are telling him it's wrong and forget it. He never listens. But when his mentor is in a possibly fatal motorcycle accident, he speaks to God for the first time in his life in the hospital room saying, "…don't blow me off, God! Don't take him away from me! I need your help. I don't want to be empty anymore." He was praying to God for help. Then he told the cult's “leader” Mr. Mack, "I see you right in front of me and I hear what you have to say, and it's nothing. If I was lost and empty and had nothing to believe in I might go with you because that would be easy. Well I'm done with easy. I'm done with empty. I'm done with you." This show is highly recommended from my point of view. It's a good show about friendship, TRUE love, and believing in something good.
       —Werdna Nosbig, age 31

    Lots of sexual situations played out in humorous context. Not good at all for young teens, and older teens may question the messages presented, although as comedy. The brief preview I had included two teens at a party, clothed but laying atop one another kissing. Later, the sceen was just outside a co-ed bathroon spotlighting the teen boy who was, with good reason, reluctant to go in the shower in the vicinity of girls doing the same. And, there was much discussion about the presumably well-endowed teen who did venture in minus his towel. Again, based on my limited data points, this show is not good for younger teens, and is questionable for others as well.
       —Phil, age 45

    This can be a good show for older kids who have a strong sense of values, but it does tend to go a little overboard on the intensity and maturity of highschool relationships. Perhaps more sexual content than kids really need. Good family & teacher relationships, though, and solid on basic ethics. Not really for younger kids, and caution older ones that the show's glorified teenage romantic relationships are NOT realistic; wouldn't we all have loved to be that mature at 16?
       —Dana Kuznar, age 35

    A sitcom about a teenager and the ups and downs of his life. His parents offer good role models, but the kids explore topics like sexuality and drinking. Recommended for older teens and adults but questionable for younger kids.
       —Kenya Branch, age 41

    Young people express their opinions…

    This show is so cool… Although sometimes, there might be some sexual humour and very soft love scenes…but it's much better than some other sitcoms! And it's very much a teen sitcom too!
       —Grace, age 17

    This is generally a cute show in which you feel as though you are a part of the show, growing and learning with Cory and the gang. Though it gives a good portrayal of a teenager's life and the things he/she faces, and several good values are presented (good family relationships, unconditional love, the value of school, etc.) it also tends to contain some sexual innuendos and glorifications. Usually I enjoy watching it and I like the semi-realistic approach to life, but occasionally I find myself turning it off due to some offensive material.
       —Rachel, age 16


Brooklyn Bridge     -viewer comments…
    This is a little known show that I have found only on the Bravo network. (Currently 11/99 on at 6PM EST.) It is told from the perspective of a couple of young Jewish brothers in the 1950s. It is always a delight. Marion Ross, known for her Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days" is the matriarch of the extended family living in two apartments in the same building. Check it out.
       —Lyn Peacock, age 32


Buffy the Vampire Slayer     [ viewer comments ]

Caillou     -viewer comments…
    Questionable—Though not nearly as bad as most kids' shows, my sister and I agree that we don't let our kids watch this show because the little boy is a brat. He gets away with stuff and has his way often because he whines. All he gets is a little, "Now Caillou…", if that.
       —Patricia, age 35


Cardcaptors     -viewer comments…
    Avoid—…This show is based on the same witchcraft as Tarot cards and four eastern branches of the occult. It is geared towards youth in an attempt to dull them to the real life applications of witchcraft and divination… I have personally read the accounts of the creators of the show about where their inspiration came from and the desired effects they wish to get from the show. It is very grim. …the Bible says to 'have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,' not to sit down and dedicate a part of our lives to watching it and enjoying it. This show is worthless.
       —Jason R, age 24

    Bad anime (Japanese Cartoons) are taking over! Cardcaptors is a new and evil show… For kids! Avoid! It has to do with a 'Magic Card' type world. But it is not a game! There's some serious evil stuff here, and it's enticing children everywhere!
       —David Green, age 25

    Young people express their opinions…

    Avoid—Hun, you ain't seen nothing yet. There is yaoi and yuri throughout the whole show. Just because it's edited in the American version, dudden mean it is in the Japanese version. It has occult up the wazoo, and references to suicide, black magic, and everything else you can think of. Did I mention the reincarnation? Yaoi is that Julian (Woteva) and Sakura's brudda are gay. Look it up on the Web, check out the fansites. They'll tell you more than anything else can.
       —Kantama, age 14

    Most people find Cardcaptors to be an ugly Japanese cartoon. I as a 13 year old girl love that show. It's cute and has strong family bases. Because it it shown on a children's station almost all controversial material is edited out. I know that in the Japanese version there are heavy Shounen Ai hints (boys having a heavy friendship and love). At the end of the series one male character confesses his love to another male character. I think that those parts have been edited…
       —Lauren Meyer, age 13

    CardCaptors may be one of the more decent anime (Japanese Animations) to come across to American television… This show teaches about responsibility and friendship more than anything. This is shown in the main character's struggle between her duties as a CardCaptor and the safety of her friends. It is a good show with cute moments, fun characters and great animation…
       —Jenny, age 17

    …edited out from the original for the American version [was topics dealing with] (gays, some bizzare reincarnations, etc). I don't really recommend watching the dub though, I can't even keep track because of all the editing. I think that if there IS a reason to keep your kids from this series, its so they don't get a headache trying to understand all the plotholes the dub has so generously provided. If you like what you see on TV, I suggest you buy the subtitled tapes and forget what you saw on TV… This series is very intelligent, much more than Pokémon or Dragon Ball Z. I recommend it if you can access info on the Internet that fills in the holes. I guess the fact that the main character (Sakura) has many witch-like characteristics could [make it objectionable for some viewers]
       —Heather, age 15, non-Christian


Charmed     -viewer comments…
    Avoid—Charmed centers around three sisters who are witches and use their power to fight the evil “Source” Along the way they have romances with Demons and "White lighters" who are the Wiccan form of Angels. This is the show in a nutshell but more detailed examples of the blatent Satanic and Wiccan themes are below. **There is no God but a council of "White Lighters" **The main characters use chanting and home made spells and potions to vanquish demons and warlocks. **One of witches is married to a "White Lighter" **Another of the witches had an affair with and eventually married a demon. **There is no 'Higher' power and no means of salvation or repentance. **Wiccan covens are depicted as innocent and harmless religious groups. **The Mother of the witches committed adultery with a "White Lighter" and bore a child out of wedlock and then abandoned the child.**Promiscuity is encouraged by the dialog, actions and manner of dress used in the show. **Episodes are often violent and show victims in intense pain.
       —Curtis Mullenbach, age 27

    Young people express their opinions…

    Avoid—Charmed is more witchcraft propaganda. It tells viewers to rely on something else besides God. Recently witchcraft in the media has become “trendy”, and teenagers and adults are claiming Wicca as their faith. Which is really sad. I think that the tv shows is gross and disgusting. People should avoid this tv show. There are things like spells, demons, etc, that I wouldn't want anyone to see. Yes I've seen this tv show when I was very spiritually lost in high school. I've quit watching it and I want to warn others to avoid it as well.
       —Gwen


Clifford the Big Red Dog     -viewer comments…
    Usually OK—I think this show is GREAT!!! Never have I had a complaint about my 2, 6, or 8 year old watching it. I enjoy it as well, and am amazed at how well they teach good lessons.
       —Patricia, age 35


The Commish (Re-runs)     -viewer comments…
    I watched this show regularly when it was on prime time TV. Years ago, "TV Guide" did a poll and asked viewers which TV family they'd like to live with. Roseanne was the big winner (yuk). My vote would have been [the Commish's family]. It is a show without much violence, the police usually used other techniques to catch bad guys. The Commish and his wife Rachel had a very good working relationship. An example of a good marriage on TV? How novel! They treated their son with respect and used discipline with him as needed. It is a type of “Christy” show that everyone in the family could watch without being worried about what may appear in the next scene. As to the question of their religious beliefs, they are Jewish and they uphold the Judeo-Christian values we'd like to see in more shows. I was very disappointed when it was cancelled.
       —Theresa, age 37

    Young people express their opinions…

    This is my favorite show on Lifetime! I have seen about 15 episodes and I have not heard any bad language or seen any questionable behavior. It would be nice, however, if they specified the religious beliefs of the characters. Other than this, I have not found any reason why this is not a good program.
       —Chrissy, age 16


Damon     -viewer comments…
    A sitcom about an undercover cop. It's very provocative and sexually suggestive. Not for children or families.
       —Kenya Branch, age 41


Daria     -viewer comments…

    Caution—I find this show rather funny. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. It is basically about Daria, a pessimist, and her life. The characters personalities are basically an exaggeration of stereotypes society uses. (at least that's the way I see it ;) ) I wouldn't recommend this to sensitive people, or anyone under 16. But if you can take it lightheartedly, you might find some humor in it :)
       —Sarah, age 17


Dark Angel     [ viewer comments ]

Dave's World     -viewer comments…
    Usually OK—Great show. On PAX network so all questionable words are beeped out. Deals with everyday problems. Some people may not like Kenny's womanizing ways and the 4 adults nighty game of poker and beer. But every episode has a good message in the end.
       —Shelly, age 25


Dawson's Creek     -viewer comments…
    Not for children, this show is definitely made for teen and young adult viewers. It deals with real teen issues, like it or not. Teens do talk about sex, many do drink at parties, some teens are gay. An older audience can discern what is right and wrong in all this, just as they have to do in life. Two of the main characters, including the show's namesake, are virgins. There are 3 other main characters. One used to be a party girl, druggie, sexually promiscuous girl from NYC. She has grown into a young woman completely reformed of much of this activity. One character is gay, but much more is made of the discrimination issues then of the sexual or relationship issues. It is definitely for a mature audience, but I enjoy it, I find it real. Watch it with your older teens, talk about it, because for many high schoolers, this could be real life.
       —Amy, age 22

    …content not appropriate for younger kids. For teen viewers, however, "Dawson's Creek" is one of the few shows that actually gets teens right. Yes, the characters talk frequently about sex, but so do we. That does not mean that we are all out there doing it and neither are the characters on "Dawson's Creek". It has been the target of various religious groups for its sexual content, but I wonder if they have ever even watched the show. There are 6 main teen characters of the show and of those six, three are virgins…
       —James Burke, age 20

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    I am aware of the sexual content involved in this show, but it is not for those reasons that I watch it weekly. I find a parallel in my life to the lives of the characters. I'm not talking about the sex part of it, but the struggles that the common teenager goes through. Family struggles, moral issues, etc…
       —Lauren Homans, age 17

    I used to really enjoy this program, unfortunately I feel that this is a trap many Christians fall for. The show is about four teens living in a small town. This show can appear to have many favourable characteristics, such as: dealing with very harsh family issues, parents in jail, death of loved ones, alcoholism, and divorce. Yet the way the characters conduct themselves makes you think about how teens are portrayed in Hollywood, the majority of the episodes are based on sex between the characters. I am repulsed by this show and strongly advise you to not waste your time on this one.
       —Erin, age 15


Deep Space Nine     -viewer comments…
    This show is occasionaly violent but it is never overt. DS9 heavily features the religion of the Bajorans. Even though it is not Christianity the religious beliefs of the Bajorans are respected by the crew. There are also some instances of premarital sexual situations but it does not play heavily into the show. I highly recommend it.
       —Amie, age 26


Dharma and Greg     -viewer comments…

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    This show is pretty clever at times as far as plot lines and humor. Also, if you are ever in question of the latest styles, just tune in to DHARMA & GREG and whatever Dharma is wearing, you can bet that is in. But those are no reasons to watch a show for Christians. The references to sex and New Age beliefs are unacceptable for believers. It is my advice to avoid it if possible.
       —Emilie Neale, age 14


Digimon     -viewer comments…
    This show should be avoided. Some of the characters include Devimon, DemiDevimon (a reference to the Demi-gods from Greek mythology). LadyDevimon (who is an attractive woman in skimpy clothing—encouraging the lie that evil is beautiful) and Angemon, an angel who was made to look stupid compared to the "cool-looking" devils…
       —Neile Smith, age 43

    Young people express their opinions…

    Avoid—Ever seen season three, hun? The Zodiac digis, for instance, should ring warning bells. And the "Power within yourself" thing. Then the dude gives himself so the Digi-world would be oke-day. HELLO?!?! Anyone other than me actually watching this before they review?!
       —Kantama, age 17

    Usually OK—Digimon is the best secular anime out there. Unlike Sailor Moon, Marmalade Boy, and Card Captor Sakura I do not believe Digimon promotes sin (most anime are thoroughly cut in the English dubs so have no fear--just don't read the manga). Doing what is right is a top priority for all the good guys. For example: Cody in season 2 even cries when he has to tell a lie to save his friends, needless to say Joe later tells him it is ok to lie under some circumstances. Every episode has a moral just like this one. Many American cartoons just avoid religion completely and follow a code of justice the audience cannot define. The Digimon Emperor repents from his evil ways (season 02) and, racked with guilt, tries to make up for the hurt he caused.

    Like 98% of Japan and most of the world he was searching for forgiveness but didn't know where to find it. Although the children in Digimon are unaware of the forgiveness Jesus purchased for us on Calvary, they fight for what is right and save the Digital world and Earth from evil. Pokémon has been bashed by many Christians, and rightly so, for being too spiritual.

    The Pokémon use magic and shrink into their poke balls as if turning into ghosts, but that's beside the point. In Digimon the digital monsters have a partner human that is chosen just for them and become their best friend. They are as sentient as you and me and defend their partner like a guardian angle. In fact, one is named Anglemon. The good guys are as separate from the baddies as black from white, contrary to Pokémon where there is no evil, just Pokémon battles and the mild distraction of Team Rocket who are just minor and very pathetic thieves.

    I recommend this show for children of all ages and teens like me who like this sort of thing. The violence is tasteful (lacks blood and gore but good always wins) and is reminiscent of the battles between angles in the Bible. Absolutely no deaths of people and the good digimon who die are reconfigured into digieggs in Primary Village.
       —Veronica Stanley, age 17

    Usually OK—…there are plenty of good morals in the show also, a few things are questionable but still I don't think it's evil, if I were looking at it as a parent I'd say the scene of Mimi screaming on her bed in her underwear, the scene of Mimi and Sora's trail of clothes leading to the bathroom of the ship and the bath scene are the most questionable. Looking at it from a religious standpoint I see a few things relating to Buddhism and Shintoism, but most of these things were changed in the dub…
       —Scott, age 14

    Usually OK—Unlike Pokemon which is somewhat occultic Digimon offers the classic Good Versus Evil theme. Instead of running around a little world and capturing little monsters, the story centers around a group of children who are downloaded into the Digital World a mirror copy of our own world. There they team up with their Digimon to defeat the forces of evil that are trying to tear the digital world, and the real world apart. Graphic violence is at a bare minimum in the show. Christianity seems to also have a big influence in the show. For instance, two of the Digimon change into powerful Angelic digimon called Angemon and Angewomon. I believe this is the best animated show to ever come out of Japan.
       —A. Saucier, age 15

    At first site it is easy to lable Digimon as a Pokemon clone hoping to cash in on the hype. However, such a judgment would be presumptuous and in light of the quality Digimon attains, a travesty of justice. DigPokémonn my opinion, is certainly one of best toons on TV today and far surpasses Pokémon is just about every category. With superior animation, deep drama, and totally believable characters. The Digimon themselves are of course the main attraction that sucks you in, but are not the basis of the show. Digimon (short for Digital Monsters) are little creatures (who can grow huge really fast) who live within the Digital World, something like the internet except there are trees, mountains and cities. They are generally peace loving and gentle creatures until some greedy Digimon become aware of a world outside of their own (our universe) and decide to take over both worlds. So that's where our human heros come in (the Digi-Destined). Seven kids at a summer camp are instantaneously zapped into the Digital world to meet their own personal Digimon and face their destinies as the defenders of the Digital World. Unlike the humans in Pokémon, the Digi-destined do not force their digimon into frivolous battles for glory or entertainment. Their digimon are more like body guards that protect them and help them defeat the evil digimon in battle… The seven children (the digi-destined) are the real backbone of the story. They are truly believable and lovable people with their own personalities, their own little quarks and talents. They are normal kids who go to school and live with their parents (something unheard of in Pokémon). They are good friends, but like real friendships theirs takes time to develop and they do not always get along, which forces them to learn patience and tolerance for one another. The really uplifting thing about these kids is that they are real kids with real problems (contrary to the myth that childhood is one big happy carnival ride). Sorra (a sort of tomboy) suffers from a lack of real communication between her and her mother. Brothers Matt and T.K. (who have a real beautiful, loving relationship) have to deal with their parents divorce and consequently living in separate homes. And Izzy (the boy computer whiz) slowly comes to the shocking realization that he was adopted (going through first denial… Serious moral issues are even touched upon from time to time. Such as in the 2nd season when an evil digimon is trying to break through a dam and flood an entire village the team debate as to whether they should kill it. "There must be another way. Digimon are living beings like us, we can't just kill it" cried Yo-li passionately. Or when the Digimon Emperor (BIG 2nd season bad guy who is really another kid) realizes that what he is doing is wrong and repents. The Digi-Destined start to question what really makes a person good or bad at the core as they struggle to forgive someone who has caused such misery and devastation but is also a person not very different from themselves. Self-sacrifice, giving up your life for those you love, is also another subject that constantly rears it's head in the series; though I won't go into that, I've already given away enough spoilers. One issue that I know some Christians are sensitive about is the digimon's 'powers'. I will attempt to alleviate your fears without getting into an elaborate Bible argument. First of all, I think we have to accept that all humans, especially children, are captivated by the fantastic and miraculous. 'Magical' occurances are common in myths of all cultures as well a lot of TV shows and movies. Humans are simply amazed and a little obsessed with 'the supernatural', it's part of what we are… Second, I'm not sure if you would really consider the Digimon's powers to be 'magical'; it must be considered that these are digital creatures, they are like super tomogotchies living in a computer generated virtual world where anything is possible! Most of their powers are things like breathing fire, shooting missiles, etc; not necessarily what one would consider miracles or even magic… Digimon is a pretty well done anime and at the same time one that most people would consider 'appropriate for children'. It has life affirming messages in between the flashy computer graphics and giant monster battles that anyone could appreciate, young or old.
       —Rain Foster, age 18, non-Christian

    For all the parents out there who think Digimon is just like Pokémon, so it should be okay, you are WRONG. This show is not a copycat of Pokémon and is not recommended for kids under ten years of age (I'm 13, so I should know!) In the show, Digimon can kill. It doesn't happen a lot, but can sometimes be gruesome. In one episode, a Digimon has these giant claws, twirls around really fast, and goes right through this sea monster Digimon, tearing it up (Hey, this is Japanese Anime! No blood though.) Most often things like arrows go through the bad Digimon, but we usually don't see it. Don't worry about dead bodies lying around, they dissolve once they have been hit. There are certain Digimon that are disturbing, like this devil Digimon, Devimon. But some I like, like the two Angel Digimon, Angomon and Anjowomon. This show is REALLY pushing close to the red meter, so take caution about this show.
       —Joseph Breen, age 13


