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  • 24 is a broadcast television which means harsher language is genuinely a no-no. Not so for the DVD material. The season 4 prequel has Jack discover that he's being fired by the new director of CTU. When she offers to help him look for a new position, he promptly tells her what he thinks of that offer.
    Jack Bauer: I can find my own fucking job, Erin.
  • Absolute Power: "Oh shit." Said by Charles when he realizes he's about to be arrested.
    • There's another example in episode one of the first season:
      Charles: Nigel, I have some good news! Little bit of bad news first.
      Nigel: Oh?
      Charles: Your career, as we have hitherto understood it, is fucked.
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  • All in the Family had Edith go through menopause, and shout "Damn it!" during one of her mood swings out of nowhere. The episode is worth watching just for the audience's stunned reaction.
  • From All Saints:
    Frank: If you ever use your influence with your previous employees to white-ant me again, you will never work in Emergency. Can I make it any fucking clearer?
  • The first Precision F-Strike on live TV is attributed to theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, during a debate on censorship on the BBC sketch comedy/panel discussion show BBC-3 in 1965.note  As a result, more than 100 backbenchers called for censure motions against Tynan, and Mary Whitehouse called for his 'bottom to be spanked'. Incidentally, it wouldn't have worked anyway, since Tynan was secretly a sado-masochist. Billy Connolly later recorded a comedy routine based on this incident for his album Get Right Intae Him! which ends with Connolly singing the song "A Four-Letter Word" about Tynan's F-strike.
  • Babylon 5 doesn't have a lot of swearing, but manages to pull the occasional Precision F-Strike.:
    • Timov (one of Londo's wives), in the middle of some very mild verbal fencing, manages to drop a "Bitch" that leaves everyone speechless.
      Daggair: Petulant, isn't she? Oh, well, "breeding will tell."
      Timov: A bitch like you would know about breeding.
    • Of all people, Delenn gets not one, but two. The second one has her barging in the room yelling "Bastards," shocking Sheridan: "Did she just...?". The most memorable however has to be:
      Delenn: Abso-fraggin-lutely damnit. I have been studying your use of language. Do you approve?
    • Sheridan has a really nice one in his small altercation with Kosh Naranek. It's not a true f-word. The implication of the words used, and the way they are delivered (to one of the most powerful entities in the show) however, definitely qualifies it as a precision F-Strike.
      Kosh: Leave. Now.
      Sheridan: No!
      Kosh: Disobedient!
      Sheridan: Up yours!
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    • There is one simultaneously Awesome and Funny moment in Season 3 when Marcus knocks out everyone in a Downbelow dive. But the awesome line starts with an instance of Getting Crap Past the Radar… because he uses a British swear word that isn't well-recognized in the US:
      Marcus: Bugger! Now I have to wait for someone to wake up.
      • As British swearing goes, 'bugger' is generally regarded as very mild; 'oh bugger' being about one step up from 'oh dear' on the scale of profanity.
  • In the Big Love episode "Sins of the Father", Margene drops an "F you, Barb!" in front of Nikki and Barb after Barb accuses of her of being a cradle robber. She doesn't even use the word, but as the characters are polygamist fundamentalists it has the intended shocking effect.
  • Captain Darling from Blackadder the Fourth keeps a diary during his time as a pencil pusher safe behind the lines during World War I. Upon being sent to the front lines in a misguided attempt by his insane boss to give him an honorable duty, he makes one last entry: "Bugger."
  • There's this Belgian game show, Blokken, that's been on the air for 18 seasons now. It's trivia combined with Tetris. Here's a clip from a celebrity edition. Most of it's in Dutch, but at about 2:10 in, the guy in the yellow shirt (Regi Penxten, a DJ and record producer - and in fact, the guy who wrote the theme song the show was using at the time) says to his opponent (in English), "Bart... shut fuck up." (Yes, that's exactly how he said it.)
  • There's a great deal of swearing all over the place in Boardwalk Empire, but it's well into the second season before Richard Harrow gets an F-bomb, growling "I don't...fuckin' believe this" upon discovering that Rothstein has made a business deal with Nucky.
  • In the Bones episode, "The Baby in the Bough", Dr. Brennan gets one of these, in what is also both a CMOA and a CMOH. "There was a BABY in that car, you son of a bitch!"
  • The British parody of reality music shows Britain's Got the Pop Factor delivers and EPIC one, straight out of the UK's sweetheart, Cat Deeley's, mouth.
    Cat: Could we please have quiet in the studio?
    (audience continues raucous cheering)
    Cat: (calmly) Quiet please.
    (audience continues cheering)
    Cat: FUCKING SHUT UP!!!! (crowd instantly stops) Thank you.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3, the Mayor is quite Affably Evil; acting fairly friendly towards the heroes he's planning on destroying, and generally being an all around nice guy who scruffs at crass language (and wants to turn into a giant snake monster). When Buffy puts Faith in a coma, the Mayor actually loses his composure and calls her a whore.
    • Subverted by the season finale, where he rushes into the library in his giant snake demon form...and sees tons of C4. His last words? "Well, gosh!"
    • Vampire Willow makes excellent use of this trope when she's sent back to her world, the Wishverse, only to emerge in the middle of a massive melee and be immediately impaled on a plank. She has just enough time to get out "Oh fu-".
  • In the premiere episode of the Starz series Camelot, while witnessing a tender reunion between Arthur and his biological mother, King Lot sneers and mutters "Oh, fuck this."
  • Chappelle's Show had significant amounts of this trope. The more well known examples were when Wayne Brady starts swearing, and when he recounts Disneyland's Mickey Mouse greet him with " Oh, ho ho!! I'm, Rick James BITCH!!" In a high-pitched voice.
  • Chicago Hope aired a widely-publicized episode in October of 1999 in which Dr. Jack McNeil stated "Shit happens".
  • Conan O'Brien appearing on The Chris Rock Show to interview Pootie Tang:
    Pootie: [Long string of unintelligible words.]
    Conan: I'm sorry, but what the fuck are you talking about?
  • In the Community episode "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking", Pierce has been teasing Jeff about having found his Disappeared Dad and having arranged a reunion for them. The normally cool and slick Jeff experiences great emotional conflict at the news, and he makes sure to tell Pierce in a deadly serious tone that he will beat him senseless if he tries to pull any "bullsh*t" on him; making it the first curse word (though bleeped) on the show.
    • When the show was moved online to Yahoo! for the sixth season, it kept to the same network TV rule of not swearing as it did when it actually was on network TV... until the season finale, when Dean Pelton asks Abed, unbleeped, "Isn't the shape of your brain kinda fucked up?" In the same episode, where Britta reimagines the study group's life as a dark and gritty crime/political drama series, a la The Wire, she also drops an uncensored F-Bomb.
  • In episode ten of the 2014 Cosmos, Michael Faraday lets out a "damn!" after a long round of failed experiments on light and magnetism. Since it's the 1800s and Faraday was devoutly religious, he claps his hand over his mouth in horror.
  • Coupling has a few examples:
    • In the "Rashomon"-Style episode about Patrick and Sally's first kiss, we see a scene from Sally's memory in which Susan complains about how she's always stuck with calling a taxi for the office drunk. "It's becoming part of my job description." Sally tells her this is "a bit unfair." We then see Patrick's version of events (though he was not present for this exchange), in which Sally is the aforementioned "office drunk", and declares that "That is a fucking shame!
    • The final episode has two - one from Sally when she finds the engagement ring in Patrick's cupboard (though this quickly turns into a Cluster F-Bomb), and one from Susan while in labour: "Steve, GET ME A FUCKING EPIDURAL!"
  • Spencer Reid of Criminal Minds is known not to curse, so when he does, it means something. In the episode "Zugzwang", when his girlfriend was kidnapped by her stalker, Reid let the team know what he thought of the stalker by boldly declaring "that BITCH is a nobody!"
  • In Cutie Honey: THE LIVE, Duke Watari is a villain whose personality quirk consists of screaming English cusses whenever he is slighted. However, his cuss of choice is "SHIT!", only ever saying "Fuck" once in the entire series. He also drops "bitch" and "prick" at two points.
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart likes to use this trope a lot, along with Sophisticated as Hell. Most Triumphant Example: this.
  • Jon's successor, Trevor Noah, is quite fond of using "Bullshit" when expressing his annoyance with certain aspects of the 2016 election. In his first episode, he even states that he's going to continue Jon's "War On Bullshit".
  • The Dead Files usually has at least one bleeped swear from the hosts, either from Amy Allen reacting to something in her psychic reading or Steve Di Schavi reacting to something he's heard in his research or to something that's revealed when he hears Amy's explanation of her reading or sees what the sketch artist has come up with.
  • In Dead Like Me, Daisy says "fuck you" to Ray when he grabs her by the throat. It's her only f-strike in the entire series.
  • Deadwood, of all shows, had a brilliant Precision F-Strike when upright, straitlaced, intimidatingly classy Alma Garrett urged E. B. Farnum to sell her his hotel: "What is it you males say? 'Shit, or get off the chamberpot'?"
    • Made all the more impressive because he had just tried to con her into selling her gold claim because the camp was supposedly at peril, and she deftly turned it around to call him out for lying to her.
  • Cat Deeley has a reputation of being a very quiet, composed, sweet girl. It makes this appearance on a British parody show even funnier.
  • "School's Out", the finale for Degrassi High, had one so memorable (on a series that had, until this point, never been very graphic or profane) that it became a Memetic Mutation in Canada. Watch it here.
  • For its first two seasons, Designated Survivor aired on ABC and thus held to network censors. After being canceled, the show moved to Netflix. The third season premiere has Emily asking Hannah "what the fuck are you doing here" to show the difference. From there, the series freely dropped more cursing than a broadcast network would allow.
  • In Dexter, the eponymous main character swears very rarely - if he does drop the f-bomb, he's either quoting someone "Not fucking good at all, apparently," or things have just gone straight to hell for him. "Oh, fuck."
    • Subverted by his sister, who primarily speaks in Cluster F-Bomb. It's even lampshaded when she does not swear.
      • Invoked in a subversion when Deb is addressing a press conference and says, on live TV, "We're gonna get that fucker" out of her normal habit of swearing pretty much constantly.
    • Starting with Season 4, he started to swear at least once in every episode, from cases where he thinks he's really screwed, to... a bit confusion situations, but not that confused to warrant such reactions. This includes "What the fuck is going on here?" to a strangely emotion-filled human-line which he shouldn't say so easily: " 'the fuck?!"
      • Not necessarily, he's become generally more human as the series progresses. Each season arguably tracks a step in his emotional development.
      • Consider also that in the 4th and 5th seasons he is under far more stress than ever before for a variety of reasons, not least of which is his becoming a parent, and then a single parent.
    • Arthur Mitchell's wife really cops it:
      Arthur Mitchell: Shut up, cunt.
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency S1E5 "Very Erectus":
    Dirk: And to be totally candid, I'm a bit sick of your bullshit, Todd.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Being originally conceived as a children's show, it naturally had very few swear words in its original version, though the occasional "damn" snuck through.
    • The Doctor, as a rule, never used language stronger than "darn" — with the exception of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, who was allowed to utter things like "damn fool".
