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"The Fruit Fucker made his prime-time television debut last Monday. Our friend Wil Wheaton was on Big Bang Theory sporting the FF shirt. I'd love to know what he told people when they asked him what was on his shirt. I'm guessing it wasn't "a fruit rapist"."
Gabe, Penny Arcade

Prior to the late 1960s, there were very few (if any) network TV shows that got away with even the mildest of profanities. Even "hell" and "damn" would be bleeped if included in news reports, while scripts rarely (if ever) had those words. The only times "hell," "damn" and "ass" were allowed on TV were in religious contexts (such as, on a locally-produced TV program where a lay reader is quoting directly from the Bible, or a charismatic preacher referencing Hell in his sermon).

While Mork & Mindy (or rather, its star) may be the Trope Namer, Getting Crap Past the Radar has been going on ever since the beginning of television and is unlikely to stop as long as the censors are around, writers willing to mock them by letting the crap slip by them, and viewers who notice and put the instances on this website.

  • 30 Rock has a joke that’s probably in the top five dirtiest jokes ever on network television. The episode has protagonist Liz Lemon, her dad Richard, and her mom and brother go out to eat with her boss Jack and Jack’s mom. When Richard goes to pay for the bill, Jack objects and Richard’s reply is “Now Jack, it wouldn’t be a lemon party without old Dick” as a reference to himself. The dirty part is because a lemon party is a threesome between three old men.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?: In "The Tale of the Super Specs", the very first thing that Weeds does when he gets the titular pair of x-ray glasses is look at Marybeth's chest.
    Weeds: Yowza!
    Marybeth: Give me a break.
  • My Living Doll: Lots of innuendo, just not said straight out. Again, it was the 1960s. They even had Bob's sister move in with him and Rhoda so she could chaperone them.
  • Mother Goose Club: Averted in Baa Baa Baa Sheep. Had not Jack and Teddy arrived, Baa Baa would have been completely naked. And this is just a children's show!
    • In Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Mary, Jack, and Bo Peep do some, er, suggestive poses.
    • In Hickory Dickory Dock (the animated one), Jack is sitting on the ground. Eep runs up a giant clock to eat some cheese, but then he falls off, landing on Jack. When he does on land on Jack, why, it's just a big Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • Everybody Loves Raymond: The whole extended sequence between Debra and Marie concerning a big fork and spoon as the underlying casus belli of a marital argument. The phrase is repeated, completely deadpan, at least twelve times.
    Marie: ''Don't let a suitcase full of cheese become your big fork and spoon, dear.
  • Mork & Mindy, as noted above.
    • In the stealth pilot Happy Days episode, it is established that Orkans sit down by putting their faces on the couch or chair. This is referred to as "Sitting on my face!" several times.
    • "Mork vs. the Necrotons":
      • In one scene, Mork is hiding inside the couch. When Mindy sits down on it he explodes out of it with the line, "I can sit on my face but I don't think you can!"
      • And for a visual example from that same episode, see the above picture. Hell, the censors must have been on vacation for that episode. It was so blatant, it even made Robin Williams, our beloved Trope Namer, uncomfortable.
      • Special Guest Star Raquel Welch's two henchwomen are named Kama and Sutra.
    • A good example of the "bland script/prurient execution" method was a single line in one early episode: "Wait 'til you see my end table." As always, context is king — immediately before this line, Mork has just shown her a stool shaped like a giant foot, and had predictably identified it as his "foot stool".
    • Another example is near the beginning of the series. When Mindy is explaining different types of love to Mork, she mentions her dad and says, "The kind of love a father has for his daughter." Mork responds, "I understand all about that — I read Lolita."
    • And then there was Mindy's landlord. his name went unremarked in America but Robin Williams, who grew up for part of his youth in Scotland, knew exactly why it made parents in Britain choke on their Sunday evening tea. The rest of the cast must have been in on the joke, as all involved placed extra stresses on the name Mr Wanker whenever it came up in the script.
