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In the US Seinfeld and most other comedy shows from the 1950's up through the last couple years. Maybe a large number of other shows regardless genre during that same time period.

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Sanford and Son

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Married With Children

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Benny Hill, even though I have most of his shows on DVD and I still find his ribald humor funny. All in the Family would probably not be acceptable. If you look at a lot of old TV shows (and movies), in the context of when they were made and the cultural norms of the time, then some of them are still watchable, despite the outdated fashion, technology, customs and so on. I think there are more old movies than TV shows that would be considered unacceptable today.

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In the US Seinfeld

You can probably find Seinfeld somewhere on American TV 24 hours a day. It's in massive reruns still.

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All in the Family

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You can probably find Seinfeld somewhere on American TV 24 hours a day. It's in massive reruns still.

Actually, upon a fact-check, I think I was wrong about that.

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Seinfeld rules.

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All of them before 2021 (year 1).

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Anything with a hint of humo(u)r in it.

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Black and White Minstrel Show?

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Love Thy Neighbour. Honky!

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All in the Family broke all sorts fo politically correct barriers before politically correct was fashionable.

Anything from the 50s and early 60s like Leave to Beaver or The Donna Reed Show which showed the man worked and was head of the family, while the woman wore pearls and high heels while cooking.

Even The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which had one of the first Asian actors in a major role, only allowed Mrs Livingston to be the maid. This was commented on even when the show was being aired.

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Just about everything. The past is racist and must be erased.

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Seinfeld rules.

The serenity now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_s6EqOxqY

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Depends on who you ask. The extreme woke crowd would have far too much material work through.

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, a British sit-com called ‘Mind your language’ which started in the late 70’s about a class of foreign people studying English hasn’t dated well. Basically everyone is a caricature and they are all pretty stupid. That said, one of my Japanese friends watched it on YouTube and found the Japanese character very funny rather than offensive.

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In the UK everything made before about 1994....

On the buses.

It aint half hot.

Black and White mistrels

Love thy neighbour

Almost all comedians

Sooty and Sweep

Trumpton.... the whitest town in Britain!

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@Mr Kipling. In the UK On the Buses is still repeated, albeit with a little editing. Ditto Steptoe and Son, Dad’s Army, Man About the House, George and Mildred, Bless This House etc. Sooty is still on. I still enjoy watching most of these programmes. Shows like Little Britain and the IT Crowd have either been removed from streaming services or had episodes removed, even though they are quite recent compared to the other programmes I’ve mentioned. There is a whole channel devoted to old British films and programmes called Talking Pictures TV who have to put a disclaimer before almost everything they broadcast.

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Are the Carry On films still aired?

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Jimizo, you can find Carry Ons on the Freeview channels.

That we cringe at certain scenes shows the extent of our re-education, I guess.

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Looney Toons, they have some WW2 and Cold War-era propaganda episodes, not to mention racist stereotypes airing when I was growing up watching them and only realized it when I was already an adult. You can also add the earlier episodes of the Simpsons.

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Luddite

In the UK On the Buses is still repeated, albeit with a little editing.

I worked for “on the buses” in the 1970's. I was an overpaid tea boy. In a warehouse behind the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. Never watched it.

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B-Robo Kabutack

Dokincho! Nemurin

Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!

The Fuccons

Goddotan

Haruka Seventeen

Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

Konna no Idol Janain!?

Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Tadashii Ōji no Tsukurikata

Takanashi-san

Tokyo Tarareba Girls

Uchimura Produce

Urawa no Usagi-chan

Usavich

Vermilion Pleasure Night

Zettai Kareshi (TV series)

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Terrace House?

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The PC "I'm so offended" crowd should be forced to watch IT Crowd, Little Britain and Alf Garnet in Till Death Do Us Part. These programmes made people aware of the bigotism, racialism, etc. They performed a function.

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Oh my life, I like Benny Hill, Alf Garnet, Bernard Manning, Steptoe and Son, etc, etc.

I only have the DVDs, born to late.

Love thy neighbour, the dialogue when challenged was interpreted politically as mutual racism?

What a strange concept. Can you even imagine the terms, "nig-nog" or "sambo" wouldn't provoke a knock on the door from officer dibble today.

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Are the Carry On films still aired?

They certainly are but they're edited, not for what they say but for what they show. The part where Sid says "You haven't got any soap on that bit" is gone! Or at least, the two seconds after he says it.

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Luddite... some golden oldies there... Tonight's viewing sorted!

What was "wrong" with the IT Crowd?

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Of course Fawlty Towers could never be made today. Yet one of the few shows that are still funny.

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It is difficult to comprehend or understand the subject matter without examples…

Love Thy Neighbour -S1E3 The Petition with the irritating canned laughter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0rWZJMSXVA

An Audience with Alf Garnett….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp8aTvVqE7I

JT some latitude pretty please ....