    • An outtake which has made the rounds at Whovian meetings and conventions has the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 perusing a situation. When the Doctor asks K-9 for his answer to this situation, K-9 replies "Insufficient data." Tom Baker, somehow managing to remain very much in-character as the Doctor, snaps back "Yeah, you never fucking know the answer when it's important."
    • The revival series has been more liberal in use of language, with the Doctor's utterance of the curse "hell" in "The End of the World" a shocker to some viewers (he has since racked up a number of "hells" and "damns").
    • The 2005 episode "Dalek" upped the ante by featuring the human villain uttering the curse "goddamn", which virtually escaped notice because moral guardians were more upset over a reference (in the sexual context) to "spooning" — despite the fact the only people who even knew the term anymore would likely be in their 80s or 90s by then.
    • In "Rise of the Cybermen", Alternate Universe Jackie Tyler gets away with saying "cock it up".
    • The 2015 episode "Heaven Sent" ruffled some moral watchdog feathers by having the character of Clara Oswald encourage the Doctor by saying, "Get up off your arse and win." Outside the UK the use of the word is seen as a G-rated alternative to "ass". In the UK, however, "arse" is considered a strong curse word; as such, some viewers complained about the swearing.
  • In the prim and proper setting in which Downton Abbey is set, it is a little jarring to hear Mr. Bates call his estranged wife a bitch.
    • In the final episode, after Mary tells Edith's fiancé about her illegitimate daughter, which nearly ruins their engagement, Edith calls her a bitch twice.
  • In the British sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey the normally aloof Sally Smedley briefly finds religion and is nice to everybody. This situation comes to an end when she breaks up with her boyfriend. Unaware that she's back to normal, poor downtrodden George asks her an innocent question, to which she replies: "Oh, FUCK OFF, George!"
  • In the ER episode "On the Beach", Dr. Mark Greene (dying of a brain tumor) falls when trying to get out of bed. He pounds the floor and utters a frustrated "SHIT!"
  • The Expanse:
    • Avasarala's exclamation of "Shit!" in "Windmills" is a decent substitute.
    • In "Doors and Corners", when Admiral Nguyen ducks Avasarala's questions about Martian intentions by arguing the communications delay means they can't afford to wait, Avasarala responds, "I know how the fucking thing works."
    • In "Static", when Johnson sends Avasarala the co-ordinates of a derelict stealth ship, her response is an awed "What the fuck is this?"
    • Amos' reaction to the Wham Shot of "Godspeed" is a disbelieving "What. The. Fuck?"
    • Avasarala in "Paradigm Shift", when she threatens to tear apart the Mao family if they don't hand over Jules-Pierre for his role in The Conspiracy:
      "And I can do it, because I'm the fucking hero who saved Mother Earth from the cataclysm they unleashed!"
    • In "Caliban's War", when the crew of the Rocinante realize that the protomolecule soldier is trying to get through to their reactor:
      Alex: If it breaks through the bulkhead-
      Amos: We're pretty much fucked.
  • The famous PBS documentary miniseries Eyes On The Prize includes a declaration by civil rights activist James Forman that "if we can't sit at the table, let's knock the fucking legs off, excuse me."
  • On Faking It, Amy gets in roughly one every episode or so, almost always to great effect.
  • Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars: One scene inside Crichton's mind sees Harvey (Crichton's Not-So-Imaginary Friend implanted in his head to give information to Scorpius) appear in Einstein's study to convince him to attempt building the wormhole weapon Scorpius wants. Crichton makes his feelings clear on the blackboard. Harvey's head is the only thing rendering the response safe for television.
    Crichton: Make sure he gets that message.
  • In the Fate: The Winx Saga episode "A Fanatic Heart", after learning that Silva was the one who killed Andreas in his efforts to stop Rosalind's plans, a distraught Sky can only say "What the fuck am I supposed to do with that?"
  • Firefly, in the episode "Jaynestown". Kaylee mentiones that she never heard Simon swear, and Simon admits he only does it "when it's appropriate". (This is lampshaded moments later when Simon finds his lab torn apart and can only manage a horror-stricken “Ah–!”, to Kaylee’s amusement, who tells him this would have been the “perfect time” to swear.) Later, when they arrive in a dirt-poor town to find a statue honoring Jayne, the crew's Token Evil Teammate:
    Simon: ...son of a bitch!
    • Earlier, in "Safe", River spouts the only "normal" curse she's ever spoken onscreen, to highlight just how badly her latest round of madness is driving her.
      River: Stupid son of a bitch dressed me up like a gorram doll!
    • Book, being a preacher, hardly ever swears, either in English or in Chinese, but in the episode "War Stories," when Zoe and Wash return from Niska's base and Book learns that Niska has cut off Mal's ear, he lets loose with one of the worst Chinese swears on the show, translating to "filthy fornicators of livestock."
    • In "The Train Job", after Mal realizes what they just stole from the train (medicine), he lets out a self-loathing "Son of a bitch."
  • Lampshaded in Flight of the Conchords:
    Murray: I'm so angry I feel like swearing!
    Brett: Oh, you wouldn't swear at us, Murray...
    Murray: ...Go fuck yourself, Brett! (Storms off)
    • Made perhaps funnier because Rhys Darby (the comedian who plays Murray) swears a LOT in his stand-up routines.
  • Game of Thrones: Despite the show's copious sexual content and violence, characters actually are rarely heard swearing, so when one does utter, for example, the F-word,it carries more impact. Many characters never even utter anything as strong as "damn".
    • The Hound's Wham Line "Fuck the King!"
    • Arya Stark in "Breaker of Chains".
      Arya: [to the Hound] You are the worst shit in the Seven Kingdoms!
