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Parents Television Council reveals the best and worst new shows of 2019

According to the PTC, the upcoming season of television has some shows featuring upbeat messages for families and others that stray away from those values.

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A screenshot from “Mixed-ish.” According to the PTC, the upcoming season of television has some shows featuring upbeat messages for families and others that stray away from those values.

A screenshot from “Mixed-ish.” According to the PTC, the upcoming season of television has some shows featuring upbeat messages for families and others that stray away from those values.

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The Parents Television Council announced its list of best and worst new television shows to watch for the 2019 fall TV season.

According to PTC, a conservative media watchdog that identifies problems in Hollywood and the media, the upcoming season of television has some shows featuring positive and upbeat messages for family audiences. Still, there are others that stray away from those values.

“We applaud ABC and CBS for its new shows on our Best List that look promising for families. We hope that they continue in positive directions and provide safe, quality entertainment for the entire family. We also believe the shows from Fox and The CW that made it onto our Worst List will serve as a guide for families to stay away from, given the adult content that is found in those shows. We wish The CW had stayed true to the original Nancy Drew stories in its new series, but the gratuitous sex among teens has taken the series in a decidedly more adult direction and is a show families should avoid,” said PTC Program Director Melissa Henson.

Here’s a breakdown of the shows the PTC selected:

The best shows:

  • “Mixed-ish” (ABC) — The spinoff to “Black-ish” focuses on Rainbow Johnson and her siblings moving to a biracial suburb. The show focuses on some controversial modern topics. But the pilot doesn’t have “any offensive words, depictions, or descriptions,” according to the PTC. Mostly, “parents can expect this show to have some episodes that focus on controversial topics that some parents may or may not find appropriate.”
  • “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS) — The character Bob has a near-death experience and wakes up to find his Nigerian nurse watching over him. He begins to court her, but her family doesn’t approve, kicking off a show full of high jinks. PTC said the show “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.”
  • “All Rise” (CBS) — This show focuses on a new judge named Lola Carmichael, who struggles to adapt to her new life and surroundings as a judge. The show contains little explicit content for a show about crime with compelling storytelling, according to PTC.

The worst shows:

  • “Prodigal Son” (Fox) — This TV show focuses on Malcom Whitly, a little boy who grows up learning from his serial killer father. Like “Dexter” or “Bates Motel,” this show is about the glorification of serial killers. The show contains a lot of explicit content and shows themes of child abuse, manipulation and more dark content.
  • “Nancy Drew” (The CW) — Nancy Drew has decided to stop solving mysteries in the wake of her mother’s death. She works at a diner instead, but soon she gets wrapped into murder mysteries again. The show contains a lot of references to Nancy being interested in sexual themes. In fact, the first scene with Nancy includes her having sex. This isn’t one PTC endorses.
  • “Bless the Harts” (Fox) — The show focuses on a single mother working as a waitress. Her own mother is a gambling addict, too. The family can’t make ends meet. The show includes “redneck” cliches, a lot of profanity, references to Jesus being a drinker and unfunny scenes.