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Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Network hub has full episodes with mature themes.

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Positive Messages

The shows cover a wide range of social behaviors from adultery to being who you are.

Violence

There's some blood, violence, guns, and fighting in shows (Lost, for example).

Sex

Many of the primetime shows are loaded with sexual banter, sexual situations, partial nudity, homosexual activity, etc.

Language

Occasional language that's allowed on air: "damn," "bitch," "hell," etc.

Consumerism

Commercials appear before videos and ads mostly flaunt shows and show merchandise. The ABC store sells stuff related to the shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Episodes often show characters drinking and smoking. Some prescription and harder drugs are featured, too.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the online companion to one of America's most watched networks allows you to view entire episodes of almost every one of their primetime shows including those with adult situations. So if you don't let them watch it on the tube, you wouldn't want them to watch it here. However, you can also view episodes of family favorites like Dancing with the Stars and Ugly Betty. The message boards mostly stay on topic and are fine, but there's no filter so any inappropriate content that does get through only gets taken down if it's flagged or if someone happens to see it.

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What's it about?

From the ABC.COM home page you can link to the network's primetime shows, daytime shows, news, ESPN sports, the ABC store, and stuff for your cell phone (ringtones, wallpaper and games). And, except for the characters bios, shows' music information, and message boards, there's not a lot of "extras" -- it's pretty much if you see it on TV, you'll find it here. You can also request tickets online to shows like The View, Jimmy Kimmel, and Dancing with the Stars and become a member of their studio audience. And if you can't miss even a minute of what's happening at ABC, you can become a registered member and sign up for one of their newsletters.

Is it any good?

While ABC.com has a ton of links and clicks, it's easy to navigate and well-organized and fans can find anything they want about their favorite shows (think McDreamy and the ladies of Wisteria Lane) with minimally invasive advertising.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which TV shows are appropriate for kids to watch and which ones aren't? What themes make a show good for all ages? What storylines should be reserved only for older teens and adults?

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