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Absolutely Fabulous. Copyright © BBC.

Absolutely Fabulous 1992-1996 and revived 2001-2004

British sitcom based on the sketch “Modern Mother and Daughter” created by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders / The show was created and written by Saunders, who also stars as one of the main characters.

Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Saunders) and Patricia “Patsy” Stone are a pair of high-powered career women on the London fashion scene. Eddy runs her own PR firm, and Patsy holds a sinecure position at a top British fashion magazine.

The two women use their considerable financial resources to indulge in cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs and to chase the latest fads in an attempt to maintain their youth and recapture their glory days as Mods in swinging London. The partnership is largely driven by Patsy, who is both co-dependent and enabler to Eddy.

Their lifestyle inevitably leads to a variety of personal crises, which are invariably resolved by Eddy’s daughter, Saffron Monsoon, whose constant involvement in their exploits has left her increasingly bitter and cynical.

Recurring in their lives are both of Eddy’s ex-husbands, Marshall and Justin, and their respective new partners, the American hippie Bo, and the acidic antique dealer Oliver.

Caution—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 (USA)
The Adventures of Paddington. Copyright © Nickelodeon.

The Adventures of Paddington 2019 to present series for Nick Jr. (103+ episodes)

Caution—We recently watched 3 episodes of the 2020—2021 Nick Jr animated series without grandchildren. Caution or even avoidance is recommended due to “woke ideology” embedded in the stories. For example Paddington enters a shop and comments to the shopkeeper about the “rainbow flag” in the window, to which the shopkeeper replies that it “shows that everyone is welcome”.
CF Sutton, age 65

Alias 2001–2006 (99 episodes)

All in the Family characters

All In the Family 1971-79

This American sitcom is about a working-class white family living in Queens, New York. Its cigar-smoking patriarch is Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), an outspoken, narrow-minded man, seemingly prejudiced against everyone who is not like him or his idea of how people should be. Archie's wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) is sweet and understanding, though somewhat naïve and uneducated; her husband sometimes disparagingly calls her “dingbat.”

The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for a U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, antisemitism, infidelity, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, religion, miscarriages, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence.

Archie and Edith’s only child is Gloria (Sally Struthers) who is an outspoken Feminist, married to college student Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner)—referred to as “Meathead” by Archie—whose values are likewise influenced and shaped by the counterculture of the 1960s. The two couples represent the real-life clash of values between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. For much of the series, the Stivics live in the Bunkers' home to save money, providing abundant opportunity for them to irritate each other.

Outspoken Leftist political activist Norman Lear developed the show, served as an Executive Producer and sometimes Director. Lear, a Liberal non-practicing Jew, is a vocal critic of Conservatives and Christians. He adovocated Secularism and founded the organization People for the American Way (1980) for the purpose of counteracting the Christian right organization Moral Majority, founded in 1979.

Ally McBeal 1997-2002 (112 episodes)

Amazing Stories (2020)

Amazing Stories 2020 on Apple TV+ (5 episodes)

American Web television anthology series based on the 1985 television series of the same name / Its executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey.

Caution—The first two episodes promote homosexuality, so beware.
Matt, age 31

Andromedia 2000–05 (110 episodes)

The Andy Griffith Show.

The Andy Griffith Show 1960–68 (249 episodes)

This American sitcom premiered on CBS in 1960. Main characters are Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Opie Taylor (Ronny Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and others.

Usually Okay—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
Animal Miracles

Animal Miracles 2002-03

also known as “Miracle Pets”

American live-action program offering a perspective into the realm of human and animal interaction / Hosted by Alan Thicke, the series features animals protecting humans or other pets, one being a llama guarding a herd of alpacas. Each episode contains three or four segments.

Usually Okay—It is a delightful show about animals that have done something beyond we could ever imagine. It's a show that never uses vulgarity or objectionable themes. I recommend it to all animal lovers. It's great for grammar school children and beyond since many times the stories are involving children.
Jessica, age 26

Animaniacs 1993-1998 (99 episodes)

Arthur characters. Copyright © PBS.

