TV & Streaming Reviews

Viewer Comments


Titles M through R

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

Mad About You

Caution—This is a show about a married couple who have sex. And they do it often. And they refer to it often. On one episode they were watching a video of them having sex and discussing their performance. I haven't seen an episode yet that didn't have a sexual theme or at least an undertone. Unless we need *more* sex on tv and *more* sexual plot lines, forget this show. I'm not very Mad About It.
Grant, age 26
Usually Okay—I have enjoyed watching Mad about you. Its the I LOVE LUCY of the 90's. I hate to see it go off the air. It showed the issues real married couples deal with such as in-laws, extramarital affairs, children, and sex. I wish they wouldn't have had the gay sister on the show. But I think all families in one way or the other have had a black sheep in the flock. Just like real families, they have had to learn to still love their family members even when they don't agree with the things they do. Considering Jamie and Paul never go to church, the show is better then most the junk on TV today.
Donna M., age 31

Mad TV

Avoid—…I had watched this show for awhile and actually started to enjoy it until I came to my senses and realized what I had been laughing at. You can't believe how you get so desensitized when you watch these programs that contain all this violence. Why last week they had a skit on TAGS where Hannibal Lector came to Mayberry and started eating all the main characters. I actually started chuckling at this…Contains very vulgar and gross out comedy.
Jennifer Conway, age 23
Comments from young people
Caution—I used to watch this show and I enjoyed it, but with reservations. The show actually used to be funny, but then it got cruder and cruder and the real humor just disappeared. One episode my mother did not record because everything was raunchy and nothing was funny.

It contained an extremely vulgar Clinton parody… all humor has become either raunchy and gross-out and all R-rated now! It is impossible to find a good show. And because the show used to be funny (about four years ago), and I only saw the funny episodes on reruns, I would only recommend watching the reruns from about four years ago and NOT the new episodes because they are nothing but gross-out humor.
Charlie, age 13
Avoid—MAD TV is like Saturday Night Live, but without any funny jokes. All of its humor is vulgar. Each episode contains several sketches that don't make any sense. It also contains parodies of clay animation shows. In one sketch, Davie and Goliath went on a killing spree. Due to its content, I don't recommend it to anyone.
Josh Johnson, age 18


Caution—The bedrock of the show is the relationship between Martin Payne, a Detroit DJ/talk show host, and Gina, a marketing executive. Problem is, during the first few seasons, the couple is living together without the benefit of marriage. They do get married eventually. Funny show, but caution should be taken for the sex humor, mild profanity, and outrageous insults (usually directed at Gina's best friend, Pam), and some violence (some of the characters are prone to fist fights).
Hillari Hunter, age 39


Usually Okay—This is hands-down my favorite show. It is one show that's seemingly geared for the secular audience, but I hear God, Jesus, and the Bible mentioned quite a bit. Not many programs can claim that. I love that the chaplain in the show, Father Mulcahy, is portrayed with good respect. Whereas in many comedy shows if there's a clergyman that's not the central character, he's usually shown as a bumbling buffoon. Of course, the show is not without its sins, but I find that another fave of mine, The Andy Griffith Show has several of the same sins as M*A*S*H.
Rena, age 35
Caution—How do you make a comedy about a war last for 11 years? I don't know how they did it, but these guys did. The good: The acting in this show was top notch. Frank Burns, Radar, Cornel Potter, Henry Blake, Margret, Charles Winchester, BJ and of course Hawkeye Pierce are some of the most believable characters on TV, thanks to their players. Plus, I don't care how many times I see Klinger in a dress, I crack up. Father Malchahy (sp?) might still be one of my favorite pastors on TV. Rarely are preachers on TV so giving, caring, and loving. The show was great at being side-splittingly funny at one moment, and painfully serious the next.

The not-as-good: Especially in the earlier years, womanizing and drinking were the main pastimes for the doctors. A few jokes revolved around what doctor was going to the "storage tent" with what nurse.

Also, some of the people could get a little foul with the language. For those who are more "conservative," the show was pretty liberal at times. It seemed that Hawkeye and BJ ALWAYS knew better than anyone else, and the show was a bit “preachy” in its last year or two.

Overall: This is one of the few reasons I ever watch TV anymore. It is a classic show, but not without its rough spots. The Final Episode - the highest rated show in the US - was a real tear jerker.
Justin, age 22


Usually Okay—Matlock is a show about an expensive Southern lawyer named Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith) who always wears a grey suit and eats hotdogs. His client's are usually people who are wrongfully accused of a crime and indeed innocent. The story centers around Ben Matlock, his two daughters (who appear at different times throughout the nine seasons of the show), and his associates Michelle Thomas, Conrad McMasters, and Tyler Hudson who look for clues to help prove their client's innocence.

