Parents Television Council rates "dirty" and "decent" shows

By Joe Flint
August 06, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

“Dawson’s Creek” is named the filthiest TV series

The Parents Television Council (PTC), a conservative watchdog group, has issued its annual report on the year’s most (and least) offensive shows, which is always a fun read, filled with lots of dirty words. This year, The WB scored a unique double: Its “Dawson’s Creek” was named the filthiest of PTC’s Dirty Dozen, while its squeaky-clean “7th Heaven” placed high on the group’s Diamond Dozen list. “Creek” earned Most Objectionable honors with its Pacey-beds-his-teacher plotline.

“It had to be outrageous to stand out among the many references to raging hormones, penis size, masturbation, and the like,” notes PTC. “7th Heaven,” however, got PTC props for showing “the importance of supportive families… and parental involvement in the moral, spiritual, and academic education of their children.” But back to the bad shows: The Dirty Dozen also included “Ally McBeal,” (for featuring “penis size, oral sex, and the differences between marital and nonmarital intercourse”); “Spin City” (“condones heterosexual promiscuity and homosexuality”); and “Ellen” (you can figure that one out yourself).

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