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Dragon Ball Z     -viewer comments…
    To watch Japanese anime you need to be aware of the cultural differences presented in their shows. Many of which may be offensive to us Christians since Japan has a very small Christian population. Also, Japanese anime is geared at all ages, not just for children as are most American cartoons. They are also more open to seeing violence and nudity (ironically the crime rate in Japan is considerably lower than it is in USA). Also remember that a lot of Japanese programming portrays influences from Shinto/Buddhism philosophy since it is widely spread in that country. Dragon Ball Z is indeed quite violent and there is blood, but not gory. There is also some language (Japanese version), that has been cleaned up in the dubbed version by FUNimation. There are also some suggestive and prevocative scenes, but not constant. The good is the character Son Goku, a pure-hearted saiya-jin who always puts his needs aside to protect his friends and loved ones. If you are going to watch anime (especially the unedited versions), do so with an open mind and be aware of what may be questionable. But also be aware of the overall story.
       —A & W, age 23

    Questionable—This series is watched by children and it seems to me very similar to Pokémon, mind power, violence, transformations to other creatures. I will like to know others comments about this cartoon series. My kids are crazy about it and I'm concerned on their wellness.
       —jSorie, age 45

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    Avoid—I repeat--avoid Dragon Ball Z. Sure it used to be okay. I watched it. But then they got into the saga with baba di. It had demons and other stuff and then I saw the Manga comic. It was full of crude jokes. Do not watch [it].
       —andrew beck, age 13

    Caution—Well it's another animè craze like Pokèmon except this show has been on in Japan for ages. The non translated versions are quite violent and bloody but since America censored basically every gross scene they could find, it shouldn't be an issue to most parents. I myself am a martial artist but I recommend against showing young children this show. Firstly, the art of Qi could be a factor of the occult and it is very tempting for children to start trying such things especially an episode where Videl learns how to fly using Qi. Personally, I don't find it that offensive where the worst language there is probably 'shut up clown' but the violence is still questionable even when censored. Also the intepretation of Heaven is also an issue where the show implies that doing good things can get you to Heaven.
       —Yun Khang Lai, age 17

    Simply put, it the greatest action anime ever made! The show follows the exploits of a team of martial arts experts who fight a number of extremely powerful fighters. However the show is NOT like Pokémon! The fighters all have the ability by exerting their power level and they are able to perform various energy attacks by focusing their energy. They all improve their abilities though training and experience. There are some other “magical” elements to the show like a wish being grant to whoever gathers the seven dragon balls - the first saga revolves around them. Although the show can be violent, it displays moral values such as mercy, compassion, self-confidence forgiveness and others. It's incredible show all in all. I would highly recommend it!
       —Justin, age 18, non-Christian

    Although the show is very violent it does offer good moral values (helping other, self-confidence, self-sacrifice). Its the BEST martial arts action show EVER made!
       —Justin Wargelin, age 18

    …very violent. I like it but in it the Earth was made from fire. They do not believe in the Lord. Stay away!
       —Bobby Carson, age 11


Dragon Tales     -viewer comments…
    This show tries to be a cute little vehicle for showing how we should all be nice to each other. But the writers themselves are so morally confused/relativistic and the writing is so abysmally bad that it often winds up giving a unintelligible, irrelevant or simply wrong message. It won't teach your kids to do evil, but enough fuzzy, feel-good thinking may make it difficult for them to think through these issues clearly in the future.
       —Marcy Hagge, age 31

    Geared towards preschoolers (on PBS). Upon discovering a magic scale in their playroom Emmy and Max Chant a poem and are transported to dragon land. The chant is as follows: I Wish I Wish With All My Heart To Fly With Dragons In The Land Apart. This TV show is said to be designed to help children to deal with their fears, and with sharing.
       —Campbell, age 45


Dr. Quinn     -viewer comments…
    What is happening with our culture? Originally this show started as a great family show, and my family watched it often. More and more, however, this show lays down questionable topics, and has its hero (Dr. Quinn) advocate the wrong things, and the show ends with the pastor always admitting she was right. Last week, I saw an episode where Dr. Quinn opens up a library. Harmless, right? Wrong! She had many books in her library about vampires, pre-marital sex, adultery, and many other bad things. They make the pastor seem bad, and un-fun for condemning the books, and the show ends with some townspeople burning the books. Dr. Quinn bursts into the church, and demands that they hand over a nook that has pre-marital sex, adultery, demons, and other sins to be burned. Can you guess what it was? That's right, our Bible. All the townspeople admit they are wrong and let her re-open the library with all her books. We forget though, that what we put into our minds influences what we do. I'm afraid this show is starting to put in subtle things that make you always root for the hero, even when she is wrong. …This show often shows New Age stuff with the Indians. Use caution and don't forget to be on the lookout.
       —Maggie, age 42

    Young people express their opinions…

    I used to watch Dr. Quinn often, and while it IS still a good family show, one of the shows proposed Dr. Quinn believing in evolution. She presented the view of Theistic Evolution, saying God used the evolutionary process to create man. She was ridiculed for it, but they made her out to be a hero who was ridiculed for doing what was right. She used Evolution to defend an abused girl. Saying humans were animals, and they jailed someone previously for abusing a horse. It was just an example about how Hollywood likes to stick in subtleties that make you agree with what they want you to believe. Needless to say, the ONLY thing good in that episode, was the fact that in the end, even though the pastor voted for Dr. Quinn's side of the argument, he stated that he did it to save the girl, not because he believed in it.
       —Vanesa, age 15


The Drew Carey Show     -viewer comments…
    Usually OK - I think this show is so funny. The relationship between meme and drew, its a nonstop laugh fest. Sometimes there is sexual humor but overall its good. Just sit back and prepare to fall on the floor laughing.
       —amanda c., age 25

    Avoid - Vulgar, full of off color jokes usually directed in sexual tones. Rude comments abound. They just say jokes that they know most people would laugh at that have no morality…
       —Martin Kelley, age 49

    Avoid - Since the show first came on TV, I've watched it slide farther and farther into the gutter. The first season pushed the envelope a little, but had a lot of humor and actually was fun to watch (although still not recommended for kids). Today I can't even stand to have it on, it's gotten so raunchy. The last few episodes I've sampled only a couple of minutes just to see if it's turned around, but no---basically every joke (if you can call it that) is based on some type of perverse sexual content. I'm not a prude, but get your 8th-grade potty mind off TV, Mr. Carey, and show some class. Yuk. BTW, everyone I know feels the same way.
       —Dana Kuznar, age 35