      • The precision then proceeds to fade away, as Arya fairly quickly becomes the foulest-mouthed Stark on the show. Seasons after his departure, Sandor's influence is still evident.
    • The very polite, awkward, soft-spoken Samwell Tarly in "The Watchers on the Wall":
      Sam: Pyp! Open the fucking gate!
      Pyp: I never heard you curse before.
      Sam: Yes, well, best get used to it.
    • Varys very rarely swears, so it's quite jarring when he does, even if he's simply quoting someone else.
    • The male and female versions of the C-word are also uttered on occasion, but again very rarely.
  • The George Lopez Show: In "Why You Crying?", Angie, usually a mild-mannered and reasonable (if somewhat of a pushover, shouts "Ah, cut the crap!" when confronting Max about forging her signature.
  • Good Omens gets three instances of the f-word, one of which is prompted by the impending arrival of literalSatan, which seems justified. The funny one is when Aziraphale accidentally discorporates himself, made hilarious by Michael Sheen absolutely selling that this is the first time he's ever uttered the word but nothing else will do in the circumstances...
  • THAT two-part episode of Good Times which spawned one of the most classic meme-inducing strikes of all time. During the funeral for her husband and patriarch James Evans who was shockingly killed in an off-screen car crash, wife Florida is surprisingly and disturbingly reserved and even jovial. This behavior profoundly disturbs her children, who note that their mother hasn't even cried since receiving the tragic news of James's death. This behavior persists until the end of the episode, where Florida is cleaning up after the departure of the party guests, and we see some cracks in her stoic resolve when she angrily rebuffs her children's offers to help. Florida comes across a flower left in her husband's memory, then becomes visibly saddened and shaken, and finally picks up a punch bowl, only to shatter it upon the ground and scream to the heavens the immortal "DAMN, DAMN, DAAAMMNNN!!", breaking down and finally crying as her children rush to hug and comfort her, sharing their collective grief.
    • Another strike occurs later that season, when eldest son JJ, desperate to fill the void his late Father, takes a lucrative job working for two friends who run an illegal gambling business. When JJ comes home with lavish gifts for the family (including a brand new television console), Florida demands him to tell him who he works for and where he’s getting all that money. He reveals the truth but sticks by his new opportunity. After which, she gives JJ his presents back and tell him to “get the HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE!”
  • The Good Wife had aired on CBS and thus, while sometimes risque, still held to network standards. The spin-off series The Good Fight aired on CBS' online All Axxes site. To prove they were now freed, the first act ends with Diane discovering she's lost her money in a Ponzi scheme and lets out a "fuck!"
    • From there, the show doesn't hold back with constant f-bombs and other curses to show off.
  • Grace and Frankie: The title characters' children push them to move into a retirement home due to health and mobility concerns, but they quickly leave and reclaim their old house. The kids challenge them again to think about the crises they might face, but...
    Grace: [Beat] Fuck it!
  • The Great British Bake Off: Stacey has to be bleeped after she breaks her oven door.
  • Happy Days: Marion, who in an earlier episode wasn't even sure it was proper to say "toilet paper" out loud, asserts herself with an uncharacteristic, "That's just too damn bad!" This shocks Howard, as well as the audience. Later she apologizes, embarrassed that she has stooped so low as to say "the d-word!"
  • Harrow: In "Aurum Potestas Est" ("Gold is Power"), Detective Senior Sergeant note  Nichols asks the Obstructive Bureaucrat if she can pass a written message to her government Minister. The message says 'Fuck Off'.
  • Have I Got News for You season 43 episode 9.
    Victoria Coren: He [Ken Loach] says that everyone in Glasgow talks like that. Which I'm sure can't be right.
    (The very charmingly Scottish) Kirsty Young: No, that's BEEP right, they do.
  • Robert Klein opened the very first HBO comedy special in 1975 by celebrating the fact that he was allowed to drop a consequence-free "fuck" on television.
  • The season 3 final of Heroes had two, from Claire and Sylar respectively. The show usually shies away from profanity, so Sylar's "The truth. Stings like a bitch." came across especially powerfully.
    • There is a much earlier example in an early episode of season 1 after Nathan has told thousands of people that Peter is suicidal. Peter punches his brother and shouts, "You son of a bitch!" To which Nathan calmly replies, "Careful, Pete. That's our mother you're talking about."
    • The season 1 finale had Hiro teleporting himself into the middle of a samurai battle. The last word of the season was a swear in Japanese, translated as a group of symbols.
  • Impractical Jokers:
    • Murr does this under direction at a shoe store, and the customer rebuts in kind:
      "Would you like any fucking shoes today?"
      "I'm making up my fucking mind."
    • Sal pulls off an epic one when he forced to ask "Who wants a good old-fashioned fucking?" in front of a group of seniors.
  • In Kim's Convenience, the usually chill Janet blows up on Nayoung when she gets sick of her Kawaiiko ways and being "upstaged" by her as Koreans, emphasised by the F-bomb:
    Janet: And don't call me "eonni" anymore. We're not kids. You're 18. Act like a fucking grownup!
  • In one episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Deadpool (portrayed by Mr. Blake Lively) gets one as he's being disintegrated by an offscreen Thanos.
    Deadpool: Oh, what the fuck! Thanos!? YOU DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET FOR THIS, COLBERT!
  • Life On Mars has some great examples:
    Ray: I haven't been to the pub for 36 hours.
    Sam: Shit.
  • Mad About You has these two gems:
    • Jamie blatantly mouthed "f*ck him" (probably referring to Paul) in the season two premiere.
