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Please note: These viewer comments are from our VISITORS, not the Christian Spotlight staff.

G-Rock

Usually Okay—This is a wonderful show if your kids love Christian music. It has skating, surfing, snowboarding, and much more. I am 15 and it is my all time favorite show, and you will be amazed when you see how on fire for the Lord these people. It promotes witnessing, and extreme Christian Fun.
Ashley, age 15

Gilmore Girls 2000-2007 (157 episodes)

Gilmore Girls

American comedy-drama series that debuted on The WB network / The series has two protagonists: witty 30-something single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory (short for Lorelai). The show focused on the relationship between mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters. The series explores issues of family, romance, education, friendship, disappointment, and ambition, along with generational divides and social class. The latter themes manifest through Lorelai's difficult relationship with her high society parents, Emily and Richard, and Rory's experiences at the elite, private high school Chilton and later on at Yale University. Over the years, Lorelai and Rory develop a very close relationship, living like best friends rather than as typical mother-daughter.

Usually Okay—This show is what television is made for! It's a show about a woman who doesn't do the whole "I got pregnant at 16 so feel bad for me" thing. Instead it shows a beautiful relationship between a mother and daughter, one that is hard to come by. My 14 year old daughter can relate to Rory and I to Lorelai. I recommend this show!!!
Lizabeth, age 28
Caution—This is my show that I watch with my mom every week. I loved it because we could relate to it sort of. It implies that family and school is important and standing up for what you believe in. But now all it talks about is premarital sex, cheating is okay, and that you are a "good person" if you don't go to church and say the Lord's name in vain. The more I watch it, the more I get upset by it. It's one of my favorites… but it the storyline keeps going like this I will be forced to stop watching it.
Brooke, age 21
Usually Okay—This is a terrific show! It's witty, and based on family issues, whether they be difficult or joyous. I get a warm feeling down deep in my heart from when I first hear the theme song to the very end when I am disappointed it's over. Keep this show going…quality WB (not always the case). Check it out!
Robin, age 32
Avoid—This show was put on tv by an organization that wanted to make a family friendly show. However when it was sold to WB the format changed. At the first the show was family appropriate, but then the mom slept with an ex and urgh its gone downhill since. I don't recommend it at all.
Gwen
Usually Okay—This is my favorite show. My husband and I try to watch it every week. Not everyone on the show is perfect, but I do feel like they are realistic. Characters have to face consequences for their actions. Family is very important in the show, which is nice to see. The whole town is a strong community. Another rarity in the modern world. This show will crack you up. Check it out!
Nicole, age 26
Usually Okay—I like the show because it is a better show for teens, and doesn't have that propaganda that other WB Series like Felicity, Dawson's Creek, or the now-defunct Popular had. I also like the show cause Teal Redmann (who playes Louise) is on the show.
Joshua, age 21
Caution—Gilmore Girls started as a really sweet show about a single mom and her 16 year old daughter. Just recently it has started showing objectionable scenes involving the mother Lorelai and her daughter's teacher who is also the mother's lover. There are heavy kissing scenes and sexual innuendos. Not recommended for young children but I think it is mostly ok for teenagers and adults who know what is appropriate in life. It started to be a nice show but it is getting questionable.
Jessica, age 26
Usually Okay—I find this show very refreshing from the usual TV shows. This show is about a single mom Lorelai and her sixteen year old daughter Rory. It shows how Lorelai took responsibility when she got pregnant at sixteen. It's a sweet show about mother and daughter love. There is no profanity and until now no sexual situations. I do believe this week Rory will kiss a boy she likes. This show is really big on showing the love between mother and daughter and that there are no secrets between them. It's perfect for teens and pre teens but children would not be entertained. There is alcohol consumption, but it is during festivities. No immorality in the show.
Jessica, age 26
Comments from young people
Caution—While Gilmore Girls is generally an enjoyable show, it does have its problems. The entire season I was bothered by how often they took God's name in vain. Then during the season finale, there was strongly implied sex between two characters who weren't married. I am not sticking around for the next season.
Nicole Hoffman, age 15
Usually Okay—What can I say… I love this show. It always makes me laugh. Every once in awhile, the WB throws in an episode that is objectionable, but usually the only problem is a few mild curses and one or 2 implying comments, usually said as a joke (however "un-funny" it may be). The only objectionable scene I've ever seen is with Lorelai and her (ex) fiance in bed. However both were fully clothed, and asleep on their own sides of the bed.

Positive points are that it shows the downside of being a single parent and having premarital sex, and Lorelai and her 16 year old daughter Rory have an excellent relationship… the kind most moms and daughters would like to have. Rory is a virgin, and although I've never heard her say she's not planning on sex outside of marriage, she has no intention of sleeping with anyone in the near future. All in all, this show is definitely worth trying out.
Jessica, age 15

The Golden Girls 1985-1992 (180 episodes)

The Golden Girls

American sitcom series that debuted on the NBC network / The show stars Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four older women who share friendship and a home in Miami, Florida. The owner of the house is widow Blanche Devereaux (McClanahan), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund (White) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak (Arthur), after they both responded to an ad on the bulletin board of a local grocery store a year before the start of the series. The three are joined by Dorothy's 80-year-old mother, Sophia Petrillo (Getty), after the retirement home where she was living burned down.

