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Parents Television Council

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A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment.

The Parents Television Council promotes and restores responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming. The PTC does this by fostering changes in TV programming to make the early hours of prime time family-friendly and suitable for viewers of all ages.

The PTC also assists parents in exercising responsibility for their children's viewing habits with the Family Guide to Prime Time Television. The Guide offers a traffic-light ratings system with red-, yellow-, and green-light ratings indicating the amount of sex, foul language and violence in each series. The ratings system is accompanied by clear descriptions of every prime time show, enabling parents to make educated decisions about the programs they and their families wish to view.

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Family-Friendly Networks Safe for Your Kids

Family-Friendly Networks Safe for Your Kids

Even with hundreds of channels on cable TV to choose from, parents often ask, “Where are shows safe for my children?” The PTC has the answer. 

There are cartoons on Fox, FX, and even Cartoon Network, but whether some of those shows could be called “family-friendly” is questionable. Where do families fit into the mix? Well, fear no more – the PTC is here to help.  Below is a list of television networks you can feel comfortable watching with your children.


With a name short for “Uplifting Entertainment,” UP is a network that has repeatedly received Parents Television Council’s Seal of ApprovalTM. The network describes itself as “America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment.” UP shows classics like Touched by... Read more

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