Originally Posted by PiratesCove
Its strange how old show can get away with subject matter and humor that is totally Non-P.C. today. "Hogan's Heros" and "Sanford and Son" , though classics, probabily couldn't have been made nowadays.
Heck - go way back and the humor was even more
un-PC - especially in the two-reelers, like The Three Stooges, Little Rascals, etc. etc.
Everyone thinks of the most obvious, blantant stuff, like the Stooges playing "Japs", or the Dudley Dickerson bits or whatever, but in the Rascal's "Pay as you Exit", there's the part you have to pay attention to to catch in their "Romeo and Juliet" presentation, where Alfalfa (playing Romeo) says to Buckwheat (dressed in drag and playing Juliet), "Juliet, my Juliet". And Buckwheat just gives him a weird, sideways look and replies, "My Homeo!".
The Rascals actually had a lot of (much more extremely) controversial stuff cut out for TV - they supposedly restored all or most of it for the last DVD set.
Amos 'n' Andy sure wouldn't have ever made it nowadays. Shoot, even the "Looney Tunes" cartoons were pretty bad at times. Even the running, multi-layered gag of Wally exclaiming to Beaver that "Dad's really gonna beat the living heck out of us for sure" would never get by now.
The way TV is now, I don't even think something like the relatively recent (and completely farcical) Married With Children
could get made (think of Al in the Driver's License facility, where the guy asks him what his native language is, or what Marcy resorts to to get her desk back, or Al's constant insults towards a certain, Western European ethnic group - and, of course, women).