    Avoid - …I was very interested in watching his show since I am also from Ohio and have seen [Drew Carey] on "Whose Line Is It Anyway", but was sickened by the episode I watched which contained him and a woman having sex over the computer. The sexual innuendos were plain gross. I will admit that I have not watched another show and maybe that doesn't qualify me to rate this but one show was enough for me to keep it off my [regular television viewing schedule].
       —Anonymous


Dukes of Hazzard     -viewer comments…
    Yes, the Dukes do show good values and respect to their enemies. But there is still the issue of scantly clad dressed Daisy, the dukes running from the law, the Law being presented as crooked, total disregard for the safety of others as they race through town. This show just has too many underlying factors for family viewing, too many things I do not want repeated or taken as being “ok” by my son.
       —J. Newport, age 28

    Usually nothing more than good harmless fun. There are a few questionable issues here, especially with the Dukes constantly being at odds with the law, which isn't exactly Biblical. And there's a fair bit of drinking going on. However, the Dukes display a lot of excellent moral characteristics that are often sadly lacking in newer shows. For example, they always treat Boss Hogg and Roscoe with respect, no matter how crooked they are.
       —Brandon Butler, age 22


Early Edition     -viewer comments…
    Yes, this show started out as a great family show. We watched it together all the time. Recently the show has become trash. We can no longer watch it together anymore and I have lost my desire to watch it also. One of the last shows was about a couple getting divorced who owned a lingerie company. Needless to say there were many women in their underwear. The opening scene shows a well endowed women in her underwear and then she gets her bra taken off and thrown across the room. We get to see her standing there without her bra. So much for a family show. Another one handed over to the world. I will mourn the loss of what began as a fun show.
       —Nancy Bradley, age 38

    Unique and captivating, this hour-long show deals with a kind-hearted man whose mission is to "save the world" in his own little part of it…Chicago. Often displaying selfless acts of heroism (mixed with humility), the main character mysteriously finds the paper on his doorstep… a day ahead of time! He looks for the story about a missing little boy, a tragic accident, or another incident that he can help prevent by being in the right place and the right time.
       —T.C., age 24

    I see this show as an allegory for our lives as Christians in this world. Gary gets the next days' newspaper, and while he doesn't know why he's been chosen to have this knowledge, he uses it to make a positive difference in his city. He sees this as his mission. At times it costs him his dignity, love relationships, or money, but he carries on. In the first season, his friend Chuck was always after him to use his foreknowledge of the financial markets to make a killing in stocks. By the second season, though, Chuck's attitude had undergone a shift. Sometimes he's been the one who's kept Gary on track. Marissa, the other main character here, has always been an encourager for Gary. She was seen praying during the last episode of the second season. God answered her prayer and provided a way for her to help save Gary. Many parallels to what we as Christians face every day. This is one of only three shows I watch on a regular basis. I hope it enjoys a good long run!
       —Melissa, age 41

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    This is my favorite show. It's about this guy (Gary) who gets the newspaper a day early and tries to prevent things from happening. (car accidents, fires, etc.) I have never seen anything offensive at all on this show, and think that it's one of the better quality shows on TV. I'd recommend it for ages 10 and up.
       —R.M., age 15


Earth: Final Conflict     -viewer comments…
    This excellent science fiction show, which I would personally rate as one of the best to have ever graced television, concerns the struggles of an underground resistance movement trying to protect humanity from supposedly benevolent aliens known as the Taelons. The resistance cell is holed up beneath a magnificent old church, which in the show is supposed to be in Washington D.C., but can in fact be seen if you ever stroll through downtown Toronto; other than that, however, there is little mention of Christianity or religion in general, unlike most other science fiction shows. When it is mentioned, it is usually looked down upon by the arrogant Taelons as human superstition. There are some offensive episodes in which the Taelons are worshipped by deluded people as gods, but it is made obvious to the viewer that they are false ones; whether or not they actively discourage such worship depends on the character of the individual Taelon (the show has as regular cast a 'good' Taelon, Da'an, and an 'evil' Taelon, Zo'or). The very idea of aliens might be offensive enough to some viewers, but even if you aren't taken aback by it, discerning viewer beware; there is lots of violence, and much is made of 'atrocities' and 'crimes against humanity' committed by the manipulative aliens. The humans are a pretty bad lot as well; we have sociopathic FBI agents, humans controlled by alien implants into doing the Taelon's dirty work, and criminals known as 'amoralists' who actively renounce morality as a concept! Even the protagonists, while generally moral, are grimly professional, bear grudges, and often blur the line between good and evil to accomplish their missions. Overall, "E:FC" isn't all that bad, and I'd recommend it to Christian viewers over mindless shows like "Star Trek: Voyager," but while “Voyager” (unlike the other Star Trek series, mind you) is blatantly banal, worldly, and violent, "E:FC" gets under your skin. I would advise extreme caution in viewing it.
       —Ezera, age 20


ER     [ viewer comments ]

Escaflone     -viewer comments…
    After viewing this entire series in Japanese, I have found that it is actually quite insightful and, in a sense, very true to Christian moral values. While it is true that the main character, Hitomi, draws upon Tarot cards for insight, it is important to realise that this obviously takes place in a fantasy world where things operate differently, and as such the cards may not be the same exact type of thing as "Wiccans" and “psychics” deal with here. The animation is truly beautiful, and consistent with the majority of other Japanese animation artwork. On the other hand, I do understand how many other Christains would be disturbed by the imagery displayed here. Be careful when allowing children to watch this show unless you are sure of their maturity and faith—although the American from of this show is highly censored, it still contains a certain, albeit slight, level of violence.
       —Johnathan Brown, age 22

    First off, I like to say that the Escaflone, I think, possesses some of the best animation ever presented from Japan. Anyone who is a fan of the Final Fantasy series, I think, would probably enjoy this show, in that the storyline is similar. The only thing I found offensive enough to avoid this show would have to be the reoccuring usage of tarot cards throughout the series. One of the main characters, Hetomi, frequently uses tarot cards (that work, by the way) to guide her and others throughout her journey. This occurence in the show really offended me, in that Escaflone is a part of the FOX Kids line-up this season. It makes me ask,"Why is a show with such occultic content presented as a 'kid's show'?" I am nineteen years old, and I, myself, felt really disturbed with the content to where I couldn't enjoy the show in itself. Despite the great animation, I feel, personally, that Escaflone needs to be avoided by viewers of ALL ages, ESPECIALLY by those who have, at some time, struggled with the occult.
       —Jeremy, age 19