Avoid—This show is horrible. The whole theme is sex, sex, sex. Hollywood seems to be so preoccupied with it these days. This show is bad, and should be avoided.
Maggie, age 42
Comments from young people
Avoid—This show is as old as they come. It's been around since I was a baby. However, old does not neccessarily mean clean. One of the show's main character's Blanche talks about having sex at least once an episode. She talks on the phone about having sex, visits gay bars to pick up men, etc. She is not the only character obsessed with sex however, the girls “mom” talks of having sex and has slept with guys on episodes. I think the only asset to this whole show is the theme song. Make sure to turn it off after you hear the song.
Vanesa, age 15
Avoid—I won't disagree that this show is funny, but I am not laughing at the right things. Hollywood slips in sex and makes it seem funny, so you don't realize the sin. This show has so much sex it’s ridiculous. Stay away from these girls.
Janice, age 12

Grounded for Life 2001-2005 (91 episodes)

American sitcom series that debuted on the Fox Network / The show, set in a white neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, is about the comedic interplay of the Irish-American Catholic Finnerty family. One of the central aspects of the show is that Sean and Claudia Finnerty had their first child and got married when they were 18 years old. Thus, although their eldest is a teenage daughter, the parents are themselves relatively young and not completed with their “wild” years. (In an episode where Sean goes to fetch Lily from the police station and is mistaken for her drug dealer, his father quips, “That's what happens when you're 18 and don't know what a rubber is!”) The show features an unusual style of storytelling, often starting with a scene at the end of the story or sometimes in the middle and filling in the gaps with flashbacks. Its main concepts are an Irish/Italian Catholic family with one daughter and two sons, surviving endless catastrophes, utilizing flashbacks to further explain each current situation.

Caution—This is a semi-interesting show which I have watched a few times in the past. Morally, it's just so-so. There is discussion of sex… the first season finale was about the oldest daughter being born out of wedlock, and the second season finale was about whether or not the girl is pregnant (it turns out she just got a tattoo). Other than that, there is some mild profanity. It's rated TV-PG, and the sex talk is nothing that a 12 year old couldn't handle. Still, for younger kids, most humor and discussions would go over their heads.
Athena

Gundam Wing

Japanese mecha anime series

Usually Okay—First, thing that should be noted is that this show is aimed towards teenagers and adults (Japanease animation is used for all genre's) and as such is intended for those audiences. Many people do not realize this but the characters and events in Gundam Wing are direct or indirect references to the events and things in Revelation after the Rapture.

Treize (Romefeller) as the anti-christ and false prophet (actually some could argue Relena was the anti-christ although I don't agree). The formation of a one world government. The false peace with the colonies is a reference to the false 7-year piece with Israel.

The last and final battle with everlasting peace afterwards. The Gundams (Wing and Zero count separate, so does Talgeese) and the pilots themselves also represent certain characters in the things to come. Epyon represented the Dragon which effects pilots thoughts towards those of evil and is never mastered unlike Zero. War is Wufei. Plague is Quatre (mainly for what he did with Wing Zero). Famine is Trowa. Death is obvious but for those who haven't seen it that's Duo. Heero would be symbolic of the Archangel Micheal who defeats the Dragon.

There is a lot more then I can put in this review. It is all symbolic and is not meant to be a direct depiction of the book of Revelation. I think its cool how the retold (Gundam Wing is just a retelling Gundam story/concept) the original story of the UC Gundam universe and yet combine these symbolic events/characters into it.
David Mitchell, age 22
Usually Okay—A great Japanese anime show but it has a bit to thick of a plot for younger kids. Probably for age 10 and up.
John Smith, age 29
Comments from young people
Caution—Gundam Wing is anime show that is about five 15 year old boys who are fighting a war with their Gundams…While this show is very dark, it's good. I recommend it for kids older than 10.
Drea, age 16
Usually Okay—Gundam Wing is one of the more recent chapters in the Gundam saga. If you liked transformers, but are yearning for something a bit more thought-provoking, this is it. Taking place in a future where an evil empire holds the highly rebellious colonies in an iron fist, battles are no longer decided by tanks, troops, or planes. The weapon of choice is the Mobile Suit. Basically giant 30 ft robots that you climb into and fight with.

The colonies hope for independence from Earth's evil empire. Five seperate colonies each send a specialized mobile suit to Earth made of a near indestructible alloy known as Gundanium. This metal gives the suits their infamous name of Gundams. The five pilots of the Gundams are ordered to help free the colonies, but that is just the beginning.

From a christian standpoint, this series is surprisingly non-offensive. There is plenty of death, but nearly all occur with the victims battling in giant robots, keeping the deaths confined to large explosions.

The most interesting aspect of the show is how it questions what we think of war and fighting in general. The characters are constantly battling not only the enemy, but the question of who their enemies are, and whether or not it is right to kill. Several views on war are presented, from total pacifism to all out warmongering.

Death is a constant in this series, unlike DBZ where a character can be wished back. The series keeps things turning with every episode, and if you miss one, you might be in trouble. Twists and turns abound, with philosophical arguments setting the backdrop for fantastic battle sequences. I recommend for kids over 11.
Christopher Browns, age 17

Hanna • Amazon Prime Original • gritty action drama series (2019-__)

Hannah (Amazon Prime Original series)

American action series based on the 2011 film of the same name / Hanna (played by Esme Creed-Miles) is a 15-year-old girl living with Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman), the only man she has ever known, as her father, in a remote part of a forest in Poland. Erik once recruited pregnant women into a CIA program, code name UTRAX, where the children's DNA was enhanced with 3% wolf in order to create super-soldiers. When Erik falls in love with Johanna, Hanna's mother, he rescues baby Hanna and they flee. The CIA then orders their on-site agent, Marissa (Mireille Enos), to shut down the project and eliminate all the babies. The TV series has a more female-centric quality. that the film.