    • Also when Jamie invites Paul's mother to stay with them for the night, confident that the offer will be refused. When Paul's mother gratefully accepts the invitation, Jamie smiles broadly, turns to Paul, and almost under her breath mutters "Shit" (although it’s dubbed over with "shoot") only two episodes later.
  • M*A*S*H: became the first prime-time American series to have a character (Hawkeye) utter the phrase "son of a bitch" during a tense scene in the episode "Guerilla My Dreams". Hawkeye repeated the phrase a second time in the series finale during an emotionally wrought scene. Otherwise, despite its adult content, the show's language never went beyond the standard "damn" and "hell".
    • Hawkeye also said "ass" once.
  • In BBC's Merlin (2008), in which the worst language ever to be used is "damn", Arthur learns that he's been served with an arranged marriage and lets out a vehement "WHAT THE FFFFF—-" before the camera cuts away.
  • The Middleman used this in the first episode, despite the fact the word in question was actually bleeped. The fact that his one and only swear word immediately followed a discussion about how odd it was that he never swears makes it all the funnier, as well as making it clear just how badly wrong things have gone.
    • And when in an alternate universe the alternate Middleman drops Cluster F Bombs all the time, the difference is made very clear.
  • Fred MacCauley makes use of this in a stand-up comedy routine he performed on Mock the Week. Watch it here.
  • A 1970s Houston Oilers football game was being broadcast live on ABC's Monday Night Football, when the camera focused on a lone spectator in a section of the stands. Seeing he was on camera, the man gave the camera the finger. Announcer Don Meredith then quipped, "Well, there's somebody who thinks Houston's number one."
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • "Nobody expects the Sp--oh, bugger!"
    • The Monty Python record albums could get away with a bit more - in the iconic 'Cheese Shop' sketch, customer John Cleese is still the picture of cheerful civility when he gets to Camembert:
      Wensleydale:'s a bit runny...
      Mousebender: Oh, I like it runny!
      Wensleydale:'s very runny, actually, sir!
      Mousebender: No matter! Fetch hither la fromage qui s'appelle Camembert immediatement!
      Wensleydale: I think it's a bit runnier than you'd like, sir!
      Mousebender: I don't care how fucking runny it is; hand it over with all due speed!
    • The Crunchy Frog sketch on the Monty Python Live At City Center replaced John Cleese as the arresting constable with Graham Chapman and replaces the line "I'm not interested in your sales" with "Fuck your sales!"
  • The hosts on Mythbusters, particularly Adam, have a tendency to swear when something goes terribly wrong on a build. Or Adam hurts himself. Again.
  • In New Zealand in 1979, Arthur Baysting, as his comedy alter ego Neville Purvis, dropped the F-bomb during the end credits of his character's namesake show - the first incidence of its type on New Zealand TV. The show was immediately cancelled amidst the ensuing controversy, and Baysting was forced to work in Australia for some years.
  • The New Kids are very generous with swear words such as "pussy" or "homo" up to the point of ending every third sentence with one of them. It's actually not even limited to them, other characters do it, too.
    "Rikkert? You're fired. Pussy."
  • In his last-ever interview before retirement from the BBC's prestigious Newsnight programme, veteran interviewer Jeremy Paxman got his chance to fulfil his life's ambition to get away with saying "fuck" during an interview; he asked former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi if it was true that he had called German Chancellor Angela Merkel "an Unfuckable Lard-Arse".
  • During a Nickelodeon broadcast of the Bears vs. Saints NFL Wild Card game, Cordarrelle Patterson shouted "What the fuck?", which surprisingly wound up being left in.
  • The perennially mild-mannered Duncan Harper in Night and Day is memorably goaded into using the word ‘puppyfucker’ by an imaginary taxi fleet controller.
  • Conan O'Brien had Ray Romano as a guest on his new TBS show. Ray related a story about a website with the classic "Fuck, Marry, Kill" game and took the time to ask if was okay to "say the F-Word" on cable. Ray goes through the story and uses "Eff" for every instance of the word. He was ranked against Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld, with 8 out of 12 votes in the "Kill" column. Whereas some people might view this as bad, Ray said, "It's really only the second worst choice, 'cause if you're not gonna fuck me just kill me."
  • In the UK version of The Office (UK), a show which rarely if ever used the word "fuck", David Brent tells Chris Finch to fuck off in the Christmas Episode when he makes lewd and inappropriate remarks about Brent's new girlfriend.
  • Monty Python's Eric Idle no doubt made history as the first person to say "shit" as part of an Olympic ceremony production number (during the London 2012 closing ceremony, while singing "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life").
  • Once Upon a Time: The exchange in "Skin Deep" between Belle and Rumpelstiltskin after Belle very nearly breaks Rumpel's curse with True Love's Kiss counts.
    Rumpelstiltskin: Shut up!
    Belle: But this means it's true love—
    Rumpelstiltskin: Shut the HELL up!
  • PBS Kids, surprisingly, did this three times in The '90s:
    • An episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy dealing with pollution had one so severe it had to be bleeped from the very start. That's right, they dropped a bleeped F bomb on a PBS Kids series — and a Disney series, yet! The uncensored quote, without the Sound-Effect Bleep used on the actual program, is below.
      Pollution Grrrl: You see this stuff? You and I made this stuff. Do you like it? Well, I don't fucking like it! CLEAN UP YOUR GARBAGE!
    • Despite said video not being made for public consumption, note  the music video for The Noddy Shop's Image Song "Special" has Johnny Crawfish, the singer of the song, sing the line "You don't give me heaven and I'll give you hell!". Keep in mind that the show itself was aimed at preschoolers.
    • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? has Rockapella sing "damn" several times during the song "Zombie Jamboree" in some early episodes. Apparently, the radar picked it up after a while, because later performances in the series censored it to "dang".