Arthur 1996-2022 (253 episodes)

Canadian/American animated educational comedy series for kids 4-8 that premiered on PBS / The main character is Arthur Read an anthropomorphic 8-year-old aardvark who lives in Elwood City.

Caution—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
Caution—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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
Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone
Avoid—re: Arthur, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone”— The twenty second season premiere is completely inappropriate for children. It’s a very sad time we live in. I used to enjoy Arthur when I was younger, but now it is ruined since Marc Brown wanted to brainwash children so badly. I am surprised no one pointed this out on here. With this said, I urge you to avoid ALL Arthur episodes and watch other, more appropriate programs instead.
Ashi, age 16 (USA)
Babylon 5. Copyright © Warner Bros.

Babylon 5 1993–98 (110 episodes and 6 TV films)

American space opera sci-fi series / It premiered on Warner Bros. TV channel in 1993.

Neutral—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

Usually Okay—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
Caution—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

Battlestar Galactica 1978–79 (24 episodes)

American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) / The series incorporated many themes from Mormon theology, such as a “council of twelve,” a lost thirteenth tribe of humans, a planet called Kobol (an anagram of Kolob), and marriage for “time and eternity.”

The series starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, John Colicos and others. The story involved a distant star system where the Twelve Colonies of Mankind were reaching the end of a thousand-year war with the Cylons, warrior robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago, presumably destroyed by their own creations. Humanity was ultimately defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds by the Cylons, carried out with the help of a human traitor, Count Baltar (John Colicos). Protected by the last surviving capital warship, a “battlestar” (starship), named Galactica, the survivors fled in available ships. The Commander of the Galactica, Adama (Lorne Greene), led this “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of 220 ships in search of a new home. They began a quest to find the long lost thirteenth tribe of humanity that had settled on a legendary planet called Earth.

Comments from young people
Caution—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 50s and 60s.
Adam Stokes, age 18
Becker characters

Becker 1998-2004 (129 episodes)

American sitcom series set in the Bronx, starring Ted Danson as John Becker, a cantankerous doctor who operates a small practice and is constantly annoyed by his patients, co-workers, and friends, and practically everything and everybody else in his world

Despite everything, his patients and friends are loyal because Becker genuinely cares about them. At times, the show tackled serious issues, such as racism, homosexuality, transgenderism, addiction, nymphomania, schizophrenia, cerebral AVM, and political correctness.

Caution—“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 1997-2014 (244 episodes)

This documentary series focuses on a musician or musical group, documenting both the successes of the musicians and the problems they faced during their careers. Episodes profile and interview the a featured artist or group.

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.
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
Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul 2015-2022 (63 episodes)

This American neo-noir, dark-comedy, legal crime drama television series was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould for the AMC channel. Part of the “Breaking Bad” franchise, it is a spin-off from Gilligan’s previous series, “Breaking Bad” (2008–2013), to which it serves primarily as a prequel, though some portions take place after the events of “Breaking Bad”. “Better Call Saul” follows the transformation of Jimmy McGill, a former con artist who is trying to become a respectable lawyer, into the personality of the flamboyant criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (a play on the phrase "[It]’s all good, man!"), over the six-year period prior to the events of “Breaking Bad”, spanning from approximately 2002 to 2008.

Caution—One note to make of not just the critically acclaimed prequel to Breaking Bad but the entire Breaking Bad franchise is a theme I noticed in all the shows presented: every action and sin you commit could leave a lasting result on those around you. This was definitely present during Breaking Bad, as you saw all of Walter White’s actions negatively affect his family. It is also evident in “Better Call Saul,” where Jimmy McGill’s actions (while not right away) eventually harm those he cares about.

The six-season series chronicles the events that led to Jimmy McGill adopting the controversial persona Saul Goodman in the Breaking Bad series.