The show is usually ok and really (to me) doesn't show anything that would be objectionable to Christian's and the people are shown getting murdered but not in a gory way. The thing about this show that pleases me is the references to Christianity and to Jesus usually mentioned by Griffith's character. During the show you can most always hear Matlock strumming his guitar or yukeleleh, singing gospel songs and at times getting his client's to sing along. My favorite episode shows him as a choir director at his church. If you like Murder She Wrote or Diagnosis Murder then I urge you to check this show out!
Jennifer Conway, age 22

Maurice Sendak's Little Bear

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

Men in Black (the Series)

Usually Okay—I think it is a better storyline than the movie. It does have some slangs. (H*** D*** and S***.) The violence is very low. The jokes are very funny. Though they believe in aliens it is a very good show. I recommend it for kids 6 and older.
James Garyson, age 32
also see: movie review

Midnight Texas

Caution—…I have become addicted to this show and find it very interesting and enjoyable to watch, however if you’re offended by vampires, demons, etc., then probably avoid this show. While it’s a real treat for the eyes, you just won’t appreciate it if you’re offended by those things. I love the action level though, and most characters are lovable. However, I don’t think, as a Christian, I should enjoy them as much as I have been.
—chrisman28, age 27 (USA)


Avoid—Clearly based on occult themes. This show often has evil as an overriding theme. I started watching this when it first came out, but Satan seems to be writing all the current shows.
David Onder, age 29
Comments from young people
Caution—…Each and every episode tends to deal with the occult. But it is not as straight forward as that. The basic plot line is we have an FBI agent named Frank Black. He is approached by the member of an elite group/corporation known as the Millenium Group. As we work through the first series he is baited along an initiation trail for the group. At one stage it gets to the point where his wife separates from him, because he is focused too much on the groups' goals, and is forsaking his family.

Although “The Millennium Group” is very occultic in its practices, this is in no way glorified. It is clearly a show for adults only, due to graphical content and occultic themes. If you enjoy "X-Files", this is a darker (in content) version along similar themes. An interesting journey into the life of one man tempted by the occult.
Jeremy Martens, age 17

Miracle Pets

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


Usually Okay—This is the first and only show on TV that tells a story from an African-American female teenager's perspective. Moesha Mitchell and her family struggle with growing pains every episode. Her father, Frank, is a very strong figure who is not afraid to lay down the law whenever his daughter, his son Miles, or nephew Dorian have overstepped their bounds. It is also a nice touch to have presented the Mitchell family as a church-going one in a few episodes. Mostly free of stereotypes that are found in other African-American sitcoms.
Hillari Hunter, age 37

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Avoid—This is the most morally bankrupt piece of trash I have ever seen. Full of blasphemy, sick violence and levels of profanity and nudity that would be unacceptable on network TV in America (which itself contains too much), no decent Christian should go near this trash, and the fact that it is regarded as “classic” shows how this country needs firmer Christian values.
Chet, age 21

My Wife and Kids

Usually Okay—Fairly pleasant sitcom, with an emphasis on how the dad deals with his wife, who's on a career track, and his kids, who range from teens to little children. Many of dad's methods involve showing the kids the consequences of unwise actions, such as the episode when he discovered the oldest son was experimenting with drugs. The parents appear to have a lot of love and understanding for their kids.
Hillari Hunter, age 39
Comments from young people
Caution—Though there is underlying humor that can be very enjoyable it does not out weigh the crude and perverse humor scattered throughout. There are continuous references to sex, body parts, and on one episode a young girls pregnancy. I think that supposed role models are models for how kids shouldn't act.
Nicole Hoffman, age 15

Mysterious Ways

Usually Okay—"Mysterious Ways" is one of those controversial shows that may or may not, depending on the week to week synopsis, be credible family viewing. The pilot episode immediately captured my attention, with a boy who fell through the ice and drowned, but was mysteriously hauled to the surface… and later awoke in the hospital. It as a miracle. The two main characters are Declan Dunn, an Anthropologist who studies the unknown, and Peggy Flower, the hospital "shrink," who, since her husband's death, no longer has faith in God. However, as the two explore together the unknown, Peggy's faith is reawakened to the point where she begins to accept what happened in the past. The under-character is Miranda, a mysterious college student with a high IQ and hilarious dry humor.

The majority of the episodes are pretty good. They've dealt with angels, demons, Christian theology, miracles, and Catholic beliefs. Unfortunately, every other one in this latest season deals with ghosts, spirit channeling, and the odd “reincarnated” theme. A woman attempts to speaks to her dead husband through a medium. A ghost sends a message to his wife through a child.