  • ''PBS NewsHour:
    • The November 25, 1975 episode of The Robert MacNeil Report has another early TV example: early in the broadcast, Norman Mailer's 1969 mayoral campaign slogan, "No more bullshit!", made it through uncensored during a broadcast of archive footage from the era.
    • On the January 13, 2021 edition, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said of the storming of the U.S. Capitol which had happened the week before, "If that is not impeachable, I don't know what in the fuck is."
  • Political Animals: With a Bilingual Bonus. After the Russian ambassador grabs Elaine Barrish's ass in the middle of a press conference, she warns him - in subtitled Russian - that if he does it again, "I will f*** your shit up!"
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, the live-action Sailor Moon, generally had mild or no swearing, but in Makoto's/Sailor Jupiter's debut we got this exchange:
    Makoto: How could you play with these girls' hearts like that?
    Youma (still in human disguise): Because it's fun.
    Makoto: ...Fuck you! [Punches the youma in the face.]
    • Interestingly, Makoto has been known to say "shit" (widely translated from the Japanese "kuso") a few times in the anime proper.
  • The June 30, 1960 nighttime show of The Price Is Right had a contestant return as champ from two weeks prior as the previous week featured honeymooners as contestants. When asked if he saw the show, the contestant said "Yes and I'm glad it was a special because I didn't get a damn—er, darn one right!" After the laughter from the audience subsided, Bill Cullen (who never batted an eye), quipped "You didn't start off well tonight, either!"
  • A clip from an ABC master tape of The $10,000 Pyramid from 1974 that surfaced on YouTube had Dick Clark asking celebrity guest Tony Randall what one must not do at the Pyramid. Randall brought the house down by simply quipping "You don't say 'shit!'"
  • Red Dwarf is generally very low on swearing (thanks partly to its liberal use of Unusual Euphemism), which is used to this effect on the few occasions where they use real swear words (such as the 'Twat it!' line in Polymorph).
  • Rick Steves' Europe: During one of the Florence episodes, Rick Steves, who otherwise never curses on the show, mentions Medici art being Phrase Catchers of sorts, very frequently attracting the comment "Damn, those Medici are good!"
  • The Roosevelts has a couple of N-bombs dropped in the second episode, "In the Arena", when Southern Democrats denounce TR for inviting Booker T. Washington to the White House for dinner.
  • In the "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe" episode of Sanford and Son, when Grip comes to Fred's house and claims that he, not Fred, is Lamont's father, Aunt Esther is outraged:
    Aunt Esther: What the hell did you just say, nigga?
    • Esther, who is usually a bible-thumping, fundamentalist Christian, is usually not known to swear, which makes this outburst one of the rare times the N-word is uttered by someone other than Fred, who usually uses it in a casual manner whenever he sees other blacks in places like a courtroom, a police station, or even a wedding.
  • Schitt's Creek has a carefully placed f-bomb or six in nearly every episode, which are bleeped on certain broadcast venues, but unfettered on streaming services.
  • A plot point in Seinfeld's "The Non-Fat Yogurt", when Jerry blurts out, "This is so fucking good!" in response to the titular concoction, naturally causing the closest kid in the vicinity to develop a swearing habit. Bleeped out, but still extra funny in a series generally prone to Unusual Euphemism.
  • In Sherlock episode "A Scandal In Belgravia", John gets one. Since he's so far managed not to swear even on finding a human head in the fridge, it seems pretty serious...
  • There is a consistently high level of swearing in Skins but Katie's Series 4 episode is pretty effective in its "I'm Katie Fucking Fitch. Who the FUCK are you!"
  • Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell has this one in the final moments of Season 11.
    Shaun Micallef: Well, that's all for this season, folks. We're not doing a big musical finale because we're not allowed to have any dancers come in, and we're not actually good enough to do it ourselves. We'll be back mid-year, anyway, which means you only have to wait til, um, the end of September for a big proper song and dance number, and not the bit of rubbish we'd do on our own. Goodnight.
    Entire Cast: (Big production song and dance number, a cover of September by Earth, Wind & Fire, over the closing credits.)
    Emily Taheny: (Music cuts out abruptly) Shaun! We're not due to start our next season until August. So if we do go on at all, our end of season finale will actually be in October.
    Shaun Micallef: Oh, fuck!
  • Slings & Arrows:
    • Maria, drunk at a party full of actors behaving badly, has finally had it.
      "ACTORS! You're all a bunch of filthy, whiny children. Well, fuck you, you fuckers!"
    • When Darren berates the long-suffering Anna as if Geoffrey's stabbing/thwacking him with a sword was her fault, she snaps and says, "Fuck you too, you dumbass bastard!"
  • The Smoking Room is pretty liberal with its swearing, thanks largely to the perpetually foul-mouthed Len, but on occasion even the mildest-mannered characters will deploy the f-bomb with startling precision. In the Christmas special, the always-downtrodden yes-woman Janet lets loose one on Clint that makes him jump out of his chair.
  • Spaced was allowed just the one "fuck" per show, according to the DVD commentaries. They went to some lengths to make sure that they used it in the funniest way possible.
  • In the season 1 finale of Stargate SG-1, Jack O'Neill refers to something just explained to him as "Bullshit." This was when the show was on Showtime, where swearing isn't as taboo, but even then there was very little profanity on the show.
    • Although it's a mild swear word, there's a scene in SG-1 when Daniel Jackson has just died (sort of) and come back. His first word is a slightly annoyed "crap". Not even the worst swear word ever used on the show, but still hilarious.
