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Parents Television Council Doesn't Think Glee Is Family Friendly!

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A parental advocacy group, the Parents Television Council, is upset that the Los Angeles Times deemed Glee as "family-friendly" programming! Melissa Henson, the PTC's Director of Communications and Public Education says:

"There seems to be a big difference in what Hollywood will put out there as family friendly entertainment, or tell us is family friendly entertainment, and how it is actually perceived by the rest of the country.

"Very few of our members would feel comfortable allowing their children to watch most of the programs that were cited in that article as being evidence that the networks are turning back the clocks and introducing more family friendly programs.”

Other programs under attack were Cougar Town and Two and a Half Men.

The PTC is angered with Glee because of the "sexual themes" involving high school students, recreational drug use and the lying and manipulation that takes place in the plot.

But times have changed people! It's not all Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show anymore, so we think Glee and other shows deal with the issues of present day pretty well!

What do U think?

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78 comments to “Parents Television Council Doesn't Think Glee Is Family Friendly!”

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    Glee is one of the most family-friendly shows out there. It's ridiculous that people get so upset over "lying and manipulating." Watch it with your kids, if you feel that's bad, and explain to them what's wrong! A little communication goes a long way, people!

  3. 3

    Don't get me wrong, I love Glee! But, I don't think it's appropriate for younger kids (which is why it's on after 9pm). We don't let our 8 yr. old watch the show, but we do try to find the musical #s and listen to the songs.

  4. 4

    I love Glee, it's in my top 5 favorite shows. However, I wouldn't let my 5 and 6 year olds watch it. Now, if they were 13 and 12, I would if they were interested. But it would be with me so we could discuss the grown-up topics. Great opportunity to have that open communication.

  5. 5

    Yeah..obviously their stuck in the 1950's. Hate to say this..our kids are exposed while being in school to a whole ton of stuff My 8 year old daughter came back the other day telling me that her classmate told her she was a lesbian. So instead of pushing the subject to the back of the burner…we had a discussion about it. Some people rather be in denial that kids are sooooo advanced and promiscous these days.

  6. 6

    They are probably offended that there is a gay teenager in the show. Because, you know… in the towns where people like this live there is no such thing!

  7. 7

    Harmless fun, although I wouldn't put Cougar Town and 2 1/2 men in the same category as Glee.

  8. 8

    What recreational drug use in Glee?!

  9. 9

    Perez . GET OFF YOUR GOD DAMNED MORAL HORSE ALREADY. Do you really think anyone cares about what a douchebag like you has to say anymore? I liked it when you stuck to your guns and were nothing but a raw gossip monger with no morals but now it seem that you think you are the moral compass of the celebrity world and bitch you aint it.

    Your site is nothing but one big product placement. we cant even click on a goddamn video without having to watch a stupid commercial first. And then there's you vacillating back and forth between love and hate with celebrities. first you hated ugly betty, now you hate to see it go. First you trash Lindsay but the bitch shows up at your party and now you keep her on the down low. The only thing you seem to be consistent with is your hatred towards Jennifer Love Hewitt which I don't know if you have noticed, but nobody here gets.

    Who cares what the parent televison council thinks, bitch? Where's the real juice baby??? When did this site go from being the poor man's enquirer to being my grandma's reader's digest???

    Id never thought I would say this but girl you bore me.

  10. 10

    I agree with the council. Maybe we wouldnt have those present day issues if television programs didnt gloriful them.

  11. 11

    If you knew your kid was gay you'd have no problem letting him watch. He's gonna be effeminate every else in life too, he might as well watch Glee… If your kid is straight, he probly isnt gonna want to watch, and watching wouldn't make him into a "gay". But whatever, they have now taken the word "family" and turned it into "anti-gay", and it's hard to tell how far they are going with that. Funny when one of their kids (despite ALL efforts) still ends up being a "gay", though.

  12. 12

    Well I have to agree on the Cougar Town and Two and a Half Men, I would not want my 9 year old to watch those, but we love Glee!