    • According to Rick Mitz's The Great Sitcom Book, Robin Williams was often looking for ways to improve the show's humor by improvisation: "Sometimes I have an idea I want to go with— like Mork falling in love with a manikin and then breaking up with her", he explained. "I don't know what I'm going to do or say until I do it. I improvise about one-third of my dialogue. The director gives me a time slot and I fill it. I walk all over the script. I pick up a verbal shotgun and go berserk."... But he added a warning to himself: "You can 'nanoo' your heart out. It would be very easy to do that. So I try to work on several levels at once, to slip in tiny innuendos. It's a game I play with the censors called "Getting Shit Through the Radar." Yiddish is good because the censor is Spanish. She knows what 'putz' means. note 
  • Firefly got a lot of profanity past the radar by simply translating it into poorly-rendered Chinese. Many of the phrases, when translated back to English, are actually quite funny, i.e. "Shove all the planets in the universe up my ass!". The harshest Chinese swear, oddly enough, came from Shepherd Book, who referred to an organized crime group as "filthy cattle-fuckers".
    • Firefly gets bonus points for this one being found by someone who lip reads. In "Trash", Mal ends up quite naked. Wash cannot be heard, but by lip reading, you find out that he said "I didn't know Mal was Jewish."
  • Teen Wolf: Out bowling, Lydia bowls a perfect frame, after a game of lackluster throws. Allison tells her she should stop sucking for Jackson's benefit.
    Lydia: "Believe me, I do plenty of sucking for his benefit."
    • Another instance in the second episode, again with Lydia when she was talking to Scott about him not playing.
      Lydia: "I prefer my boyfriend to be at PEAK performance."
    • In the season 2 opener, Stiles and Scott try to persuade Jackson to help them search for a missing Lydia who they believe is becoming a werewolf. Jackson tells them to worry about the search party instead.
      Jackson: "You've got this all backwards, McCall. When I was with Lydia, you should've seen the scratch marks she left on ME."
    • In the eleventh episode of season 2, when Coach Finstock is finally going to let Stiles into a lacrosse game.
      Stiles: "I'm playing? On the field? With the team?"
      Finstock: "Yes! Unless you'd rather play with yourself!"
      Stiles: "I already did that today. Twice."
    • There will probably be a lot more of these as the censors don't seem to mind showing teenagers with active sex lives.
  • During its NBC network run in prime time, The Gong Show gave a classic, if unintentional example. A skit originally titled "Have You Got a Nickel?" featured two 17-year-old girls in cutoff shorts sat cross-legged on stage, provocatively sucking and licking Popsicles, without music. Celebrity judges Phyllis Diller and Jamie Farr didn't get the joke — Diller gave the act a zero, and Farr scored it a 2; however, Jaye P. Morgan awarded the pair a perfect 10, and inserted her own questionable comment: "You know, that's the way I started." The ultimate punchline was that the act was a case of reverse psychology — it was a non-competitive act (in other words, not eligible for the weekly prize money) intended to be a blatant homage to fellatio, with host-creator-executive producer Chuck Barris hoping that NBC's Standards and Practices executives would be more likely to allow the borderline acts that he actually wanted on the show. Not only did S&P not catch it when aired in the Eastern/Central time zones, the segment was abruptly censored elsewhere. The show was canceled shortly after the "Popsicle Twins" incident, and although the official explanation at NBC has been low ratings and a desire to bring a daytime talk-variety show to the time spot occupied by Gong, some have suggested that Barris' refusal to tone down his acts was the deciding (if not only) factor.
  • Most shows on Food Network, such as Mystery Diners, Restaurant: Impossible, etc. regularly get away with "damn", "hell", and even "pissed" and have a TV-G rating.
  • Match Game: The CBS version built its reputation on seeing how much they could get away with. The most frequent example comes with questions that involved a female and a pluralized blank, leading at least one member of the panel (but far more often, most of the six celebs) to respond "boobs."
