FCC Releases Complaints About ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘South Park’

Read What Real Viewers Say Is Offensive About TV's Funniest Shows


Has television gone too far — or do some folks just need to lighten up?

We’ve all heard stories about people complaining to networks and local TV stations about content they find offensive on popular TV shows.  Now, for the first time, the FCC has turned over dozens of actual complaints (typos and all!) about shows including, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, SOUTH PARK…and even MODERN FAMILY!

“My complaint is an over all view of how the use of bad language, and nudity, have just been allowed to creep in,” writes one uppity viewer in Wilsonville, Alabama.

“There are so many shows that allow this, it is hard to define them all. My question is what is wrong with the FCC? Do you allow your children to watch this kind of show? It is on at all times, and is spreading such an allowance message that there is no standard of decency anymore. Please pay more close attention to these low character type of shows. The damage is being done, and America will pay the consequences. I am 62 yrs. old, and know there doesn’t have to be such lanquage as this to have a good show. I really can’t believe how you have allowed the standards you are to supposed to uphold, fall so drastically. Thanks for listening.”

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The crazy, often grammatically incorrect rants were first obtained this week under the Freedom of Information Act by GovernmentAddict.org.  You can download the actual docs here and here.

In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites:


“This is not a complaint about the program, but about the FOX commercial for a FOX tv show “The Following”. The Simpsons is an animated show which my children watch. The commercial for “The Following” featured scenes where a human was buried alive, and other difficult-to-explain scenes that were really inappropriate for a cartoon on a Sunday night.” [sic] – San Francisco, CA


“This pertains to things being said that I insist are about Me. I have in the past sent You a hand written complaint regarding this, I was told sorry. There is more then one infraction too. Forgive the information I submitted because I know it is wrong, it has been a couple years since the crimes have been committed, which is one reason I am interested in urgencie, statutes only last for so long. I had complained about Craig Furguson saying, “Richard Pattison, Killeen Texas!”. This is a bizzare case I admit from The beginning, but one that is factual. “Marge! Marge! Marge! Or is that? Kelly! Kelly! Kelly! Oh, I wanted the Magilla Gorilla!”, was said on the Simpsons also. Let Me explain something here, I went to school with Richard Pattison and He knew I was I living in Killeen at the time Furguson did what He did. I was playing My guitar and singing when a Guy came walking into the area I had My tent set up, I was homeless for a spell, He was yelling My name just like it was said on the Simpsons. I was working for a good Freind ofMr. Pattisons at the time, He would have known exactly where I was. I told His Freind after I figured out what game They are playing, His name is Jon Peirson, to tell Him to say, “Eeaah.” to prove what They are up to. It was said on Tyler Perrys show, “They said Grandpa Kelly says Eeaah.”. This is not a hoax and has Me angered enough to take matters into My own hands. I really would rather have it handled in a manner that keeps Me from going to jail.” – Riverton, WY


“Mr. Simpson is portraying in Playboy magazine & hires someone to take nude pictures of him while the children are outside the house. The children look thru the window & see him in different poses for the pictures. It’s pornography, a disgrace to make children think it’s ok to be on Playboy” – Tulsa, OK

Dubbed voice over normal programming transmission and intermittent wrong video as well.” – Lancaster, PA

I found the shows portrayal ofNed Flanders as a mindless killer following the orders to kill people from Homer Simpsons transponder bible highly offensive. Further, the depiction of God as subservient to Satan is blasphemous and revolting to a true Christian believer. The “God” character referring to Satan as “the big guy downstairs” is highly~offensive. The next affront to my faith is hte depiction of God as a servant to Satan by giving Satan a cup of coffee. This is all the further I cared to watch this program. This depiction ofChristianity has become a standby for “The Simpsons” and I find it highly offensive. Thank you for your time.”  – Saint Maries, ID

Do you find shows like THE SIMPSONS and SOUTH PARK to be offensive?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Sean Daly

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