Family-Friendly Stripper
aka: Bikini Bar

So, you want to load up on the fanservice? Throw in a Stripperific costume and other sexy stuff? There's just one problem: this is a Family TV Network! We don't believe in that stuff around here, so how do we go ahead and do it anyway? One possibility is to make liberal use of Censor Steam, Censor Suds, a Scenery Censor, or a Modesty Towel. This trope is an alternative.

In case you haven't realized, exotic dancers never go topless (let alone fully nude) on American TV shows (other than on premium channels), even though such practices are commonplace in Real Life. (The Real Life equivalent is usually called go-go dancing, but even that may be more risqué.) Even the dance moves are practically ballet compared to what real strippers do to pay for nursing school. Post-Watershed British TV has no such problems.

A family-friendly stripper wears an elaborate and theoretically sexy costume—that just happens to cover just about everything. She makes a major show of removing a scarf or other accessory instead of actual clothes. Gyrations and undulations happen, but in a strictly PG-rated manner. And lap dances, if they occur at all, are arms-length affairs.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Superhero-themed strip club Superiors in Secret Six, featuring "supervillain team-up" group dances and a Stan-Lee sounding DJ. Deadshot even lampshades the lack of nudity.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Appears in, of all things, the film adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City: the comic featured nudity (both male and female); the movie kept most of the female nudity, axed all of the male nudity, and most notably took out the nudity in the strip club. The reason for this was Jessica Alba's career-long refusal to do nude scenes.
  • None other than Gypsy Rose Lee herself performs an extremely family-friendly strip in Stage Door Canteen (1943). Mostly, she removes various undergarments, such as a petticoat and garter belt, from under a voluminous skirt and then holds them up.
  • Just because Lindsay Lohan played a stripper in I Know Who Killed Me doesn't mean she has to take her clothes off or anything.
  • In Independence Day Jasmine works as an exotic dancer, but leaves her bra and panties on during her dance scene. Hey, the film was a PG-13 summer blockbuster, after all, and the film does deserve credit for making her no less sympathetic as a leading lady. Also, justified in that she was just starting her routine, and then stopped dancing and left after noticing that no one was watching her due to being glued to the news reports about the events of the movie.
  • In Armageddon Rockhound decides to spend the night before the mission getting lap dances at a strip club. Seeing that this film is also a PG-13 summer blockbuster the dancers leave their underwear on.
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle- The Angels go undercover at a sleazy strip club filled with criminals. Instead of strippers, we get the the Pussycat Dolls and zero nudity.
  • Flash Dance Artistic dancing and the above-mentioned nipple-free wet T-shirts.
  • In The Goodbye Girl Elliot gets a job as a street barker outside a strip club. The dancers keep bikinis on. This is in New York in the 1970s.
  • In Gilda, securely within Hays Code years, Rita Hayworth performs an amazingly sexy strip-tease ... in which she takes off a single glove.
  • Enforced in Shish O Besh, where Panis poses as a very fully-clothed hooker and Sexy Secretary for various cons. Iranian films are subject to fairly strict censorship, and genuine Fanservice is limited to showing the face and a little hair. The rest must be implied.
  • Lady of Burlesque a movie about a burlesque theatre shows only skimpy costumes and emphasises the comedy performance. As this was during the days of the Hays Code, no stripping is shown at all. They still do at least have a murder being done with a G-string.
  • Sucker Punch features a brothel (or a fantasy of one) where the girls only perform in sexy costumes. There is no stripping or nudity shown.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Smallville: Lois goes undercover at a "Gentlemen's Club" and dances on a pole in a bikini, but never takes off her top.
  • How I Met Your Mother features scenes inside the Lusty Leopard strip club on several occasions, but this is still broadcast TV (also, getting Alyson Hannigan to do a stripper act while pregnant was pretty unlikely). So the Lusty Leopard is a well-lit strip club, where the performers wear elaborate burlesque costumes that never come off, and where the music is sufficiently muted to permit the dialog.
  • MacGyver featured what must be a family-friendly version of one of this: women dancing around in tight leather.
  • CSI (yep, the one in Las Vegas) features an episode involving a strip club. Not a single top is removed in the club and the only person who ends up completely naked in that episode (bar the corpses) is Warrick Brown. A man. Hell, there's an entire sub-plot about a BDSM brothel that pops up every few episodes and no one is depicted naked, just a few comedic scenes of guys getting spanked on the butt.
  • Married... with Children: Al Bundy is fond of going to these. It is supposed to be a "nudie" bar, but of course, no real nudity is ever shown, although there is at least one scene where, from the POV of the stage, a bra and a pair of panties hit Al in the face. However, another episode shows a topless woman from behind.
  • Titus: When Titus was having money troubles Erin ended up working in one of these, running into Ken and Tommy. Even though she was only a waitress, this didn't stop Titus imagining the worst via "Worst Nightmare Cam".
  • The Bill, being (on the whole) a pre-Watershed show, sometimes features this. There was one episode where Cathy Bradford went undercover at a gentleman's club and had to take her top off in front of Nick Klein (another police officer) to maintain her cover since she was on camera, but we didn't see any nipples.
  • Amusingly enough, Family Matters featured a male equivalent, given the hilarious name of "Club Buff." Needless to say, none of the studs go anywhere near the full Monty.
  • On Two and a Half Men Charlie and Alan go to a strip club. Alan asks Charlie why the strippers are wearing bikinis, and Charlie replies that it is a bikini club, you get drinks but there is no nudity.
  • Wings. On "The Lyin' King," where an exotic dancer (played by supermodel Carol Alt) is coming to town for her final performance. Only the back of her legs are shown.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Heart" (S02, Ep17), Dean visits a strip club while tracking a suspect and only the legs of the stripper are shown.
  • While Fish Mooney's place on Gotham is theoretically a high class burlesque bar/restaurant, the dancers onstage never show any sign of taking off their admittedly skimpy costumes.
  • The title character of Cleopatra 2525 is an exotic dancer by trade, but the few times her talents are called upon, usually in a seedy bar setting of some sort, she never goes down to anything beyond a relatively modest bikini. In one episode, to create a diversion, she even takes over for a dancer who is wearing far less (but still in a skimpy bikini) and ends up enthralling the crowd with her PG-rated striptease.
  • Even serious documentaries exploring the lives of the girls can be prone to this trope. A critically well-received docu which followed four girls' lives and aspirations as they prepared and entered for the coveted "Stripper of the Year" competition shied away from nudity, despite the fact that accepted practice in the business is to end with complete (but artistic, of course) nudity.
  • One episode of NCIS: Los Angeles has Deeks explicitly stating that a given bar they need to check out is a bikini bar rather than a strip club due to either Los Angeles city law or California state law prohibiting a bar from offering both alcohol and nudity.

