TV Moments That Took Things Too Far

How far is too far? When it comes to TV, that potentially gross line is always changing. Today, you can find just about every body part and swear word on the small screen at any given time of the day, but there was a time when TV was a bit more conservative. Whether or not they'd be shocking today is doubtful. Here are a few TV moments that took things too far.

 

№1 2 Broke Girls - Graphic Content

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№1 2 Broke Girls - Graphic Content

The CBS sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, is about two waitresses who are trying to get enough money together to open a cupcake business or any business at all. Many viewers find the pair far from sweet. In fact, the FCC has levied fines against the network several times for the content of the show. One episode, in particular, had viewers outraged when a Barbie Doll was used to show sexual acts. How graphic a Barbie can be without actual genitals is questionable, but one Texas woman wrote, "From constant comments about sexual positions and ejaculation in every orifice to menstrual cycles in much more vulgar terms, 2 Broke Girls is unrelenting."

 

№2 Married With Children - Booby Trapped

№2 Married With Children - Booby Trapped

When Married… with Children premiered in 1987, the Bundy family was very different than the picture-perfect clans America was so used to seeing. Al and Peg weren't afraid to call out each other's flaws. Al constantly called Peg a horrible housewife, mother, and cook, while Peg was there to let her husband know just how inadequate he was as the man of the house. One episode that featured Al visiting a lingerie shop was too much for viewers, who demanded that FOX remove the show from its repeats. The 1989 episode had Al and Steve visiting a store to purchase bras for their wives when Al unexpectedly sees a half-dressed woman. Of course, the store's motto was, "If you've got the boulders, we've got the holders."

 

№3 Seinfeld - Puerto Rican Day Parade

№3 Seinfeld - Puerto Rican Day Parade

Seinfeld was always a show that wasn't afraid to push the boundaries of good taste in search of a laugh, though one episode "crossed the line between humor and bigotry" according to Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. He was one of numerous viewers of Puerto Rican heritage to be offended by a plot that saw the main characters caught up in a traffic jam caused by the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer come to a halt on their way back from a Mets game and waste no time in angering those enjoying the parade. Kramer accidentally sets a Puerto Rican flag on fire with a sparkler and then proceeds to stomp it out on the ground, causing angry bystanders to toss their car down a stairwell. "It's like this every day in Puerto Rico," proclaims Kramer.

Both the comment and the flag-burning provoked outrage, with Manuel Minabel, president of National Puerto Rican Coalition, calling it an "unquestionable insult" to the country and demanding an apology from NBC. The network quickly complied.

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