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Thankyou PC’ers for ruining entertainment

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there was a politically correct version of Blazing Saddles on tv tonight. Started at 8pm, finished at 8:10

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BertieWoosterToday 07:06 pm JST

The PC "I'm so offended" crowd should be forced to watch IT Crowd, Little Britain and Alf Garnet in Till Death Do Us Part.

Alf Garnet is one of the greatest comedy characters ever created, a racist, xenophobic working class Tory whose type still exists today, sadly.

Little Britain was sneery, unfunny rubbish from a couple of public school boys punching down on the underclass with catchphrases stolen from 1970s Dick Emery shows. Terrible.

The IT Crowd was great: Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry, Chris Morris. What was the problem with that?

The Johnny Speight and Spike Milligan show Curry and Chips wouldn't be made today. Oh boy.

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I remember the Young Ones when Vyvyan’s hamster ate a pot of beans, blew up to a massive size, and then flew across the room propelled by a fart.

Would that be regarded as fat shaming these days?

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It doesn't matter.

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In USA you can easily find All in the Family and Sanford and Son on the over the air budget type channels.

One British show that was brutally unfunny and offensive was Mind Your Language . Anyone remember that? Cringeworthy.

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Anything before 2010. Just ignore the PC offended by everything. PC culture is a cancer.

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Anything with Jesus as a white man.

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"The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," "Monty Python's Flying Circus," "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in," "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder," and "Not the Nine o'Clock News."

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The Benny Hill Show - He once had a scene where there's a guy putting up a sign outside the office of a therapist but the guy separated the first three letters from the rest of the word. Funny stuff in the 1970s but won't fly now and he had many skits involving semi-nude women, blackface and abuse of the elderly, just to name a few. I still watch that show on YouTube. Great stuff!

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Sadly - Pretty much everything pre 2012. Network TV is just sanitised rubbish now- especially in the US. Doesn't even reflect the real world. The UK watershed does let a little slip through post 9pm. The Rise of Netflix is not only due to convenience - Real life can still be reflected. People swear, smoke and drink and have sex.

We can just use the two most successful Ricky Gervais programmes in the UK as a more recent example, The Office and Extras. Personally I still find them very funny. Probably not the correct view.

And..who remembers Giligamesh TV on TV Tokyo in the 90's???

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What was "wrong" with the IT Crowd?

Some complained it was transphobic. Similar complaints recently against Futurama.

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Father knows best

Leave it to Beaver

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Brady Bunch is definitely simpatico. Father turns out to be gay, mother and stepson are having an affair, and middle daughter is lesbian. Perfect for our times.

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Yes, true. Sometimes, June asked, “Ward..Don't you think you're being a bit hard on the Beaver?

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We use to have PBS that showed the BBC classics “Fawlty, Benny, Who, etc”. All gone now. “Me Tv’ showed some US classics “Jeannie, Beverly, Gillian, etc”. Is there one site to see these BBC shows in their original form?

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Regarding ‘the Brady’s’. Wished for a cool dad like Mike, actor Robert Reed. Sad he had to ‘play it straight’ for Hollywood - The ‘cost of getting and keeping work/fame’ at that time.

On Maureen McCormick: “Eve Plumb, my best friend, is mad at the joke I made a few years ago that we’d had a lesbian love affair. I made the crack to be funny and for shock value. I’m sorry if she took offense.” McCormick “joked” about their sapphic sex just before her autobiography was published. The “joke” made the book a best seller. Plumb’s agent down played any animosity: “There is no feud.

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The Apprentice

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@theResidentToday - who remembers Gilgamesh Night on TV Tokyo in the 90's???

Iijima Ai and Hosokawa Fumie - along with Yashoku Banzai cooking with Yuki Hitomi, hosted by Iijiri Okada.

Classic!

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Just thought of another...

Captain Pugwash! And that was a kids show.

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@wanderlust....brilliant! and for extra points, name Yuki Hitomi's one CD single that actually charted!

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Where do I start? Most of the 70's shows like "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Chico and the Man," "The Brady Bunch," and "Barney Miller," to name a few. These were definitely classics that I still watch. They don't make TV programs like this anymore. I would add "Happy Days" as well; another great show.

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Clips of Top of The Pops, especially from the 70s.

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Almost every TV show that has been mentioned can be seen on TV today, as reruns.

The IT Crowd was great: Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry, Chris Morris. What was the problem with that?

I don't like the laugh track stuff. And the transphobic episode was pretty bad.

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@theResidentToday - only one I can think of was mango nata de coco...

I still have some episodes on VHS! About the same time as Fumie's 'Cherry Vanilla!'

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Clips of Top of The Pops, especially from the 70s.

