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Here Come the Newlyweds

Rating: TV-PG DL

Network: ABC


ABC’s Here Come the Newlyweds is a reality show in which newly married couples compete for a chance to win a life-altering cash prize. In the June 8th episode (10:00 p.m. ET), the couples were quizzed on how much they knew about their spouse, learned from a tantric educator, and competed in a challenge at a hardware store.


The episode was rife with sexual content. After one of the wives, Mrs. Hinkins, describes her first gift to her husband as a set of sheets featuring characters from the Disney movie Cars, another couple crassly wonders if Mrs. Hinkins “is getting bent over on them.” Next, the couples are shown in a montage talking about foreplay with their partners. Later, a tantric educator visits the house and teaches the couples to active their “orgasmic energy” and be responsible for their own “orgasmicness.”


But there was still more sexual content to come in this episode, which the ABC network chose to rate PG. As the couples lounge around a pool, the Corlisses describe their first sexual encounter together, and how they destroyed the house in the process. The challenge in this episode took place at a hardware store where the husbands had to describe to their wives each item they needed to buy without using the item’s name. Mark Corliss describes “rope” to his wife as “If I wanted to tie you up with it, I’d use it.” Because of the sheer frequency of sexual content, this episode should have been rated TV-14 DL.


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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