The first three seasons of the series find Jimmy learning that his newly agoraphobic brother Chuck (one of the top execs at a law firm that Jimmy aspired to work at) has been holding back his law career by telling his business partner Howard Hamlin not to hire him. A major feud is born from this revelation. Chuck gets Jimmy arrested on a breaking and entering charge in an attempt to bust him on a forgery crime. Jimmy is able to avoid jail time by (unfortunately) exposing to the entire court Chuck’s declined mental state; Chuck then has a breakdown, which discredits his case. Jimmy would later scheme to have Chuck’s law firm’s insurance premiums increased, causing Howard to forcibly retire him. Chuck would later commit suicide after a nervous breakdown, but not before telling Jimmy off when he stops by to apologize.

While some may compare this brotherly feud to that of Cain and Abel, a better comparison would be the tension between the Prodigal Son and his brother. The brother was insulted that even though he did everything right and worked hard to get to where he got, his mischievous brother who spent all of his share of his father’s money had a party for him after returning.

The latter half of the series (seasons four through six) sees Jimmy “moving on” after Chuck’s death. The emotional scars he has translate in to his professional life. He sells burner phones temporarily before the law suspension of one year is lifted; he then proceeds to represent some of the clients who bought phones from him. It is during this time that his girlfriend (and later wife) Kim Wexler grows concerned by his behaviour. In the fourth season finale, she is blindsided by Jimmy’s false display of emotion during his law reinstatement hearing believing that he was telling the truth.

Unforeseen circumstances find Jimmy (now working under the pseudonym Saul Goodman) working with/for cartel member Lalo Salamanca. Crime cleaner Mike Ehrmantraut, who throughout the series has helped Jimmy out of a jam or two, does his best to protect Jimmy/Saul and Kim during this period, which leaves long-lasting effects.

One day, Mike tells Jimmy/Saul about the “bad choice road.” Once you make a choice in life, that choice puts you down a road. This speech represents one of the overarching themes of the series that every action and sin one makes can affect those around you either immediately or eventually.

Soon, Kim leaves Jimmy after a selfish (and somewhat sociopathic) scheme against Howard results in his murder (which they were not intending). This breaks Jimmy to the point where he fully takes on the hedonistic Saul Goodman persona. He gets himself arrested for his involvement in Walter White’s crime ring after blowing his cover when he was on the run. He is able to negotiate a seven-year prison sentence in a plea deal; but ends up giving it up by confessing on the stand his direct involvement in the crime ring. He then proceeds to ease his long-held guilt by expressing his remorse for Howard’s death, and admitting to his involvement in his brother’s death. He is sentenced to 86 years.

While the subject matter in this series is extreme in some episodes (with a lot of foul language, the odd shootout, and sex scenes in some episodes), this character-driven series does an amazing job at showing how easy doing the wrong thing can be, but also how hard the aftermath can be on the person now holding on to that guilt. The series finale sees several flashbacks with Jimmy speaking to Mike, Walter White, and Chuck discussing regret. In all three conversations, Jimmy avoided speaking from the heart because the truth hurt too much. All three people seemed offended by his shallowness. It wasn’t until Jimmy/Saul confessed on the stand that it seemed like the weight of the world was finally lifted off of his shoulders.

To be clear, the subject matter in this series is heavy; but the Christian themes are absolutely there.
David Johnson, age 28
Biography logo

Biography 1962-64, 1979, 1987-2012

Each episode of this American documentary series depicts the life of a notable person with narration, on-camera interviews, photographs, and stock footage.

Usually Okay—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 characters

Bonanza 1959-1973 (431 episodes)

American Western series set in the 1860s and centering on the wealthy Cartwright family who live on the Ponderosa ranch in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe

The series presented pressing moral dilemmas and initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later included Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson.

Usually Okay—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

Boy Meets World 1993-2000 (158 episodes)

American sitcom series created and produced by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly—broadcasted on the ABC network for 7 seasons

The show chronicles the everyday events and life-lessons of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). It also stars Cory's teacher George Feeny (William Daniels), best friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), brother Eric (Will Friedle), and love interest Topanga (Danielle Fishel).

