I just watched a short video online of the very first time a toilet seat was shown on TV. It was on the show "Leave it to Beaver" when Beaver & Wally bought a pet baby alligator and needed a place to keep it. They were allowed to show only the top of the toilet (not the seat) with the tank cover removed. I always knew that couples weren't allowed to sleep in the same bed, but I never realized that bathroom scenes were taboo.
Well times certainly have changed, haven't they? I turned on my set just a few days ago and there was someone sitting on a toilet doing his business. Since NYPD Blue we've seen quite a number of bare bottoms too (and a lot more!)
So do you think going from "no scenes with a toilet in sight" to "sexually explicit scenes & language" means that television has progressed? I never supported censorship, but what values are we teaching our children and how as a society do we begin to act toward others when our heroes are scheming & ruthless. Can someone be a little overly ambitious? What some call "Reality" shows are often, at least to me, a sad depiction of society and what it takes to win. I think a program will do just about anything to increase its viewing audience, so what's next? How far would you go to win $1 million...or what if the prize was $10 million?