Skip to comments.Top Television Shows Today Full of Garbage
Posted on 03/04/2013 8:22:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
If you stopped watching network television awhile ago because it had gotten so bad, you made the correct decision. It has continued to get worse. A few years ago, network television became dominated by cheaply made reality TV shows and talent contests, sitcoms with hyperactive manic characters, and socially liberal themes. Television has always pushed the edge when it comes to socially progressive themes. But at what point does it go too far? Perhaps when there are no other options left during prime time network TV.
The top ten most popular TV shows last fall contained few choices for traditional conservatives, unless they enjoy watching football. The first, fourth and tenth most popular shows were Sunday Night Football, Sunday Night Pre-Kick and The OT (NFL wrap-up) respectively.
The second most popular TV show last fall was Modern Family, which features the lives of three families, including two gay men and their daughter. There is profanity and one episode implied that teenage sex was appropriate. The Big Bang Theory was the third most popular show last fall. The plot is based on the lives of some nerdy guys and a beautiful woman who tries to teach them social skills. It features frequent discussions about sex including masturbation, and is sprinkled with profanity.
The fourth and ninth most popular show was a pseudo-reality voice talent show, The Voice. It features various musical artists as judges, some who are quite trashy. The sixth most popular program, the medical show Grey's Anatomy, features a lesbian character, profanity and plenty of extramarital sex.
NCIS, which stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, was the seventh most popular show. It is a drama about investigating crime, and at first glance would seem to be an educational show for those considering a profession in law enforcement. Unfortunately, it contains profanity, plenty of sexual hookups and frequent discussion of kinky sexual fetishes. The Family Guy is an animated show that ranked as eighth most popular. It contains plenty of profanity. One of the children has an ambiguous sexual orientation, and a family neighbor is a sex-crazed bachelor.
The Parents Television Council (PTV) gives The Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Gray's Anatomy their most serious rating of red, completely unsuitable for children. Modern Family is rated yellow, which may be inappropriate for children. These are just the current crop of popular TV shows; and likely not even the worst within the last 20 or so years. The profane words have become harsher in recent years, and the greatest increase in the use of them has been during the 8 p.m. Eastern family hour slot. PTV found that profanity on broadcast television increased 69 percent between 2005 and 2010.
Whether one has a problem with gay sexual orientation or not, why does sex and profanity need to be a theme in so many shows? TV shows with adult themes used to be accessible only on cable television or outside of primetime hours. Now, with the exception of sports shows, it is impossible to sit down with children and watch one of the top ten television shows on network TV without exposing them to sex and profanity. Many adults find the prevalence of sex and profanity offensive. Polls repeatedly show that more than half the population would like stricter controls over the profanity and sex in broadcast television. A significant segment of the population does not want to watch shows laden with gratuitous sex and profanity every evening. As a result, network viewership continues to drop every year. Last fall, ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC combined for a 9 percent drop in viewers in the coveted 18-to-49 age bracket.
The reason there is a disconnect between what people want to watch, and what gets shown, is because wealthy liberal Hollywood elites who produce the shows get to call the shots. The viewers never get an honest choice, because the money is all dumped into the elites' ideal shows, giving them a huge advantage through advertising, prime time slots, top actors and extra bells and whistles. Most television viewers have never heard of the relatively new show Flashpoint, for example, because it was only carried by limited stations in the late evening. Featuring the members of a highly skilled law enforcement team, it portrayed serious drama that touched upon politically incorrect subjects such as mothers kidnapping their children and Islamic terrorism.
There needs to be more shows during primetime like Flashpoint and V, the science fiction series, which was good, clean, scary alien fun. Or shows like Seinfeld, which poked fun at controversial or taboo subjects instead of taking a position on them. While the influx of musical talent competitions has brought with it some cleaner material, there is no trained acting, it is merely a step above cheaply produced reality shows. Viewers are finally tiring of American Idol.
Until network TV starts reflecting a broader diversity of content, people are going to continue migrating to Facebook and Netflix instead, where they can choose their content. Add in the constant commercials on network TV, and it's a no-brainer for viewers to make the move away from network TV. If wealthy TV producers want to remain wealthy, they had better start creating shows for those of us who don't enjoy gratuitous sex and profanity in our living rooms every evening.
1. Sunday Night Football (NBC) 7.7 rating/19 share
2. Modern Family (ABC) 5.8/15
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 5.7/18
4. Sunday Night Pre-Kick (NBC) 5.6/15
5. The Voice (NBC) 5.1/13
6. Grey's Anatomy (NBC) 5.0/13
7. NCIS (CBS) 4.5/13
7. The Family Guy (FOX) 4.5/11
9. The Voice Tuesday (NBC) 4.5/13
10. The OT (Fox) 4.4/13
11. Revolution (NBC) 4.3/11
11. Football Night in America (NBC) 4.3/12
13. Two and a Half Men (CBS) 4.1/12
13. Once Upon a Time (ABC) 4.1/10
15. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 4.0/10
15. Glee (FOX) 4.0/11
15. The Simpsons (FOX) 4.0/10
18. The X Factor Wednesday (FOX) 3.9/11
19. How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 3.8/11
20. NCIS:Los Angeles (CBS) 3.7/10
20. New Girl (FOX) 3.7/10
22. X Factor Thursday 3.3/10
22. Person of Interest (CBS) 3.6/10
24. Criminal Minds (CBS) 3.5/9
24. Elementary (CBS) 3.5/10
26. Revenge (ABC) 3.4/8
26. Mike & Molly (CBS) 3.4/8
28. Survivor: Philippines (CBS) 3.3/10
29. American Dad (FOX) 3.1/7
30. The Middle (ABC) 3.0/9
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I beg to differ. If they WERE full of garbage, it would be an improvement.
The one signature characteristic of successful people I know is that none of them have time to watch television.
Have to disagree about the Big Bang Theory. One of the best shows ever on TV.
It looks like cable shows were excluded from the list. Or do they not rate even that high?
of the 30 i watch BIG BANG THEORY, NCIS and sunday football is on if nothing else is on or if i am working.
BONES, MAJOR CRIMES, LEVERAGE reruns, CASTLE, BLUE BLOODS, WHITE COLLAR, BURN NOTICE, COVERT AFFAIRS. FALLING SKIES
But they do have time to be addicted to Free Republic.
Boy ain’t that the truth. I took care of my folks in their last years and during that time, I just stopped watching TV. They had reduced the cable menu to the lowest, cheapest tier, leaving only very few things on I *might* have been interested in. But also because they had to have the the thing screaming loud in order to hear it, loud enough so I couldn’t stand being in the same room.
5+ years go by and I just lost the habit of watching the stupid thing. Now I am on the road and great! Every motel room has a TV.
Talking about the most inane, stupid blather nonsense drivel idiocy. I am sure there some good movies to watch and I will confess to watching one every now and again.
All I can say is, the box turns your brain into sawdust.
I never watch network TV, ever. I can’t even remember the last time I watched what I like to call “The communist propaganda machine”. I think I watched a few minutes last year before I got disgusted and shut it off. Everything I watch is cable like Foxnews or series TV on cable like Breaking bad, Walking dead, Boardwalk Empire, shows that blow the communist propaganda machine out the water.
On the other hand, last night’s opener of Vikings was terrific.
Best show on TV is ‘Top Gear (UK version)’ and.. Is ‘The Office’ still on? Great show too! The rest SUCKS.
Our house likes Once Upon a Time, Elementary, Person of Interest.
The Middle is a pretty good show. The only one I watch with any regularity. Cannot recall anything particularly objectionable on it.
Yup! The off button works fine on all the tv’s in our house.
If we watch tv at all, it’s either something like Home and Garden TV, sometimes the Pawn Shop and Pickers, and old movies or a series on Netflex.
We also are reading more.
Now it's the other way 'round. If you want to watch something wholesome, you have to go to cable.
For example, we've been watching re-runs of "Touched By an Angel" on GMC, channel 188 on Dish.
I watch the Novelas on the Spanish channel...the wife got me hooked on them, and now they have English subtitles.
There is still some decent programming, but it has sadly become a niche audience.
The major networks are the worst because they for the most part resort to the lowest common denominator for programming.
HBO and premium channels can be more intellectual at times, but they sadly fall into the obsession with depicting excessive sex and violence “because they can” IMO.
I think garbage is probably the right word tho it certainly is in no way hyperbole.
I am retired and beginning to get to where my arthritis keeps me from doing a lot of things. I get one of the bottom priced Dish Network programs and it has only a few which I watch.
