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Description of document:Informal complaints received by the FederalCommunications Commission (FCC) regarding thetelevision show ‘Two and a Half Men,’ 2009-2013Requested date:2013Released date:05-December-2013Posted date:23-December-2013Source of document:FOIA RequestFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street, S.W., Room 1-A836Washington, D.C. 20554Email: [email protected]: 202-418-0521Online Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) Request FormThe governmentattic.org web site (“the site”) is noncommercial and free to the public. The site and materialsmade available on the site, such as this file, are for reference only. The governmentattic.org web site and itsprincipals have made every effort to make this information as complete and as accurate as possible, however,there may be mistakes and omissions, both typographical and in content. The governmentattic.org web site andits principals shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss ordamage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information provided on thegovernmentattic.org web site or in this file. The public records published on the site were obtained fromgovernment agencies using proper legal channels. Each document is identified as to the source. Any concernsabout the contents of the site should be directed to the agency originating the document inquestion. GovernmentAttic.org is not responsible for the contents of documents published on the website.

Federal Communications CommissionConswner & Governmental Affairs BureauWashington, D.C. 20554[ftft :JNovember 29, 2013FOIA No. 2014-049This letter responds to your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request receivedby the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) and assigned to theConsumer & Governmental Affairs (CGB) and Enforcement (EB) Bureaus. Your requestseeks copies of complaints received at the FCC regarding the television show "Two and aHalf Men."CGB and EB conducted a search of the databases containing informal complaints.According to the Commission's Records Control Schedule for Informal Complaints("Records Control Schedule"), the Commission is not required to maintain informalcomplaints and related correspondence for more than three years after the case is closed.See Nl-1 73-07-1, FCC Disposition Authority. Therefore, all complaint records prior toJanuary 1, 2010, have been purged pursuant to the Records Control Schedule. CGBidentified ninety-eight complaints responsive to your request. Copies of the responsivedocuments are enclosed. EB found no additional responsive documents.All personal identifying information relating to the individuals who submitted or arenamed in the enclosed complaints or inquiries has been redacted based on Exemption 6 ofFOIA, which permits agencies not to disclose files that would clearly invade personalprivacy. 1 Some FCC employee names have also been redacted based on Exemption 2· ofFOIA, which permits agencies not to disclose internal personnel rules and practices. 2Please be advised that the Commission receives many complaints and comments that donot involve violations of the Communications Act or any FCC rule or order. Thus, theexistence of a complaint filed against a particular carrier or business entity does notnecessarily indicate any wrongdoing by any individuals or business entities named in thecomplaint.FOIA and FCC rules require the FCC to charge requesters for time spent searching forand reviewing responsive docwnents, and for copying them. 3 Based on yourclassification as an "all other" requester, the FCC does not charge you for the first twohours of search time and the first 100 pages of copying. 4 Because preparing the responseto your request falls within these limits, the FCC is not charging you for processing it.15 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(6); see also 47 C.F.R. § 0.457(t).5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(2); see also 47 C.F.R. § 0.457(b).35 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(i); 47 C.F.R. § 0.470.447 C.F.R. § 0.470(a)(3).2

If you think this response denies your FOIA request, you may file an application forreview of this decision with the FCC' s Office of the General Counsel within 30 days. 5Both the application and envelope containing it must be marked "Review of Freedom ofInformation Action" and the application should refer to FOIA Control No. 2014-049.Nancy evensonDeputy ChiefConsumer Policy DivisionConsumer & Governmental Affairs BureauEnclosures547 C.F.R. § 0.461G).2

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003736423 )INDECENCY ComplaintCase /J f'ormationControl ID :IC Number:CI1v1S00003736423Submission Method :13-WB 15126189Level One:Level Two:Level Three :Owner Rep Number :Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR29cgb.475Status:Pending Analyst ReviewWebAssigned Code Acronym :Date Closed:11/2/2013 9:10:12P1v1Contact /J f"ormationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: CARLISLEPA17015Imlece11qDate of Program :11/02/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :phl 17Time of Program :09:00 pmCity/State of Program :Carlisle, PaNetwork :phl 17Program Type :Name of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :two and a half menProblem DescriptionI just wanted to say, there is nothing illegal going on, but I am very displeased with theblocking out due to syndex rulings of this program. If you guys are just going to blockthe show out because it is the old show format which was under scrutiny. Then replace theshow with something else, some of us would like to see the show and loved the old format,and prefer it over the new show with new actor replacement. However if you can not providethis show anymore due to the controversy caused by the young actor on this show, then putsomething else in the time slot. Anything is better then a half hour blue screen of "Thescheduled program for this time has been blacked out to to fee syndex rulings."Print Date : 11/8/2013Page 1of1