There's been so far in the series no sex or immorality between the leads; and the characters are deep and likable. Hardly any language, and a healthy respect for religion. Some definite miracles. But only time will tell what comes of a show that began with a promising glimmer. It's one of my favorites, but I've skipped some of the episodes due to the previews. Keep in mind that some are creepy - one contends with a demon-possessed girl, so this show is definitely not for children. My rating? 6 out of 10
Charity Bishop, age 18

Mystic Knights of Tira Knogh

Avoid—This show promoted as a "children's show" is a prime example of the slide to evil of our society. It glorifies the working of magical powers both good and evil through the depiction of both witches, warlocks and sorcerers. Clearly, all believers are commanded to avoid “other” powers from the enemy. This show subtilely moves our kids to an acceptance of “other” power sources than from God alone. It is a show to be avoided.
Mike Cobb, age 38

Nash Bridges

Caution—Nash Bridges is a show that could use some cleaning up but for stronger Christians who like action shows, it's a good one. Nash Bridges is a show of questionable morals that I wouldn't suggest for teens and preteens. The main characters have all sorts of problems. Nash is a divorcee with two ex-wives; whom we haven't seen since the second season; and a daughter who has no more morals than her father. Nash has lived with only one woman since the show began and the season finale a couple years ago made me sick because it showed more than most of the shows had. Nash has a sister who is a lesbian. One character on the show; Nash's daughter's fiance; converted to Christianity after cheating on her and screwing up his life. He portrayed a Christian really well except that he slipped up once on the show. They killed him off at the end of last season.

Joe, Nash's partner, is a pathological liar and the type of person who would do anything for a quick buck. He's always lying to someone or going out on one hare-brained scheme or another. It's a cop show, so there's some violence, though not as often as in some shows. In some ways, it's a mild soap opera. It's a good show if you like action and can keep in mind what's right and wrong but if you can't, don't watch it.
Sheila Overturf, age 19

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Usually Okay—While NOT a show for kids (the X-File-ish plot can go over an adult's head if they aren't paying attention!), this show makes you think and is a great stepping stone to discuss other religions and how they compare to Christianity. One thumbs down however due to the fact that the series ends on a cliffhanger and unless you can get a hold of a copy of the theatrical movies made after the series ended (called "Death and Rebirth" and "End of Evangelion" respectively) you won't know how it ends. (By the way as one who HAS seen how it all turns out, it ain't pretty!!).
Marvin Morley, age 33
Usually Okay—This is a Japanese animated program that takes an interesting perspective on events predicted in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The series is set in the year 2015, fifteen years after the "Second Impact", which devastated much of Earth. Humanity is forced to use the skills of several teenage children to fight the seventeen “angels”, who are seeking the destruction of the human race. The important question is, are the Angels from God? In these apocalyptic times we live in, the series considers many important questions about the nature of humanity and its relationship with the creator. It also encourages research into theology. This show is highly recommended for all Christians as it contains a great deal of insight.
Isamu Dyson, age 26
Avoid—I have watched this series twice & while the animation is excellent & I enjoyed that aspect of it, this show is definitely one to switch off because in my opinion it portrays man as a creator on a par with GOD. The giant robots in the series (The Eva) are in fact living creatures - men, as such supposedly created by man from a being known as the first angel & named Adam. The series' story line seeks to glorify man above GOD. It also in my opinion twists the words of the Bible & makes nonsense from them. For these reasons alone the series should be marked avoid!
Michael Eggleton, age 28
Comments from young people
Caution—You have to watch the entire series AND the movies to actually know what's going on.(even then there are no definite answers to your questions). I really enjoy this series. Not only is it thought-provoking, the characters are so complex and detailed that I feel like I know them. The show does deal with man creating a “god” (the Eva), and its true purpose is discovered in the movie--to bring humanity to heaven. However, the results are disasterous. After viewing this, I was thankful that we can trust God for salvation and not have to rely our own doings. This is a very thoughtful (and controversial) show, and I think it is worth watching.
Katherine, age 18

The New Scooby Doo

Avoid—This isn't your father's "Scooby Doo." On the old half-hour "Scooby Doo" shows, the monsters and magic were always proven to be fake. With this new batch of "Scooby Doo" movies on Cartoon Network's Cartoon Theater, that concept has been sent packing. While the “bad” monsters and magic are proven to be fake, there is now a new element of “good” monsters and magic. In one of the movies, a human and her dog turn out to be real aliens who help expose fake aliens. In another movie, "Wiccans" (the "politically correct" term for witches) use magic to assist in solving a mystery. In yet another movie, “good” magic is used to cause the dead to rise as “good” zombies. This is occultic programming at its worst - in the guise of children's shows! Cartoon or no, I can't imagine any parent letting their children watch these movies without fear of spiritual corruption!
Jason E. Hubred, age 29
Caution—I've never seen such children's programming with an agenda before. The show was about two girls who called themselves "Wiccan." The plot set it up so they were portrayed as heroes. In the end, the worried father gives up and accepts their very unbiblical lifestyle. It totally glamourizes paganism. I recommend parents be very careful whenever letting children watch anything from Time Warner without supervision. By policy, Time Warner is pushing a humanistic, relativistic, non-biblical agenda. I'm so surprised and upset that they are mixing a political agenda into children's cartoons.
Andrew Ziem, age 19