Caution—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
Usually Okay—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
Usually Okay—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
Caution—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
Comments from young people
Caution—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
Usually Okay—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
Brooklyn Bridge characters

Brooklyn Bridge 1991-93 (35 episodes)

This American sitcom series is about a Jewish American family living in Brooklyn in the middle 1950s. Throughout the TV show there are various references to the family's origins as Jews from Poland/Russia. There are also various references and actions showing how the young boys feel as Americans. Featured actors include Marion Ross, Jenny Lewis, Jake Jundef, Aeryk Egan, Amy Aquino, David Wohl and Louis Zorich.

Usually Okay—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 1997-2003 (144 episodes)

Caillou 1997-2010 (144 episodes)

Caillou logo

Canadian educational children’s series based on the books by Hélène Desputeaux / The series is about a 4-year-old boy named Caillou who lives with his mother, father, and younger sister, Rosie. He has many adventures with his family and friends, and uses his imagination in every episode.

Caution—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 2000-01 (70 episodes)

“CardCaptors” is the American version of the Japanese anime “Card Captor Sakura.” Ten-year-old Sakura Avalon accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a mystical book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book, explains only a person with magical powers could open the seal of the book, and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards.

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
Avoid—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
Comments from young people
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
Caution—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
Usually Okay—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
Caution—…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, it’s 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
The Chosen. Copyright © The Chosen

The Chosen 2017-____ (26+ episodes)

“The Chosen” is an American drama television series. Created, directed, and co-written by filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, it features a heavily fictionalized Jesus of Nazareth. This eccumenical series is primarily set in Judaea and Galilee of the 1st century. It stars Jonathan Roumie as Jesus (an outspoken Roman Catholic), alongside Shahar Isaac, Elizabeth Tabish, Paras Patel, Noah James, and George H. Xanthis.

Rating: “The Chosen” is not recomended by Christian Spotlight (Christian Answers) due to its many inaccuracies, failure to faithfully follow Scripture, and the ecumenical nature of its scriptwriting and direction. It does not depict the authentic Jesus or God’s Word. The majority ownership of the series is Mormon, and the distribution is (according to multiple sources) entirely Mormon-owned (Angel Studios, Provo, Utah—formerly VidAngel). The President and Executive Producer of The Chosen, Inc. is entrepreneur Brad Pelo, the well-known Mormon and Brigham Young University graduate who founded
Streaming video— 
“Should Christians Choose ‘The Chosen’?”
Featuring Dr. Justin Peters and Pastor Gabriel Hughes of When We Understand the Text (WWUTT) (September 12, 2023)
Length: 52 minutes
Streaming video— 
“How Did ‘The Chosen’ Mess Up John 3:16?”
Video by When We Understand the Text (WWUTT)
Length: 1 minute 38 seconds
Charmed. Copyright ©

Charmed 1998-2006 (178 episodes)

This American supernatural fantasy drama series was produced by Aaron Spelling and premiered on The WB network in 1998. Main characters are Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty), Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano), Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), and Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan). The first episode is titled “Something Wicca This Way Comes.”

About witches in the Bible

About witchcraft

About enchantments

About modern Wicca and Paganism

What is the Occult?

The Occult—What does the Bible say about it?

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
Comments from young people
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.

Clifford the Big Red Dog 2000-03 (65 episodes)

An American/British educational animated children’s series produced by Scholastic Productions and based upon Norman Bridwell’s children’s book series of the same name / Each episode consists of two 15-minute stories. Usually one story features Clifford and his canine friends, Cleo, T-Bone and Mac among them; the other story focuses on Clifford's owner, Emily Elizabeth and her friends, Jetta, Vaz and Charley. During scenes focusing on the dogs' perspective, human speech replaces barking to show the storyline from the dogs’ point of view.

Usually Okay—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

The Commish 1991-96 (94 episodes)

American comedy-drama series that focuses on the work and home life of Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis), a former NYPD detective who is now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, and tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more often than with violence or force

The series deals with a wide range of topical social issues such as police corruption, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, disabilities, child abuse, illegal immigration, and sexual harassment.

