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American Dad on Fox


Pornography has steadily migrated from the dark underbelly of the internet and into prime time.  In our hyper-sexualized culture, teens are continually assailed with images derived from the adult entertainment industry.  This troubling trend was made very apparent in the February 8th episode of Fox’s American Dad (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET).  For graphic sexual dialogue, racy content, and for bringing the porn industry into the homes of millions of families, American Dad rightly deserves the label Worst TV Show of the Week.


The episode begins with Roger, the alien who lives with the Smith family, posing as porn screenwriter extraordinaire Freddy Underwood.  His old producer, Helicopter Perry, wants to capture the magic of their previous collaborations: 


HELICOPTER:  “The internet's killing me, Freddy.  Every frat boy with a digital camera thinks he's a filmmaker now.”


ROGER:  “I've seen what you speak of.  Dumpster sluts and the like.  There's no art in it anymore.”


HELICOPTER:  “Freddie, I'm here because you wrote Wetness, the greatest porn film I ever made.  I need you to give me that same magic again.”


Roger’s first draft, however, is out-of-touch with modern pornography, and Helicopter hires high school student Steve to help Roger.  As they sit in Helicopter’s office, there are posters in the background showing Helicopter’s past porn movies, including Wetness (according to the caption, “Voted Best Three-way, 1982”) and [something] Orient (“Named Best Bukkake, 2000”).


Roger and Steve sit at a diner and try to brainstorm new scenarios.  Unbeknownst to them, in the background, two blonde waitresses perform suggestive gestures as they fix the air conditioner.  One waitress straps a tool belt around the other.  They pull out a long wrench resembling a phallus and grip the middle.  The scene cuts away to Roger’s description of a sexual fantasy wherein he plays a pool boy/pizza delivery guy.  When the scene returns to the diner, the waitresses are pulling the wrench back and forth while they grunt.  The A/C hums back to life and blows cool air.  One waitress coos, “Ah, right in my face.”  Moments later, one waitress pours whipped cream on a slice of pie and accidentally splashes some on the other waitress’ breasts.  They proceed to have a whipped cream fight; streams of it spray between their bosoms.  One waitress ends up on top of the other.  “How does that taste?” she asks.  Eventually, one is shown on all fours while the other girl rides her and spanks her behind. 


The sexual content in this episode certainly warranted an “S” descriptor since it was only rated TV-14 DVL.  Mentions of three-ways, orgies, and bukkake, as well as suggestive depictions of lesbian foreplay, do not belong in prime time.  American Dad‘s glee in mainstreaming pornography is potentially harmful to the young viewers drawn to this toxic cartoon.  Parents should be aware that the adult content on the internet is seeping into their homes.


For sexually explicit dialogue and suggestive sexual depictions, American Dad has been named

Worst TV Show of the Week.


Worst TV Show of the Week

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