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10 Classic TV Shows That Would Be Canceled Today

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In 2022, there is ‘Cancel Culture,” but in the 1970’s it was a different time as programs pushed the envelope with groundbreaking television that probably would not air if they debuted in 2022.

In a previous article about Whitney Houston and The Cosby Show, it was explained that the 1970’s was revolutionary for its sitcoms that broke ground after the civil rights movement. The decade was also known for breaking grounds in other avenues, but the stereotypes of some of the shows would not pass today’s politically correct climate.

Do You Remember? Youtube Channel with Nostalgic Nick gave a list for top ten sitcoms if they debuted today that would receive “Cancel Culture.”

THREE’S COMPANY

“Come and knock on our door, we been waiting for you,” is a line from a theme song that was ingrained in society at the time. The story of Jack Tripper moving in with two women was risque at the time. What put it over the top was John Ritter portraying a character that was pretending to be gay in order to be allowed to live with two persons of the opposite sex.

The storyline arc alone should tell you how big of a shock show this was in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.  From the moment the show debuted in 1977, it was a massive hit for ABC.  John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers became household names for portraying Jack Tripper, Janet Wood, and Chrissy Snow. The problem with this show is that the performances were classic, but the stereotypical content would receive even more backlash from critics then it did in its day.

“Three’s Company” aired on ABC from 1977 until 1984, and it was based on the British comedy “Man About the House.” In the American version, Jack, an aspiring chef, has to pretend to be gay so that his Puritanical landlord, Mr. Roper (Norman Fell), will allow him to live with two women in a $300 Santa Monica apartment. The scandal of the show was that a straight man living with two women was so scandalous, but bringing in the gay scenario brought even more drama.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

“Guys like us we had it made, those were the days,” is another theme song that represented an era in television. “All In The Family” was a progressive show that pushed the boundaries of topics that were forbidden on the small screen. It tackled topics such as racism and introduced the world to a black family in The Jeffersons.

The program would have social commentary on the Vietnam war, politics, and other things that television sitcoms would not touch with a ten foot pole. The biggest stumbling block for the show debuting today would be Archie Bunker himself. The star character would be problematic because of the bigotry. With lines such as “They’re wonderful people, they’re lovely people…, but they’re color people,” would have organizations such as Black Lives Matter up in arms today.

The character was a study on the changing America after the civil rights movement, but scripts that contain statements as “Our world is coming crumbling down, the coons are coming,” far surpass the politically correct climate of today.

THE JEFFERSONS

Well we’re movin’ on up
To the east side
To a deluxe apartment in the sky
Movin’ on up
To the east side
We finally got a piece of the pie
The sitcom was a successful spin-off of “All In The Family” as George and Louise Jefferson made television history for black entertainment. It was the first time a black family was portrayed as wealthy on a tv series.
It was the “American Dream” of moving from Queens, New York to ritzy Manhattan. The show would follow themes that “All In The Family” tackled along with content surrounding gun control, civil rights movement, and hate groups like the KKK.
The same stumbling block would occur with this program in terms of the star character being problematic. George Jefferson was originally written as the “Black Archie Bunker.”  He was racially abusive to one of the first interracial couples on prime time tv  and the show would be liberal with the controversial “N-Word.”

I DREAM OF JEANNIE

The show ran for most of the 1960’s and had its season finale in 1970. However, the show received heavy rotation in syndication throughout that decade. The program would have issues due to the scantily clad “genie” that calls a man her master.

The stars of the show include Larry Hagman (of JR Ewing fame) and Barbara Eden. It wasn’t a surprise to Larry Hagman due to low ratings after the main characters tied the knot.

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD

Just two good ol’ boys,
Never meaning no harm
Beats all you never saw,
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they were born
Cousins Bo and Luke Duke were the Robin Hoods of their rural community of Hazzard County. It lead them to wild escapes, aided by their souped-up Dodge Charger called the General Lee. The Dukes of Hazzard show even got articles in 2020 about whether or not reruns should be canceled in 2020. The show would receive massive backlash in an era where even Walmart stopped selling confederate items.  The huge confederate flag that dons the roof  of the car would be a no go from the jump.

THE BRADY BUNCH

‘Till the one day when the lady met this fellow
And they knew it was much more than a hunch,
That this group would somehow form a family
That’s the way we all became the Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch, the Brady Bunch
The wholesome show about two families uniting to create an even greater family. What is wrong with having a show like this today? According to Do You Remember?, the show lacked diversity and everything on it displayed only one race of people.
The setting was also suburban Los Angeles which in reality is a multicultural region. The show’s underlying moral code and characteristics would be welcomed today, but not the lack of diversity.

What other shows made the list? Check out the video below.