Usually Okay—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2000–2015 (337 episodes)

Damon 1998 (13 episodes)

American sitcom starring Damon Wayans / Two brothers, one a bachelor and undercover detective, the other a married rent-a-cop, are reunited in Chicago. Things come easily to Damon, a clever but politically incorrect undercover cop. He has a quick wit, beautiful women and a challenging job. His older brother Bernard is a rent-a-cop home security officer who longs to be the real thing.

Avoid—A sitcom about an undercover cop. It’s very provocative and sexually suggestive. Not for children or families.
Kenya Branch, age 41

Daria 1997-2002 (70 episodes)

American adult animated sitcom created for MTV / This is a spin-off of Mike Judge's earlier animated “Beavis and Butt-Head” series, in which Daria appeared as a recurring character. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, somewhat misanthropic teenage girl who, along with her best friend, aspiring artist Jane Lane, observes the world around her. The show is set in the fictional suburban American town of Lawndale and is a satire of high school life, full of allusions to and criticisms of popular culture and social classes.

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 2000-02 (43 episodes)

Dave's World 1993-1997 (98 episodes)

Dave's World characters

American sitcom series focusing on the daily trials and tribulations of columnist Dave Barry (Harry Anderson) and his wife, Beth (DeLane Matthews) along with their sons, Tommy (Zane Carney) and Willie (Andrew Ducote) / Dave works at the fictional Miami Record-Dispatch.

Usually Okay—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 characters

Dawson’s Creek 1998-2003 (128 episodes)

This American teen drama series is about the lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing into college. It launched the acting careers of its young lead stars James van der Beek, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, and Joshua Jackson.

Caution—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
Caution—…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
Comments from young people
Avoid—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
Caution—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
Dharma and Greg

Dharma and Greg 1997-2002 (119 episodes)

American sitcom series starring Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as free-spirited yoga instructor/dog walker Dharma Finkelstein and straight-laced lawyer Greg Montgomery marry on their first date despite being complete opposites

Their conflicting views lead to comical situations. Ivy League Greg was raised by wealthy, conservative parents. After graduation from Harvard and Stanford, he went to work with the U.S. Attorney's Office as a federal prosecutor in San Francisco. He then meets Dharma, who was raised by hippie parents. They fall in love immediately and elope. Despite being totally different, their parents eventually learn to tolerate each other.

Comments from young people
Caution—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: Digital Monsters

Digimon: Digital Monsters 1999–2007

A group of young teens is unexpectedly sent to the mysterious Digital World and paired up with their own powerful, morphing monster called the Digimon. Together the entire group set out on an adventure to fight evil and save the world.

Avoid—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
Comments from young people
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 Okay—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 Okay—…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 Okay—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
Caution—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

The District 2000-04 (89 episodes)

Doc 2001-04 (88 episodes)

Dragon Ball Z 1989-1996 (291 episodes)

Dragon Ball Z characters

Japanese anime series produced by Toei Animation / It is the sequel to “Dragon Ball.” “Dragon Ball Z” picks up 5 years after the end of the “Dragon Ball” anime, with Goku now a young adult and father to his son, Gohan. A humanoid alien named Raditz arrives on Earth in a spacecraft and tracks down Goku, revealing to him that he is his long-lost older brother and that they are members of a near-extinct extraterrestrial warrior race called the Saiyans (Saiya-jin). The Saiyans had sent Goku (originally named “Kakarot”) to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a traumatic brain injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as well as his bloodthirsty Saiyan nature. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission, which results in Raditz kidnapping Gohan. Goku decides to team up with his former enemy Piccolo in order to defeat Raditz and save his son, while sacrificing his own life in the process.

In the afterlife, Goku trains under the ruler of the North Galaxy, King Kai, and is taught the Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb techniques, before being revived by the Dragon Balls a year later in order to save the Earth from Raditz' allies; Nappa and the self-proclaimed “Prince of all Saiyans,” Vegeta, who arrive before Goku returns.

