Things can from generation to generation. What some will find appropriate or comedic may not be the case a few short years later. There’s no better place to see this than in classic TV shows. Many stand the test of time, but others don’t. In a recent discussion in an online forum, people shared popular TV shows they believe couldn’t be made today. These are 13 of their most common responses.
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Game of Thrones
While this HBO hit series didn’t run that long ago, it’s probably too risky to get made today. Not only does the series start with gratuitous nudity, its high cost and slow burn at gathering a following would probably be considered too much of a liability for a studio to produce.
This show about nothing is timeless, yet couldn’t be made today. From Jerry and George being mistakenly considered homosexuals to Kramer wearing odd shoes and speaking with a dental-caused speech impediment, there are too many references people would find distasteful.
In numerous episodes, things characters say would be considered too offensive today.
If you’re brave enough to watch it, the series airs in its entirely on Netflix.
We have to stretch back a bit to this TV comedy starring Jack Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers. It ran from 1977 to 1984 and as one person points out, “the premise of Three’s Company overall would make zero sense in today’s cultural and political climate. A man having to pretend he’s gay, to live with two women, in California…is unthinkable.”
The beloved sitcom set in a bar, where everybody knows your name couldn’t be made today. As one person notes, “There’s a whole episode where Sam’s college roommate comes out of the closet and everyone at Cheers gets all terrified and homophobic…In general, there’s always a great amount of whiplash for me when it comes to casual homophobia in these old sitcoms.”
How I Met Your Mother
As one person points out, “A lot of How I Met Your Mother became really creepy and culturally irrelevant really fast. Barney’s behavior used to seem weird and goofy but also vaguely charming. Now he just seems like a tool and borderline rapist.”
Entourage was a popular HBO hit in its day, but people wouldn’t accept it today. From Ari Gold to the collective desire to have as many conquests as possible, it’d face ire if it came out now.
The negative reaction it received on the Entourage movie is evidence enough to see that it wouldn’t have the same fanfare as it did in the early 2000s.
Married With Children
Al Bundy bashed his way into America’s heart and Christina Applegate became a household name as his ditzy, blonde daughter. However, the numerous jokes about Al’s weight and portrayal of his daughter as dumb would prevent this comedy from being made today.
We have to go way back, to black and white picture days, for this comedy. But Ralph’s repeated threats alone to send Alice ‘to the moon’ would never fly today.
Michael’s crass behavior as the manager of a paper company and the many, many off-color comments he makes throughout the series would likely prevent this comedy from being made today.
Michael Scott would definitely be cancelled. Still, if you’re up for it, you can stream the show on Peacock.
All in the Family
Some shows couldn’t be made today because culture and society has moved on to see that past attitudes are simply unacceptable. All in the Family is one such example.
Archie Bunker’s overtly racist attitudes absolutely would not fly today.
For a number of years, Baywatch was the most popular TV show in the world. It was the 90s and it had beautiful people running across the beach.
Today, and understandably so, it would be viewed as objectifying people. There have been attempts to remake it, largely in movie form, and they’ve failed. It’s safe to say the show couldn’t be made today.
The all-white cast wouldn’t work today. While Rachel, Chandler and the gang have warmed their way into hearts around the globe, this comedy couldn’t be made now.
Beyond its lack of diversity, many of its jokes would not only not be found humorous, but would only offend in today’s age.
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard was a staple in the early 1980s. It included everything from bootlegging brothers to the exploits of their female cousin, Daisy.
If those weren’t enough, The General Lee was adorned with the Confederate Flag. Understandably so, the car alone represents an incredibly painful era for many Americans. So much so, Warner Brothers stopped selling General Lee merchandise several years ago.
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I’m Nicole Schmoll – a master’s-educated professional writer, mompreneur, and co-founder of Frugal Rules.
As a freelance copywriter in Omaha, I still believe that writing is an artistic expression. Every time I strike the keys, I intend to evoke a response from my listeners. I left my full-time career as a senior copywriter for an insurance agency to start my own freelance writing business.
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