Avoid—We watched with a language filter, so not sure how bad that was. The Gay agenda is pushed on many of Amazon Prime’s shows. This one is no exception. Two females kiss. Two guys are in bed. Not worth watching or paying for this.
Mia, age 54 (USA)

Happy Days 1974-1984 (255 episodes)

Happy Days

American sitcom series created by Garry Marshall that debuted on the ABC network / Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolves around teenager Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) and his family: his father, Howard (Tom Bosley), who owns a hardware store; traditional homemaker and mother, Marion (Marion Ross); younger sister Joanie (Erin Moran); and high school dropout, biker and suave ladies' man Arthur “Fonzie”/“The Fonz” Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), who would eventually become Richie's best friend and the Cunninghams' over-the-garage tenant.

Caution—I have to take a stronger stance than the previous reviewer. I grew up watching this show and never saw a problem with it. Fonzie was my definition of cool. However, as an adult, having recently watched reruns on Nick at Night, my opinion has changed. There is nothing positive about Fonzie's treatment of women, his downplayed, but still present, dominace of women, and Richie and gang's idolization of Fonzie. Yes, compared to today's sitcom standards, this one is pretty mild. But compared to God's standards, it is not a show worth watching.
Chris Hamm, age 31
Caution—Yes, this show has Ritchie & the rest of the 'clean-cut' Cunninghams usually displaying good ethics. However, the real hero of the show—Fonzie, is constantly pursuing and promoting pre-marital sexual activity. Because it's not as overt as sitcoms today (“Friends”, “Seinfeld”, etc), shows like this can be insidiuos; I have to admit (sadly) that this is one of the shows that contributed to MY lax standards regarding sexual purity as a teenager.
Heidi, age 34

Highlander 1992-98 (119 episodes)

Fantasy science fiction action-adventure series featuring Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the “Highlander” / Storylines revolve around Duncan MacLeod (a member of a race of “Immortals”) and his relationships with mortals and other Immortals. Featured are MacLeod's relationships with his friends, family, lovers, and foes. As the series progresses, changes in concept become apparent, as well as growth in the characters and their relationships. MacLeod, born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland, constantly faces other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head, and with it, his power.

Avoid—…“Highlander” may have an interesting premise and writing, but my Spirit was very unsettled when I watched this program for about 2½ episodes. What was particularly disturbing was the decapitation of the lead character's “enemy” and the "POWER SURGE" that the Highlander-guy received as a result. This is clearly and blatantly SATANIC!

Please, fellow Christians, be aware that satanists believe that 'essence' released by the death of another soul - especially a 'pure' one (like a child's) gives the satanist (or Highlander in this case) the 'power' of the dead person's spirit' - each time becoming more powerful, just like on the Highlander. Satanic masses can involve rituals like this 'drinking in' of power, and many innocent (kidnapped) babies have died because of this… if you don't believe me …talk to your local group that deals with the occult. Please stay away from this program. It's too easy to become overly fascinated by the 'style, and good looks' of this program (not to mention the actors). God bless!
Evelyn, age 32
Caution—This is a very engaging show with an interesting premise. However, the very idea of immortals chopping off each others' heads with swords leads to considerable violence in most episodes. It also blatantly disregards Biblical teachings regarding sexual purity and other standards. The show does examine some complex moral issues from time to time, and does not always come down on the wrong side. “Highlander” is a very thoughtful show, but not a particularly Christian one. It's not a show for kids, but people mature enough to handle the moral issues involved may enjoy it.
Brandon Butler, age 22
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Hogan's Heroes 1965-71 (168 episodes)

American sitcom set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II / Bob Crane starred as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, coordinating an international crew of Allied prisoners running a special operations group from inside the camp. Werner Klemperer played Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the gullible commandant of the camp, and John Banner played the blundering but lovable sergeant-of-the-guard, Hans Schultz.

Usually Okay—I really like this show. It does not have bad language, something unheard of in most modern television shows. Hogan and his men always manage to out smart the Germans. It is a classic story of good v. evil, and good always wins. I find Hogan's Heroes funny and entertaining in a way that most modern shows can't manage. I recommend it.
A. Gunter, age 19

Highway to Heaven 1984-89 (111 episodes)

American fantasy drama series starring (and was produced by) Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, and Victor French—Landon’s co-star from “Little House on the Prairie”—as Mark Gordon

Smith was formerly a man who lived on Earth named Arthur Thompson, is now a “probationary” angel sent to to help people in need. In the course of an “assignment,” he meets Mark Gordon, an embittered retired policeman now bouncing from job to job. At first distrustful of Jonathan, Mark helps him complete his assignment and soon comes to realize his true nature, and is then given a job by “The Boss” (God). They are given assignments where they help various troubled souls overcome their problems.