Now and Again

Usually Okay—This is definitely one of the best serials I have come across for a long time and it is so clean! It has all the positive qualities that you would like to see in a serial. I give this a definite thumbs up!
Allan Gracias, age 23
Usually Okay—Week to week, I continue to be pleasantly suprised by the positive (dare I say it?) family values of this show. In a recent episode, the teen age daughter was struck by lightning and was in the hospital, in a coma and expected to die shortly. A pastor was called in and actually prayed a pretty strong prayer. (When was the last time you saw that on network TV?) Of course the daughter didn't die, (this is still Hollywood) but woke up out of a coma thinking she was seeing an angel outside her hospital room. (It was in fact her father, lit up while wearing a high energy, anti-gravity suit). The rest of the show explored the questions of existence of angels, belief in God, etc., always remaining respectful of traditional religious beliefs.

The premise behind this show (that a man falls in front of a subway train and the government harvests his brain for a super-human project and he can't tell his family that he's still alive or else he and the project will be terminated), is obviously a little far-fetched, but then the producers seem to know enough not to take themselves too seriously either. At times I'm reminded of "Quantum Leap", another "tongue-in-cheek" science-fiction show from a few years back. This show is a good take and from what I've seen so far, I have no problems recommending it as a good Friday night family watch.
Jon Campbell, age 42
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—A middle aged man dies and the government places his brain in the body of a twenty year-old superhuman machine. He is now basically government property to be used for capturing terrorists, etc. But he wants to see his wife and daughter who don't know his brain is still around. "Now and Again" has no pervasive negative elements. It is really fun to watch. I'm guessing those above the age of ten will enjoy it the most.
Maylin, age 15

Once and Again

Avoid—This show is in my opinion over the top! To be honest I've only seen a couple of episodes but just from those episodes and the previews this is what I got out of it. It seems as though they are glorifying lifestyles that are anything but Biblical. From Sela Wards on screen sister having an affair with a married man to the older son using drugs with no remorse or punishment to a young teenage girl openly being gay…you be the judge if this is the kind of example you want your children to follow.
Rae, age 26
Caution—This show is supposed to be ABC's sleeper hit of the season. They were smart to fill "NYPD Blue's" time slot this past fall - I'm sure it helped gain their core audience. I've only watched this show a few times but it definitely gets under your skin. The positive: Strong acting and excellent chemistry between the main characters Sela Ward and Billy Campbell (show is written by the team that brought us “Thirtysomething”).

Realistic portrayal of struggles—both long-term and day-to-day—of families involved in divorce.

The negative: DIVORCE! The show revolves around a single man (divorced for 3 yrs) and a woman who is separated but not yet divorced who meet and fall in love. The chemistry between these two is undeniable but I am bothered (although not surprised because this is typical of TV) because the female character isn't even divorced and she's involved with another man. In addition, she has 2 daughters at home with her who are impressionable and affected by her actions.

I believe she has even slept with her new boyfriend on the show. In summary I am torn because the acting and adult chemistry is good, but the moral message seems to glorify the "if it feels good do it" mentality.

They spend a lot of time considering the consequences but ultimately end up satisfying themselves. Probably typical of our selfish culture but nevertheless another me-first message from Hollywood. I recommend this for adults only if you feel it won't cause you to stumble. May be too emotional for those who have been involved in divorce.

Definitely not for children due to mature themes.
Martha Hochuli, age 38


Comments from young people
Caution—Being a Christian/Catholic, I see that “OZ” has many things that small children shouldn't see. But I cannot ignore what is right about the show. In a recent instance on the show, a character forgave a man who raped, humiliated, and broke his legs and a man who betrayed him and broke his arms. The character has not been a good role model in the past, but by forgiving those two men, he became one because of that. Another thing it teaches is redemption and punishment.

One man on “OZ” has caused many deaths and hurt many people. But when his younger mentally challenged brother comes to the prison he is in and gets raped, he turns his life around and protects his brother. He may have done after he was sure his brother was safe, but he hasn't killed or hurt anyone since (but he has done something to the man who raped his brother) I don't think children should be watching this show, but I think its O.K for mature teens to watch.
Janet Parker, age 16
Avoid—…unavailable except on HBO in the United States. But up here in Canada, where I live, there are virtually no restrictions on what broadcasters are allowed to show on television; thus, films like “Carrie” and "Personal Best" can be witnessed, uncut, by one and all, and impressionable youth like myself can be introduced to a show like Oz through the medium of basic cable.

