Which shows were you/are allowed to watch?

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  1. danderson400

    danderson400 Member

    Mar 5, 2015


    Back in my younger days, i was only allowed to watch shows that were considered "family friendly"- a few comedies were not allowed, after 9:00.
  2. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    When I was a kid, pretty much everything on TV was "family friendly" so I wasn't restricted in what I could watch. I don't recall a single time that I was told "you can't watch that".
  3. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I don't think there was anything I wasn't allowed to watch. We didn't have cable. There were probably some comedies that had adult humor, but I wasn't interested in them. I wanted action. Give me A-Team, Airwolf, MacGyver, Dukes of Hazard, Knight Rider, etc.

    I hated when MASH was on, because my parents always watched it. As a kid, I found it boring. Hey, I was a kid! I didn't exactly have great taste in TV!
  4. danderson400

    danderson400 Member

    Mar 5, 2015
    I watched more dramas, game shows and reality shows than i did comedies. I don't recall a single time that I was told "you can't watch that" because i watched China Beach, Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks and Life Goes On. 3 out of the 4 shows were on at 10:00 at night, and that was considered too late for most kids.
  5. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD


    That was me. I graduated high school in 1975 so tv was all OTA (even with cable) except for this thing called Home Box Office. Pretty much nothing was out of bounds so I could watch anything. We usually watched as a family except for cartoons.
  6. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

    May 15, 2001
    Grew up in a very conservative Christian home, so there were a lot of restrictions. The general family comedies were OK, along with most of the NBC 80's action shows (A-Team, Knight Rider). We also watched a lot of Nick and Nite.

    The one that was not allowed that I never understood was The Incredible Hulk.
  7. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    No restrictions at all. We had cable or satellite as far back as I can remember. Twin Peaks was actually a favorite of mine when I was 11. Premium channels (HBO, Disney, etc.) were rare, and of course, I wasn’t allowed to order PPV.
  8. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Land of...
    I grew up in the late 60s on. As there was no cable/sat/internet, everything was OTA. My folks were very lenient with what we could watch and read. nothing was off limits, as long as we could make a reasonable attempt at understanding it. Did somethings go over my head as a kid? Sure they did. But I was still able to ingest them.

    Hell my dad had a subscription to Playboy and Oui magazines. I read those when I was growing up. And I really did read them. that's where I learned about Porsche, how to tie a tie, politics, etc... I only wish I had kept some of those issues, I'm betting they would fetch a pretty penny these days.
  9. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    Several shows I was not “allowed” to watch, like Love Boat, A-Team, and the Hulk.

    But being the quintessential 80s latchkey kid, I could watch whatever when nobody else was around.
  10. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    There was really nothing I wasn't allowed to watch with the exception of one episode of Medical Center. It was the episode where Robert Reed had a sex change on 9/8/75. I was 11. I remember my mom yelling from downstairs to turn it off. Rebellious me didn't turn it off because I loved Chad Everett. He was gorgeous. I didn't really care about what the episode was about since if the character wanted to be a woman, that was fine with me. I guess my mom felt it was inappropriate for an 11 year old to watch.
  11. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    Another child of the 60s and 70s here, nothing was out of bounds. There was nothing that made it to OTA that my parents wouldn't let us watch. Of course we only had 1 TV in our home, until I got my little 12" BW Panasonic for my bedroom. Hell, we even watched All in the Family together.

    Censorship seemed really silly to me then and it seems silly to me now. But I have no problems with guidance and providing tools to parents to allow them to censor for their family's kids. Religious/moral censorship however is BS and needs to go the way of the dodo bird.

    Edit: Fake news needs to be censored or labeled as fake news unless it's obvious parody. Libel/slander needs to be eviscerated.
  12. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    My memories included Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, etc.....
  13. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    We had a lot of restrictions when I was a kid but it wasn't based on content: it was based on amount. We could only watch a certain amount of TV each week so we had to choose what we wanted to spend that time on. My parents were pretty strict about that. But I don't remember them ever censoring anything due to difficult subject matter.
  14. danderson400

    danderson400 Member

    Mar 5, 2015
    The shows i remember being censored in my home were Friday the 13th: The Series and Freddy’s Nightmares because of the graphic violence.
  15. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  16. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s I was able to watch anything that was on before bed time (and when I got older, pretty much anything). We had no cable and only HBO after I was about 16 or so. So nothing was really that off limits. I watched everything from WWWF wrestling to Johnny Carson to Charlie's Angels and many other shows which were considered titillating during that time.
  17. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    I just remembered one other thing I was not allowed to watch when I was 13 - Saturday Night Fever. My father was really opposed to me seeing it for whatever reason. I remember my YOUNGER brother and sister both saw it when they were away at camp. I saw it without my father knowing.
  18. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Gilligan's Island and the Beverly Hillbillies were about as racy as tv got when I was growing up.
  19. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

    Sep 20, 2002
    I wasn't allowed to watch Elvis movies (on TV) or anything broadcast past my bedtime. :)
  20. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    I don't remember being told there was anything I couldn't watch. I didn't see "All in the Family" when it first started.

    But I remember watching all three of Lucille Ball's sitcoms (not knowing any better, I thought they were all good). I watched the variety shows of Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and Flip Wilson. I watched "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" but might have been too young for that. I also watched "Hee Haw", which was similar in style but cleaner.

    My father liked "Gomer Pyle USMC" so I eventually did, and I watched "Green Acres", "Gilligan's Island", "My Favorite Martian", "Mr. Ed", "My Three Sons" with Ernie, "Julia", "Lassie", "Family Affair", "The Partridge Family" and "The Brady Bunch".

    Also game shows like "Concentration" and "To Tell the Truth".

    I remember watching episodes of "The Rifleman" because the man had a son.

    Ted Mack's "Amateur Hour". It wasn't an hour, so I concluded "amateur" must be like "fake".

    And lots of Saturday morning cartoons. "The Flintstones" was actually an animated sitcom like "The Simpsons", but i didn't know the difference.

    Hey, I can still edit! I forgot "Leave It to Beaver". Also, when I was really young "The Real McCoys".
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2020

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