Nope, Friday night is music night on BBC4, complete with TOTP repeats. The only ones they don’t show are the obvious ones with Savile and Dave Lee Travis and episodes with the late, and not a nonce, Mike Smith who had not given permission for them to be repeated before his untimely death.

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@wanderlust: hahaha - you're right and that's really made me chuckle. There is a little bit knocking around on YouTube, but nothing substantial. Damn this PC and Wokeness rubbish - actually damn the Internet for taking all that kind of fun away.

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Well, guess a great deal of 80s/90s action movies....this disease of PCness is so invasive to the brains almost everytime I watch an old show I end up half enjoying it half perceiving little things while imagining the outcry the "general" public would be barking over it.

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Michael Jackson's Beat it starts with alcohol, cigarettes and a gang member giving a passionate kiss while holding his girl by the hair (omg! rape!)

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Bill Cosby Show. Baywatch. Bonanza. Black and White Minstrel Show. - And that's just a few of the B's....

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Lazarus KnowsToday 01:18 pm JST

Almost every TV show that has been mentioned can be seen on TV today, as reruns.

The IT Crowd was great: Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry, Chris Morris. What was the problem with that?

I don't like the laugh track stuff. And the transphobic episode was pretty bad.

I must have missed that one.

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Lots of people in this topic pining for the Black and White Minstrel Show. Weird.

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Ma-Hu:

Clips of Top of The Pops, especially from the 70s.

Like?

Like Aneka singing 'Japanese Boy'.

Complete with the parasols, kimonos, bowl haircut and chopsticks on top of the head.

(Although I have to say, I did see a Japanese obaasan with chopsticks in her hair a few years back - I swear).

I wonder whether Aneka did find him in the end. So sad.

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Almost anything, and that includes plenty that would be Reverse “Racist”.

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Lots of people in this topic pining for the Black and White Minstrel Show. Weird.

Which one? The UK version, the Hamada-chan version or the Momoiro Clover Z version?

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Friends.

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I don't think there's much of anything you could show again. Some of that would be for good reason, but for some cases it would be due to perhaps one or two episodes or lines through an entire series, if even that. I don't think you would ever find any show that was perfect by today's standards.

I have the entire collection of Seinfeld of DVDs, and watch them from time to time in the background while doing something else. I always cringe at the fashion, but wow do I cringe at some of the lines and other content sometimes. Still love the show on the whole, though.

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Clips of Top of The Pops, especially from the 70s.

The Monks with ‘Nice legs, shame about the face’ wouldn’t go down too well these days.

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but wow do I cringe at some of the lines and other content sometimes.

Agreed. An example the cigar store 'statue'?

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Almost everything and anything that was funny could no longer be shown today. The US and other countries struggling with PC bullying allowed the overly-sensitive minority-few to take the fun and humor out life and entertainment.

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Almost everything and anything that was funny could no longer be shown today. The US and other countries struggling with PC bullying allowed the overly-sensitive minority-few to take the fun and humor out life and entertainment.

Are you suggesting there are no funny TV shows being produced today? I can assure you that that isn't the case.

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What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect?

Considered by who?

If it were me, probably none, because (i'm 50) I'm not easily offended and I don't take everything to serious. Plus, i'm not always pandering to others seeking their recognition or approval.

I have a sense of humor and can enjoy comedy and entertainment WITHOUT being judgmental or over sensitive.

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Curry and Chips from the UK with Spike Milligan in blackface.

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Family Guy is racist, especially toward Asians, and for some unknown reason, Koreans. Fox knows better than to anger Blacks, but Asians still seem to be a target for their racism.

Family Guy gets away with it because, sans the racism, it is pretty funny.

There is probably a little Peter Griffin in all of us.

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Family Guy is racist, especially toward Asians, and for some unknown reason, Koreans.

For example?

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I used to like Kato and Ken. They were hilarious. Would they be OK today?

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Fox News?

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Mr Kipling

Captain Pugwash! And that was a kids show.

Why? There was nothing wrong with Captain Pugwash!

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Oh sorry... unity....must have unity...

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'Allo 'Allo. Despite its Equal Opportunity national stereotyping.

In fact just about anything made before last Wednesday.

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Not a TV show, but could you imagine making "Blazing Saddles" in this day in age. Despite the fact that the entire film was poking fun at all kinds of prejudices.

"The Sherrif is near!"

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Anything with a straight white male as the leading character.

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Lol. Such a clickbait title.

Graham Linehan wrote some excellent sitcoms, and Hot Press articles back in the day. He was alright before he started attacking Trans people. He's not as popular in Ireland as he used to be.

Lots of people in this topic pining for the Black and White Minstrel Show. Weird.

Not really. The topic is designed to bait those of us who are happy to see the back of that kind of "entertainment" and those who clearly look to the past, when one could insult/stereotype and abuse minorities for the laughs. Through rose tinted spectacles, misty eyes. Red mist descending.