    Young people express their opinions…

    This show does have some objectionable stuff, like Hitomi using tarot cards and in the OAV theres some cussing and a few scenes that where in there [just fighting parts]. I've seen the whole OAV show, [which, on FOX they DIDN'T] and Hitomi stops using the tarot cards [cuz she finds out they are bad] and the "bad guy" [and most everyone else that was in the series] learn that fate can't be messed with [I can't remember what else there was though.] I say this is a good show… if you understand that the cards and stuff are evil.
       —Jonathan A.M., age 14


Everbody Loves Raymond     [ viewer comments ]

Family Law     -viewer comments…
    …I realize that episodes vary, but from what I have seen, this show covers topics that make one think about what they believe. They have covered gun control issues, a marriage of 2 religions and how to make it work out, confronting abuse, freedom of speech, and many others…
       —Debby Johnson, age 36

    Caution—Family Law is a show about a firm of lawyers who have integrity and the majority of them try to do what is right. In the world of tv lawyers the firm on Family Law is as good as you're gonna get, although the show can have tense moments and is not suitable for children it is a great show for teens and adults. That is the only reason I gave it a yellow light instead of a green light.
       —Rachel, age 19


Family Matters     -viewer comments…

    Young people express their opinions…

    This show is a favorite of mine, and while almost always clean, there are some questionable issues dealt with. Most shows are good, but notice the few exceptions. Laura and her friends are always seen sporting revealing and sensual clothing. And in one issue her friends talk Laura into going to a strip club. And while in the end, she knew what she did was wrong. They still showed them at the male strip club, with some sensual men dancing and whipping off clothes. Also in that same episode, she runs into her mom, aunt, and grandmother at the club (they catch her) and the grandmother makes a comment about how she has a full time membership there or something, and she convinced the other 2 to go with her. In many episodes, Eddie and his girlfriends are seen making out on the couch. Also, there is a show where a guy is spreading rumors about things he's supposedly “done” with Laura. Also one show, Laura gets drunk at a party, and gets wild. She ends up falling in love with Steve, so the end is cute, but her actions at the party are a little less than exemplary. And while I must say, most of the time the ending do reflect a Christian viewpoint, sometimes the middle of the shows are somewhat questionable. That said, I must remind you that this show is excellent compared to Hollywood's standards, and is most of the time worth watching.
       —Vanesa, age 15


Farscape     -viewer comments…
    Usually OK—One element I've enjoyed is the way the characters, who come from various backgrounds and are separated from their real families, have formed a kind of family aboard ship.
       —Jane, age 37

    Young people express their opinions…

    Usually OK - This show is usually very good, however it is billed as a sensuous show, which at times it is, however not generally.
       —Michael


Fear     -viewer comments…
    Avoid—Fear is a show aired on MTV usually on Sunday nights. The premise is: Send a team of young men and women into an area known to be a hotbed for “paranormal” activity and have them investigate the site. If they finish each "dare, they win a cash prize hidden somewhere on the site in question. They are armed with only a bag containing a prop and a camera strapped to their torso, to record their reactions as well as what they see. I watched it a few times to search for any theology creeping into the show and so far, it hasn't appeared. The words “ghost” or “spirit” are the only words used to describe what they witness. The show can get downright scary, depending on what the contestants see/hear. A fellow team member reads via radio the instructions. Explicit details of the site's most horrific events are read to the contestant in order to invoke a level of fear. The disturbing part is that the kids are asked to conduct seances, use Ouija boards, or pour blood to offer a lure to whatever they are investigating. Some are lowered into pits, blindfolded or asked to sit for hours with radio silence to properly investigate. The viewer can hear the audio from each site and determine what scares the kids. If they only knew what they were really dealing with, they may not be so willing to trifle with it. So far, no one has tried to actually rebuke the demonic spirits by uttering the name of Christ. The show usually revolves around the unbelieving contestants of all the "hocus pocus" of paranormal activity. They are left with watered down worldly explanations of the events witnessed and become more lost than when they first arrived…
       —Jody Nilsen, age 30


Fear Factor     -viewer comments…
    Caution—I know it is often gross, but my husband and I like to watch it. My objection is to the obvious selection of women for the show. It has become the battle between the guys and the playmates. Part of the application must be "breast size", "are you willing to wear skimpy, tight clothing?" "Will you show your belly button?" This show would have high ratings without such exploitation. Why does this always have to happen?
       —Pam, age 44

    Caution—This show is just one in a long line of mindnumbing reality show that entrap the viewer into watching people endure unnecessarily gross stunts to win money. Sometimes, the other players will try to get inside the other competitors' heads with some vulgar taunts and the show even had a whole field of Playboy bunnies that went through several stunts (highly objectionable). Otherwise, this show should be viewed with caution due to the mere gross out factor…
       —Ben Webb, age 19

    Caution—This show has a lot of swearing/using the Lord's name in vain, and other derogatory (sometimes crude) remarks that the players make. My family usually enjoys watching it, however, just because it is interesting to watch the stunts that they have to do (though some of them are really gross). We have what is called the "TV Guardian" which cuts out most of the bad language, so that is a relief. This show is not that great, but can be interesting.
       —Melissa, age 18


Felicity     -viewer comments…

    This series aired from September 1998 to 2002.

    Avoid—When the first season premiered I was ecstatic. Finally a show for girls to watch and a show that's about college! Yeah! Okay well that only last a few minutes because by a couple season's later Felicity was bed-hopping with a couple of guys and what kind of heroine is that? She does not respect herself nor her boyfriend by sleeping around like a tramp. I liked it at first because she talked about life and how she had to deal with different things. The content of the show has gone down after the first season and please avoid watching this immoral show.
       —Gwen

    Avoid—This was a good show, very family friendly, a girl follows her crush to New York City after high school graduation. It dealt with college life, but in the last couple years, its become a show that I can no longer watch or respect. A lot of these characters sleep around, or do inappropriate things. This show has gone from good to trash. Avoid it.
       —Wendy, age 18

    Caution—While most of the shows episodes concern the events of college students lives, their choices and the consequences of their choices; a more recent episode highlight the use of tarot cards and the casting of black magic spells. Each segment was introduced with a card and the episode ends with the student involved being wished a good time at Wicca (a form of black witchcraft) camp. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILY VIEWING!
       —Tracy Vickers, age 36