Oz revels in its complete lack of morality. Set in an experimental wing of a maximum security American prison, its characters are taken from every corner of society, and upon introduction their crimes are revealed in nauseating monochromatic flashbacks. Said crimes seem to be selected as stereotypes from the litany of disgusting offences we read about every day in the newspapers; drunk-driving resulting in death, cannibalism, armed robbery, gang killings, infanticide, etc. Indeed, the entire show seems to be assembled from stereotypes; it deals with unpleasant issues in American society, ranging from sexual harassment lawsuits to neo-Naziism, in as simplistic and outrageous a manner as possible. Homosexuality, gratuitous drug use, official corruption, black marketeering, blatant racism, suicide, religious sacrilige, totally nude male and female characters, incessant profanity, and extremely graphic and intense violence are all nightly mainstays.

…virtually everyone else I know who has watched this show was so disgusted by it that they were unable to watch for more than a few minutes. No parent in their right mind should allow their children to watch it, ever, under any circumstances.
Maxwell, age 17

The Parkers (UPN)

Caution—The best thing about this show is the close relationship between Kim Parker and her mother, Nikki. It is explained that Nikki was an unwed mom, but went on to make a better life for her and her daughter. Both mother and daughter attend junior college. Nikki is sweet on Professor Ogilive and Kim is boy crazy; there is a lot of sexual innuendo for a family sitcom. Nikki and best friend Andell are always making references to a brand of wine they like to drink. Otherwise, a funny show.
Hillari Hunter, age 39


Avoid—I was addicted to this soap before I started listening to God more. Not to mention when my discernment meter went up my taste for this show dropped. This is something that will definitely churn your stomach. There's many objectional things. Such as witchcraft. Charity is a witch with powers (supposedly a good witch.) Sure she's cool and pretty but we all know where witchcraft comes from! And a clue is in her closet! As well there is a woman who is a witch who tries to get Charity over to the dark side. Charity believes in God right? So how can she be a witch too? There is also a lot of sexual behavior. Like pre-marital sex (almost all the characters), there is also a woman named Ivy although she was married to Julian she tries to have an affair with Sam who is also married with children. Terissa is intoxicated and raped by Julian, her fiance's father. Murder, death and coming back to life… Stay away from [Passions]. It's addictive and not of God!
Charlene Hickson, age 18

Pensacola: Wings of Gold

Avoid—…there is too much sexual tension and implied sex. Not only that, but almost every show deals with a political or terrorist or hostage situation that always seems to be solved by violent acts. I think the combination of the two would make the show questionable for pre-teens and younger teenagers.
Carl Fuglein, age 51


Comments from young people
Avoid—The PJ's are the worst animated show I've ever seen. It's as bad as South Park, but PJ's comes on earlier, when children can see it. The show revolves around a building superintendent working in the projects. Other characters include a drug addict. No one ever helps the drug addict; he's just seen as an annoyance. Other characters include a grumpy and senile woman, a voodoo priestess, and a Rastafarian who is always in a cloud of smoke. I can't believe this show is still on the air. I expected it to be cancelled after the pilot episode.
Josh Johnson, age 18


Avoid—As a Christian parent, I find many things in the Pokémon TV show that I have a problem with. First, is the issue of animals (monsters) fighting. If they were puppies or cats the show would never air. But since they are imaginary monsters, it's okay if we teach our kids that they can fight, and that we should encourage them to fight.

Second, is the issue of psychic Pokémon. By using their psychic powers the pocket monsters can defeat others. Psychics and Christians shouldn't mix.

Third, is the evolution question. Pokémon teaches that it's just a matter of fact that the pokemon can evolve, and they sometimes even have the choice. This is definitely contrary to the teachings of the Bible.

Fourth, it's the obsession. I personally don't know of any kid with most of a set of Pokémon cards that isn't totally engrossed by the game and the TV show. This is contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Scriptures. I'm amazed at the number of Christian parents who say it's just a game, it's just a fad, it'll go away. In the mean time, what are our children learning about God through this program?
Scott Frederick, age 24
Avoid—I knew little about Pokémon. My first exposure was when my son won a Pokémon GameBoy. I let them watch the show. Then my 9 year old began to play and it was all he did. I became concerned and watched the show for myself. It was appalling. The boy was “possessed” (their word). He was levitating. An evil ghost was trying to take them away. Two of the older boys were becoming charmed by this ghost. The girl tried to scare the ghost away using various charms, garlic, etc, and finally pulled out a cross. I do not like the cross being on the same level as just another charm. It belittles what Jesus did for us.