  • In Eva Ibbotson's The Secret of Platform 13, the complicated plan of the magical creatures to kidnap their lost prince back involves the fairy of the group replacing a dancing girl, in order to distract the people. The usual dance number is a striptease where the light is switched off exactly when the last veil could fall. The very prim and proper fairy consents to the plan, but insists on wearing her very long, very decent underwear under the seven veils, just in case there's a problem with the light switch. Hilarity ensues.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Magnum TOKYO was a stripper character, but naturally he only stripped down to his wrestling tights.
  • Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins debuted a striptease gimmick (while WWE was PG no less) but Reks asked for his release a week later. In their one appearance with the gimmick, they stripped down to trunks.
  • Randy Orton hosted a striptease segment one night when he was in charge of Raw. The girls only stripped down to modest lingerie.

    Video Games 
  • Scarlet Blade has the Delilah Nightclub, which has plenty of girls dancing in very little clothing, from Barely-There Swimwear, to super revealing lingerie. Plus the players character can also dance in club with little clothing, and all but one of the playable classes are female.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • At the time of the episode "Homer's Night Out" aired on FOX, the animators couldn't get away with showing an actual stripper. So, they made "Princess Kashmir" a Belly Dancer instead.
    • Also the Maison Derriere in "Bart After Dark", which offers burlesque and even a fan dancer.
    • Parodied when Mr. Burns tries to organise a basketball halftime show. He has a troupe of girls called the "Basket Belles" dressed in 1910s dresses. They only give the crowd a glimpse at their ankles.