They'll Never Put That on the Air: An Oral History of Taboo-Breaking TV Comedy

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In the 1950s, Lucille Ball couldn't even say the word "pregnant" on TV. But by the 1990s, Carrie Bradshaw and her posse could say everything there is to say about sex--and demonstrate most of it. How have broadcast standards changed from the dawn of television till today? Through interviews with the creators of landmark shows, author Allan Neuwirth traces that history, revealing how the upheaval of the 1960s led to edgier fare such as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; how counterculture baby boomers made Saturday Night ...

They'll Never Put That on the Air: An Oral History of Taboo-Breaking TV Comedy 2006, Allworth Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781581154177

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