  13. 13

    The "family friendly" groups like PTC prefer programs that appeal to fantasy; worlds where drugs, sex, and harassment don't exist or are played down to a ridiculous extent. There is nothing on Glee that couldn't be explained to someone in middle school or even late elementary. Parents have more to fear from their own inability to parent than TV…because if they aren't dense then they will acknowledge the lack of blurs or bleeps on their child's school playground where their perceptions are being shaped to a strong extent.

    I watched Cops

  14. 14

    Re: Anca Kobori – No offense, but you'd be a horrible mother if you think that Glee is one of "the most family-friendly shows out there"
    You must have really low standards.

  15. 15

    Two and a half men is not very kid friendly, lot of sexual references.
    My 12 year old was watching "What I like About you" which is on ABC Family and they were outright talking about sex. It wasn't really appropriate. And "Grounded for life" I saw that one time and it was something about strippers at a b-day party.
    You cannot assume that because it's on ABC FAMILY that it is a FAMILY PROGRAM!

  16. 16

    Re: WMariah – hey "sweetie"…GO FUCK YOURSELF!

  17. 17

    Are they insane? It's one of the most family-friendly shows in primetime right now! The fact that they depict the very real consequences for things like premarital sex and drug use (Quinn's pregnancy being the best example) makes it something I think every parent should watch with their children. Just sweeping things like that under the rug doesn't make it go away, it makes children unprepared for the choices they'll have to make in the real world!

  18. 18

    Re: WMariah – and you might want to learn to spell…it's THEY'RE not THEIR….and you call me a stupid bitch…hahaha

  19. 19

    Depends on the age of the child. If we're talking grade or middle school I'd say no. There are sexual situations, pregnant teen who has slept with 2 boys and lying about the father. There is Schuster and the other teacher lusting for one another. I am an adult and I love the show but I let my grade school son watch with me and when he began asking lots of questions I realized maybe it wasn't for little kids.

  20. 20

    I'm pretty sure the council would change their tune [no pun intended] if there wasn't an openly gay main character on the show. It's frikken 2010!

    Oh, and I guess the whole teenage pregnancy thing too.

  21. 21

    I agree w/ Glee not being a family friendly show.. But, I do not agree that its as bad as Two and a Half Men.. That show is just horrible.. Why don't you just let them watch Family Guy.. (oh wait, its a cartoon, so its okay)
    Do we still live in the "50's"? No.. But at some point you have to say that just because its on TV that does not make it okay.. And the parents that are letting your kids are the reason the rest of us have to have discussions w/ our kids before we feel its necessary.. Kids already know about it and have to deal w/ it because its just being perpetrated as normal by parents who are too lazy to do their homework, or just as bad, they want to be their "friends".

  22. 22

    The show is not family friendly. Have you watched the show. think of yourself sitting there with a 5-11 year old.
    50 % or more of it is inappropriate for that age group.

  23. bst62 says – reply to this


    I love Glee but won't allow my 10 & 12 year olds to watch it. It's simply not appropriate for younger kids. They do have the music on their ipods.

  24. bst62 says – reply to this


    Re: Jenjoy
    It's not a gay thing, there is just too much sex talk for a ten year old to hear. At least that's the reason in my house.

  25. 25

    Remember the scene where Finn has an orgasm in the hot tub? I don't think that's family friendly.

  26. 26

    Glee is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, but if I had a tween, or maybe even a young teen, I doubt I'd let him/her watch. Despite being set in a high school, it's not a show for kids, IMHO.

    What I find most sad is that someone needs a council to tell them whether or not a show is appropriate for their family. If your kid is interested in something, shouldn't you watch and decide for yourself if it's appropriate for your family?

  27. 27

    The Parents Television Council should focus on violence on TV, including cartoons.

    Teens being confronted to issues like sex, pregnancy, drug abuse, etc. is not a recent event localized in our modern times, as far as I know. I'm sure there's gotta be a few "very special" Happy Days episodes dealing with the same issues.