Each episode typically begins with Jonathan and Mark arriving in a new city and taking jobs as business employees or civil service workers as part of their latest assignment. Due to Jonathan's angelic nature, the two are able to work as police officers, medical personnel, teachers, social workers or other skilled employees (background checks or employment history verification being “angelically” provided or somehow never looked into), allowing for a variety of identities and scenarios. Both Jonathan and Mark face the same difficulties as people on Earth trying to rectify these problems, and have little to aid them beyond a bare outline of their assignment. Jonathan has exceptional physical strength, but he can only use it for manual labor or for self-defense

Usually Okay—…Highway To Heaven, although a very morally oriented program is TOTALLY without foundation in the Bible. Mr. Landon plays a person that died and has come back as an angel, a popular idea but not found in the Bible. Angels are different and separate beings than Humans. People do not die and come back as angels.

Also, there are many times that a person, an adult, dies and goes to Heaven simply because they did some redeeming act at the last moment or last days of life. I remind all that it is only by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross are we saved and there is no such thing as Universalism in the Bible.

I enjoy the program, but correct the THEOLOGY when needed, which is every episode. I do not recall that the name of Jesus has ever been brought up as the Lord God, Savior of the Human race, if they repent and accept His Sacrifice for Sin (another thing never mentioned).
Steve McLeroy, age 47

Home Improvement 1991-99 (204 episodes)

American sitcom starring Tim Allen / The series centers on the Taylor family, which consists of Tim (Tim Allen), his wife Jill (Patricia Richardson) and their three children: the oldest child, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), the middle child, Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and youngest child, Mark (Taran Noah Smith). The Taylors live in suburban Detroit, and have a neighbor named Wilson (Earl Hindman) who is often the go-to guy for solving the Taylors' problems.

Tim is a stereotypical American male, who loves power tools, cars, and sports. An avid fan of the Detroit professional sports teams.

Each episode includes Tim's own Binford-sponsored home improvement show, called Tool Time, a show-within-a-show. In hosting this show, Tim is joined by his friend and mild-mannered co-host Al Borland (Richard Karn), and a “Tool Time girl”—first Lisa (Pamela Anderson) and later Heidi (Debbe Dunning)—whose main duty is to introduce the pair at the beginning of the show with the line “Does everybody know what time it is?” In reply, the audience yells, “TOOL TIME!” The Tool Time girl also assists Tim and Al during the show by bringing them tools.

Caution—I've never known anyone to agree with me on this show, but it rubs me the wrong way for 2 reasons: 1) The marital relationship in this show is rarely shown in a positive light (the ignorant buffoon Homer Simpson is more loving and respectful of his wife!). 2) 'Put-downs' are a common theme. Aren't we to build each other up? I could probably find more that offends me about this show if I could stand to watch it!
Heidi, age 34
Caution—Although I'm a big fan of this show and give it the "Usually OK" rating, I think it should also be designated “Borderline”. I say this because of the way the show sometimes deals with sexuality. For example, in several episodes there are references to Tim and Jill's pre-marriage relationship which are clearly objectionable.
Peter, age 21

The Hughleys 1998–2002 (89 episodes)

American sitcom / The show starred D.L. Hughley (stand-up comedian, actor, political commentator, radio host) as the main character, salesman and business owner Darryl Hughley. Elise Neal portrayed Darryl's wife Yvonne. They moved from his old black neighborhood into a white suburban neighborhood. Former “Living Single” co-star John Henton portrayed the couple's best friend Milsap from the “old neighborhood,” who often visited the family and helped them out.

Caution—As a fan of “The Hughleys,” I was happy to see that another network (UPN) had picked them up after ABC had cancelled the show. While the show did push the limits on ABC, I never felt uncomfortable watching it as I did during the season premiere on UPN. Within the first 5 minutes, there were at least 5 graphic sexual references. The tone of the show seems to be in the gutter now. I wonder if UPN told the writers of the show to make it more controversial or edgy? It seems like an entirely different show, and I would not recommend it to anyone based on the premiere. I don't think I'll be tuning in to catch any more episodes of “The Hughleys.”
Tonia, age 31

Jackass 2000-02 (25 episodes)

American reality cringe-comedy television series created by Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine

Avoid—I think that I am a very liberal Christian and I have seen this show-it is THE MOST vulgar, disgusting show ever created!! It blows all other shows out of the water…
Jennifer, age 21
Avoid—This show is sick and disturbing. I would not recommend watching this show to anyone, let alone Christian viewers. There is a great deal of profanity and sexual language used in this show, and they often show people doing dangerous and perverted acts.
Jennifer Williams, age 18
Caution—MTV show without the sex. Seems to be an updated somewhat over the top version of David Letterman's "Stupid Human Tricks" segment from 'The late show'. Definitely funny, sometimes gross.
Bill Pitts, age 32
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JAG 1995-2005 (227 episodes)

Jamie Foxx Show 1996-2001 (100 episodes)

American sitcom that debuted on The WB network / The lead character, Jamie King (Jamie Foxx), is an aspiring musician from Terrell, Texas, who has come to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. To support himself, he worked at his family's hotel, the financially strapped King's Tower, which is owned by his aunt and uncle, Aunt Helen and Uncle Junior King (Ellia English and Garrett Morris).

Among his co-workers during the series' run were the beautiful and intelligent front desk clerk Francesca “Fancy” Monroe (Garcelle Beauvais) and Jamie's high-strung, stuffed-shirt, “bourgeois” nemesis Braxton P. Hartnabrig (Christopher B. Duncan) who works as an accountant for the King's Tower.

Jamie's romantic overtures toward Fancy were mostly unrequited until the final two seasons, when the two began to tentatively date and eventually became engaged and finally married. Braxton, who generally served as the brunt of Jamie's insults, was known to get in a few digs of his own as the series progressed - eventually becoming Jamie’s best friend and at one point, roommate.