    • In "Moebius Pt 2.", when a stun grenade is thrown nearby, Jack gets out "Ah, sh—" just before it goes off.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • At the end of the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," after Captain Kirk has had to insure that the woman he loves is killed by being hit by a truck, for the final spoken line of the episode, he says coldly, "Let's get the hell out of here." (This at a time when the word "hell" was almost never allowed to be uttered on US television outside the biblical connotation. For context, the only swearing during TOS was three uses of the word hell. Two were explicitly Biblical. The third is this one.)
      • One of Doctor McCoy's favorite trick-shots/getting it past the censor remarks when arguing with Spock: "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?"
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Combining this with Foreign Cuss Word, Jean-Luc Picard is almost always well composed, diplomatic, and well-spoken. However, in one episode he let loose with an exasperated "Merde," which means "shit" in French (his native language).
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: One episode involved the cast set as people living in pre-Civil Rights Movement New York, with Sisko working as a writer for a science fiction magazine. The word "nigger" is used once, something quite shocking for a '90s prime time show.
    • Star Trek: Voyager: In another Foreign Cuss Word variation, when a holographic simulation of Leonardo da Vinci (played by John Rhys-Davies) is working on a machine that breaks down, he curses, "Che cazzo?!" ("What the fuck" in Italian.)
    • Star Trek: Discovery:
      • Cadet Tilly supplies the first ever canonical use of the F-word in English in "Choose Your Pain":
        Tilly: You guys, this is so fucking cool! (Beat) I'm so sorry.
        Stamets: No, cadet. It is fucking cool.
      • In a between-seasons short, she also exclaims, "Holy shit."
    • Star Trek: Picard:
      • In "Maps and Legends", a mild example note  when Laris realizes the Zhat Vash have technobabbled away the forensic evidence from their first attack on Dahj and murder of her boyfriend:
        Laris: Cheeky feckers...
      • Later, when Admiral Clancy is digesting Picard's request to be reinstated, she drops an F-bomb with real feeling behind it:
        Clancy: The sheer fucking hubris...
      • In "Absolute Candor", Rios says, "I hate that fucking hospitality hologram."
      • In "Nepenthe", Jurati blurts out one when she's undergoing a fit of anxiety:
        Jurati: Picard can look after himself and somebody else can find that fucking synth!
      • In "Broken Pieces", Clancy is at it again, quite justifiably, when Picard is berating her at length for potentially denying a request for support that she's already approved, but can't say because he won't let her get a word in edgewise.
        Clancy: Admiral Picard, with all due respect — and at long last — shut the fuck up.
      • After Vandermeer Ate His Gun in remorse after carrying out a black flag directive, Rios was forced to pretend that he didn't know why his captain committed suicide when he submitted his official report.
        Rios: I told all of Starfleet that Captain Vandermeer killed himself for no fucking reason.
      • Later in the same episode, Jurati apologizes to the crew.
        Jurati: I'm sorry I had to fucking ruin it.
      • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", Narissa asks Narek if he fucked any synths at Coppelius Station.
      • Later, while talking to Seven of Nine, Rios berates himself for letting "a self-righteous, hard-ass, old starship captain" into his heart, and then having to watch him die.
        Rios: I said I would never do it again, and then I fucking did it again.
  • The first season of Suits has uncensored 'shit' and 'god damn', and uses both words rather pointedly about Once an Episode. The second season is way more lenient on the swearing and it becomes at least three an episode.
  • Supernatural
    • There was a case of this in the fifth season. In all of Castiel's appearances up to this point, he had been very formal and very grave. Then "Free to Be You and Me" comes along and we see not one, but two examples of this:
      Cas: Come and get me, you little bastard.
      [and] Raphael Castiel, I am warning you. Do not leave me here. I will find you.
      Castiel: Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch.
    • Castiel has always been extremely respectful of his father/God, but in 'Dark Side of the Moon', also in Season 5 he finds out that God is walking the Earth, knows about everything that's happening, and doesn't care to get involved.
      Castiel: You son of a bitch. I believed in...
    • Castiel does it again in the ninth season when he discovers that Dean has taken on the mark of Cain. It's a fairly mild curse compared to the profanities other characters use on a regular basis, but coming in from Castiel, it makes it clear that he is not pleased.
      Castiel: Damn it, Dean!
    • In the "Scoobynatural" Crossover, this is Played for Laughs when, after Sam and Dean tell the Scooby gang the truth about the paranormal, and Fred insists that, if he can, he wants to help them defeat the very real ghost they've been dealing with the whole episode, Dean lets rip with this:
      Dean: You're fucking right you can.
      • Being a network show, this is the first F-bomb we've ever gotten (bleeped of course), and it's hilariously used in the Scooby-Doo episode!.
  • During the seventh season of Survivor, there was an episode where two former allies, Shawn and Jon, were forced to vote against each other by the rest of their tribe. Shawn(when voting for Jon) gives a fairly drawn out and detailed explanation of why he's voting for him, but when it's Jon's turn, he simply looks at the camera and says "Fuck you". Shawn is then voted out 4-1.
  • Tatort: Kommissar Horst Schimanski was the first to swear on screen, and swear he did which was quite a scandal in Germany in The '70s. There isn't an episode in which he doesn't use the word "Scheiße" at some point. In fact, it's also the very last word he says in the series—dropping it as an Atomic F-Bomb while flying away with a hang glider.
  • Red and Kitty Forman of That '70s Show don't swear too often (Red's Once an Episode instances of calling someone a dumbass aside), but when they do, you know they are well and truly pissed. Both of them actually have instances where they dropped a Cluster F-Bomb that was censored with beeps. There's also one that was alluded to after Red discovered that Eric and Donna were engaged.
    Eric: watching Red from the other side of a patio door I'm trying to read Red's lips so I know what he's saying, but I can't make it out that well. He keeps calling me a "stupid duck". * beat* Ahhhh.
