HOW BAD CAN TV GET?

Most people learn behavior and language by observation. Conscientious creators of popular entertainment realize that they have a responsibility to broaden and deepen the audience's understanding of themselves. Differentiating between good and bad models is part of that responsibility. The greatest authors, playwrights, and directors have interpreted the world for the audience, helping the public not merely absorb but understand. Unfortunately, a recent desire to depict concrete phenomena has stripped popular culture of its insight into abstract reality. Characters' facile behavior is indistinguishable from responsble conduct. A young person can watch a screen for hours a day without becoming enlightened about how people choose to do what they do, and what other options exist.

No matter how many careless, erroneous, distorted, or self-serving broadcasts appear on television, stations manage to keep their licenses. The FCC seems to tolerate rampant misuse of our public airwaves.

Read specific documentation of the problems and mistakes of TV entertainment. (See also complaints about news and sports on network and local TV.)


American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Entertainment

Academy Awards

"The Beatles Revolution"

The Drew Carey Show

Dharma & Greg

Dragnet

The Geena Davis Show

Growing Pains

Hope & Faith

Moonlighting

Politically Incorrect

The Practice

Turn-On


Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Entertainment

Advertising

"AFI: 100 Years . . . 100 Songs"

The Andy Griffith Show

Becker

Chicago Hope

City of Angels

Cold Case

CSI

CSI Miami

This knock-off stretches the truth to the breaking point.

Diagnosis Murder

The District

Early Edition

The Ellen Show

Everybody Loves Raymond

Family Law

The writers must know nothing about legal practice or common sense.

First Monday

48 Hours

The Fugitive

JAG

Judging Amy

King of Queens

Ladies' Man

Late Show

Late Late Show

Murphy Brown

Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Based on the name, this must be about a branch of the Department of Redundancy Department.

Shark

Presidio Med

Thanks

That's Life

Two and a Half Men

Welcome to New York

Without a Trace

Work with Me

Movies


Fox Entertainment

Boston Public

Talk Show


National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Entertainment

Entertainment programming on NBC is not much better than its news:

Caroline in the City

Frasier

Friends

The Home Court

Hope and Gloria

Jesse

Just Shoot Me

Larroquette

Last Call

Last Comic Standing

Late Night

Later

Law and Order

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Mad About You

The Michael Richards Show

Newsradio

Providence

(NBC) Saturday Night (Live)

The severe downfall of this legendary series in recent years is a great disappointment to fans of the witty satire that was originally its staple.

Second City Television

Seinfeld

Thank God You're Here

The Tonight Show

Tucker

Whoopi

Will & Grace

Wings

Movies


Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Entertainment

American Masters

Charlie Rose

DNA

This excrutiatingly slow series focused too narrowly on James Watson, ignoring predecessors like Gregor Mendel who established the context that made Watson's work possible.

Evening at Pops

Fast Focus

First Measured Century

Full Circle

Mark Russell Comedy Special

McLaughlin Group

Nova

Now



Riverdance: Live from Geneva



Sesame Street

Voyageur Experience in Global Geography


Comedy Central

The Daily Show

Win Ben Stein's Money


Syndicated Entertainment

Access Hollywood

Baywatch

Dr. Phil

It is unfortunate that Dr. Phil chooses to use his show to promote the dubious taste of his wife, Robin, and the meager psychological insight of his son Jay, a law student.

Ebert & Roeper

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Entertainment Tonight

Frasier

Hollywood Squares

Hot Ticket

Inside Edition

Jeopardy

Life Moments

Montel

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Outer Limits

Reel Talk

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

Seinfeld

Siskel & Ebert & the Movies

The View

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?


Where to complain

Complain to the White House at feedback@www.whitehouse.gov.

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