FOX Broadcasting is being criticized for a new television drama that sympathetically portrays Satan as a likable, caring person.
The show Lucifer premiered January 25 on the FOX television channel. "It's only a matter of time until being bad looks so good," touts the program website.
After viewing the first episode, Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council, was troubled by what she saw.
"It's disturbing enough that they have a premise where they cast the devil as a sympathetic character – as a good guy – sort of the protagonist of the story,” she says. “But beyond that we saw a high degree, a high volume of profane and inappropriate language, a high degree of violent content, a high degree of egregious sexual innuendo. So there's plenty of problematic content."
Henson tells OneNewsNow the show really has nothing going for it.
"I can't imagine what FOX was thinking when they green lit that show,” she says. “It's got an offensive premise. It's not something that the critics are even willing to champion, so I wouldn't expect it to stick around for very long."
Meanwhile, OneMillionMoms.com is calling on the restaurant chain Olive Garden to pull its sponsorship of the show. The activist group describes Lucifer as "spiritually dangerous" because it portrays the title character as "just misunderstood ... [that] he doesn't want to be a bad guy, it's God who is forcing him to play that role."
The FOX series is rated 14-DLSV - meaning it's not suitable for those under 14 years of age and that it contains intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, and intense violence.
Editor's Note: OneMillionMoms.com is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.