The History of Swearing on TV
on 30 July 2015
Lately, cable television stations have eased up on their restrictions of swearing, adopting the word “bitch” as common vocabulary and allowing the occasional S-bomb to slip—but it wasn’t always this way. According to Vulture’s latest “Secret History of Television” episode, it wasn’t until South Park’s well-received “It Hits the Fan” episode in 2001—where the word “shit” is proclaimed a record 200 times—that the Federal Communications Commission decided to relax its laws on cursing. Now, many once-forbidden four-letter words are no big deal.