Picks and Pans Review: Getting Serious About Kids' Shows

updated 03/22/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Jaws dropped at TV stations around the country earlier this month when the FCC announced it was holding up license renewals for seven stations found not to be in compliance with the Children's Television Act. That law, which requires all broadcasters to carry an unspecified amount of undefined "educational" programming for children, was passed in 1990, but the FCC has shown no inclination to enforce it. In fact, some stations were so cavalier about flouting the intent of the law that they listed such cartoons as The Jetsons, The Flintstones and G.I. Joe as fulfilling their educational quota. (Everything/ know about bad Transylvanian accents I learned from Scooby Doo, and what anthropologist doesn't consider The Flintstones to be a seminal text?) Once the FCC got serious about this issue, obviously, so did local programmers. Now all the government has to do is figure out how to get kids actually to watch those bona fide educational shows.

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