Usually Okay—Although [this program] is a comedy, I think that it could be viewed by children maybe 8 and up. They try to cover up foul language. (e.g., they will say mother flood puckers—that's a restaurant). To a child they wouldn't know what they were actually trying to say if they are not used to hearing foul language.
Lolita Lofton, age 29

The Jeffersons 1975-85 (253 episodes)

American sitcom series created by Progressive Liberal activist Norman Lear / The show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, a prosperous African-American couple who have been able to move from Queens to Manhattan owing to the success of George's dry-cleaning chain. The show was a spin-off of Lear’s “All in the Family,” on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. The Jeffersons eventually evolved into more of a traditional sitcom but did reference such issues as alcoholism, racism, suicide, gun control, being transgender, the KKK and adult illiteracy. The epithets “nigger” and “honky” were used occasionally, especially during the earlier seasons.

The series starred Sherman Hemsley (as George), Isabel Sanford (Louise/“Weezy”), Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict, Mike Evans, Berlinda Tolbert, Zara Cully, Damon Evans, Ned Wertimer, Jay Hammer, and Danny Wells.

Usually Okay—There was a reason this sitcom ran for 10 years--it was good. George was a loudmouth bigot who had worked and become a rich man, but he never forgot where he came from. One of the best episodes showed George being a "Secret Santa" to the poor family who now occupied the home he lived in while he was growing up in poverty.

Another had George worried that his wife and son would no longer respect him if they knew he had spent time in reform school as a teenager. Two loving, long-term marriages were also shown--George and Louise's, and that of their upstairs neighbors, Tom and Helen Willis. Occasionally some profanity and racial slurs.
Hillari Hunter, age 39

Just Shoot Me 1997-2003 (148 episodes)

American sitcom series / The show is set at the office of fictional fashion magazine Blush, comparable to the real-life Vogue. The show's story is centered around several key staff at the magazine, including Jack Gallo, the owner and publisher, his daughter Maya, a writer for the magazine, secretary Dennis, former model and now-fashion correspondent Nina, and photographer Elliot. The series stars include George Segal, Laura San Giacomo, Wendie Malick, Enrico Colantoni, David Spade, Chris Hogan, and Rena Sofer.

Avoid—This show has nothing to offer but crude and base humor. It's usually not even funny. After watching it, you are left with nothing but half an hour of wasted time. Spend your TV viewing time elsewhere.
Greg Bledsoe, age 28
Avoid—I do not recommend this show at all. We watched an episode of it last week and one of the actors was constantly making horrible sexual remarks.
Jamie Cody, age 32
Avoid—This show consists predominantly of sexual innuendo. Definitely not appropriate for children, and should probably be avoided by adults too.
Jason Barshay, age 28
Caution—Be warned - most of this sitcom is innuendo. Although some episodes are quite humorous, it is not recommended to anyone offended by crude or semi-crude jokes. This show can be rated cleaner than "Dawsons Creek" (not the same genre), but worse than “Friends”.
Brian Pedigo, age 19

Justice League 2001-04 (52 episodes)

American animated action adventure superhero series featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl

Usually Okay—Justice League- a modern Super Friends show that has the big three of DC comics (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) joined with lesser known heros (Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, The Flash and Hawkgirl). A great show for the younger set (and the not-so-younger). A great example for parents to show their kids how a group of multi-dimensional people can work to gather for a common noble cause. Examples…one non-Caucasion (Green Lantern), two females (Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl), one funloving teen (The Flash), two aliens (Superman and Martian Manhunter) and a very moody and often hard to work with detective (Batman).

While the gimick of "Good vs. Evil, and Good wins out in the end" works well for the show, it is always best for parents to sit down with their kids and watch it with them to explain to them that violence is not always the best way to resolve a problem. Prayer and Godly love is the best way to the Devil (Lex Luthor, The Joker. etc.) By the way I love this show.
Allen, age 38

Kate Brasher 2001 (6 episodes)

American drama series / The title character, played by Mary Stuart Masterson, was the single mother of teenaged sons Daniel and Elvis. Facing a financial crisis, she seeks legal advice at Brothers Keepers, an inner city community advocacy center, and is offered a job as a social worker. Her co-workers include attorney Abbie Schaeffer and Joe Almeida, the organization's street-smart director, who founded it after his daughter was killed in gang crossfire.

Positive—Just saw the premiere tonight. I was very surprised. This single mother of 2 teenage boys went directly to the Bible and brought her sons there to find answers and inspiration. I'll keep watching!
Kelly Rocco, age 35

King of the Hill 1997-2010 (259 episodes)

King of the Hill

American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge (creator of the “Beavis and Butt-Head”) and Greg Daniels / Set in a fictional small Texas town, the show centers on the Hill family, whose head is the ever-responsible, hard-working, loyal, disciplined, and honest propane salesman Hank Hill (voiced by Mike Judge). Hank is employed as the assistant manager at Strickland Propane. He often finds his traditional values challenged by the changing world around him, though his common decency always sees him through. Hank typically serves as the de facto leader for his friends and family. Peggy Hill (voiced by Kathy Najimy) a native of Montana, who is a substitute Spanish teacher with a poor grasp of the language; she has also found employment and avocation as a freelance writer for the local newspaper, Boggle champion, notary public, softball pitcher and real estate agent. She is confident, sometimes to the point of lacking self-awareness. Hank and Peggy's only child, Bobby Hill (voiced by Pamela Adlon), is a student at Tom Landry Middle School. His lack of athleticism and interest in things like comedy and cooking are mystifying to his more conventional father and encouraged by his mother.