    Usually OK—This show primarily focuses on the life of Felicity, who moves to New York to attend a school that a guy, whom she has had a crush on in high school, has chosen. She tackles issues of trust, relationships, honesty, friendship, etc. in a compelling, thoughtful manner. The show begins and ends with her speaking her reflections on the events into a tape recorder. Although some characters make wrong choices in the show, they do face the consequences of their actions. I believe it would give a great platform for parents to talk to their kids about everyday, difficult issues that teens/college students face.
       —Heidi, age 33

    Young people express their opinions…

    Felicity is a show I would recommend for teens to watch along with their parents. Forget Dawson's Creek, and Buffy. Felicity is the WB teen show to go for, if you must go for one at all. Starting with the negative points: For one, there have been a few episodes (2 or 3) dealing with such issues as homosexuality, premarital sex, and teacher/student relationships (mild so far). The good thing is that the characters realize the consequences of their actions and the show ends with a healthy moral. For two, watching it with your parents is such a blast. For the parents, it brings back the hilarious, awkward college days. The show is humorous, thought-provoking, and very enjoyable. Discussing controversial issues portrayed in the episodes is a great idea. I would especially recommend this for older teens and college students. Those that are younger than that would not be as able to relate to it. I think the show is one of the most down-to-earth and thoughtful series on TV right now, with an incredible cast and acting to boot.
       —Sarah, age 17


Frasier     -viewer comments…
    Occasional, but not quite regular, sexual discussion. The cast are the modern masters of the comedic misunderstanding, rivaled only by "I Love Lucy" in the complexity and hilarity of a particular misunderstanding. The characters relate with and compliment each other better than any show on TV. As all the characters are single, and none are religious, sexual plots and jokes are common, but not pervasive.
       —Scott Moore


Freaks and Geeks     -viewer comments…
    I think it's a good show. The characters are very well thought up, and the geeks Sam, Bill, and the other kid, really crack me up. The characters are realistic and so are the situations. The parents (Mr. and Mrs. Wier) seem like a nice couple, and always seem to bring kids who are having problems at home into their own home, even if at first they're cautious, but even the father has a soft heart sometimes. Yeah, there are some cuss words and crazy situations, but in moral conflicts, what I've seen, is that, a character (or characters) will try hard to get out of a bad situation, solve the problem, think things over, while some others comfort their friends who are troubled… While others, however, may never learn. And that's life. It's a good show with complex characters that sometimes make you cry or (very often) laugh out loud. People (and life) can be weird, mysterious, scary, interesting, and/or pretty humorous at times.
       —Yomiko Moraboshi

    I love this show. It is not for children though because it deals with some rough issues of high school life. There was even an episode with drug usage, but it showed how bad the experience can be. It shows a very positive marital relationship in the parents, and there is even a Christian character on the show. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled, but Fox Family is picking it up. I highly recommend watching this, especially if you love remembering the early eighties. The characters are real, and the acting is superb.
       —Ali S., age 22

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    I was at a person's house and had never before seen the show. A character on the show was talking about his girlfriend, and the conversation was vulgar and unsuitable for viewers. I am no expert on the show, but once was enough for me. I wouldn't recommend it.
       —J.L., age 18


Friends     -viewer comments…
    Avoid—I tried watching Friends a while back and was not impressed. This overrated sitcom is often poorly written and very predictable. The cast is composed of six misfits which come across quite un-funny. The humor is the usual for most 90's sitcoms, with irresponsible and cheap sexual gags. It has however, had its funny moments but they are few and far between. This show while a ratings powerhouse for NBC, is not a reflection of its writing. I guess non-humorous dysfunctional characters appeal to a large segment. It's a shame that well written sitcoms such as NewsRadio never got the ratings they deserved, while a pathetic program such as Friends scored big numbers.
       —Tim, age 23

    Avoid—I am somewhat amazed at the the popularity of this program within church members. The moral contents are not within the Christian teachings.
       —David, age 58

    Avoid—What an easy trap to fall into…six loveable characters gets laughs nearly every couple of seconds. I do not follow the episodes very well but every time I have caught an episode, I have found that the only times I could really bring myself to laugh is with the facial expressions or clean jokes. They do put unhealthy emphasis on pornography and the belief that sex is pretty much everything in life. Satan uses shows like this to slowly dissolve your defiant wall against sin and it can open you up to other things. This is an avoid show for sure.
       —Ben Webb, age 19

    Avoid—My husband and I have been watching NBC's “Friends” from the beginning, but we've noticed a marked change in this show- for the worse. While this show has always had a casual attitude towards sex, I feel that they have gone too far in trying to make pornography acceptable. The characters have all developed a fascination with pornography- even the women. This last episode was the "last straw" for us- Monica gave Chandler (her husband) a porno video as a gift for Valentine's Day! I don't understand why this is considered normal or acceptable? The Rachel character is pregnant, and there was never once discussion of marrying the father of the baby (Ross). As a matter of fact, all of the characters gathered together to watch a video of Rachel becoming pregnant with Ross. Why would anyone want to watch two of their friends in that situation? There has been a mention of “porn” in every one of the episodes I've watched this season. I am fed up and angry that this is normal in today's society. There will be no more of these “Friends” in my house, and I would recommend that fellow Christians avoid this show completely.
       —Tonia, age 32

    I don't understand how people can say to avoid the sitcom, “Friends”. I have seen most all of the episodes, and although I would not recommend it for children, I think it is an acceptable show for mature audiences. You can't even compare it to shows like "Ally McBeal", which is pure filth. “Friends” throws in an occasional innuendo, but can hardly be recommended to avoid. Just use caution.
       —Brian Pedigo, age 19

    This show constantly portrays the sexually explicit lifestyles of six young men and women. They even promote homosexuality as “ok” and one episode had a lesbian wedding. They all live immoral lifestyles by sleeping with whomever they are currently seeing and they don't portray the emptiness or the guilt of their actions; they only glorify it. The character Pheobe dabbles in witchcraft and is involved in new age ideas, and Ross promotes Evolution and in one episode makes Phoebe feel stupid for believing in Creation. Overall, I'd say DON'T watch this and this show is definately NOT for children!
       —Sarah, age 23

    This show has often made me laugh --honestly-- due to the comedic antics and slapstick talents of the actors, but it is a show for mature audiences due to the highly sexual relationships and the blase attitude they have about it all. And this leads to more and more immoral behavior. It has been widely accepted due to the "sweet package" and other relationship topics that are inherently good like friendship and loyalty.
       —Lissa Untalan, age 25

    Young people express their opinions…

    Avoid—I used to love this show, and it can still make me laugh. But these characters are sleeping with each other before marraige a lot. I don't think a whole show has gone by without some sexual comment. They also use the Lord's name in vain a lot. When I ask the question would Jesus watch this if he were sitting here I think that would be a no.
       —Stacia, age 14

