Who wants to laugh at alcoholism, overweight kids, and racist jokes?By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media TV editor
Every fall the networks barrage the TV-viewing audience with new shows. Luckily, this year teens and families have several great options to choose from, but as usual, expect a few bombs.
With cliches, laugh tracks, and tasteless humor, these five shows are either just plain bad or include some really rotten messages for kids and families. Watch if you will, but make sure to start conversations with kids about why some TV shows resort to using stereotypes and touchy topics to get laughs. (Hint: Ka-ching!)
Dads, 1 star, pause 14+
If you're craving jokes about clueless old guys or sexy Asian schoolgirls, then you should tune in to Dads. But if you're not that into stereotypes about gender, ethnicity, age, and more, you've come to the wrong place. Asian American organizations have asked the network to reshoot the pilot because of an offensive plot point, and they've refused. Edgy comedy is one thing; this is something entirely different.
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