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003731221 )INDECENCY ComplaintCase /1 f'or111atio11Control ID :IC Number:CIMS00003731221Submission Method :13-WB15125410Level One:BroadcastLevel Two:Programming IssuesLevel Three :Owner Rep Number:Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR29Status:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :Content Criticismcgb.475PCCRDate Closed :10/30/201310/23/2013 8:39:59PMContact lt f(Jr11mtio11Consumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: BALTIMOREMD21226ltulece11c:1·Date of Program :10/17/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :wjzTime of Program :9:30pmCity/State of Program :baltimore mdNetwork:cbsProgram Type :TVName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :TWO AND A HALF MENProblem DescriptionTHE SHOW IS GARBAGE AND NEEDS TO BE PULLED OFF THE AIR!!!!!!Print Date : 11/8/20 I 3Page I of I

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003706287 )INDECENCY ComplaintCa.\·e /J fimnationControl ID :IC Number:CIMS00003 706287Submission Method :13-WB15121328Level One:Level Two:Level Three :BroadcastProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number :Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR42cgb.475ContactStatus:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :8/21/20138/9/2013 10:39:57AM/J f(JrmationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode : DANIEL ISLANDSC29492/11dece11l'.1'Date of Program :07/26/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :channel 9Time of Program:07:30PMCity/State of Program:Daniel Island S.C.Network :WCSCProgram Type :UnknownName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Two and half MenProblem De.\criptionIndecent dress and sexual content Time too early,7:30 PM!Print Date : 11/8/2013Page 1of1

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003654681 )INDECENCY ComplaintCm;e /J f'ormationControl ID :CIMS00003654681IC Number:13-WB 15115792Submission Method :WebStatus:Level One:Unknown MediaTvnesOwner Rep Number:PCC66Level Two:Programming IssuesLevel Three :Content CriticismAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRCreator:Problem Submitted Time :51512013 9:05:40AMcgb.475ClosedDate Closed :51612013Contact b fi rmationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode : SEWELLNJ08080bulecenq'Date of Program :5/2/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :854Time of Program:8:30 amCity/State of Program :Sewell, njNetwork:CbssdProgram Type:Cable/SatelliteName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Cheerleading competitionCt1.' e ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :IHD - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date51612013EB/IHD Exported Case :5/17/2013Problem DescriptionI am concerned that on various stations and programs the content of commercials has no monitoring. We haveparental locks on all of our tv which will not allow content above pg to be viewed . However, if we are watching acheerleading competition at 830 am on a sunday morning, the commercials have couples taking their clothes off,kissing in bed and saying the word "sex." On various channels we could be watching a movie such as "thesmurfs" and commercials with this content are displayed. This means if we have chosen age appropriateprogramming for out children we need to make sure we remain in the room to avoid commercials. I dontappreciate my children viewing these things after we have taken all the steps necessary to be sure that theirstation content is monitored. I think that something needs to be done to rate and restrict content on commercials,4111fCCially during childrens shows and movies or programming with pg and below ratings. If i wanted to have a ation with my children about sex and why two naked people were kissing in bed together i would not setparental controls in the first place. Im confused why programs like two and a half men cannot air on tv until acertain hour, yet the re-runs can start at 5pm . Fortunately the parental controls prevent them viewing thismaterial.Print Date : 1118/2013Page 1 of I

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003638287 )INDECENCY ComplaintCase ll lormationControl ID :IC Number:CIMS00003638287Submission Method :13-WB15113749Level One:Level Two:Level Three :BroadcastProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number:Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR29cgb.475Status:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :5/31/20134/11/2013 6:36:43PMContact J1 formationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/StateJZipCode : DEADWOODSD57732lmfecenqDate of Program :04/04/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :15Time of Program:6:30 PMCity/State of Program :Deadwood, SDNetwork :CBSProgram Type :TVName of ProgramffiJ/Personality/Song/Film:Two and a Half MenProblem DescriptionThe series is a constant string of sexual discussions and inappropriate topics.Print Date : 11/8/2013Page 1 ofl

