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Family TV Guide: 'Glee'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 26th 2011 2:00PM
New Directions heads to the Nationals after the most recent episode of 'Glee.''Glee'
Network: FOX
Air Date: Tuesdays, 8PM ET
Starring: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Chord Overstreet, Ashley Fink, Darren Criss
TV Rating: TV-14 D, L, S for suggestive dialogue, adult language minor sexual situations

What's It All About?
So here's what you missed on 'Glee': McKinley High Spanish teacher Will Schuester took over as director of the glee club to return it to its former glory. Along the way he recruited a bunch of misfits along with football player Finn, who had a crush on fellow glee clubber Rachel, but couldn't act on it because he was dating Cheerio Quinn. Did we mention that Quinn was pregnant with what Finn thought was his child but really belonged to his friend Puck, who also joined the glee club? Oh, and Rachel and Finn got together, broke up, got together and broke up again.

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Family TV Guide: '16 and Pregnant'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 19th 2011 2:00PM
While telling cautionary tales of underage pregnancies,'16 and Pregnant' tends to make the troubled teens stars.'16 and Pregnant'
Network: MTV
Air Date: Tuesdays, 10PM ET
Starring: a rotating cast, with a new group of girls introduced each season
TV Rating: TV-14, for mature situations

What's It All About?
The documentary series takes a hard look at teenage pregnancy through the eyes of 10 high school students who are on their way towards motherhood. Each episode focuses on one teen mom from around her second or third trimester to a point several months after the baby is born.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 4th 2011 3:00PM
Two words to describe 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager': sex talk'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'
Network: ABC Family
Air Date: Mondays, 8PM ET
Starring: Shailene Woodley, India Eisley, Daren Kagasoff, Ken Baumann, Megan Park, Francia Raisa, Greg Finley, Renee Olstead, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, Josie Bissett, Steve Schirripa, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Kinney
TV Rating: TV-14 D, for suggestive dialogue

What's It All About?
All it took was a one night stand at band camp to change Amy Juergens' life forever. Now with a young son, Amy spends her high school years as a teen mom while while trying to maintain a semblance of a normal teenage life.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Simpsons'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 28th 2011 2:00PM
'The Simpsons' can be watched by the entire family depending on the subject matter.'The Simpsons'
Network: Fox
Air Date: Sunday, 8PM ET
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, and hundreds of other voices over the last 22 seasons
TV Rating: TV-PG for mild cases of suggestive and adult language, sexual situations and violence

What's It All About?
The Simpsons are not your average family. Homer, the balding, overweight father who works at the Springfield nuclear power plant, bumbles his way through extraordinary situations, while his precocious kids cause mischief and his long-suffering wife Marge tries to clean up their messes.

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Family TV Guide: 'Pretty Little Liars'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 21st 2011 12:10PM
'Pretty Little Liars' is Teen Angst Mystery at its best.'Pretty Little Liars'
Network: ABC Family
Air Date: Mondays, 8PM ET
Starring: Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Ian Harding, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, Holly Marie Combs, Chad Lowe, Laura Leighton, Nia Peeples
TV Rating: TV-14 for language and adult situations

What's It All About?
Based on a series of young-adult novels by Sara Shepard, 'Pretty Little Liars' is the story of four high school friends, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily, who reunite one year after the disappearance and presumed death of their friend and "queen bee," Alison. The group ends up being involved in a mystery stretching across the entire town of Rosewood.

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Family TV Guide: 'Chuck'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 14th 2011 2:30PM
Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker of the NBC action comedy 'Chuck.''Chuck'
Network: NBC
Air Date: Monday, 8PM ET
Starring: Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, Yvonne Strahavoski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin
TV Rating: TV-PG for mild language and violence

What's It All About?
Chuck Bartowski was a simple computer nerd living with his sister and her boyfriend while toiling away doing menial tech support work at the local big box electronics store, Buy More, with his best friend Morgan. That is, until he opened up an encrypted email and sensitive government information, known as the Intersect, was embedded in his brain. Now able to recall information on terrorists and weapons of mass destruction via "flashes," Chuck is overseen by NSA and CIA agents John Casey and Sarah Walker.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Middle'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:00PM
The Family Heck: Frankie, Axl, Sue, Mike and Brick'The Middle'
Network: ABC
Air Date: Wednesday, 8PM ET
Starring: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott
TV Rating: Between G and PG, depending on the episode's language or situation

What's It All About?
The Hecks are a middle-income, middle-class family of five living in a middle-American suburb in Indiana. Though Mike and Frankie Heck work multiple jobs to make ends meet, they still find time to be in the lives of their three children: Sue, a junior high schooler who seems to be invisible to the rest of the students as well as the teachers; Axl, their 16-year-old son who tends to walk around in just his underwear while at home; and Brick, their very intelligent third-grader who likes to read, has social issues and repeats words in a stage whisper.

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What My Kids Are Watching: Shark Week

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Aug 2nd 2010 1:00PM
Shark WeekIt's a sacred week in my house -- otherwise known as Shark Week on Discovery.

In the hierarchy of annual milestones, Shark Week -- which is celebrating its 23rd consecutive year on the air -- ranks only lower than Christmas and birthday but definitely higher than any of the non-gift-giving holidays.

It's even more anticipated than ABC Family's annual Harry Potter Marathon Weekend, because at the end of the day I can recreate that marathon with our personal stash of DVDs, but no one can recreate the excitement, the awe, the occasional terror that comes along with Discovery's annual shark extravaganza.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Bachelorette'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 30th 2010 7:00PM
Bachelorette
Airtime:
Mon., 8PM ET on ABC
FCC Rating: TV-14
Jane's Rating: OK for kids 14+

Let's call 'The Bachelorette' what it is -- a sleazy and salacious show where people line up for their 15 minutes of fame. Any aliens passing by Earth while the show is airing will no doubt realize they're the superior race, and continue on their journey seeking out new worlds with whom to partner.

As I wrote in my PopEater piece last week, the people who go on 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' aren't looking for true love, and the statistics prove that. In 14 seasons of 'The Bachelor' and five seasons of 'The Bachelorette,' only one union with the final person at the rose ceremony has resulted in marriage: Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter. They were married in December 2003 and now have two children.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 14th 2010 6:00PM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Cast Photo
Airtime:
Mon., 8PM ET on ABC Family
FCC Rating: TV-14, D (for intensely suggestive dialogue)
Jane's Rating: OK for kids 11+, as long as parents talk with them about the show

ABC Family's tagline these days is "a new kind of family" and, apparently, that includes families where the teenagers are having sex. Whether that mirrors real life or not, the network definitely seems to be going for an edgier vibe lately, leaning more towards The CW than the Disney Channel.

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Family TV Guide: 'Glee'

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 25th 2010 1:30PM
Glee, Cory Monteith, Dianna AgronShow: 'Glee'
FCC Rating: TV-14 (L, D)
Airtime: Tues., 9PM ET
Ok for Ages: 14+
Hot Spots: Lots of sex talk, suggestive behavior and some language

When 'Glee' premiered last fall, I was excited for a lot of reasons. For one thing, I love musicals, and the early teasers of the cast singing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' made me giddy. Yes, I thought, I HAD, in fact, stopped believin', and maybe it was time for me to dig back to those days when I actually believed and start believin' again.

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