The Parents Television Council has released its annual guide to help parents determine which shows premiering this fall are appropriate for families and which shows their children should stay away from.
The prominent nonpartisan family media watchdog released its list of “best and worst” new shows of fall 2019 after attending the Paley Center for Media’s Fall TV Preview event earlier this month.
“The fall broadcast TV season offers several upbeat, quality programs with positive messages for family audiences … and several far from ideal for families,” PTC’s head of research operations, Christopher Gildemeister, wrote in the guide.
In the following pages are PTC’s top-three picks for “best” and “worst” series this fall.
3 Best Shows of Fall 2019
The first episode of ABC’s spin-off prequel to its popular series “Black-ish” premiered last Tuesday. The series, set in the 1980s, focuses on the unusual childhood of a doctor and mother named Rainbow Johnson.
“[T]he program opens with 12-year-old Rainbow living in a commune with her parents. When the commune is raided by police, the family moves in with Bow’s grandfather,” Gildemeister wrote in his synopsis. “The stage is set for fish-out-of-water comedy, as Rainbow and her siblings must navigate being bi-racial and non-material with their new life in suburbia, complete with indoor plumbing, television, shopping malls, and fitting in a public school.”
According to PTC, the pilot episode of “Mixed-ish” was “devoid of any offensive words, depictions, or descriptions.”
“Much like its predecessor ‘Black-ish,’ parents can expect this show to have some episodes that focus on controversial topics that some parents may or may not find appropriate,” Gildemeister explained. “But overall, ‘Mixed-ish’ seems bit more light-hearted and draws from a different decade, and will be able to mirror the issues we are still dealing with today through nostalgic lenses.”
“Bob Hearts Abishola”
The new CBS sitcom produced by Chuck Lorre premiered last Monday night and centers around the courtship of a Nigerian immigrant nurse named Abishola (played by Folake Olowofoyeku) and a Caucasian American businessman named Bob (played by Billy Gardell of ‘Mike & Molly’ fame).
“Charmed and impressed by Abishola’s kindness and humor, Bob begins courting her — to the surprise of his own family, and the amazement and distrust of Abishola’s,” Gildemeister wrote. “Will Bob’s determination overcome the suspicion of their families … and Abishola’s own doubts?”
Gildemeister called it a “delightful program” that centers on two different people from different places “coming together, learning about each other, and falling in love.” He notes that it is “rare” in comedy television to see a show focused on middle-aged people.
“At a time when so much of TV ‘comedy’ revolves around conflict within families and between people who are different, it is refreshing and a positive joy to find a program that provides a gentle lesson in how people with differences can learn to get along, and even to love,” Gildemeister noted.
CBS’ new drama series premiered last Monday. The show focuses on the main character Lola Carmichael (played by Simone Missick), who is making the transition from Los Angeles prosecutor to judge.
Despite earning the judgeship, Carmichael learns that her new position comes with several problems.
“Lola is intimidated by her new professional circle, irked by her pushy, sarcastic assistant Sherri, and depressed at the distancing of her close friendship with her fellow DA Mark Callen, whom she can no longer confide in and must keep at arm’s length,” Gildemeister detailed.
“Most of all, Lola is challenged by her new role: learning to temper justice with mercy, and balance her passion for convicting lawbreakers with a concern for the rights of the accused.”
Gildemeister praised the legal drama for uniquely focusing on the lawyer’s difficulty handling the new role as a judge.
According to PTC, the show features “little explicit content” that is sexual or violent in nature.
“’All Rise’ had little content to concern parents — and promises some compelling storytelling,” he wrote.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith