TV's "Family Hour" Marked by Sex, Violence

Racier shows like '24' have replaced 'Cosby Show' values, study says
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 8:20 PM CDT
Fox's "24" ranked among the most violent programs on television, with an average of 28 acts of violence per episode.   ( 20th Century Fox Television)
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(Newser) – TV's "family hour" is a thing of the past, now an 8-9pm landscape littered with violence and sex, says a study by a parental watchdog group. Broadcasters call the notion outdated, and say parental involvement and V-chips–not censorship– are solutions, the LA Times reports.

"For people who grew up watching 'The Cosby Show'...Those days are gone," said the watchdog's president. The study will bolster congressional attempts to regulate the barrage of bloody images both on network and cable TV. But with only 10% of all programs deemed clean, the fate of "family hour" looks grim.