Here’s a list of the weekly shows that the editors of Preview, a twice-monthly publication that reviews movies and TV programs, think are worth consideration:
- Second Noah (ABC) — One of prime time’s most pro-family programs, it tells the story of a novelist and his veterinarian wife who raise a full quiver of adopted children while saving endangered animals. It champions respect for parental authority as the key to a strong family. It also promotes pre-marital chastity, individual responsibility, honesty, and faith in God.
- Nick Freno (WB) — A sixth-grade teacher keeps his students involved and entertained with his comedic teaching style. He and his fellow teachers help their students cope with the pressures of pre-teen life.
- America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) — Bob Saget hosts this review of humorous home video clips from people across America. Viewers submit footage in hopes of winning a prize for the funniest material. Some humor is slapstick in nature, involving physical mishaps, and others contain mild sexually suggestive remarks.
- Touched by an Angel (CBS) — Two angels assist people faced with adversity, consoling them with the message that God loves them and will hear their prayers. This critically acclaimed series sometimes has vague theology, but always emphasizes that good overpowers evil, the desirability of good family relationships, and the need to have faith in God alone.
- The Steve Harvey Show (WB) — Steve Harvey stars as a musician-turned-high school music teacher. The show promotes the benefits of education and addresses typical teenage problems in a wholesome manner.
- Lois & Clark (ABC) — This show chronicles the adventures of newsman Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman, and his love interest Lois Lane. Although questionable themes and events occasionally turn up, it’s still a family-friendly series for the most part. One episode portrayed clergymen as crude and lude.
- The Parent ‘Hood (UPN) — A successful couple and their three children work together to solve life’s problems. The parents teach their children that education, hard work, and integrity are keys to success. The show underscores the ideas of a strong father figure, family loyalty, and pre-marital celibacy.
- Cosby (CBS) — Recently laid off, Bill Cosby’s middle-age character spends his time doing home improvement projects and pestering neighbors and local merchants. Occasional suggestive remarks.
- 7th Heaven (WB) — A minister and his wife raise five children, working together to solve family problems. The minister is a dedicated and loving father who provides wise leadership for his family on such issues as teenage sexuality, faith, and communicating.
- Promised Land (CBS) — A laid-off factory worker takes his family on the road to discover what’s good about America, helping people in need along the way. The show champions family values including respect for religion, premarital chastity, and patriotism.
- Moesha (UPN) — Explores the social life of a popular high school girl and her friends. Her parents teach her lessons on morality and honesty, and the show has depicted religion favorably.
- Home Improvement (ABC) — The host of a do-it-yourself show encumbers his family with questionable home repair projects and “manly” wisdom. The Taylors are a secure family unit in which the husband and wife work through their marital problems and teach the children integrity, respect, and manners.
- Sister, Sister (WB) — Twin girls experience their high school years together. The show is a fairly wholesome comedy for families.
- Vital Signs (ABC) — Documents real medical cases in which people have been cured from serious and sometimes puzzling illnesses. Hosted by Robert Urich.
- Diagnosis: Murder (CBS) — A mystery-solving doctor uses his expertise to help police solve cases. Police officers are portrayed favorably and criminals as deserving punishment. The focus on murder and mayhem, along with occasional language and violence, may not appeal to some viewers.
- Boy Meets World (ABC) — Chronicles the life of a young teenage boy and his family. His parents and teachers provide moral solutions to issues such as cheating, sexual abstinence, and respect for authority.
- Family Matters (ABC) — Teenager Erkel and the Winslow family encounter many humorous situations. The show promotes respect for parents, premarital celibacy, and the benefits of a happy marriage.
- The Pretender (NBC) — Held by a large corporation since childhood, a man with extraordinary intellect escapes his captors and becomes a force for justice for the oppressed. The show sometimes portrays corporate executives and entrepreneurs in a bad light. Otherwise, the show lacks offensive material.
- Early Edition (ABC) — A man mysteriously receives the next day’s newspaper on his doorstep, and uses this window to the future to prevent tragedies and improve the lot of the unfortunate.
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