The UP TV Network has been honored again by a TV watchdog group with a seal of approval as it launches a new reality series called “Bringing up Bates.”
“If we give a program the [PTC] Seal of Approval it means that you can rely on the fact that there’s not going to be a lot of sex, violence, or profanity on the program,” says Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council. “[It means] that it is something that you can watch with your kids in the room and you don’t have to worry about being embarrassed or caught off-guard by inappropriate content.”
The reality show, which debuted on UP on New Year’s Day, focuses on Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, their 19 children (ages 2 to 25), and their simple, conservative living style in a rural Tennessee setting.
“The Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for the family,” reads the show’s description, “which means everyone has chores, little to no TV, only dresses for girls (though pajamas are worn in private), strictly side-hugs until marriage (except for front hugs on special occasions), and more.”
PTC recently released a report examining every major broadcast network and every primetime show in the fall 2013 season that featured family as central to its storyline. According to that study, 99 percent of programs that claim to be about families aren’t actually safe for family viewing.
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