Over the air TV is absolutely the worst of the worst. During the daytime I get the impression that the shows are aimed at the total dregs of society. The only things I watch are Jeopardy, and the local news.
Every now and then an evening series is at least watchable. When it first came out, Smallville was pretty good tho at times it was more like Bizzaro Smallville where every character was the opposite of what they were in the old comics although I haven’t read one of those Superboy comics since around 1960.
Pete Ross is Black as are nearly all scientists, doctors, judges, (all the judges seem to be both Black and Female) and any person with an authoritative position. Of those left many are females.
Red headed Lana Lang is now half Chinese tho I will admit a smoking hot one. The Kent farm grows only organic produce.
It is hard to overlook all the PC elements but it hit rock bottom when they devoted an entire episode to pushing for illegal immigration.
All the evil people are corporate bosses or in one show a conservative who wants things to be like they were in the 50s.
In short, TV has been just about totally taken over by the extreme left.
I’m going to have to agree with the author. They ARE all full of garbage.
The Middle is a good show. Nothing objectionable about it. Fairly conservative for a network show. I will also watch Top Gear (British version) with my son. As for the rest of network TV, it’s all crap.
Right now, I only watch NHL Hockey and Big 10 Basketball. In a few weeks, Big 10 season becomes the NCAA tourney. MLB and Formula 1 will begin.
Got rid of Cable over a year ago....it was a sleep aid for my husband...don’t watch ANY of the above listed....I buy DVD’s to watch Justified...looking for other suggestions. Getting ready to figure out how to hook computer up and watch via HDtv....any suggestions? My husband has read more books in the last year than ever...
I am proud to state that, other than the football game, I have never watched any of the other 29 shows.
Like at least one other poster on this thread, I think Top Gear (BBC) is the BEST show on television.
“Have to disagree about the Big Bang Theory. One of the best shows ever on TV.”
I watch it too but think about it, sheldon has a mom but no dad, leanord has a mom but no dad, howard has a mom but no dad. The only normal parent situation is the non American Indian kid. Non married people having sex is very common on that show 9a lot of shows actually). I’m thinking cbs is trying to subliminally make all this this look “normal”. If you watch with the mindset of “are they trying to slip in some sort of message” you might be surprised at how you begin to look at it. Having said all that, I like the writing I just take it with a grain of salt.
Got rid of Cable over a year ago....it was a costly sleep aid for my husband...don’t watch ANY of the above listed....I buy DVD’s to watch Justified...watch Sharks, Monk, and Doc Martin...looking for other suggestions. Getting ready to figure out how to hook computer up and watch via HDtv....any suggestions? My husband has read more books in the last year than ever...
When she doesn't jump her lines, she delivers them in a flat monotone. Gawd is she awful. Just my $0.02.
“Top Gear (UK version)”
I agree. The US top gear is really hard to watch for some reason, I guess the personalities arent as good. I understand Jeremy Clarkson is a bit of a jerk in real life but still funny on TG.
Newton Minnow ( FCC Chairman) was right when he called TV “ a vast wasteland! that was back in 1961!
The only one of the 30 listed that I watch is Revolution. NCIS occasionally (how is that objectionable - it's like an 80's action show) if I'm at my dad's house. Flashpoint was mentioned in the column as good, which I agree. There are a couple of good ones out there. The Americans (not for kids) is probably the best of the new ones. There hasn't been a good sitcom since Seinfeld or Married with Children.
There isn't anything like Magnum PI these days. That was a great show.
Anyone watch “America Unearthed”?
What I don’t like about watching games. The halftime show or commercials or whatever( entertainers) seem to have become more important than than the actual game.
The great thing about DD is all these guys are funny, just in different ways. IMHO The best part of the show is the blessing at the end of each episode......you’ll be hard pressed to find that on ANY other tv show.
Blue Bloods is my favorite. Family values are emphasized and most episodes end at a family dinner preceeded by a prayer. I also like Vegas, Revenge, Justified and Grimm. There are still some good shows left on TV. None of them are “Reality” shows or sitcoms. Even two that I previously liked (Parks and Recreation and The Office) has turned crude and vulgar. I look forward to Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire returning...
