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?
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.
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.)
In an episode of Chicago Hope, Mark Harmon said shit. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…