Caution—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
Caution—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
Comments from young people
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
Caution—Although the show is very violent; it does offer good moral values (helping other, self-confidence, self-sacrifice). It’s the BEST martial arts action show EVER made!
Justin Wargelin, age 18
Avoid—…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 characters

Dragon Tales 1999-2005 (94 episodes)

Canadian–American animated fantasy adventure children's series / The series focuses on the exploits of two siblings, Emmy and Max, in possession of an enchanted dragon scale capable of reading the special rhyme then transporting them to Dragon Land, a whimsical fantasy world inhabited by colorful anthropomorphic dragons. Befriended by four friendly talking dragons with distinctive personalities, Ord, Cassie, Zak, and Wheezie, they frequently travel to Dragon Land and help their friends in fulfilling particular quests, assisting them in their daily problems, and learning important morals through their experiences with Dragon Land.

Caution—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

Neutral—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 characters

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1993-98 (149 episodes)

American Western drama series starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in search of adventure in the Old American West and settles in Colorado Springs, Colorado—trying to convince the townspeople that a female doctor can successfully practice medicine. She makes the difficult adjustment to life in Colorado with the aid of rugged outdoorsman and friend to the Cheyenne, Byron Sully (Joe Lando) and a midwife named Charlotte Cooper (Diane Ladd).

Caution—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
Comments from young people
Caution—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 characters

The Drew Carey Show 1995-2004

This American sitcom is set in Cleveland, Ohio and revolves around the retail office and home life of self-proclaimed “everyman” Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor. He has a “gang” of friends who embark with him on his everyday trials and tribulations.

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].
Caution—I think this show is so funny. The relationship between Meme and Drew, it’s 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
Dukes of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard 1979-85 (147 episodes)

This American action-comedy series is about two young male cousins, Bo and Luke Duke (John Schneider and Tom Wopat), who live in rural Georgia and are on probation for moonshine-running. The young men and their friends and their female cousin Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach), and other family (such as patriarch Uncle Jesse played by Denver Pyle), have various escapades as they evade the corrupt law officers Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

Usually Okay—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
Avoid—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
Early Edition

Early Edition 1996-2000 (90 episodes)

American fantasy comedy-drama series is set in Chicago, Illinois / This show follows the adventures of a Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) who mysteriously receives each Chicago Sun-Times newspaper the day before it is actually published, and who uses this knowledge to prevent terrible events every day.

Avoid—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
Usually Okay—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
Usually Okay—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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 characters

Earth: Final Conflict 1997-2002 (110 episodes)

This American-Canadian science fiction series is based on ideas developed by Gene Roddenberry. Early in the 21st century, a race of aliens, the Taelons (often referred to as “the Companions”), travel to Earth and take up residence in limited numbers. The Taelons possess highly advanced technologies, many of which they share with humanity, seemingly out of generosity and good will. As a result of these advances, disease, war and pollution are nearly eliminated within three years of their arrival. Despite this, some question whether the Taelons’ motives are as benevolent as they appear, and a resistance movement forms to halt the Taelons’ ever growing influence on humanity.

Caution—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

8 Simple Rules 2002–2005 (3 seasons, 76 episodes)

800 Words characters

800 Words 2015-18 (40 episodes)

This Australian–New Zealand comedy-drama series centers on George Turner (Erik Thomson), a popular columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper, writing a weekly column which he insists must be exactly 800 words. After his wife dies, he buys (over the internet and unseen) a new home in a small New Zealand seaside town called Weld (fictional), where his parents took him on holiday as a child. He then has to break the news to his two teenage children, Shay Turner (Melina Vidler) and Arlo Turner (Benson Jack Anthony). But the colourful and inquisitive locals in Weld ensure Turner’s dream of a fresh start does not go exactly to plan.[

Caution—Caution to Avoid. Wikipedia says it’s a comedy-drama, but because the promiscuity increases as the series progresses, it’s more of a comedy/soap-drama. Like so many recent series, greater liberties are taken against Christian viewers once they’re hooked.