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has topless women appear uncensored many, many times.note  Add to that all the dirty jokes. But in one of Terry Gilliam's animations, the word "cancer" was considered too offensive and was, rather obviously (the narrator's voice changes dramatically) changed to "gangrene".
    • Interestingly, they did not remove Smoke-Too-Much's racial epithets (the "tiny emaciated epithet" and the "epithet waiter named Manuel").
    • In the TV version, they also did this in the Travel Agency sketch. Mr. Smoke-Too-Much is pathologically unable to say the letter "C", replacing it with "B". When the travel agent points out that he could just substitute "K" for the "C" in those words, Smoke-Too-Much muses to himself, "What a silly bunt." You can work out yourselves.
      • There were complaints afterward. The BBC responded by editing the punchline out of the master recordings, so it's nowhere to be found on the DVD release. The punchline was put back into the sketch on Monty Python's Previous Record and was used in live show, as heard in Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
    • The following exchange from episode 35 probably only got past because the audience's laughter obscured it so much:
      Mr. Robinson: Come in.
      Mr. Cheap-Laugh: No! Just breathing heavily!
    • At the end of the "Crackpot Religions" sketch there was an animated sequence roughly 30 seconds long featuring, among other things, Jesus crucified to a telephone pole, but the censors cut it. But at the end of the episode, there was a montage of frames from every sketch in the episode, including two from the cut animation.
    • The "How Not To Be Seen" sketch introduces one character as "Mrs. B.J. Smegma."
    • Then there's the beginning of the "Still No Sign of Land" sketch:
      Michael Palin: *All are starving in a lifeboat* Still no sign of long is it?
      Graham Chapman: That's a rather personal question, sir!
    • Sometimes they used words that were the erudite form of foul language.
      • "Ohhh, intercourse the penguin!"
      • "Oh, coitus!"
      • "One of our lads, with a fair training in the black arts can scare the fertilizer (sh*t) out of them."
      • "It's a real pain in the sphincter!"
      • "I don't care how excrementally runny it is."
    • And in the Summarise Proust competition, a contestant lists his hobbies as
      Golf; strangling small animals; and masturbation.
      Oh dear. He's let himself down a bit on the hobbies. Golf's not very popular around here.
      • The word "masturbation" was bleeped out by the BBC, suggesting the corporation condones and promotes garroting small animals. Lipreaders, however, could still get the joke.
    • The Pythons were so infamous with the censors that the censors began attempting to censor things that weren't even meant to be dirty. A notable example is a sketch in which John Cleese holds a severed leg through a door, and that was misinterpreted as a penis.
      • The censors would, on occasion make things sound much dirtier than they actually were written. For instance, an animated bit with two men in a bathtub had the last two words censored from this dialog: "They washed their arms and they washed their legs and then they washed their naughty bits." The last word was censored when the show aired on American TV in the 1970s. How times have changed.
  • In a flashback on The Odd Couple, Felix tells Oscar he has to marry Gloria. "You have to marry her? A man who covers up every piece of furniture with plastic, and you have to marry her!?"
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Ferengi have these giant ears that act as erogenous zones. They love to have women rub them while they're holding conversations, and at times they even rub them themselves. While they're not quite sex organs as such, the effect is much the same. There were times women have grabbed Quark by the ear to use the intense pain as a motivation for cooperation. Plus, all the times they use "[person] doesn't have the lobes for [task]" as an insult.
    • They call the ear massage "Oo-mox". Apparently it can't be translated into English.
    • There's also an offhand reference to the "old wives' tale" that performing Oo-mox on yourself too much might make you go deaf.
    • The only reference to masturbation in the entire Star Trek universe comes from Rom, after he got sick from a near-fatal ear infection.
      Rom: I forgot my bi-monthly ear scan. And besides, I've probably been getting too much oo-mox.
      Leeta: Who's the lucky girl?
