NBC AXES “GOD”
Catalyst May Issue 2000
The animated comedy, “God, the Devil and Bob,” has been axed by NBC after a number of the station’s affiliates refused to air it. Its poor ratings and controversial nature were also mentioned as reasons why the show was dropped.
The Catholic League let NBC know that we were monitoring the show. Our position was that “God” was crude but not deeply offensive. While there was no specific mention of Catholicism in the program, the four episodes that did air clearly trivialized religion. The occasional profanity attributed to “God” was uncalled for, as was the unseemly behavior of some of the cartoon’s characters.
Our single most important objection with the show was its attempt to establish a moral equivalency between good and evil. For that reason alone, our culture is better off without “God” on the air.