There's one extra reason to be excited about watching the World Series between teams that have never or rarely made it to the top. It means that Fox's primetime lineup will go on hiatus for four to seven nights, which is one quick and easy temporary way to clean up network television.
Fox TV is radioactive, and every parent should be reluctant to point their remote control toward their local Fox station with children in the room. When the Parents Television Council compiled its list of the Top 10 Worst Shows in primetime, Fox "distinguished" itself by filling six of the 10 toxic spots.
Topping the list is most of Fox's Sunday night lineup, especially the new sitcom "The War At Home." The first episode opened with Dave introducing viewers to his wife, Vicky, then saying, "Did you check out that rack? Nice, huh?" Of his daughter, viewers learn, "I only have one simple rule for dating my teenage daughter: If she sees your penis, I'll cut it off." It goes downhill from there. An early episode this season had Dave buying his teenage son a lubricant because he was making himself sore from masturbating too often. Another show had the plot of everyone in the family (including Grandma) either smoking pot, buying pot or looking for their missing pot.
Hollywood thinks a positive family show is a sweet and treacly twisting of reality. Their reflexive reply is to make families that are ridiculously below the average family reality.
Fox's Sunday night is also marred by Seth MacFarlane's cartoons, "The Family Guy" and its weak carbon copy, "American Dad," which are new shows, at least in this calendar year. Sickening cartoons are especially offensive, since they are more likely to attract young viewers. Since its return in May, "Family Guy" is the highest-ranked show among 12 to17-year-olds, and the fifth-highest-ranked show among children ages 2 to 11.
One episode this season featured teenaged daughter Meg being deflowered by comedian Jimmy Fallon on "Saturday Night Live." This show's lack of any dignity whatsoever is proven by a parody of the classic children's tale of Pinocchio in which Geppetto bends over with his buttocks in front of Pinocchio's nose, then tries to get Pinocchio to lie, so that his nose will grow and, viewers are led to conclude, penetrate his anus.
In the first episode of the new season of the "American Dad" cartoon, the title character Stan's rebellious teenaged daughter Hayley began a sexual affair with Stan's boss. Stan happily overlooked the improper relationship because he was in line for a promotion.