I threw the GameBoy cartridges in the burn barrel, much to the dismay of their classmates. I just could not in good conscience promote this by giving them away. It is not just a cartoon, and they ARE directly assaulting our children and beliefs. We are influenced by what we see. Just ask the advertisers.
Katherine, age 45

Caution—I think “Pokémon” is cute. Some of the characters are a bit scary—that is true. But with parental supervision, you should be just fine. As for the Evolution theme, my kids have never thought about it. It is the adults that are talking about that. I have more problems with my kids coming home from school and talking about Evolution that they learned from their teachers. After all, if your teacher tells you it must be true! I think as Christians, we can over-do some things and make "mountains out of mole hills"…“Pokémon” will go away one day, just as other cartoons have. I think we need to be more concerned about shows and music that make direct assaults at our children, family and beliefs. There are plenty of them.
Theresa, age 37
Caution—Premise of the series—young Ash Ketchem dreams of becoming the world's greatest pokemon master. He sets out with his first pokemon, Pikachu to travel the world and earn 8 badges so he can enter the pokemon league championships. Along the way he meets two other youngsters who travel with him to see his dream through. They end up having many adventures together. The show is Japanese anime where everyone is cute, even the bad guys. The show is based on the popular video game Pokémon for Nintendo. The animation is okay although compared to other cartoons today it borders on old style.

The catch phrase of the show and game is "gotta catch them all" which is in reference to the pokemon. The pokemon are the animals, for lack of a better word, that seem to be both wild and domesticated. They all have some sort of trick, power or ability. The humans try to collect all 151 species of these pokemon who they then battle the pokemon against each other.

Some of the things that are good about this show are the ideals of friendship and kindness to animals and humans which is displayed many times in the show. A lot of times the animals will help the humans and vice versa. Another nice thing is the incredible gentle world they are on. Ash is only ten and his friends only slightly older, and yet he travels the world without worry of muggers or any other sort.

Now on to the bad, and this is very serious. First and foremost is that the theory of Evolution is promoted heavily on the show. The basic tenet of evolution is promoted: that all life evolves to become bigger and better. The way this is portrayed and promoted is through the pokemon. Each pokemon has a base first form with starting powers etc. They evolve by battling the other pokemon into better, bigger, stronger and with more powers than before. All of this is wrong if your a Christian because we believe that all things were created by God. The evolving is pretty heavy at times and is given as scientific fact on the show.

Secondly, some of the pokemon names and animals might come off as slightly scary at times. Some of the powers of certain pokemon come off as occult and eastern mysticism is also promoted in the form of festivals.

Overall this show is not too bad to watch if you simply keep an eye and ear out for the things mentioned above. It is a cute show. You should explain to your kids about the things mentioned above so they do not get confused. You may want to scan it first just to judge yourself.
Rachele, age 24
Caution—This show I believe is in the caution/questionable category or to even avoid. I have only watched a few shows with my kids and will not allow them to watch any more. Watch the show and see for yourself. This cartoon has kids using the pokemons to fight (violence) other pokemons to solve differences or problems, and just for no reason. I believe this could influence my kids the same way. The pokemons will “morph” or change to a bigger or worse character. I have also seen a ghost in one episode. Also with the school ban in several states, where kids aren't getting as much done.
Mark, age 38
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—…I am personally a huge fan of the show… the pokemon [do] evolve ([using] micro-evolution) to adapt to the stress placed on them through growing and [due to] Pokémon matches. Secondly, I do however agree that some of the pokemon's abilities in the series and movie do hinge on occultist beliefs. There are a few types of Pokémon that have or are referred to as psychic pokemon due to the nature of their powers—such as [the ability to] disable another Pokémon's moves [as] useless. And psychic. A mental blast projected at the opponent with devastating results…
Stephen Baker


Avoid—This show is highly sexually suggestive. I am a father and watched the first 20 minutes of the show (1/19/01) with my 15 year old daughter. The setting for the show involves teenagers in highschool. They went from one couple to another all about whether or not they will have sex. In one scene two girls were watching a porn movie so that they can find out what guys want in a girl. In another, two guys hired a prostitute for their virgin friend. This is a show kids should avoid!
William Hernandez, Jr., age 36

