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Biggirl
08-17-2009, 12:08 PM
Watching a repeat of the gay Peter Family Guy bought this up. My daughter, in between gasps of laughter, said "I can't believe they got away with that on TV!" The joke was:

One trick I used to use is turning things into a word problem. For example, if there are three glory holes in the bathroom at the club and 28 guys at the circuit party, how many rotations of guys will it take before everybody's had a turn? Nine, with a remainder of Brent…Brent can't fit in the glory hole, and that's why we all like Brent.

The first time I had that reaction was watching the mini-series Lace when Phoebe Cates busted out, "Which one of you bitches is my mother?" I was also shocked when Sophia accused Blanche of playing "hide the salami" with some guy. Both of those were a long time ago, my how times change.

Did you ever have your jaw dropped by something said on network TV?

bup
08-17-2009, 12:19 PM
On Designing Women, somebody got a breast enhancement, or was going to, or something, and one of the other designing women referred to her as "the tit monster."

I only saw about two episodes of that show, so I don't know characters' names.

Simmerdown
08-17-2009, 12:39 PM
Not anything that was said, but there was an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus where a clueless Terry Jones (I think) walks into a shop. The shopkeeper was a naked woman. I was probably 12 or 13 at the time so I was shocked and pleased at the same time.

Don Draper
08-17-2009, 01:49 PM
St. Elsewhere - Ed Flanders' last episode as a regular when his character Dr. Westphall tells the new chief of staff to kiss his ass...and then moons him!

panache45
08-17-2009, 06:23 PM
Picket Fences: The youngest kid, maybe 7 or 8, called his brother "penis breath."

voguevixen
08-17-2009, 07:13 PM
St. Elsewhere - Ed Flanders' last episode as a regular when his character Dr. Westphall tells the new chief of staff to kiss his ass...and then moons him!

I guess it would be around the same time...I distinctly remember an episode of the A-team where Mr. T's character (BA or something?) called someone an "Asshole" and as a pre-teen I turned to my mom completely shocked and said "You can say 'Asshole' on TV?!" She looked just as baffled and said "I guess you can now!"

(Didn't it used to be you could say "ass" or "dumb-ass" or "ass-hat" [the current fave] but not "asshole?" or some inane rule like that? The specifc HOLE of the ass was offlimits, lol.)

KneadToKnow
08-17-2009, 07:18 PM
I remember when Hawkeye called some guy a "sonofabitch" on M*A*S*H.

Something only M*A*S*H could have gotten away with.

Mister Rik
08-17-2009, 07:23 PM
Picket Fences: The youngest kid, maybe 7 or 8, called his brother "penis breath."

I thought that was in E.T. :confused:

Harvey The Heavy
08-18-2009, 03:15 AM
Obviously a mistake, but once during a broadcast showing of An American Werewolf In London, when undead Jack appears in the hospital room, David says "Get the fuck out of here Jack". Whoops!

Marlitharn
08-18-2009, 03:44 AM
You bet your sweet Aspercreme! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQrv6-viEUk)

My jaw dropped first time I saw it, and then I was delighted as all hell. They changed it pretty quick, though. Now it's, "You bet, if it's Aspercreme!" which is nowhere near as fun.

Intergalactic Gladiator
08-18-2009, 05:48 AM
In an episode of Chicago Hope, Mark Harmon said shit (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108724/trivia). I didn't actually see the epsiode, but I remember reading about it everywhere. CBS was trying to push the FCC boundaries at the time for their later-night shows.

jjimm
08-18-2009, 06:00 AM
Back in the 1950s the Goon Show snuck a lot of stuff past the BBC censors by having stuff that looks OK on the page, but can be pronounced to make it rude.

Mild by our standards, but the one that springs to mind was an Indian character called something like Singh Isthingz, which they pronounced "singe [h]is things"

And in 1980-ish, Not the Nine O'Clock News did the same trick with a song called "Kinda Lingers" (say it out loud).

Gyrate
08-18-2009, 06:41 AM
And in 1980-ish, Not the Nine O'Clock News did the same trick with a song called "Kinda Lingers" (say it out loud).I believe that they were originally going to sing "cunnilingus" but were bowdlerised by either the network or the censors and forced to make it "kinda lingers", thus completely ruining the joke. So, in fact, they couldn't say that on television at the time.

BiblioCat
08-18-2009, 07:01 AM
In an episode of Chicago Hope, Mark Harmon said shit (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108724/trivia). I didn't actually see the epsiode, but I remember reading about it everywhere. CBS was trying to push the FCC boundaries at the time for their later-night shows.There was also an episode of ER where Anthony Edwards (Mark Green) said 'shit.' It's removed in syndicated versions.