  28. 28

    I love Glee, but I would not let my child watch it until he/she were in high school. Just because kids are doing this and that these days doesn't make it alright. So kids are having sex at an earlier age now.. let's make tv shows broadcast it and tell kids that it's normal? No.. I think the PTC has the right to be concerned.

  29. 29

    I agree with this. I don't let my 12 year old niece watch this show with me. It has nothing to do with the gay kid (we're not a homophobic family) but more to do with the sexual aspects of it. IE: A pregnant cheerleader who didn't get pregnant by her boyfriend. The dance they did to Push It.

    No thanks for the young kids! Older teens, fine, but def. not for tweens or younger.

  30. 30

    Re: Miss-Dior

    EXACTLY what i was thinking. Glee is ok for older kids, like 13+ but definatley not ok for the little ones.

  31. 31

    That's kind of their point Perez/ghost writer, tv shows are getting more and more crude. Time's have changed in that aspect but maybe not for the better. I mean look at the garbage we have out now, The Hills, Jersey Shore, all these finding love shows such as Flavor Flav and Shot of Love and Rock of Love where they constantly show half naked women assaulting each other over petty crap. It's pretty disgusting in my opinion. Now I haven't watched Glee, so I can't comment on that one. I was merely retracting your last statement.

  32. 32

    I mean come on, look at this cover. the character's, who supposed to be some high school chick. skirt is going up. how is that an appropriate image for little kids?

  33. 33

    Please people. I was watching shows like Three's Company and Soap when I was 8, and most of the jokes that were adult in nature I didn't even understand or had actually already learned about in school. And if I was curious about something that I didn't understand on the show and asked my mom, she would give me a very watered down answer that was like the rated G version of the truth. You know, MOST adult situations can be explained in non-explicit ways, and they are lessons kids have to learn anyway. Better it comes from you, or kids on the street?

  34. 34

    The Council can fuck off.

  35. 35

    What the hell is that thing in the bottom right corner of the picture. Is that a headless dog? A sheep with its head turned around?

  36. 36

    omgodd lea michele looks totally cute…totally ignore what 'rents say

  37. 37


    You obviously do, you dumb cun*t.

  38. @v@ says – reply to this


    They have a point. I'm sure if they looked back and were truthful with themselves, some might acknowledge that it never really was all Happy Days and the Andy Griffith show, OR Little House. Those were only t.v. models that viewers might have decided to aspire to. When those t.v. models morph into questionable plots, their concern might be that that might be the new model; and without another, better model, it just well might be all for the kids to look at.

  39. 39

    America is ideologically retarded. For somewhere so economically forward thinking, you'd think they'd have stopped living in the 15th century when it comes to every other aspect of life.

  40. 40

    There seems to be a big difference in what PTC deems family friendly entertainment to what I and millions of others deem as family friendly.

    PTC should focus on their members since they are the only ones that care…maybe have classes on how parents should start taking responsibility on what they allow their kids to watch and not. PTC has some lazy butt parents that don't like to take the extra time to control what their kids watch.

  41. 41

    Re: bst62
    Yeah, I wasn't really considering all things when I initially posted, there has been so much talk lately regarding gay students that it was the first thing that popped into my mind. Everyone has their reasons for why they allow or don't allow their kids to watch certain shows…. violence, sex, lifestyle, etc. The truth of the matter is that kids are just growing up way too fast these days. The content of tv shows is changing, apparently to keep up with the pace. This is one of those topics that everyone should just agree to disagree on. What may be family friendly to my family, may not be to yours.

  42. 42

    get with the times people!! it's 2010!!!

  43. 43

    I understand that kids under 10 shouldnt be watching it, but why get all hot and bothered by it? Its on at 9pm, which is when your kids should be in bed anyways. i watched "The Simpsons" when i was too young, but it didnt make me a "bad" kid or anything and i didnt understand all the innuendos anyway. people need to calm down. i love glee!!!!! 5 more days!