I stopped watching after Season 2, Episode 9. Why? A teenage boy (Arlo) has a girlfriend who has left the summer coastal town after the season. She tells Arlo she was given a ride home from school. When Arlo expresses a bit of jealousy, the girl laughs and reassures Arlo by saying, “He was 55, bald, and said Jesus Christ was our savior.” A completely gratuitous line by the writer, given to the “sweetest” character in the show.
Daniel, age 60 (USA)

ER 1994-2009 (331 episodes)

The Vision of Escaflowne 1994-1997 (26 episodes)

The Vision of Escaflowne

This Japanese anime television series was created by Shōji Kawamori and Sunrise Studios and directed by Kazuki Akane. It follows a teenage high school girl named Hitomi, who finds herself pulled from Earth to the planet Gaea when a boy named Van appears on the high school track while battling a dragon. In Gaea, she is caught in the middle of a war as the Zaibach Empire attempts to take over Gaea. Van (King of Fanelia), with aid from Allen (an Asturian Knight), commands his mystical mech Escaflowne in the struggle to stop the Zaibach Empire. Hitomi's fortune telling powers blossom in Gaea as she becomes the key to awakening Escaflowne and to stopping Zaibach’s plans.

Usually Okay—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
Caution—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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

Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2005 (210 episodes)

Family Law 1999-2002 (68 episodes)

Family Law characters

This American legal drama series stars Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who attempts to start her own law firm after her husband leaves both her and their law practice, taking all of their clients with him. The show also stars Christopher McDonald as opportunistic, ambulance-chasing attorney Rex Weller, Julie Warner as Lynn's friend Danni (and the one member of her former firm's staff who did not defect with Lynn's ex-husband), and Dixie Carter as “pit bull” divorce attorney Randi King. Other cast members include Tony Danza, Cristián de la Fuente, Salli Richardson and Meredith Eaton as Emily Resnick, an ambitious attorney hoping to make partner.

Caution—…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. Copyright © Warner Bros.

Family Matters 1989-98 (215 episodes)

American sitcom series that premiered on ABC and later moved to CBS / It centers on a police officer named Carlton “Carl” Otis Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) and his family.

Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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 characters

Farscape 1999-2003 (88 episodes)

This Australian-American science fiction series features diverse characters who are initially escaping from corrupt militaristic authorities called the Peacekeepers. The protagonists live inside a large bio-mechanical ship called Moya, which is a living entity. They are joined by the main character, John Crichton (Ben Browder), a modern-day American astronaut who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth during an experimental space flight. On the same day, another stranger is picked up by Moya: a stranded Peacekeeper named Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black). Despite his best intentions, Crichton makes enemies; the primary of these is known as Scorpius, a neural clone of whom haunts his brain.

Usually Okay—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—This show is usually very good, however it is billed as a sensuous show, which at times it is, however not generally.
Fear (MTV)

Fear 2000-2002 (16 episodes)

also known as “MTV's Fear”

American paranormal reality series inspired by the 1973 horror film “The Legend of Hell House”

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

Fear Factor 2001-2006 (144 episodes), 2001-2012 (9 episodes), 2017-2018 (35 episodes)

American stunt/dare game show

Avoid—How about we give this show a PG rating? As in: Pure Garbage! You could try watching something good on TV (Philippians 4:8). But if there is a game show on TV that is so centered on a desire to scare people for money as “Fear Factor,” guess what: they never should have dared put it on the air! This should be dead giveaway you need to change the channel right away (1 John 5:19). It’s like Killer Karaoke: the competing contestants are required to do something while “facing their fears.”

Here is something from Wikipedia that describes the so-called “stunts” seen in the show (Luke 12:15):

“Beat the Beast: This stunt challenges the contestants to conquer their fear of something creepy (usually live creatures considered gross or intimidating) and generally follows the same format as animal stunts from the second stunt of the original version. The team with the best performance in this round wins a “FearVantage,” which is an advantage in the next round (such as picking the order).

Face Your Fear: This is a challenge tailored to a common fear shared by all of the contestants on a particular episode. The nature of this stunt varies widely depending on the fears of the contestants.