Martini Enfield
08-18-2009, 07:45 AM
You're allowed to say "Fuck" on Broadcast TV here after something like 8.30pm- some of the stuff you hear on late-night TV here would give most of the US an attack of the vapours, from the sound of it.

I think the biggest shock I got was when the character in adult oriented soap-drama some years ago described their boss as a "Fuckwit" and I remember thinking "Wow, you can say that on TV here?"

Oh, that and Channel Ten screening Pulp Fiction more or less uncut. That surprised me too.

Also, SBS. :D

Wallenstein
08-18-2009, 07:51 AM
Lots of related fun here:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GettingCrapPastTheRadar

PoorYorick
08-18-2009, 07:59 AM
(Didn't it used to be you could say "ass" or "dumb-ass" or "ass-hat" [the current fave] but not "asshole?" or some inane rule like that? The specifc HOLE of the ass was offlimits, lol.)
I remember when Richard Pryor had a live variety show on TV, and a big deal was made of the possibility that he would slip some sort of vulgarity across the censors. With this in mind, there was a hilarious sketch on his first show where a cowboy was threatening "I'm gonna shoot yore ass," with Pryor pleading, "Please don't shoot my ass!" The joke, of course, was that we found out that they were literally referring to Pryor's ass -- you know, the donkey-type animal -- and that the censors would have no basis to bleep "ass."

I see from IMDB that the show was, obviously enough, "The Richard Pryor Show" in 1977, which only lasted for 4 episodes.

Unauthorized Cinnamon
08-18-2009, 08:25 AM
This must have been sometime in the early 80s. A radio station had a TV ad that said they wouldn't play the same song twice in a day. The ad said, "If we screw up, you can call in and the first caller will win [some prize]." I remember my mom stopping in her tracks, being totally shocked that they used the phrase "screw up" on TV. Shows how different things are these days!

I also remember seeing The Four Seasons on TBS or something - and they showed naked butts when people went skinny dipping. I could hardly believe I was seeing it. This was like 15 years before the famous NYPD Blue shower scene.

silenus
08-18-2009, 08:46 AM
Given what goes on each episode of "Two and a Half Men," I can only assume that CBS has laid off their entire Standards & Practices department. They get away with sexual references on that show that are unbelieveably blatant.

jayjay
08-18-2009, 09:11 AM
I also remember seeing The Four Seasons on TBS or something - and they showed naked butts when people went skinny dipping. I could hardly believe I was seeing it. This was like 15 years before the famous NYPD Blue shower scene.

That's still the only damn scene of that movie I can remember. I think I snuck it in one time when I was 13 or something and my parents were out. It was on HBO or something like that. And I watched it because it was supposed to be something that adults liked. And all I got for it was Alan Alda's butt...

Khadaji
08-18-2009, 10:31 AM
Given what goes on each episode of "Two and a Half Men," I can only assume that CBS has laid off their entire Standards & Practices department. They get away with sexual references on that show that are unbelieveably blatant.
I too am often surprised at what passes on that show. I was also surprised that my 70 year old mother enjoys the show and once said to me: Well, sometimes they seem to skirt the edge of what might be acceptable.

Unauthorized Cinnamon
08-18-2009, 10:50 AM
Given what goes on each episode of "Two and a Half Men," I can only assume that CBS has laid off their entire Standards & Practices department. They get away with sexual references on that show that are unbelieveably blatant.It's funny, because I caught a few minutes of this show last night, and I was moved to think, "Wow, and to think in living memory, they could say the word "pregnant" on TV." The scene in question showed a LOT of Jon Cryers groin region - like, I'm thinking he had to wax. I'm not dismayed - nudity doesn't bother me - but I'm struck by the cultural shift.

Intergalactic Gladiator
08-18-2009, 11:48 AM
I also remember an SNL skit where a Southern Colonel was returning from the Civil War and they kept referring to him as Colonel Lingus and how much they enjoyed him but sometimes he overstayted his welcome though. At the end of the sketch, he says that he's now retired, no longer a Colonel, and they should call him Amul.

tdn
08-18-2009, 12:02 PM
Wasn't there an episode of the Simpsons where Lenny referred to someone as a jerkoff?

Mahaloth
08-18-2009, 12:12 PM
Given what goes on each episode of "Two and a Half Men," I can only assume that CBS has laid off their entire Standards & Practices department.

Examples of their more dirty jokes/lines?

thirdname
08-18-2009, 12:24 PM
I also remember an SNL skit where a Southern Colonel was returning from the Civil War and they kept referring to him as Colonel Lingus and how much they enjoyed him but sometimes he overstayted his welcome though. At the end of the sketch, he says that he's now retired, no longer a Colonel, and they should call him Amul.
That was Colonel Angus: http://www.hulu.com/watch/4109/colonel-angus-comes-home

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
08-18-2009, 12:34 PM
Wasn't there an episode of the Simpsons where Lenny referred to someone as a jerkoff?