  44. 44

    I'm a parent and I don't care what the Parent's Television Council thinks. I'm raising liberal, non-judgemental citizens of the globe. I take issue with any group who thinks they can dictate what is best for my children.

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  46. 46

    First of all wake up America. Hasn't this kind of stuff been going on since the beginning of time? It kills me people that think their kids are going to grow up and then just suddenly find out that the world has people that lie in it when they turn a certain age. Get a clue. Isn't a little better to let them see things for how they are while you are there? I mean sorry, but that is how it has been in my house. It is not like we screen porn, but oh my God people have babies and they aren't married and they live down the street, so do gay people, and people who lie, or get in trouble in life. That is how life goes parents of wonderful and I don't really think that shielding your children from everything is making you such a perfect parent. Maybe you should spend some more time getting your head out of your butt.

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  48. 48

    two and a half men could easily be considered inappropriate for children to see considering the sexual content of many of the jokes…but glee?? i have to disagree.

  49. 49

    I like Glee but I'm also a mother of a 2 young girls. The characters on Glee are absolutely terrible role models for my kids. There's nothing wrong with me not wanting my kids to grow up to be sluts.

  50. 50

    Re: CBenji – all of that is true.

  51. 51

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH WAIT WAIT WAIT? Glee not being family friendly parents its the most family friendly ull find right now because you have got to keep up with the pace of whats going on in the real world…i mean what do u want them to watch tom and jerry, teach kids about violence and trying to kill each other? the point is u can find something bad to every show on tv…i know people that do drugs like weed and shrooms because when they were little they watched dragon tales and always wanted to feel what those kids felt going to "magical" worlds…. the point is everybody should be allowed to watch what they think is ok, and with parent caution THE TV IS NOT THE FUCKEN BABYSITTER!…u wanna know how i leanred about sex? i watched Cruel Intentions when i was 10 and had my family explaining to me everything the whole way…and guess what im not manipulative or a slut

  52. 52

    I love Glee; and think it's great to share with older kids, I wish my teen boys liked it more. But my 10yo and 7yo don't need to be exposed to such mature themes. Childhood is short enough, no need to shorten it with age-inappropriate entertainment.

  53. 53

    Re: TheMAstley

    My 7 & 10 yo know many gays, doesn't mean that Glee is appropriate for them to watch. Why presume that the presence of gay characters is what's objectionable for kids to see?

  54. 54

    Re: WMariah – Of course an 8yo should know what a lesbian is, but that doesn't mean that she should watch a show about teenagers doing appropriate teen things, and adults doing not so appropriate adult things. They can know what marijuana is, but not be able to understand how an adult planting it on a student to blackmail that student, is funny (which in the context of the show, it is). The humor, sex, drugs and alcohol use are more mature than their ability to process.

  55. 55

    Re: Jenjoy – How do you read "not family-friendly" as "offensive"? Most adult television isn't family-friendly. Thank goodness.

  56. 56

    Re: face_time – There's a time (and it's not the same time for every child) and place for everything. Good sex education is age appropriate, and continues from infancy through teen years. What I discuss with my first grader and eighth grader are very different, though both get the truth, they get it geared to their age and maturity level.

  57. 57

    Glee is definitely NOT family friendly! I would never watch it around my 9 year old brother. It's an amazing show, but it's not appropriate for younger children at all. Sex is a huge theme on the show, and drugs have been in the story line as well. High school age and up is really the core audience. And it has nothing to do with the fact that there's a gay kid, it's the adult themes!

  58. 58

    Re: Bambi*Star – …and the teacher planting pot on a student for blackmail, and the pot bake sale fundraiser, and the fake pregnancy, and the adulterous crush, and the premature ejaculation, etc…

    It's okay, everything isn't designed for everybody. Glee's not for little kids; it's great for teens and adults.

