The Liberalization of Television Programming [Infographic]

Imagine yourself watching TV in 1947—things would have been far different. It would have been a shocker just to see a couple—even a married couple—sharing a bed. “Mary Kay and Johnny” was TV’s first series to show a married couple sharing a bed. You may be familiar with a certain “wardrobe malfunction” during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, but the original wardrobe malfunction happened on a live broadcast when Faye Emerson accidentally “exposed her ample self coast to coast.”

In 1952, it was just not common to hear the word “pregnancy” on television—the word was too risqué to say when introducing Little Ricky to the incredible popular program, “I Love Lucy.” How often do you see belly buttons on TV today? Back in 1965, Jeannie, Ginger, and Mary Ann were not allowed to expose their belly buttons on air. “All in the Family” was the first program to feature the sound of a toilet flush. In 1975, Cher did what Jeannie, Ginger, and Mary couldn’t—her belly button was shown nationwide in the pilot episode of “Cher.”

To learn more about the evolution of TV programming, including information about the first display of female nudity and the first lesbian kiss on national television, check out the infographic below presented by

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