Throughout the series, Peggy's niece, Luanne Platter (voiced by Brittany Murphy), the daughter of her scheming brother Hoyt (voiced by Johnny Knoxville) and his alcoholic ex-wife Leanne (voiced by Adlon), lives with the Hill family. Naïve and very emotional, Luanne was originally encouraged to move out by her Uncle Hank, but over time, he accepts her as a member of the family. Luanne attends beauty school and eventually creates a Christian puppet show for a local cable access TV station. Luanne later marries Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt (voiced by Tom Petty), a snaggle-toothed layabout who lives on the settlements he earns from frivolous lawsuits.

Usually Okay—I like king of the hill. It is a cartoon made for adults. The family are good ol' Texans. The humor is pretty innocent.
Jennifer, age 21
Usually Okay—King of the Hill is the only “current” TV show that I watch. It is funny, has morality, and I just love the characters. Some may disagree, but I think that it really is a good show- definitely compared to the awful shows that are on TV these days…
Kevin Waid, age 19
Usually Okay—…King of the Hill is a wonderfully written show about Texas. It's based on a city a couple of miles from where I live. While sometimes risque, it is MUCH tamer than The Simpsons. The main character (Hank) ends up doing the right thing morally, believe it or not. I would encourage everyone to watch this show a couple of times. It cracks me up, probably because I know people in my own life that mirror the show's characters!
David Percival, age 40
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—This show is pretty good. It is about a suburban family in Texas and their unique neighbors. Dale--the conspiracy theory-smith. Boomhauer--talksofastman illtellyouwhat youcantunderstandaword thisguysays knowwhatimean. And Bill--the lonely fat guy next door. There are questionable moments (i.e.-the foot fetish episode in which Peggy is unknowingly made a “pornstar” after a visit to the podiatrist.) Bobby and Hank (father and son) usually have a pretty good relationship and are pretty good examples. Peggy is the stereotyped wife who cooks, cleans, and teaches.
Sherwood Vaillancourt, age 16

KYTV 1989-93 (19 episodes)

BBC comedy series about a fictional an independent low-budget television station / The show combined irreverent sketches and variety elements (such as song and dance routines) with a broad-based satire of the public perception of UK satellite television - that of opportunistic entrepreneurs producing cheap, low quality television in order to exploit viewers.

Usually Okay—This British sketch comedy series is a welcome relief from other evil programs such as MADTV. Characters such as Rabbi Rabbit and The Right Reverend, Reverend Right treat people with a religious background with respect, which is appropriate. Another excellent series from the British.
Shinji Ikari, age 27

La Femme Nikita 1997–2001 (96 episodes)

Action-drama television series based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson / The lead character if Nikita (Peta Wilson) who was a homeless young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Section One—an elite, top-secret counter-terrorism organization—sets Nikita up to be accused of murdering a police officer and sentenced to life in prison where she supposedly commits suicide and is brought into Section One. Because Nikita will be killed (or “canceled”) if she fails to comply, she is forced to carry out the organization's ruthless methods of fighting terrorism, while attempting to keep her moral integrity intact. This personal struggle becomes the primary conflict of the series. Over time, Nikita's secretive and risky romantic involvement with her trainer, the mysterious Michael Samuelle (Roy Dupuis), will become another source of conflict.

Caution—I noticed that NONE of the GOOD parts of LFN are mentioned in any of the already existing comments on this show. I have to say, that this show is NOT A BAD SHOW. It is NOT encouraging innocent young people to support EVIL organisations such as the Section, instead, it gives a moving, emotional empathic view into Nikita's life where she ACTIVELY ENCOURAGES the young of today to say "NO!" to oppressive evil regimes…
Barney Collier, age 49
Caution—As I grew older, I found I was watching less and less TV due to boredom with the TV offerings. This year, however, I stumbled across La Femme Nikita, and I got caught up in it. It is not at all the type of show I usually watch or even like. It is a dark, twisty, violent series where people are in bondage to the Section One organization. In some ways being part of this organization is like being in Hell - there is no escape. Everyone betrays each other to survive.

Section One believes the ends justifies their means and that organization is only barely different from the 'bad guys' who are just a little more evil. The only bright spot is Nikita constantly breaks their rules by acting on her compassionate nature. She is described once as the only one who still has a soul. I have seen about half of the 4 seasons' worth of taped episodes and some of them are just brilliant in a shocking way. The production team and actors excel in bringing us this dark and twisted world of manipulation and intrigue.

My brain really likes this show because it is very intelligent, well-made and twisty viewing for adults. I confess I have been troubled as a Christian by this show though. There is far more violence than I usually watch, for which I find the vcr/tv remote handy to turn away from. I have also been bothered by the very occasional nudity because that did seem to me to be very unnecessary.