  59. 59

    1. I would never tell someone what was right or wrong for their children to watch; that's sort of a free speach thing, ya' know.
    2, They, however, do not have the right to tell ME what my children (well future children) should or should not watch, but I can ignore them.
    3. Glee is a great show, and compared to others out there, quite tame. My neice has a beautiful voice (perfect pitch) but as a 9 year-old, she's desperate to not practice anything after 4 hours of homework (uhm, Teachers Association, do YOU do that much work at night & as an adult? Yeah, I didn't think so.). But when she watches "Glee" she breaks out the sheet music and goes at it. She's 9 and has her first CD.
    4. In summation, thank you "Glee" for helping my naturally gifted Goddaughter fight for her dreams.

  60. 60

    Oh! One more thing! Change the effing channel if you're soooooo offended. FYI - YOU'RE the parent, not the networks. OMG.

  61. 61

    The Parents Television Council is full of a bunch of prudes. Idiots

  62. 62

    glee is one of the few family friendly shows i enjoy. these people need to get a grip

  63. 63

    I agree. I've seen a couple of episodes and I do NOT think that they are appropriate for our youth. Premarital sex, drug use, infidelity, and teenage pregnancy may be a reality but they should not be belittled by throwing a fucking song and dance around it. Lady GAGA does not make it all ok in the end. I wouldn't let my kids watch it, and that goes for the Secret Life of an American Dumbass too!

  64. 64

    So true, they´re all slags, and that´s why we love them! :)

  65. 65

    The PTC are very , very very conservative and this is boring and unsurprising news

  66. 66

    PS: I agree with the people saying that Glee is one of the most tame , safe shows out there. It's cute and mostly innocent and I think it teaches an important lesson about inclusion. Some of the Glee characters are gay , handicapped, etc. but they prove thier just as talented and funny as anybody. I seriously don't see anything remotely scandalous about Glee , but then again maybe I'm just a whore.

  67. 67

    is the girl in the middle supposed to be SNL Superstar Mary Katherine Gallagher?

  68. 68

    Re: Sgt Salt
    I don't think watching Glee will have an impact on whether or not your kids grow up to be sluts.

  69. 69

    i feel like the PTC thinks a family is parents and young children, but thats not the case. so while those shows that they say aren't family friendly may not be for families with young children, they would be perfectly ok & family friendly for a family with older children.

  70. 70

    tell them to go watch reruns of 7th Heaven and Touched By An Angel

  71. 71

    parents television council thought Friends wasn't family friendly. FRIENDS. i think that says enough about what they consider family friendly. do they even exist?

  72. 72

    Well The Womens Christian Temperance and Ice Cream Social Clubs says it aces!

  73. 73

    Re: Poindexter-X – Lol…a short and sweet version of the more lengthy arguments.

  74. 74

    Glee definitely isn't family-friendly. I dread watching it with my younger sister because of the constant sexual references and other things

  75. 75

    Its all pretty harmless on Glee. stupid conservative groups, we all know theyre a bunch of annoying, idiotic prudes

  76. 76

    Sorry Parents Television Council but anything on after 9pm shouldn't have to be ok for a child to watch BECAUSE they should be in frickin BED!!!! I love all those shows!!! Most kids SHOULD NOT be up past 9pm anyways. My daughter is 5yrs old and only gets an hour of tv a day. I believe its up to the parents to make sure they know what their kids are watching. This means no TV's in their bedrooms. Parents want to blame anyone else but themselves for not making sure what their kids are doing.

  77. 77

    It's not family friendly if your an inbred, home schooled by religious zealots, delusional freak raised by socially retarded parents. I despise these group that think they are the only ones raising decent families. They are raising future suicide bombers.

  78. 78

    I give them cougar town and two and a half men, there is a considerable amount of alcohol and sex situations there…and well i would give glee a more high schooler kind of rating and schedule, but i don't think the show is really to blame, nor the networks. parents need to actually be parents and check what their kids are watching