Definition of family hour in US English:

family hour


  • A period in the evening during which many children and their families watch television, especially 8 to 9 p.m.

    ‘the rise in the amount of sex and profanity, as well as violence, in the family hour does American families a disservice’
    • ‘ABC could have and should have aired this movie at 9: 00 p.m., not 8: 00 p.m. at the start of the family hour.’
    • ‘The 8 p.m. family hour is ancient history as far as the major broadcasters are concerned.’
    • ‘When I was a kid which wasn't very long ago, there was a family hour, and we'd watch things like ‘The Waltons’ and ‘Little House on the Prairie.’’
    • ‘What do they see down the road in terms of the future of situation comedies during the family hour?’
    • ‘And I think, since we are not on in the family hour, that you can see this.’