The Final Fear: This is an extreme physical stunt that follows the same format as the first and third stunts from the original version of the show. The team with the best performance wins the $50,000 grand prize.”

They are like people who have little to no respect for people’s fears and are interested in their own selfish amusements. And, by coincidence, the people who run shows like this would probably have little to no respect for clowns (1 Timothy 6:10, 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

If Sodom and Gomorrah were still around, they would undeniably have a TV game show that humiliates contestants like this before a huge laughing, cheering audience (Genesis 13:13, Ezekiel 16:49-50, Isaiah 3:9, Psalm 11:5, Deuteronomy 32:32, Obadiah 1:12, John 8:42-47, Mark 8:36).

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.” —2 Timothy 1:7

Andrew, age 28 (USA)
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 characters

Felicity 1998-2002 (84 episodes)

This American drama series revolves around the fictional college experiences of Felicity Porter (Keri Russell), as she attends the “University of New York” (based on New York University), which lies across the country from her home in Palo Alto, California. A recurring episode opener is a stark camera shot of Felicity sitting in a dormitory room or apartment holding a tape recorder, recalling events in order to make a cassette tape to send to an old friend named Sally Reardon. This occasionally provides a method for Felicity to narrate an entire episode. Other featured actors include Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Amy Jo Johnson, Greg Grunberg, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, and Ian Gomez.

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.
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 Okay—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
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—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 characters

Frasier 1993-2004 (264 episodes)

This American sitcom series was created as a spin-off of “Cheers,” continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother and making new friends.

Caution—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

Freaks and Geeks 1999-2000 (18 episodes)

American teen comedy-drama series created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow / The show follows gifted high schooler Lindsay Weir, who befriends a gang of slacker “freaks,” and her younger brother Sam, as he and his geek friends navigate high school in a fictional suburb of Detroit. Lindsay finds herself attempting to transform her life as an academically proficient student, star "mathlete", and young girl into a rebellious teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers. Her relationships with her new friends, and the friction they cause with her parents and with her own self-image, form one central strand of the show. The other follows Sam and his group of geeky friends as they navigate a different part of the social universe and try to fit in.

Usually Okay—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
Usually Okay—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 canceled, 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
Comments from young people
Avoid—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. Copyright © NBC

Friends 1994-2004 (236 episodes)

American sitcom / Rachel Green, a sheltered but friendly woman, flees her wedding day and wealthy yet unfulfilling life, and finds childhood friend Monica Geller, a tightly-wound but caring chef. After Rachel becomes a waitress at West Village coffee house Central Perk, she and Monica become roommates at Monica's apartment located above Central Perk, and Rachel joins Monica's group of single people in their mid-20s: Previous roommate Phoebe Buffay, an eccentric, innocent masseuse; neighbor Joey Tribbiani, a dim-witted yet loyal struggling actor and womanizer; Joey's roommate Chandler Bing, a sarcastic, self-deprecating IT manager; and her older brother and Chandler's college roommate Ross Geller, a sweet-natured but insecure paleontologist.

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
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 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 lovable 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
Caution—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
Avoid—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
Caution—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 blasé 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
Comments from young people
Avoid—I used to love this show, and it can still make me laugh. But these characters are sleeping with each other before marriage 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
Avoid—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 characters. Copyright © Warner Bros.

Full House 1987-95 (192 episodes)

American sitcom centering on widowed father Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) who raises his 3 daughters with the help of brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier)

Avoid—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
Usually Okay—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
Comments from young people
Caution—This show has kids talking back to their dad and sometimes using bad language.
Hannah, age 11
Futurama. Copyright © Comedy Central.

Futurama 1999-2013 (140 episodes)

American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening that premiered on Fox in 1999 and on Comedy Central in 2008 / The plot revolves around the Planet Express interplanetary delivery company and its employees, a small group that largely fails to conform to future society. Episodes usually feature the central trio of Fry, Leela, and Bender, though occasional storylines center on the other main characters.

Avoid—Melissa, age 20
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.
Caution—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
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
Avoid—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
Comments from young people
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