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Many popular TV shows of the 1960s, '70s and '80s might be considered offensive today for one reason or another. What TV shows that are popular today do you think will be seen as offensive by audiences 50 years from now?

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Hopefully nothing. This ridiculous 'woke' culture will hopefully disappear as quickly as it came in 'decade' terms. If people don't like certain humour, don't watch.

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I second theResident, I hope 50 years from now, people will have a better sense of humor and a more tolerant constitution than the hypersensitive people of today. But if I can say anything, I could probably say famous cartoons such as Family Guy, The Simpsons and the like. They're already offensive when they came out, they'll probably still be offensive in the future.

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50 years from now, there will be no more TV.

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say example.

Paul Hogans show in Australia or Benny Hill show in UK.

miss this sense of humor in todays "shows" as most are just politically correct TV rubbish...at least in Japan.

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TV shows today will be seen the same way we see propaganda from the 30s and 40s - as laughably ham-fisted.

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Assuming humanity survives, it depends on how much of a mess society is then. If society improves, today's TV will be seen as fairly low-quality propaganda. Shows from the 60s, 70s, and 80s may be rated more highly. They were genuinely entertaining, still are, and still will be then. Kids today are being banned from their own TV and movie heritage. When they rediscover it, it may become very trendy.

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If you’re offended at everything, look in the mirror. You’re the problem.

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TV is already dead.

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Agree with theResident.

But to answer the question, here follows a list of shows that won't be considered offensive, if the current trend persists:

End of list.

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Hopefully lots of the reality nonsense that rules the screens today.

And all of the overtly ¨message´' shows that sacrifice entertainment for pushing an agenda.

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I think shows like Mind Your Language would be remade in better picture quality. I have been rewatching this series these days with so much fun.

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Why are people bringing up Benny Hill and Mind Your Language? These shows were in the seventies, not now.

My thoughts: shows like the Kardashians. Hopefully fifty years is enough for people to realize what utter vapid garbage that show and it's 'stars' are.

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I’m pretty sure “Ow! My balls” will be fine in the future. “Little House In The Prairie” is in big trouble.

invalid CSRF

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I couldn't tell you as most shows on TV today one needs to be lobotomized to watch.

I was reminded by my father as to what we are seeing today especially in comedy.

He calls it the 'Lenny Bruce" factor.

If you are unfamiliar with Lenny Bruce, well he was a comedian that most 70s, 80s, 90s etc.. comedians looked up to because he pushed the envelope.

He killed himself after years of persecution by the "prudish" authorities that went as far as to fabricate reasons to arrest him and prosecute him ( he was pardoned posthumously in 2003) .

So today's everything offends world is doing the same to many more comedians and actors.

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(_____) insert any reality TV show here.

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There is a therapeutic value in pointing up some of more stupid elements in society, satyrising and making fun of it. The PC mob would have us hide the nasty bits of life. Satyrical comedy exposes them for all to see.

The Fawly Towers episode, "the Germans" exposes the zenophobic attitudes that existed at the time. Throwing light on this and making fun of it is a good way to make people aware of it and to change people's attitudes.

People who go ballistic when they are referred to by their "wrong pronoun" are exhibiting behaviour not dissimilar to Mr Fawlty in the Classic British Sitcom.

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Very nearly every show and movie made today will be considered offensive, not for any political reasons but quite simply for offending fundamental artistic principles. Hack reboots that engage in cheap tropes, weak character development, and lazy plot design are always offensive.

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I find eating contest shows on Japanese tv repulsive. The shows where someone has to eat a fifteen person-sized mound of fried rice in forty minutes. I hope people of the future find gluttony or gluttony-as-entertainment equally repulsive, the way people now see things like bear-baiting, cock-fighting, or going to look at disfigured people in a travelling freakshow.

It's mentioned above, but I hope people of the future will also be less tolerant of stuff like the Kardashians too, basically just voyeurism of vapid rich folks.

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in 50 years?

anything that has any partial "comedy" will be considered offensive.

it seems like "they" are trying to eliminate any comedy on any show or movie, now.

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mikeylikesitToday  08:52 am JST

Very nearly every show and movie made today will be considered offensive, not for any political reasons but quite simply for offending fundamental artistic principles. Hack reboots that engage in cheap tropes, weak character development, and lazy plot design are always offensive.

And they are so vapid, moronic, and they absolutely insult the intelligence.

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@kohakuebisu: Apart from Snuff movies, Child Porn and Bestiality I find nothing 'offensive' or 'repulsive' There is stuff I choose not to watch, sure. But that's because I have no interest in the subject matter. We all like different stuff. If I choose to watch a black stand up comedian take the mickey out of white people, then fine right?

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Hopefully people won't find Top Gear offensive because there's no more fresh air.

Perhaps some American comedies (though there are some gems, too) will be deemed offensive as people will - with any luck - value their time more.

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(The Death of Comedy) HARRY & PAUL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok8R7jNFOPs&t=909s

Ok not the hear and now, however closer than further away....

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There is a therapeutic value in pointing up some of more stupid elements in society, satyrising and making fun of it. The PC mob would have us hide the nasty bits of life. Satyrical comedy exposes them for all to see.

I agree. I'm thinking of Shimura Ken and his henna oji-san (dirty old man) character. It would probably be frowned at today. I remember my young nieces watching it and laughing. One good result was that they learned what a pervert was, and weren't afraid to point out such behavior.

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I am amazed (but happy) that they are still showing Friends on Netflix, what with the various jokes about being gay, and the lack of non-white/homosexual/transsexual/pro-BLM characters etc..

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Ok, here we go, need to take a deep breath on this one...

Netflix and Ricky Gervais Super-Nature....

Ricky Gervais - SuperNature - Woke Comedy, Louis CK, Kevin Hart's Tweets...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXT1OuhERac&list=PL_jUHMsfoQg4frxAkU7Dp08v6aJFoRsVp&index=1

There is 26 in this you tube short series ... ..

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Pretty much all of them I would think, or if not all, we will be able to find SOME things for sure that are offensive in the content. But, let's hope people are mature enough to realize that we can acknowledge they are offensive now and not need to ban the shows or burn the reels. If absolutely necessary, stick a disclaimer in the front. If still offended, just don't watch. I've watched some old Seinfelds lately and the odd joke has made me cringe, but still.

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