Not to mention Principal Skinner's infamous "chew through my ball sack" line.

Drain Bead
08-18-2009, 02:59 PM
I can't remember the show, but it was on NBC in the mid-90s and was about cops and paramedics. At some point someone spray painted a cop car with "(Character's name) is a dick".

emcee2k
08-18-2009, 03:08 PM
You bet your sweet Aspercreme! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQrv6-viEUk)

My jaw dropped first time I saw it, and then I was delighted as all hell. They changed it pretty quick, though. Now it's, "You bet, if it's Aspercreme!" which is nowhere near as fun.

I'm glad to know I didn't imagine the original version.

silenus
08-18-2009, 03:32 PM
Examples of their more dirty jokes/lines?

Random comments from random episodes:

Alan: I don't even know how my wife is going to be a lesbian. She hates oral sex—hates it.

Evelyn: We are going to have a nice dinner, you are going to be charming, and Tommy's going to remain oblivious to the fact that you defiled his daughter.
Charlie: Hey, she wasn't exactly filed when I met her.

Charlie: How's it going in there?
Alan: Whatever happened to zippers? I miss zippers.
Charlie: I don't know, Alan, maybe there were too many injuries. Nobody ever got their balls caught in a buttonhole.

Berta: I guess if they can put a man on the moon, they can put a woman on your brother. Who's the girl?
Charlie: I don't know. He met her at the supermarket. Helped her pick out corn.
Berta: Corn? Well, I'm not in any position to judge. I once did a guy for a tank of gas.

pabstist
08-18-2009, 07:58 PM
I have Dish Network, and on the channel guide they list a show as "Dance Your A... Off". Seriously, how do 3 dots make up for ss?

But if you watch the show, they display the full title on the screen constantly. So what's the point?

mobo85
08-18-2009, 08:07 PM
I have Dish Network, and on the channel guide they list a show as "Dance Your A... Off". Seriously, how do 3 dots make up for ss?

But if you watch the show, they display the full title on the screen constantly. So what's the point?

A few ads for the show show the full title, whereas others have it as Dance Your A** Off.

mhendo
08-18-2009, 08:08 PM
I think the most depressing thing about this thread is that these jokes and references are all considered risque for network television. Says something pretty sad about the state of American prudery.

In places like Australia and the UK, shows like The Wire, Weeds, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and a whole bunch of other titles from premium cable stations like HBO and Showtime routinely run on network TV, uncut. Not to mention movies that run without all the ridiculous overdubbing of the swear words and pixelating of the boobies.

kaylasdad99
08-18-2009, 08:33 PM
I have Dish Network, and on the channel guide they list a show as "Dance Your A... Off". Seriously, how do 3 dots make up for ss?

But if you watch the show, they display the full title on the screen constantly. So what's the point?WAG: Parents can control access to the show, but they can't control access to the channel guide.

salinqmind
08-18-2009, 08:51 PM
MY mom is 82 and LOVES the Simpsons, and loves Family Guy even more! She repeated some of the jokes from Joan Rivers' roast the other day, from Carl Reiner and Gilbert Gottfried (sp?). Mom thinks as far as TV watching goes, this is a great time to be alive!

I can only imagine what she'd think watching stark naked people swearing their asses off on TV shows in England and Australia.

Martini Enfield
08-19-2009, 02:56 AM
I have Dish Network, and on the channel guide they list a show as "Dance Your A... Off". Seriously, how do 3 dots make up for ss?

In British English, the word is often spelt "Arse". Not sure why an American TV channel would suddenly decide to use British spelling, but stranger things have happened.

Covered_In_Bees!
08-19-2009, 03:05 AM
Around here the "ass" in Dance Your Ass Off is actually spoken, during the middle of the day. The first time I heard it blew my mind it did.

Tequila Mockingbird
08-19-2009, 12:04 PM
CW's Supernatural calls people "dicks" all the time. The also had an episode titled "Criss Angel Is A Douche", which made me laugh for about a week.

Mahaloth
08-19-2009, 01:50 PM
CW's Supernatural calls people "dicks" all the time. The also had an episode titled "Criss Angel Is A Douche", which made me laugh for about a week.

Yeah, douche and douchebag have really crossed over to allowable, as has dick and dickhead. I also first noticed it on Supernatural.

tumbleddown
08-23-2009, 08:23 AM
There was also an episode of ER where Anthony Edwards (Mark Green) said 'shit.' It's removed in syndicated versions.
Not in the daily rebroadcasts on TNT. I've seen the episode a few times there (I think it'll show once more, I believe they're on the last run through of ER on the network.) and it's always intact. What isn't intact is an instance several seasons later where Kerry screams "You asshole!" after a guy who stole her purse. Instead the "hole" is masked out by the sound of an El train.

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