      Rom: (sheepishly) Uhh, no female. Just me.
      • I'm not sure if "holodeck time" counts as masturbation, but on an episode of TNG, Riker makes a point of using the holodeck for this purpose after a particularly amorous encounter. Maybe he was just going to replicate a cold shower.
    • The head Ferengi is the guy with the biggest ears, and his valet even spends time combing the ear hair.
    • Farscape does the same thing with Rygel's eyebrows.
    • And Deep Space Nine is far more adult oriented than TNG or Voyager, so there are several other risqué references by the other characters:
      Dax: Don't worry, I have a light touch.
      Bashir: Not according to Worf! (Dax gapes at him) ...what?
    • In one Star Trek: Voyager episode, Seven of Nine has been stalking Tom and B'Elanna to find out more about dating. B'Elanna isn't happy when she finds out and reads the pad on which Seven took notes. One of the notes reads something like "300 hours, couple resumes intimate relations," leading to this exchange...
      B'Elanna: How the hell do you know when we're having intimate relations?
      Seven: There is no one on Deck 9, Section 12 who doesn't know when you're having intimate relations.
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series "The Naked Time", a disease-addled Sulu bursts onto the bridge armed with a sword, sweeps Uhura up in his arm, and says "Aha, fair maiden!" Uhura says "Sorry, neither!" and elbows him. ...because she's neither "fair" (she's black) nor a maiden. (In the 1960s, yes, that did have to go under the radar.)
    • The most classic instance from original Trek: In "Wink of an Eye", one act has a time-accelerated Kirk and Deela in his quarters, after she's told him she wants him as her consort while the rest of the crew is to be cryogenically frozen to allow the Scalosians to rebuild their population from their breeding stock. She's coming on to him. The scene cuts to another scene with the rest of the crew trying to figure out where Kirk went, then goes to a commercial. When it comes back, Kirk and Deela are in their quarters. She's brushing her hair and he's putting his boots back on.
    • In "Elaan of Troyius", Kirk, shirtless, sits on his bed to talk on the intercom and Elaan is lying down next to him.
    • In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 3 "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow", one billboard in the background is a beer advertisement with the tagline "See what the goat sees", which along with the interesting art on the beer bottle's label makes a sneaky but unambiguous reference to infamous Shock Site Goatse.
  • Speaking of Farscape, the show had more alien swear words than anything else. Off the top of my head: frell (fuck), dren (shit), schlock (shit), mivonks (balls), hezmanna (hell), trelk (slut/whore), and many more.
  • Back in The '60s, U.S. TV networks, particularly NBC, wouldn't allow women to show their belly buttons, most famously affecting Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie. In the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror", Uhura's mirror outfit included a bare midriff and her navel is visible in several shots. The producers achieved this simply by having someone take the Standards guy out to lunch and lowering the bottom half of her costume while he was gone. The shots with her bare navel were edited into the episodes and evidently no one caught it.
    • Interestingly, NBC is credited as the first network to show a female navel on American television, with a bikini-clad Yvette Mimieux in the two-part Dr. Kildare episode "Tyger, Tyger..." in 1964. It was after this episode aired however, that NBC really started to crack down on navel censorship.
  • The Brit Com Open All Hours does this all the time. It happens so often that the show is immensely devalued if a viewer is not able to understand it. Since the main character, Arkwright, is a somewhat mean, miserly old grocer, "large white loaves" and "Granville's two friends" have in particular become Unusual Euphemisms for his fiancée's breasts.
  • Another Brit Com called Man About the House (which was later remade in the US as Three's Company) had one in the end credits. They ran over a series of still frames, one of which was a set of three statues, a rooster between two cats. Apparently this wasn't blatant enough to get censorship.
  • The gang on That '70s Show seems to be smoking pot on a regular basis. The writers keep it ambiguous by never referring to it directly. The most common reference is scenes called "the circle" in which characters sit in a circle in a smoke-filled room while acting unusually peppy, stupid, or paranoid. There are also "the circle" scenes without smoke suggesting that they don't always get high in "the circle".