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003626311)INDECENCY ComplaintCa.\'e b f(m11atio11Control ID :IC Number:Cll\.1S00003626311Submission Method :13-WB15112627Status:WebClosedLevel One:BroadcastLevel Two:Level Three :ProfaneAssigned Code Acronym :Programming IssuesOwner Rep Number :TSR29Creator:Problem Submitted TimeDate Closed :cgb.475PROF5/29/20133/27/2013 9:31:04AMContact /J formationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode : ALBANYNY12205lndecenq· -mrMro;;.;. 312012oi3Call Sign/Cbaonel/Frequeucy :wrgbTime of Program:7:30 Pl\.1City/State of Program :albany, NYNetwork :cbsProgram Type :TVName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :two and a half men, ncis laCase ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :IIID - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date512912013EB/IHD Exported Case :6/26/2013Problem De.\·criptionOut right profanity. We are shocked. Two occurances. Words such as son ofa bitch, bastard, masterbate. This airing maybe ·A re broadcast of the cbs network show. Profanity has become a regular event within this comedy type show. Also, twooccurances of profanity within the airing ofNCIS LA., 9:00 Pl\.1 cbs. Are there now TV program ratings alowing thislanguage. (PG ?).Print Date: 1118/2013Page 1 of I

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003623415)INDECENCY ComplaintCm.-e /J {ormationControl ID :IC Number:CIMS00003623415Level One:BroadcastOwner Rep Number :PCC66Submission Method :13-WB15112396Level TWo:Programming IssuesLevel Three :Content CriticismCreator:Problem Submitted Time :cgb.475Status:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :4/15/20133/22/2013 7:56:19PMCo11tact /J fiJmU1tio11Consumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: EVERMANTX76140/111/ecem:i·Date of Program :03112/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency ·:11Time of Program:07:00 pmCity/State of Program :ft worthNetwork:cbsProgram Type :TVName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :two and a half memCa.'ie ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. : .IHD - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date4/15/2013EB/IHD Exported Case :412512013Problem De.'icriptio11"Two and a half men" has become obscene and indecent. The show this month has made constant references to sex andmasturbation. In one show, Allen was talking about masturbation while sitting on the couch with his hand down his pantswith a box of tissue on the coffee table. This show is aired at 7 :OOpm and my kids were watching. I turned the television offafter seeing this. This is disgusting and this type of show should not be allowed on the public airwaves.Print Date: 11/8/2013Page 1of1

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003618467 )CaseINDECENCY Complaint/J (ormatim1Control ID :ICNumb r:CIMS00003618467ClosedWebLevel One:Level Two:Level Three :Unknown MediaTvnesProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number :Cr ator:Problem Submitted Time :cgb.475PCC66Status:S#bmission M'QM d :13-WB 15111886Assigned Code Acronym :PCCRQate Closed :4/24/20133/16/2013 5:13:44PMContact /J f'or111t1tio11Consumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: INM.i\NSC29349llldece11qDate of Program :March iI 4,2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency:138Time of Program :9pmCity/State of Program:Inman, S.CarolinaNetwork:'INT/?Program Type :Cable/SatelliteName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Two and a Half MenCtu·e ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :IHD - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date4/24/2013412st opPmb/e.n Description.'ftiis pr h becomfl mqro tlJaQ what sho fd p oq 'l'ytime OJ JV. The OQ em:, pf '.aiJd Ws, t -R!Jt exwu e:.,0 9f . ·,. ,- ;!flis lJIJ,l l1ffl) .h;aye} e,e.ntat ell:. ,o(f the ajI' Y! !go 'Yh tU J.!il.watfhlug lliq . . ij e f !l· L#tely. llen.r !it' e4-.stpndar wer irptip.ted, t!J.er.g h 1'o n a i;:virr P ln Qµnt f. Jnvolvmgl gµa159 and vu ar sceef1e. iqere life s many nµpen;:1 t!! mterruptlppa.fp. progrqmming qowf!le.PSC' l k ttt these { Jems.t]]pt JV j.s no lori er enjo abi! for qµr family.Print Date: 11/8/2013Page 1 of l