    • Kitty is so holy and innocent that she can't even find it in her to tolerate the use of the word "ass", as common and not too offensive as it is. So when Kitty gets pissed and starts with the Red Forman-esque language, it can send shivers down one's spine.
      Red: Donna wanted to get back together and you said no?
      Eric: I said no.
      Red: You said no?
      Kitty: DUMBASS!
    • There was one instance in the Dona and Eric Are Engaged arc where Red commends Eric for sticking to his guns, which drives Kitty to lose all sense of composure or decorum and she screams at Red, using several sound effect bleeps in the space of about thirty seconds. It was the only time in the series that Kitty lost her composure like that, and it was the funniest, coolest moment of the series.
  • Inverted in The Thick of It: Malcolm Tucker drops Cluster F Bombs constantly, but when he holds back on the swearing it's a sign that he's really angry.
    "If you don't run and get me some cheese I'll pull your head off and give you a spinedectomy."
    "In my quest to try and make you understand the level of my unhappiness, I'm likely to use an awful lot of what we would call 'violent sexual imagery', and I just wanted to check that neither of you would be terribly offended by that."
  • Normally, the Top Chef judges don't indulge in any cursing compared to the cheftestants. However, when she guest judged season two, episode three of Top Chef Canada, season one host Thea Andrews had every right to shout an F-bomb when one of the cheftestants nearly ran over her pregnant body in his rush to get ingredients during the start of a Quickfire Challenge.
  • On the Top Ground Gear Force Comic Relief special, James May (who is normally pretty even-tempered, and doesn't normally go much beyond "Oh, cock" when things go pear-shaped) gets irritated with Clarkson for destroying his shed:
    May: [brandishing a large timber] What time is this program on? Is it 10 o'clock?
    Clarkson: Yeah.
    May: Is it 10 o'clock on BBC2?
    Clarkson: Yes.
    May: Are we beyond the watershed?
    Clarkson: Yes.
    May: You're a fu--
    Hammond: Guys!
    • And, during a high-speed run at the Nardo test track - a banked, circular track measuring eight miles in diameter - in Italy, while Jeremy was driving a Lamborghini Aventador at a shade over 330kph (almost 205mph) in noticeable winds and a less than optimal track surface. Even with the pixellating, censor bleeps and the muting of dialogue, it's pretty obvious what he's saying:
    Jeremy: This is... fucking quick!! Holy shit!
    • Just before their drive on the mountainous Death Road through Bolivia, May, who is genuinely terrified of heights, asks the other two not to play the "run into the back of his car" game they're fond of. He warns them if they do so, "he'll cut their fucking head off," and then adding, "You will need a bleep there, BBC2."
  • Didier Drogba's (somewhat justified) rant into a TV camera after Chelsea were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Barcelona:
    "It's a disgrace, it's a fucking disgrace!"
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The series protagonist Kimmy is known for using her G-rated swears "Gosh dang it to heck!" and truly unbreakable, happy spirit. But in season 2, Kimmy snaps and gives us this gem: "YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN YOU BITCH!" The other character in the scene has the same reaction as the audience at home.
  • Van Helsing (2016) doesn't shy away from swearing, but there are a few moments that stand out for circumstance:
    • From the Season 2 premiere, as Vanessa is going in search of her daughter in the heart of Dimitri's citadel despite the danger that present:
    Mohammed: You don't know the kind of shit that goes on here after dark.
    Vanessa: Fuck the dark!
    Vanessa: No one fucks with my family!
  • Victoria: In its first two seasons, only a single swear word was heard - a worker uttering a religious epithet in the episode "Engine of Change". Otherwise, the show stays true to its Victorian trappings by keeping the language G-rated.
  • The only use of mild language was in the second series of Waterloo Road when Donte utters the word "Shit" in only 2 episodes.
  • The Wire, which is infamous for its liberal swearing at the best of times, contains a truly excellent example of this in its election arc. Throughout all of Season 3 and early in Season 4, Delegate Odell Watkins has done everything in his power to keep the highly corrupt Mayor Royce doing some good for the community. However, in the midst of an unexpectedly difficult election, Watkins finally gets so completely fed up with Royce's corruption and double dealing that he launches into a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, but is too angry to even properly finish it, capping it off with a perfect f-strike instead, before announcing he'll no longer be giving Royce his support and storming out of Royce's office.
    Watkins: You've forgotten your agenda. You've forgotten your base. You think a shave and some Marcus Garvey posters are gonna get you over? You think that's going to make up for getting in bed with every damn developer?! Shit, you're even on Clay Davis' tit! ... You... the trouble with you... fuck you, Clarence. I'm gonna sit what's left of this one out!
  • In the episode "Alice Quits" of Workaholics, when Alice is quitting, there's this exchange as she storms out.
    Travis: Don't cause a scene, Alice!
    Alice: Fuck off Travis! And eat a dick.
    • Later in the episode, Jet Set quits as well, combined with This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!.
      Travis: Jessie, calm down.
      Jet Set: Bitch, my name is Jet Motha-fuckin Set! But you can call me Patric Swayze, cause guess what? I'm ghost.
  • There's a pretty dramatic one from Scully in The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea". It's particularly effective since, before this, she rather came across as The Stoic. When she learns that an (alleged) psychic's information has led her partner Mulder into a trap, seriously injuring him, and it was partly her fault for believing him, we get this exchange...
    Scully: You set us up. You're in on this with Lucas Henry. This was a trap for Mulder because he helped put you away. Well, I came here to tell you that if he dies because of what you've done, four days from now nobody will stop me from being the one that'll throw the switch and gas you out of this life for good, you son of a bitch!


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