The Powerpuff Girls

Caution—Adult humor… not actually for kids. Only good thing about this is that it teaches teamwork, but at the same time it teaches that violence is the answer to doing bad. Just a little crime, though maybe an accident, can turn you black-and-blue. Like in the episode "Mime For A Change," the clown didn't know what he was doing when he turned everything into black-and-white, but he still received a punishment. A crime like that should be just forgiven. This show is definitely not for kids, or maybe even christians.
ICQgirl, age 13
Caution—I have watched this program one or two times and find it to be targeted mostly at adults. The humor and story line cannot be understood by children. It is extremely violent and I do not recommend it allowing children to watch it.
Carla, age 28
Usually Okay—This is one of the best cartoon shows I've ever seen. It's sort of like a spoof of classic super-hero cartoons, except that the heroes are three 5-year old girls. Overall, this is a very good show, except for the violence. In one episode, one of the powerpuff girls “finds” a set of golf clubs and gives them to the Professor for his birthday. She later learns that “finding” something and not giving it back to its owner is the same as stealing. This show is full of moral topics that young children deal with, but without being preachy. I showed "Powerpuff Girls" to my younger cousin, and he loves that show. I'm glad. I'd rather he watch "Powerpuff Girls" than those ultra-violent "kid's shows" like "Mystic Knights".
Josh Johnson, age 19
Usually Okay—Three ultra-cute kindergarten aged girls - Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup - are created due to a botched expiriment by Professor Utonium. They have super powers and save Townsville from villains and monsters. They are supported by the Professor, who is a VERY good father figure for them. The good: The cartoon is very fun. The girls use teamwork to win. They have much love for each other, their town, and their Professor. Many moral issues are presented, but are not heavy handed at all. The Professor -their father figure- cares for the girls very much, and is not afraid to punish if he needs to (which isn't much for these girls). He centers his priorities around them, not his work. The “bad”: this is a somewhat violent cartoon. It's all cartoonish, but can be excessive for very young kids…or for those hyperactive kids who have a hard time deciding between fact and fiction. Overall: This is a creative, funny, and silly cartoon. The humor is usually found in the idea of 5-year-old, cute-as-a-bug girls beating up giant monsters. It is “adult” humor without the adult language or adult sex (much like "Pinky and the Brain").
Justin, age 22

The Practice

Caution—Overall The Practice is a high quality show and they usually try to address some issue in court, that is well worth consideration. However, sometimes they end up promoting the wrong thing to do. For instance in one episode, a young girl is being prosecuted for dealing drugs and getting caught with some on her. She gets away scott free even though the judge said himself she thought she was guilty, what's worse is that she tells her lawyer that the next time she gets in trouble she will come to her again. Watch the show but realize where they mess up and talk it over with your family members, use it as a way to bring up heavy topics for discussion.
Jared Olinger, age 17
Usually Okay—I have been watching the Practice for about 3 years now and have enjoyed almost every episode. I like it because they keep the characters mostly on job and don't show too much of their "personal lives" which is where most shows turn to sex and other questionable things to hike their ratings. The shows are usually just about the cases. Anyway, it's a great show, and I highly recommend it.
Ray, age 26

The Pretender

Usually Okay—I really enjoy this show. I would recommend this to almost anyone. It is the only show I watch regularly. I think it might be confusing and maybe scary to children, as they can't understand what going on, but for adults, I think it is great.
Erin, age 19
Caution—Tends to be a bit on the violent side. It can be viewed that what was done to Jerod as he was growing up as being sadistic. Language is bad at times.
Tim Emmerich

Promised Land

Usually Okay—We enjoy watching this show as a family. It shows many family values sadly missing in today's TV line-up. When the grandchildren come in they know the proper shows will be watched, and this has become a favorite. Was very sorry it has been taken off the Thursday night line up, and hope it will be returned.
Mary Dougherty, age 69
Usually Okay—This is a great wholesome family show in which none of the Trinity are shown in a negative way. While it is certainly not a Bible study, the Lord is glorified and called [upon] frequently. I enjoy watching this with all my family.
Dennis White, age 47
Comments from young people
Usually OkayPromised Land is a quality family show that I recommend to anyone interested in family programming and quality. The Greenes (the family the show is about) travel across the USA and help people with problems while being helped sometimes too. The Greenes started across the USA with word from Tess (angel supervisor on Touched by an Angel) that God wanted the Greenes to travel across America and help people while seeing the country. I love to watch the show each Thursday and look forward to seeing where the Greenes will end up each week. This new season the Greenes will be settling down in a racially mixed neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.

Hopefully with the Greenes settling down the show can develop more plot lines and develop each character more. One of the characters, Josh Greene, who is played by Austin O'Brien, is a Christian. Austin has stood up for his beliefs on the show and in real life. We need some more actors/actresses that will stand up like Austin and say to the world that they are a Christian and not ashamed of it.
Nathanael Worthington, age 17


Avoid—A big fan of the show for awhile I quickly changed my tune. Now I would say avoid. 1-The show makes pre martial sex seem common place and a normal part of life against Biblical standards. 2-Most of the characters quickly become corn and/or annoying especially the younger daughter Joanie. The only solid, well-developed character, the father, Jim, gets into a accident which changes him. 3-As a show in general, the plot is flat and disappointing.
Nicole Hoffman, age 15
Usually Okay—This is a sweet family show. It has comedy and drama. Even though it's not always believable, it is always enjoyable. Younger kids probably won't find it interesting, but if they do, it's usually wholesome viewing material.
Ali S., age 22

Quantum Leap

Usually Okay—I have been a big fan of this show since it first aired back in 1989. The opening scene of the show explains it all. It's about a scientist named Sam Beckett who while trying to prove his theory that people could travel within their own life time puts himself in his Quantum Leap accelerator and accidentally “leaps” himself into the past. He is guided by his friend Al who is still in the future so he appears to Sam as a hologram who Sam can see but other people can't, that's because Al has tuned the head computer named Ziggy to Sam's brain waves only. The show centers around Sam leaping into the place of the person back in time while that person leaps to the future and is held in a room called "the waiting room" so Sam can fix what is wrong right again.

