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American Dad on Fox

RATING: TV-14 DLV

 

American Dad has without a doubt been one of the most profoundly offensive shows ever to air on the Fox network. Parents who attempt to be responsible are undermined by the Fox network’s refusal to rate programs appropriately -- as the episode of American Dad aired January 6th at 7:00 p.m. demonstrated. The episode, in which Stan promises to introduce his son to a centerfold, also contained other sexual situations and dialogue, but was not flagged for sexual content.

 

When Stan’s son Steve becomes a successful author, Stan encourages him to become the “bad boy” of children’s literature by offering to introduce to a Playboy centerfold. Stan hands Steve a magazine and unfolds a picture of a sexy woman. Steve buys a huge mansion where he can indulge his adolescent fantasies, one of which is watching “girl-on-girl action.” (The “action” entails two women clad in lingerie playing an intense game of chess, but the smutty reference remains.) Steve ultimately decides to sue for emancipation from his parents. Stan is horrified and, desperate to win back Steve’s affections, he brings the promised centerfold to Steve’s house. Wearing only lingerie, the aged model (who had been a centerfold back in the ‘50s) dances for Steve until she collapses. The sexual imagery shown in the episode warranted an “S” descriptor; but if Fox accurately rated their programs, the V-Chip might actually work. Clearly this would not be in Fox’s interest.

 

That this offensive and highly inappropriate program was aired at such an early hour is despicable; but the refusal to rate it appropriately was typical of the irresponsibility viewers can expect from Fox.

 

If you agree that this program was inadequately rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at tvomb@usa.net and let them know that the TV ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate content.    

 

For more information about the TV ratings, please visit http://www.tvguidelines.org/contact.asp.


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