Posted April 27 2010 - 10:54 AM
I just watched the first four eps. My satisfaction with the quality of the transfers was matched by my disappointment with the censorship. If PC is the current policy at CBS/Paramount, I think it would have been better to simply cut the whole line, rather than insert that obnoxious and censoring beep-over.
There's no way that ep was originally broadcast with that beep-over. It was common to hear the "N" word in the '70s -- but it was not used lightly. I just watched a third season ep of Starsky & Hutch where it was used by a racist white cop who had just shot an unarmed black man, who was good friends with S&H. S&H were questioning the cop, when a black woman witness refuted the cop's claim of "self defense". The cop called the woman the "N" word, upon which Starsky slapped him very hard in the face.
In the case of S&H and Barnaby Jones, both instances of use of the "N" word were by vile, pathetic, racist thugs, who were the villains in the eps, so it's a case of context. It's not that I enjoy actually hearing the "N" word used, but it does make the scene more powerful and the user more despicable, as opposed to the modern practice of a beep-over.