Is prime-time bloodshed out of control?

154032__csi_lI’m not one to wring my hands and complain that TV is too violent. You don’t want to see a half-dozen teenagers get shot execution-style by a serial killer with daddy issues, then switch off CSI: New York and flip over to HGTV, where the only carnage you’ll find is in the chunder-worthy color palettes selected by hapless homeowners. Still, it’s interesting that a study by the Parents Television Council found 63 corpses on the six main U.S. networks during one week of primetime this fall, compared to 27 in the same period in 2004. PTC research director Melissa Caldwell says TV violence isn’t getting its fair share of headlines, thanks to its frequent partner, TV sex, hogging the limelight. Does she have a point? Is the brutality and bloodshed found on CSI (starring William L. Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, left) and its crime-procedural brethren spiraling out of control? Or is it all just a part of good, honest storytelling, as Fox entertainment president Peter Liguori explains the trend to BBC News?

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  • blah

    Well there are 3 CSIs on the air, all of which essentially study dead bodies, so of course they’re going to show dead bodies. And with the success of these shows, more shows are trying to be like them, read: more dead bodies.

  • KB

    I think it’s getting to be much, and frankly a lot of it is just disgusting and exploitative. I’d much rather see naked boobies bouncing joyfully in the throes of passion than being studied in an autopsy.

  • EP Sato

    Man, do these folks at PTC have anything better to do with their time? First, it was comic books that were causing our kids to go nuts, so they got ratings. Then movies, so they got ratings. Then they complained that kids who played Dungeons and Dragons were going nuts, so Role Playing Games got ratings. THEN they said video games got too realistic, so they got ratings for those. Finally, tv they said was too bad and got ratings for tv shows as well. Then they got manufacturers to make chips that allow parents to BLOCK WHAT KIDS WATCH. What the heck else do these so called ‘watchdogs” want? If they feel that primetime is too violent, CHANGE THE CHANNEL or BLOCK THE SHOW. But no, these folks are upset that they can’t spoonfeed censorcism into our lives enough. For real, you need the PTC to tell you a show about detectives who solve mysteries about serial killers is violent? Seriously, suckers at PTC, get a life!

  • brandonk

    As you say, Michael, I don’t watch these shows because of the violence and gore. I do think that there are too many of that type of show on, like CSI and Criminal Minds and whatever else, and their popularity makes me wonder what people are getting out of them.

  • V.M.L.

    I love violence.

  • Joen

    f u c k the PTC

  • Bill

    Used to love shows like CSI. But no longer. I like to use my imagination a little and not have everything spelled out for me. Showing all the graphic dead bodies in all their great, gory, grisly detail became a little much for me. So I quit the CSI franchise and have since found renewed interest in Law and Order and especially, Monk. Same idea, same concept, less blood and gore. More graphic doesn’t equal better.

  • Nancy

    I find t.v. worse every year. With more commercials and less programming,and with the violence in the programming, I would rather read a book than watch. I watch less and less every year. Also, the news is depressing, and repetitious.
    Why doesn’t t.v. follow Clear Channel’s lead and reduce the commercials, increase price for advertizing, and avoid the violence?

  • Frank measel

    I agree with Brandonk. If you don’t like what is on hit the remote and change the channel. PTC along with all the rest that are trying to run everyone’s life trying to influence what we watch and what we are suppose to think, It is getting so that if you are not tuned in to what they want you to watch or think makes you either morally reprehensible or unpatriotic.

  • Don

    Prime time TV used to include some sort of mindset toward family programming, with violent or suggestive programming saved until after the kids went to bed. Not anymore!! As a father of three kids, I am just thankful for shows on networks like Disney or Nickelodeon that don’t rely on the blood-bang-burn violence and gore concept to attract viewers. It’s a sad comment on voyeristic America that these shows are successful. Enjoy filling your heads with that garbage people! The nightly news will have more if you didn’t get enough from your tv show. Blood! Guns! Corpses! Murder! Whoopeee! No wonder nobody blinks when a 12 year old shoots someone. Murder is entertainment, whether it’s for real or pretent. What’s the difference?

  • Craig Barker

    I don’t let my children watch any of the prime-time shows due to violence or sex. Therefore, I don’t watch them either. I wonder if that is hurting the target audience and advertising any? Wouldn’t it be better to target stable families with stable income?

  • mikey

    Honestly, I believe a minority of people are telling the majority of us what we can watch. Censorship is wrong and leads to more problems than it causes. Amen to those that turn off the TV when there is something on they find objectionable. This is there right, but it is also my right not to turn it off. Most of our world has no problem showing sex and violence on televison. As a matter of fact, many of them have far lower crime rates than the united states, with sex crimes being almost non existant. It’s time this country group up and started practicing the freedom that it preaches.

  • MJ

    I happen to like the violence and gore on TV. If someone doesn’t like it – then they should change their channel. But not showing the violence doesn’t give people who DO like it an opportunity to watch it.
    I do think that the old rule of family friendly til 9pm used to be a good thing – too bad parents can’t bother to monitor their kids any more. I know life is more hectic than it used to be for parents then when I was growing up – but my parents – who both worked – managed to stop me from watching what they thought was inappropriate programming for my age.
    Can’t networks be given the opportunity to put on what they want – and let the public vote on it by basic viewership ???

  • greg

    I don’t mind what is on TV these days. I have 3 boys and it is my responsibility not only to monitor their habits but to raise them in a manner that they recognize right from wrong regardless what they see or hear. I do wish, however, that there was more quality family programming that I would be comfortable watching as a family. Monk has been mentioned and I welcome the opportunity to watch a good mystery show, such as Monk, together as a family. I wish there were more like it.

  • greg

    I don’t mind what is on TV these days. I have 3 boys and it is my responsibility not only to monitor their habits but to raise them in a manner that they recognize right from wrong regardless what they see or hear. I do wish, however, that there was more quality family programming that I would be comfortable watching as a family. Monk has been mentioned and I welcome the opportunity to watch a good mystery show, such as Monk, together as a family. I wish there were more like it.

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