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PPC Pipin

Posted:
8/8/2013 10:35:04 PM

Silly Bastards

I am surprised the writers got as far as they did as far a profanity, in a few episodes. Like when Hawkeye called death "a bastard", another instance is the infamous episode where Hawkeye calls the Korean men taking the girl away "son of a b***h". I was surprised greatly in a few instances, especially for the time period. TV wasn't like it is now, for sure. It was mostly clean and I'm sure some Channels bleeped them or cut the scene out.

Anyone else think of any more instances?

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
8/9/2013 3:19:57 AM

Not so surprising: it was the 1970s, by then, TV was getting edgier and edgier, because supposedly, that's what audiences were wanting to see. ALL IN THE FAMILY is what really paved the way for such content on TV. Heck, the pilot episode of THE ODD COUPLE (which first debuted in 1970) actually had the word "Orgy" in the title.

Actually here's an even better (and probably surprising) example: in 1969, Jim Henson did a live action (no Muppets) TV special for NBC, and there's a number of hells and damns in it... and this was 69, so that was really unheard of then.

But no, M*A*S*H was on at a time where such language had become normal on TV.

PPC Pipin

Posted:
8/9/2013 10:36:45 PM

Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
Not so surprising: it was the 1970s, by then, TV was getting edgier and edgier, because supposedly, that's what audiences were wanting to see. ALL IN THE FAMILY is what really paved the way for such content on TV. Heck, the pilot episode of THE ODD COUPLE (which first debuted in 1970) actually had the word "Orgy" in the title.

Actually here's an even better (and probably surprising) example: in 1969, Jim Henson did a live action (no Muppets) TV special for NBC, and there's a number of hells and damns in it... and this was 69, so that was really unheard of then.

But no, M*A*S*H was on at a time where such language had become normal on TV.

Oh I remember that episode of The Odd Couple. "The Laundry Room Orgy". The episode was harmless enough, but the title was a little, well a lot racy. Especially for the 70s. When I got the box set I read off the episodes and was like, "No, no, that HAS to be a misprint!" I can't believe they let them title it THAT! lol

Figure A

Posted:
8/26/2013 12:20:22 AM

Archie Bunker got away with saying things that would probably never get past the censors today (though I'm not sure, 'cause I really don't watch many newer shows). He said "n*gger" a couple times, and "g*ddamn it!" on at least two occasions. I loved Archie's answer when Edith admonished him for saying "G.D.", as she put it. "Edith, them two words are right out of the Bible! What does God do to sinners? He sends them to hell. God damns them! Edith, them are two beautyful words!"

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
8/26/2013 3:17:36 PM

Figure A wrote:
Archie Bunker got away with saying things that would probably never get past the censors today (though I'm not sure, 'cause I really don't watch many newer shows). He said "n*gger" a couple times, and "g*ddamn it!" on at least two occasions. I loved Archie's answer when Edith admonished him for saying "G.D.", as she put it. "Edith, them two words are right out of the Bible! What does God do to sinners? He sends them to hell. God damns them! Edith, them are two beautyful words!"

You're right.

Similarly, SANFORD AND SON (which WAS a black show) had the n-bomb flying around quite a bit, though in those cases, those are conveniently cut out in reruns, and in some cases where we hear Esther say to Fred, "Watch it, sucka!" are actually dubbed in for her originally saying, "Watch it, n!gga!" Still, the word is actually intact on DVD.

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