He believes he is being leaped around by God in order to help people. Al leaps around with him to tell him why he thinks he's there to do, every good deed he does causes him to leap to the next place.

Oh yeah, and Sam see's the persons reflection in the mirror that he replaced. I know my review sounds confusing but believe me it makes sense if you watch it from the very beginning. My favorite episode is called "A Song for the Soul" where he leaps into the place of a female teenager of an all girls singing group. He must help keep the lead singer out of the clutches of a sleezy nightclub owner named Bobby (Eric LaSalle) and help reunite the girl with her father who is a minister.

The ending is sweet because she sings his eye is on the sparrow to her father and they reunite again. There are questionable scenes in some episodes with sex, but almost all the episodes have wonderful heart warming stories of faith, love, humor, and a good message of helping others. Check this show out and see what you think.
Jennifer Conway, age 23

The Real World

Avoid—One of the most heinous shows on T.V. [this one's on MTV]. Casual sex, sexual innuendo, foul language, hedonism…
George, age 36
Avoid—The steady show of homosexuality is pushing children to view it as normal behavior. I strongly disagree with this use and The Real Worlds way of subjecting our children to their way of life.
Micheal Ross, age 21
Caution—An interesting experiment: seven young people in their late teens and early twenties of various genders and races are put into a fabulous house in a different city each season to see how and if they get along. The first and arguably best of the current reality show craze. Roommates get into deep subjects such as racism, politics, sexism, relationships, etc. Some of the roommates have and make questionable lifestyle choices, and this is shown onscreen. A good way to have discussions with teens about what and what is not acceptable behavior.
Hillari Hunter, age 39
Avoid—Contains nudity, homosexuality, fornication, bad language, calumny.
Rosemary Gunsett, age 54
Comments from young people
Caution—…an interesting show. Though it has a lot of things I would object to it provides good topics for discussions on morality, judgement, and lifestyles. It also is a learning experience in topics such as racism, sexuality, and choices.
Rebecca, age 13

The Red Green Show

Caution—This Canadian classic features men at our mechanical worst, and yet also has some redeeming value. Badly-dressed (and probably badly-washed) men band-aid, tape, glue, and otherwise jury-rig everything mechanical together. ("If women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!") Sometimes features mild comic violence. Red is usually trying to cut corners (accepts an unwarranted tax refund, picks up crates of nectarines that aren't his which were abandoned after an accident, etc.) and ignore good ethics, and his geeky nephew plays the role of conscience and is proven right at the end of the show, at which Red always ends with a veiled message of love to his wife.

So while not something which will draw you closer to the Lord, this shouldn't do much damage either. Of course, compared to most *Hollywood* fare, this is fantastic. Given that television is not usually an uplifting medium, this is probably one of the more harmless shows one could watch. I don't feel damaged in the soul afterwards, and often have a good laugh at myself and my gender.
Tim Williams, age 33

Road to Avonlea

Usually Okay—Excellent show for the whole family. Not overtly Christian, though the characters do go to church. However, it is clean, and fun. There is no profanity, no sex, etc. The closest thing we see to nudity is a little girl in petticoat and bloomers after she is pushed in the mud by her cousin. First few seasons focus on the relationships between Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley) and the other children, after Sara is sent to live on Prince Edward Island with her stern Aunt Hetty when her father gets into legal and financial trouble. As the show continues, we see the children grow up and the adults have more focus, as well as Sara's cousin, Felicity, after Sara goes away to study. I would rate this show very highly and recommend renting the videos if it is not in your local programming.
Amy, age 22



Avoid—This cartoon uses words that anyone, much less children, should use. The oldest character calls the younger children “stupid” and “dumb”. Attitudes and behavior shown are not something I would like my children to see.
S. Norsworthy, age 33
Caution—In the past, I felt there was no harm in my children watching this program. Today, there is no problem with our 10 year old, but our 7 year old was acting like Angelica showing no respect toward others. There were only two places she learned this behavior, the T.V., or the Christian school (a good school) she attends. She watched Rugrats for years, and is not allowed to watch it anymore. She cannot differentiate between whose behavior is good and whose is not acceptable.
Craig Belmont, age 44
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