Censorship in 1970's TV :(

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  1. Craig: Mclaren

    Craig: Mclaren Second Unit

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    I read about the building campaign in the mid 1970's to reduce violence on US telly. I believe it caused SWAT to get cancelled despite being a top rated TV show. I heard it was also powerful enough to get "Starsky and Hutch" toned down. Please could you give me a detailed background of this period and any TV shows that were affected.

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  2. MatthewA

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    Well, I do know that under pressure, networks started the Family Viewing Hour c. 1975 (8:00 to 9:00 PM EST Monday-Saturday, 7:00 to 8:00 PM EST Sunday), but it was eventually overturned by a court of law. Sexual content was also targeted.
     
  3. Will_B

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    I remember some advocacy group defined "violence" broadly - cars speeding for example was considered violent, so the Dukes of Hazard was considered a violent show.
     
  4. Don Black

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    Weren't there some reamining ties to the old Production Code?
     
  5. Mikel_Cooperman

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    I remember sexy stuff like Three's Company or Charlie's Angels getting a lot of flak too during that time.
     
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    I don't know if this helps or not, guys, but in the 1970s, American shows imported into the UK were considered incredibly tame stuff. E.g. when you were doing stuff like Starsky and Hutch, Brit TV was producing stuff like The Sweeney.

    Now I think things have changed. E.g. more than one Star Trek: TNG episode was censored over here because it was considered too violent for the broadcast time.
     
  7. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Things don’t change that much: we censor sex, the rest of the world censors violence, except Singapore which censors everything.
     

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