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Why isn't the the new fall season more family-friendly?

October 24, 2011 | 12:12 pm

"Terra Nova" is one of the few shows airing now that's family-friendly

Much of the buzz about the new fall season has been about the wisecracking women ("2 Broke Girls," "New Girl") and reboots of familiar fanchises ("Prime Suspect," the canceled "Charlie's Angels"). But largely missing are scripted shows about, and for, families.

The only new show that is targeted to a family audience is Fox's "Terra Nova." The lack of shows that families can enjoy together is a reflection of societal and pop culture changes during the last few decades. Still, the trend has sparked concern among critics who decry the absence of shows such as "The Cosby Show" or "Little House on the Prairie" that brought families together in the living room.

For more about why this season is not so "all in the family," read this feature.


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Photo: Jason O'Hara, left, Landon Liborion, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour and Shelly Conn in "Terra Nova." Photo credit: Brook Rushton/Fox.