Sheldon’s father has been mentioned as an alcoholic, Leonard’s father has been mentioned, as a plotline in an earlier season was his mother telling him that they were getting divorced. I always got the impression Howard’s dad was deceased and Penny’s dad was on a couple episodes, and he’s portrayed as a common sense country boy.
Ditto that. But, I could see where if you're not a computer nerd, you wouldn't get it. Lots of inside comedic fodder.
That's the only show that I plan an evening around, at least occasionally.
Mrs WBill watches "The Walking Dead". I've enjoyed it the few times that I've seen it. However, it's like any other soap opera, you can watch 1 show out of 4 and still know pretty much what's going on.
I don’t watch any of those programs although mrs p6 does.
Really I don’t watch a lot of TV except at work when I usually have to have a couple of TV’s running with news/weather.
Some progran that comes to mind that I do enjoy are The Meadows Racing network featuring harness racing from our track south of Pittsburgh. Post time is in about an hour.
Then in no particular order...
Full Thottle Saloon
Top Gear UK
Honey Boo Boo
In The Kitchen With David QVC
There might be a couple more but I have run for errands and get back for post time ,lol!
Well, none of those characters are presented as any kind of normal. Quite the opposite, in fact. And it is just a fact that non-married people having sex nowadays is pretty much the norm in our society, however one feels about that.
Whatever happened to The Legion of Decency? Did it go out subsequent to Vatican II?
In my household we watch
Storage Wars (sometimes)
Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars (Sometimes)
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Various hunting and shooting shows from the Sportsman and Outdoor channel
Or Fox News
Most all shows are DVRed and watched when we have time
I am not any kind of a computer nerd, and I get it. Moreover, in its way, it provides some of the most educational content on TV with very little (or no) left-wing indoctrination. I especially love that Sheldon is so unusually well-spoken, precise and articulate in his speech.
“Little House on the Prairie” at has been a hit with my young kids. Unfortunatley, we’ve seen all the episodes.
I just get the feeling cbs is trying to say “this is how people are these days”. I just dont trust em.
MIKE and MOLLY is the same way (also cbs) lots of sexual overtones ans situations, even a sister that smokes pot living in the same house with a cop. Since its set in chicago its probably not far from acurate. just sayin...
It’s not the garbage that puts me off, it’s the commercials. Go back and have a look at some old sitcoms like “All in the Family”. They ran 26 minutes for a half hour show. That’s 8 30 second spots in a half hour. Those days are gone forever. Now the show and commercials nearly split the time evenly.
We have given up on Professional sports also. About the only sports we watch is on the Big 10 network or ESPN if the Big 10 teams are playing
Neither is Mrs Wbill, and she's the one who hooked me on it. Of course, I think that she enjoys it because she relates all of their hijinks to me. :-)
I work with a lady who could give lessons in "OCD" to Sheldon. She was discussing her recent purchase of a couch...it took her SIX MONTHS to find "exactly the right one".
Thinking of Sheldon, I asked her if she had "Her Spot" on it. She gave me the strangest look, and said "Of course, and so do each of my cats."
When everyone in the room broke up laughing, someone explained "Sheldon's Spot" to her...she wasn't familiar with Big Bang. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.
This brings to mind a larger problem; the disappearance the sane, confident, self-assured father figure.
When was the last time you saw one? Not an emasculated unstable nut (the guy on that “Modern Family” show on now), an overweight slapstick buffoon (”King of Queens”), or an outsmarted-by-the-wife manic (”Everybody Loves Raymond”), but just a normal Dad-figure? Where it was ok to portray husband and wife as normal and on equal footing with their kids.
I’m racking my brain here, but has there been one since Cliff Huxtable?
I totally agree with what you said
“The great thing about DD is all these guys are funny, just in different ways. IMHO The best part of the show is the blessing at the end of each episode”
“But they do have time to be addicted to Free Republic.”
Now ya done quit preaching an’ gone t’ MEDDLIN’!
Clarkson is a man’s man and not ‘politically correct’. It’s probably the ONLY show on TV that’s geared to men but I’m sure feminists will see to it that it becomes emasculated and therefore RUINED just like EVERY OTHER SHOW ON TELEVISION. It’s okay to have shows geared to females like ‘The View’, etc.., but shows geared to men? Ohhhhh noooooo can’t have THAT! NOT ALLOWED.
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