Instead of 'Game of Thrones,' there are appropriate alternatives to mature content

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  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 9, 2014 8:02 a.m.


    Media can be positive, negative, influence and so on... but usually in ways that those engaged in simply cannot see. Admitting that you're already in the test tube destroys any possibility for your to argue that it doesn't affect you.

    You can "claim the right" to watch whatever you want. No one is stopping you.

    You can also claim the right to eat or drink whatever you want. But you can't "claim a right" and make it good for you.

  • Rick2009 MESA, AZ
    March 9, 2014 3:54 a.m.

    I guess if you are a person who likes the dribble from 'Lost' and how it went on and on with no real conclusion after 6 years I suppose that you might like "Once..." I started to watch it and quit after the 2nd episode in season 2 refusing to get sucked into another black hole ....

  • UT801 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    @Staylikethatforever - perhaps I'm mis-reading your comment, but, are you implying that they made Mulan a lesbian? *spoiler alert* In Once Upon a Time (Once), Mulan is in love with Prince Phillip, not Aurora. And the "partnered" men trying to adopt a baby were later shown to be brothers, Michael and John Darling, who were attempting to save their sister, Wendy. The show is a fantasy show - but is definitely not pushing the boundaries in any way that resembles GoT.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    I'm rather disturbed about the comment "If a show isn't appropriate for a child to watch, why is it ok for an adult?" I enjoy an occasional children's movie but I prefer shows that discuss more adult themes, politics, marriage, social issues, even intrigue that I do not consider acceptable for children (they would be quite bored).

    As an adult I have different taste than I did as a teen and I claim the right to decide what I want to watch (or read). I'm glad for the list of suggestions since I haven't tried some of the shows... This doesn't mean I'll stop watching Game of Thrones but I would also like to find other series.

  • Staylikethatforever Lumerton, NC
    March 7, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    The only problem with the show 'Once Upon a Time' is that they are starting to push the GLBT movement. The first season was great. Then the last two is where they introduced a different version of Mulan and in the last season they had two brothers posing as two 'partnered' men trying to adopt a baby. I'm not sure you can say this is not pushing the envelope.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 7, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    I'm grateful for the intent of the author's article, but I'm also open to the comments thus far posted. Being someone looking for exactly this kind of thing, could some of you perhaps share more specific detail about what makes some of these alternatives distasteful?

    There is a wide range to what various people consider to be "too much", after all. With no disrespect intended, I've seen concerns and comments from people that condemn standards in media that I found to be rather high.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    March 7, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    Don't forget the NBA and men's college basketball. They are long running typically G rated scripted fantasy programs too!

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 6, 2014 11:15 p.m.

    If a show isn't appropriate for a child to watch, why is it ok for an adult? The best alternative is to turn off the boob tube. Play a game with your kids. Talk to you spouse. Do service. Read a good book.

  • Reflectere Utah, UT
    March 6, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    Yes... because the first season of Once Upon a Time isn't full of sex, scantily dressed women, and extremely distraught, quite frankly messed up family situations. A great program for families to be watching Deseret News. Good job on that one.

    March 6, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    If they turned Sword of Truth into a "G" rated TV show, they did not follow the books at all. It is far more brutal (and political) than Game of Thrones.

    March 6, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    You cannot seriously say any of those shows come close to being what Game of Thrones is. Yes, it pushes the envelope almost every episode. Yes, the sex and nudity are largely gratuitous.

    I'm not advocating watching GoT if you find that content objectionable; sometimes it bothers me.

    However, shows like Hercules and The Seeker are nothing like GoT.