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003569677 )INDECENCY ComplaintCase ll f(mm1tio11Control ID :CINIS00003569677IC Number:13-WBI5108645Submission Method :WebStatus:Level One:BroadcastLevel Two:Programming IssuesLevel Three :IndecentAssigned Code Acronym :INDEOwner Rep Number :TSR42Creator:Problem Submitted Time2/5/2013 7:31:24PNIcgb.475ClosedDate Closed :2/13/2013Co11ft1cf b f'ormutionConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode : LADSONSC29456lmlece11qDate of Program:2/03/2013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :WCSCTime of Program :6:00 pmCity/State of Program :Ladson/SCNetwork :CBSProgram Type :UnknownName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Super BowlCase ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :IHD - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date2113/2013EB/mD Exported Case :2/22/2013Problem DescriptionBeyonce and her girls were just about naked/ they should have had a pole with all the profane moves she was doing. I had toturn the TV off and just forget about looking at the rest of the game. The blackout should have stayed off,this is notappropriate. Last year Nladonna tried,then Janet Jackson showed herself, when is this pushing it to the limit going to end.This isn't the only thing going on with TV. Two and a half men is nasty and just about every 30 minute show feels the needto talk about sex and swering. Two Broke girls talks about men's body parts. I don't let my children watch TV unless I screenit first.If this was cable I would not be sending this, but this is regular TV. Nlost of the shows that come on has filt or sex in it, it hasbecome worst than cable.Please clean up the TV Stations.Sincerely,TeresaI p:ut the Superbowl in the space above due to the fact that this draws the line, It was worst than Victoria Secrets fashionshow, which needs to be taken off the air.Sex and profanity does not belong on TV.Print Date : 11/8/2013Page 1 of I

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003566676)INDECENCY ComplaintCa.\e /J fimuationControl ID :IC Number:Cll\1800003566676Submission Method :13-WB 15107790Level One:Level Two:Level Three :BroadcastProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number :Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR42cgb.475Status:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :2/4/20132/1/2013 12:32:29Pl\1Contact /J {ormationConsumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode : ANKENYIA50023lmlecenc:rDate of Program :01/3112013Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :13Time of Program:7:00 Pl\1City/State of Program :Ankeny, IowaNetwork :cbsProgram Type :UnknownName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Two and a half menCa.\e ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :HID - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date2/4/2013EB/IHD Exported Case :2/1112013Problem Description·'''· ,I don't appreciate that a bong was shown on the show during prime time television (marijuanahas been referenced several times on this show). I also disagree with the use of theirlanguage on the show . during prime time hours. What happened to the wholesome shows anddiscretion that used to be used? I thought programming delays and FCC regulations weresupposed to limit such displays.Print Date: 11/8/2013Page 1of1

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003561598)INDECENCY ComplaintCa.-.e b fommtionCo.,.m:IC Number:CIMS00oo356 l 598Submission Method· :13-WB15107762Level One:Level Two:Level Three :BroadcastProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number:Creator:Problem Submitted Time :TSR42Status:ClosedWebcgb.475Assigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :2/1/20131/31/2013 5:03:34PMCo11tact b fi1rmationConsumer Personal Infom1ation OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: COTTONWOODID83522I mlecen(vDate of Program:01/24/13Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :KREM2Time of Program:8:30City/State of Program:Cottonwood, IdahoNetwork :CBSProgram Type :UnknownName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Two and half menCt1.'ie ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :HID - Investigation & HearingsReferral Date2/1/2013EB/IHD Exported Case :2/11/2013Problem De.'icriptionCouple are struggling in their relationship so after much discussion decided to invite athird party into a sexual relationship. The show continued to a bedroom scene with two guysand a woman in bed. Then continued with the 2 girls and a guy scene. DISGUSTING and shouldnot be on prime time TV!zj'11/812013Page 1of1

Consumer Information Management System ( CIMS00003556179)INDECENCY ComplaintCase /J f'or111atio11Control ID :IC Number:CIMS00003556179Submission Method :13-WB15107423Level One:Level Two:Level Three :BroadcastProgramming IssuesContent CriticismOwner Rep Number :Creator:Problem Submitted Time :112512013 8:52:29AMPCC66cgb.475Status:WebClosedAssigned Code Acronym :PCCRDate Closed :4/12/2013Contact /J fiwmatio11Consumer Personal Information OmittedCity/State/ZipCode: LAWRENCENY11559futft:CCll(I'Date of Program :01-24-13Call Sign/Channel/Frequency :CBS NYTime of Program :8:30pmCity/State of Program :Oceanside NYNetwork:CBSProgram Type :TVName of Program/DJ/Personality/Song/Film :Two and a Half MenCase ReferredCase Referral Agency :FCC/Enforcement BureauReferral Division/Dept. :IHD - Investigation & Hearing