And you know, they say, it's just a joke, haven't you got a sense of humour?

Why? There was nothing wrong with Captain Pugwash!

Indeed, but there are a load of urban legends that surround the show and have persisted until this day.

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Hogan's Heroes. All westerns that glorified shooting native Americans.

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All westerns that glorified shooting native Americans.

Do you miss them?

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Are you suggesting there are no funny TV shows being produced today? I can assure you that that isn't the case.

Indeed there are, but some viewers are stuck in a time warp and have become their parents.

Anything with a straight white male as the leading character.

Plenty of shows with the above still being made.

Better Call Saul

The Witcher

Ozark

Bodyguard

Godless

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Jenna's American Sex Star

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I can't imagine Cheers getting a green light these days. Bunch of people whose lives centre around drinking alcohol on a daily basis? The infamy.

Pity really. One of my all-time favourite shows.

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Disney just put a disclaimer on The Muppets that it might be offensive to some people. I don’t have the exact words but it seems a bit extreme. I loved that absurd show as a kid.

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Derek Grebe,

I hear you.

Great TV show.

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Probably a majority oF The Three Stooges shorts wouldn't be ok today.

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Anything that would not targeted at unmarried liberal , unattractive and overweight women?

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Anything that would not targeted at unmarried liberal , unattractive and overweight women?

Maybe the misogyny and bigot gang could crowdfund their own channel?

Times move on, attitudes change.

Well, except in some dark corners of the internet, natch.

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Two British series, now hugely embarrassing to watch on YouTube, were Till Death Us Do Part and Love Thy Neighbour. Early 1970’s exploitation of racial stereotypes. Not the best of British comedy.

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What would happen to Wanderly Wagon, now? In real life, the Gardai would have impounded the wagon, the locals would have blamed Rory, O'Brien and Godmother for an increase in local crime and Foxy, Judge and Crow would have been put down.

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There's going to be a big backlash against all this lefty woke political correctness rubbish.

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What a bunch of pathetic wokies on this site! The Right wing is going to steam all over you!

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Breakfast At Tiffany's is forever tainted by Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi.

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There hasn't been a funny TV show since the 1900's.

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What’s the use of being politically correct when the person concerned is just pretending?

Past movies should not be banned but utilized as teaching materials in sociology classes.

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I would say almost all of the TV shows that I watched and liked would run afoul the current PC wokeness.

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umbrella

There's going to be a big backlash against all this lefty woke political correctness rubbish.

Well, right now the lefty woke political correctness rubbish is on the roll all over the Western world, but eventually there will have to be a backlash.

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The Black and White Minstrel Show

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It aint half hot mum

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The Magic Roundabout

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The Goodies

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Pretty much everything prior to the current woke/cancel culture.

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Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In was a show I enjoyed watching as a teen, at least while Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzie, Artie Johnson, Lily Tomlin, and Henry Gibson were on it. I never realized there were so many sexual and racial innuendos in those shows until I watched episodes again last year.

Making fun of blacks in so many ways, Asians (with stereotypical buck teeth and halted speech), and women by portraying them as clueless “broads” would have taken this show off the air 30 years ago, never mind 2021. What made these “jokes” worse is that they often used someone from that targeted race or gender to deliver the demeaning punchline.

Rowan and Martin recycled a lot of their jokes from the Vaudeville era, and by the early 1970s that type of humor was stale, which is why Laugh-In ended. That and the fact that the replacements for Hawn, Johnson, etc. were not as talented. One positive aspect of Laugh-In was that the major stars (Lily Tomlin, Johnson, Gibson, etc.) were rarely, if ever, participants in those type of demeaning skits.

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Shows considered "politically-incorrect" depict life in the real world. So these would include shows with people from different backgrounds, co-existing and insulting each other, but no one cares. Welcome Back Kotter and All in the Family are must-see TV.

In the fake, "politically-correct" world, all Whites are racist, all men sexist, and all minorities and women victims. In this world, shows and movies are detached from reality, no one watches.

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Anybody remember the old "11PM Wide Show" with tutorials on how to tie up naked women?

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In short... We have become overly obsessed over how "humor" may have an impact upon how a number of individuals may feel, and therefore have to blame ourselves for thinking that what we thought was humor in the first place, isn't even though some whom we were targeting thought it was ! .....

I still like the "Fawlty Towers and the Germans" episode, and my German friends also admit its funny (in reverse) of the Brits! But that's harmless humor... yet people will say its racist!

Take the extreme, where you can't depict a religious leader as a cartoon character without facing an onslaught of physical assault attempts... as the French have seen...

Global Media is I think behind a lot of these problems... it's become too big and should be broken down in order to avoid such manipulation over the way information is presented to people - under the guidance of a single individual.

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