    It's not the show I like to watch or want God seeing me watch. I would not let little children or teenagers watch, because it gives you the wrong ideals about sex and other mature topics.
       —Tiffany, age 18


Full House     -viewer comments…
    This show promotes a lack of respect toward parental figures. In the show the father, Joey, and Jesse are portrayed as simple-minded adults who are incapable of making sound judgments. The children (three girls) are extremely sarcastic, and are portrayed to be more enlightened than their caretakers. The basis for much of the humor on this show, comes from the smallest child's ability to be sarcastic and rude. This is the type of show that underminds disciple and promotes the dishonoring of parents.
       —Leslie, age 23

    A great family show, about a dad and 2 other men who band together after the mom dies in a tragic accident. The dad feels lost concerning what to do, he humbly comes right out and asks what the girls' mom would do in the opener, and Joey and Uncle Jesse have no experience. But, they have one thing going for them - love. It's a family where the children are held accountable for their actions, so little seen in today's world. Where people talk things through and work them out like the Bible exhorts us to do. There is forgiveness and mercy shown, and while the kids get upset at times, this is just part of normal life. The kids aren't perfect like on some shows, and the realism means they should be cut some slack. But, they work things out in the end, and get by with the most important thing of all - love.
       —Doug, age 31

    Young people express their opinions…

    This show has kids talking back to their dad and sometimes using bad language.
       —Hannah, age 11


Futurama     -viewer comments…
    Always OK—Futurama is the absolute best piece of animation to hit television since The Simpsons. Its characters are much more extreme than The Simpsons, and the absurd situations they find themselves in (courtesy of science fiction) allows far more opportunities for them to express themselves. For example: Bender, the token robot, is cast into space, hurtling beyond all hope of being rescued. His first recourse is to Stoically commit himself to his childhood love: the piano. After hitting two off-key notes, he demolishes the Casio-sized instrument in a fit of frustration. Thus purged, he etches a motif of humans being tyranized by a gigantic robot on his chest, vowing, "There! Now when I'm found thousands of years later, people'll know what the score was!" Straight up hilarious, if you have the bend of mind for it. The show should probably be restricted to adult viewing, though I don't see this as reason for giving it a lower "grade." After all, it's slotted for around 9PM, past the time when children for whom it is unsuited would be out of the television's gaze. It is a show made by adults, for adults, and it plays with all the conventions of science fiction we've come to love through the past seventy-odd years of pulp magazines. The humor can, at times, bend toward the sexual and/or irreverent, but, even so, it does not challenge Christianity. It never makes a claim against Christianity; rather, its deity-oriented jokes are poked at a vague "God," which only bears the characteristics of being (a) omnipotent and (b) curmudgeonly. Lest the point be lost, I reiterate: not once do they call Christ a sham; they joke about the stereotypical God that exists in the popular mind. If you're not comfortable enough with sex to enjoy the juvenile and at-times sophisticated wit, then you'll have difficulty accepting some of Futurama's content. At its heart, however, it's a string of intellectual gags. It's a high-IQ comic book, wherein everything ends either (a) happily ever after or (b) with key characters dead, always available to reappear at the beginning of next week's episode.
       —James, age 23

    Avoid—I've only seen one episode of Futurama, but I would not recommend it. I admit it was a little funny, but the episode I saw wasn't as funny as most Simpson episodes. Also, it has a lot of references to sex (the whole plot was centered around sex in the episode I saw), as well as crude language. If you want a show with (relatively) cleaner laughs, stick with the Simpsons.
       —Melissa, age 20

    Caution—I wouldn't recommend this show for young children, but I personally find the satire highly amusing. As far as there being aliens in it… well it IS fantasy so I don't see a problem there.
       —Cristi, age 23

    Caution—“Futurama” keeps the tradition of "The Simpsons'" lampooning modern culture, except this time we see 1999 being made fun of by people from 3000! The run down: A pizza delivery (Fry) guy is stuck in a cryogenic chamber and is frozen until 3000. Here he meets a one-eyed woman named Leela and a boozer robot named Bender. At this point, they become something of a UPS for the 31st century, sending packages for Fry's Great great great great nephew. The good: "The Simpson's" inspired satire. American's obession with THINGS and television is kept here. The funny characters and creative aliens (it's FANTASY, so aliens exist, don't take it too personal). The ability of the major chartacters to put their friends in front of their personal needs. The bad: There IS a bit of sex and iffy language. In one scene Leela goes to bed with an ego-driven ship captain (to her defense, she regrets it quite a bit, and we all see that one mistake like this can have long lasting consequenses). Also, Bender drinks quite a bit and is brash at times. The ugly: Leela's one eye!! Eeek! Overall, this is NOT a cartoon for kids. Mature teens and adults can enjoy it if they keep it in moderation and do not let it get in way of their relationship with God.
       —Justin, age 22

    Avoid—I can agree that the show is blasphemous and just downright nasty. I'd also never let my kids or myself anywhere near it…
       —Bob Smith, age 50

    Not only does this show contain sexual innuendo, blasphemy against our faith, and promotes the false belief in alien life forms, but it also takes place in the year 3000 (by which time the rapture will most likely have come)…
       —Eddie Reynolds, age 25

    Young people express their opinions…

    Caution—This show is very funny, but be warned! It's much more mature than the Simpsons! The dialogue in this series tends to be more racy and have a few dirty words from time to time. I won't let my brother and sister watch this show with me all the time, but we do watch it sometimes. It is a very funny program with very likable characters. Like the Simpsons, each character can remind you of someone you know, and the adventures they get into can be very ridiculous. One episode that we all liked involved Fry (the dimwit from 1999) eating some bad meat that had been infested with some weird eggs. Sounds gross, but bear with me. Anyway, the eggs hatched and these little worms built a city in his body. They fixed all the problems with him and made him super-strong and super-smart. Having this newfound intelligence, Fry finally manages to tell Leela, the one-eyed alien girl, how he feels for her. On one date, he recites a song he wrote for her and she says "I love what you've become." When he hears this, he starts to wonder if it's right of him to pretend to be something he's not. In the end, he gets the worms to leave and becomes an idiot again for continuity's sake. Unfortunately, the cartoon has a lot of reasons why only older viewers should see it. If your kids really want to see this, I suggest letting them buy the comic book version of it. I collect them and they are much more tame than the TV equivalent.
       —Matt, age 18



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