I agree that La Femme Nikita is not “soul food” for Christians. But in some ways it shows what the real world would be without God, where there is no good or evil—only shades of evil.
Ruth
Avoid—A dark, dismal futuristic drama about a group called "Section One" that supposedly fights global terrorism. Only catch is that the people working for Section One have no choice about it - they are forced to be there for whatever reasons in their pasts. There was nudity and sex once when I saw this show so definitely for adults only. I can find nothing uplifting, redeeming or fun about this show. If anything it is different - unlike anything on TV today but I found it very depressing and somber. Not what I would consider good “food” for Christians to fill themselves with.
Martha Hochuli, age 38

Law and Order 1990-____

A franchise of related American police and legal dramas created by Dick Wolf

Usually Okay—I began watching this show a couple of months ago in reruns on cable. Since then, I've become hooked and I can't wait for the new season to start up. For a show that revolves around criminals and the justice system, this sure is a decent show! I can't recall any vulgarity and definitely no nudity (unlike NYPD Blue) and even the violence seems to be held to a minimum. There are excellent performances, especially by Sam Waterston who I used to love on the early 90s show I'll Fly Away. On this show, every performance of his is wonderful, but so are the other performances. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is equally as good, although they rely on more intense cases (like sexual assault) and this season we will be introduced to Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which will be from the criminals point of view. I just can't wait! All three shows though, feature different casts (but all are very talented). Its so refreshing to finally see quality entertainment in prime time.
Maggi, age 25
Usually Okay—This show is for adults. That being said - it is my favorite! It is intelligent and gripping, with episodes based on real headlines. As in real trials, all parties get their say, and it is always thought-provoking. Also the show is incredibly creative and well-acted.
Elizabeth, age 27
Caution—Always crisp and well-acted, but often uses its contrived fictional cases to take "politically correct" positions which portray all those concerned with homosexuality as bigots, those who believe in the right to own guns as crazies and thugs, anti-abortion protesters as extremists, etc… you get the idea. On the other hand, there was an episode where a young girl who was on death row for killing a female police officer experienced conversion in prison. The liberal anti-death-penalty crowd (including the D.A. who prosecuted) and a Christian political group both tried to prevent her execution; but she told them all to leave her alone, said she deserved to die for her past crimes and was ready. Her portrayal of a truly converted person was the first realistic one I've seen in a movie or TV drama in many years.
Brett Willis, age 49
Usually Okay—Though the situations involved are often sinful (it is about the fight against crime) the views of the main characters fairly represent both sides. When the bombing of an abortion clinic was the topic I expected to be offended. To my surprise one of the officers was pro-choice and the other pro-life. The pro-life view was very fairly portrayed by sane, reasonable, Christian characters. Needless to say I was pleasantly shocked.
Faith TenBrink, age 24
Caution—Occasionally strays into political/religious themes which always show Christians or religious persons in a bad light.
Scott Moore

Life Goes On 1989-93 (83 episodes)

American comedy drama series / The show is set in the Chicago suburb of Glenbrook, Illinois and centers on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago: Drew (played by Bill Smitrovich), his wife Elizabeth (Patti LuPone), and their children Paige (Tracey Needham), Rebecca (Kellie Martin) and Charles, who is known as Corky. “Life Goes On” was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome (Corky is played by Chris Burke, who has Down syndrome in real life).

Usually Okay—I liked this show when it was on the air originally, but I am now enjoying it more as its being re-run on the PAX channel. The Thatcher family is a close knit one and I especially like Corky. Corky has Down's Syndrome, but receives full love and support from his family as he chooses to function as a “normal” person. In later episodes, Becca's (middle daughter) relationship with a boyfriend who is HIV positive from a one night stand is highlighted. Though not too much is concrete about abstinence, the friendship and commitment they share though his death is evident, is extremely touching. I would recommend this as a good family show.
Katrea Carbone, age 27
Comments from young people
Usually OkayLife Goes On is an excellent show that deals with real life problems by a family. I think we need some more shows like Life Goes On. Shows that don't portray "make-believe life" but the real life of a family.
Nathanael Worthington, age 17

Little Bear 1995-2003 (65 episodes)

also known as “Maurice Sendak's Little Bear”

Canadian educational historical children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik

Set in the United States wilderness around the end of the 19th century, Little Bear goes on exciting adventures and learns new things with his friends Duck, Hen, Cat, and Owl. Mother Bear is a homemaker who looks after Little Bear, while Father Bear, a fisherman, would typically be away on his ship, fishing.

Usually Okay—This half hour cartoon shown twice each weekday morning on Nickelodeon is highly recommended. Little Bear lives with his mother and father, and plays with his friends Cat, Duck, Hen, Owl, and Emily. It is a show that consistently reinforces traditional family values, honesty, etc… My husband and I like to joke that they are like the "Ozzie and Harriet" of the cartoon world! Actually, I can recommend all of the shows on "Nick Jr." (9:00 AM until 2:00 PM) as being good shows you can let your kids watch and feel comfortable knowing that the values you are trying to instill in them will be reinforced instead of put down.
Sheila Stout, age 30

Little House on the Prairie 1974-1983 (204 episodes)

Little House on the Prairie

American Western historical drama series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson, about a family living on a farm in Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s

Comments from young people
Usually Okay—In my opinion, "Little House on the Prairie" is the only worth-while production that network TV has come up with. In the early seasons, there are many Christian values represented, and excellent character traits (Husband leads, wife submits and follows, children respect and obey parents.

The Ingalls family is represented as God-fearing, honest, loving, caring, giving, long-suffering, hospitable, hard-working, pure, etc.). In the seasons toward the end of the show's 8-year run, it moves slightly toward more liberal viewpoints. Ma takes a job cooking in the town restaurant, Almonzo is seen as "stubborn and foolish" for not wanting Laura to work and help earn money to build their first home, etc.

