This question is for TV and I know I'm in the wrong forum but maybe you guys can help.
I've searched google for this but have come up empty.
I am looking for a list of tv shows that shows though the years, ( <1950s to present)
how profanity has increased. Sort of like, the first TV show that allowed the word "damn", or the F-word, then how it has increased to present day.
This would be helpful for some research I am doing.
A list form would be great, something like as follows: (THE FOLLOWING IS JUST AN EXAMPLE and not fact)
"Little House on The Prairie" - 1974 - "Damn"
"Dawsons Creek" - 1998 - "F-Word"
"Grey's Anatomy" - MotherF*****
I searched statistic sites and TV blogs but nada.....
Thanks for any and all suggestions/input.....
1950's - I Love Lucy - Lucy & Ricky slept in the same bed, not twin beds...
hope this helps a bit with your research
The movie "Gone with the Wind" (1939) is thought by many as the earliest film in which the d word was used when Clark Gable made his now famous phrase "Frankly my dear,,," Having watched numerous classic films I believe I can safely say the use of profanity is very, very rare on those films of the 1950s and prior. But just when they started using profanity as a part of their everyday language I cannot venture a guess. It does appear as the years roll on the use of profanity has greatly increased to the extent everybody is using it--men, women and even children, including the most vulgar words.
I knew about the first two links you provided but was most appreciative of the last link.
Thank you so much, it was just what I was looking for!
NYPD Blue was a pivotal show in regard to profanity after 9:00PM. There has been a lot written on this show and its use of "sh#t", "pr@ck", "C*cksucker", etc..
The sitcom 'Episodes' (2011) used the expletive 'c--t' in one episode. I think it was episode 4.
You raise a very good point. The advent of HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. produced series were a milestone in TV's use of "blue" language. These shows paved the way for the networks to "loosen their belts".