I can only recommend in good conscience the episodes from the first 5 seasons and the premier movie (★★★★★) as quality, family, heart-warming, character-building entertainment. In a world where 7th Heaven’s Camden family is looked upon by many as an example of Christianity (Lord, forgive us), "Little House" is a breath of fresh air.
Lacey Callahan, age 17

Little Men 1998-99 (26 episodes)

Canadian television series set as a continuation of the Louisa May Alcott 1871 novel Little Men

Usually Okay—This wonderful family show is set in the 1880's and based on Louisa May Alcott's classic book "Little Men". It is filled with simple lessons and charming predicaments that will warm the heart. (Currently shown on PAX TV). If you're looking for an entertaining quality family show, "Little Men" is it!
Jade
Usually Okay—What a wonderful original program from the PAX Network for the entire family to enjoy! It is of course based (loosely) on the story of the same name by Louisa May Alcott about a young widow trying to run a school for boys after the death of her husband. My 9 year old son loves the interaction between the children (who I'd say are in their early to mid teens).

The Christian influence permeates this show through prayer at mealtimes, church attendance and just the spirit of the characters themselves but more direct references to God would be welcomed. There is respect from the adults to the children as well as from the children to the adults and even though the setting is the late 1800's some very relevant topics are explored. This is a drama with some romance and even a little action for the adults and lots of fun times and kid stuff for everyone to enjoy. For what it's worth, this program has my highest recommendation.
Teri Webb, age 44

Lizzie McGuire 2001-04 (65 episodes)

Los Luchadores 2001 (16 episodes)

Canadian-American live-action children’s series / The series was about a group of lucha libre wrestlers led by Lobo Fuerte (Maximo Morrone) who, along with Turbine, Maria Valentine, and Laurent, fought to protect Union City from a slew of different enemies Led by the Whelp and the bumbling antics of Mayor Potts. The series title is translated from Spanish as “The Wrestlers” or “The Fighters.”

Usually Okay—This show brings back memories of the good old days of wrestling - when there were heroes in the ring. Lobo Fuerte is an excellent role model. The action is also less violent than Power Rangers. Plus, the main characters always caution the audience against performing wrestling moves untrained at the end of every show. I'd gladly watch this with my kids any day of the week.
Jesse Mendoza, age 35

Lost in Space 1965-68 (83 episodes)

American science fiction series created and produced by Irwin Allen / The series follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists who struggle to survive in the depths of space. The family consists of Professor John Robinson (Guy Williams), his wife Maureen (June Lockhart), and their three children: Judy (Marta Kristen); Penny (Angela Cartwright); and Will (Billy Mumy). The family is accompanied by U.S. Space Corps Major Donald West (Mark Goddard). Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), Alpha Control's doctor, is revealed to be a saboteur working on behalf of an unnamed nation. After disposing of a guard who catches him aboard the spacecraft, Smith reprograms the Jupiter 2's B-9 environmental control robot (voiced by Dick Tufeld) to destroy critical systems on the spaceship eight hours after launch. Smith becomes trapped aboard at launch, however, and his extra weight throws the Jupiter 2 off course, causing it to encounter asteroids. This, plus the robot's rampage, causes the ship to prematurely engage its hyperdrive, and the expedition becomes hopelessly lost in the infinite depths of outer space. Smith's selfish actions and laziness frequently endanger the expedition, but his role assumes less sinister overtones in later parts of the series.

Usually Okay—While I haven't seen the new movie, this show still runs on the Sci-fi channel and was my favorite as a child. While there aren't any of the many creatures that are portrayed on the show, it is a good source for families and children because John Robinson is a model father to his children. It is funny at times as well as entertaining. I recommend it to all children and families.
Darlene Gantt-Pineiro, age 36
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The Lost World 1999 -2002 (66 episodes)

Action adventure sci-fi series loosely based on the 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World / “At the dawn of the 20th century” a band of British adventurers, led by adventurer and scholar Professor George Challenger (Peter McCauley), embark on an expedition to prove the existence of an isolated lost world. The team, consisting of a mismatched group of enthusiasts with less than selfless reasons for making the journey, begin their trip under less than ideal conditions. Other members are Professor Arthur Summerlee (Michael Sinelnikoff), Marguerite Krux (Rachel Blakely), Major Lord John Richard Roxton (William Snow) and Edward “Ned” T. Malone (David Orth).

Their hot air balloon crashes in the Amazon rainforest on an uncharted plateau where prehistoric creatures survive. The group is assisted by a young jungle-savvy woman named Veronica Layton, whose parents disappeared eleven years before. Her family was part of a research group known to have vanished under mysterious circumstances. Together, the group fights to survive against carnivorous dinosaurs, vicious Neanderthals, a race of lizard men, and other perils as they search for a way to escape. Each episode detailed two separate, simultaneous adventures.

Avoid—I saw part of an episode of this new late-night show last weekend (January 2000). It's (loosely) based on the novel by the spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle, not on the Michael Crichton movie. Involves some explorers trapped on a plateau where dinosaurs and ape-men live. Besides the violence and the scantily-clad women, there was occult content (Druid priests who travel in time, and invisible/shape-shifter beings). If this episode is typical, the show as a whole probably touches on every imaginable far-out sci-fi theme.
Brett Willis, age 49
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—“The Lost World” is awesome, but the only bad part about it is the profanity and the little clothing the women wear!
Matthew, age 13