    • That or they're getting high by other means, like that batch of "special brownies" Red once ate by accident.
  • Buffy's spinoff, Angel, which sure as heck got more than its share of crap past the radar — and Joss Whedon (and other writers) comments on it in several episode commentaries. Examples include:
    • In "That Old Gang of Mine", Cordelia is sent to ask the Furies to lift a spell.
      Cordelia: I know Lorne pays you to cast this spell. What will it take for you to lift it?
      Furies: This is not a debt you can pay.
      Cordelia: You don't know that. My credit has been very good this last year.
      Cordelia: Angel, I don't know. For a guy who's a couple of centuries old—not very big with the wise investing...and when you say 'equipped' that isn't what you mean, is it?
      Furies: Mmm, Angel.
    • The scene in "Waiting in the Wings" where Angel and Cordy get trapped in a room that has a...somewhat erotic effect due to ghostly presences. When they leave, Cordy makes a comment to the effect of "Thank god the effect only lasts in that room..." whereupon Angel glances down, agrees with her, and hastily whips off his tux jacket and drapes it to cover... certain areas.
    • A lot of the stuff with Lilah and Wesley — they practically beat out S6 Buffy and Spike for most mutually destructive, self-loathing couple, but that's a whole 'nother trope. As far as this one goes, there's Lilah dressing up in the schoolgirl outfit and her and Wesley having phone sex!
    • In "The House Always Wins", Wesley sexually controls Lilah on the phone, telling her to take off her panties during a meeting? It wasn't a schoolgirl outfit, it was a Fred outfit. Still, how role playing made it past the radar is amazing.
    • Everything involving c'amshacking with the Groosalug. Especially if you consider that in one episode, in order to prevent the visions (Wink) from passing to Groo, Cordelia wonders if they can c'am without the shucking.
    • When they take out Angel's soul to try and get information from Angelus, he spends all his time taunting and manipulating them. There's so much squicky dirty talk.
    • Squicky dirty talk, "Hell Bound". Pavayne seems to be torturing Spike in an unusually, er, playful way. It's gone from sadistic vibes to outright rape vibes. Were Spike female, they would have gotten away with having a domineering older man strip him naked, cut him up, and talk about the naughty things Spike's done.
    • When Wesley, Cordie and Gunn try to escape the castle, Gunn wonders how Cordie's gonna get her booty (the treasures she's taken) out the door.
    • In "Deep Down", Lorne says take care of Fluffy to Fred. Fred say to Gunn, "You don't think he's referring to anything of mine that's fluffy, cause that would just be inappropriate."
      Fred: Don't let it go to your head.
      Gunn: That's not the direction it's flowing. (kiss)
    • Faith gets a few good ones in during "Salvage":
      Wesley: (watching her stake two vampires) Feel natural?
      Faith: Like riding a biker.
      (on arrival at the hotel)
      Faith: I hear you're a good fighter.
      Gunn: I hold my own.
      Faith: Shame.
    • In "Sense and Sensitivity", Kate Lockley is nervous about giving a speech for her father's retirement party. Angel suggests she try to Imagine the Audience Naked. Kate's eyes flick downward to check out Angel's body and she mutters "Way ahead of you."
    • In "Epiphany", Angel sleeps with Darla and feels a lot better afterwards.
      Gunn: "So, you had an epiphany, did you? So, what you just wake up and 'bang'?"
      Angel: (smirking) "Well, it was sort of the other way around."
    • "Smile Time". Angel gets turned into a puppet, then mauled by his werewolf love interest who wakes up naked the next day with white Angel stuffing in her mouth. "I ate him!"
      • Then there's the evil puppet in the teaser, inciting the kid to "come over here and touch it", then groaning orgasmically as it sucks out his Life Energy.
  • Kenny Everett was forbidden to call his giant-busted, air-headed, sexually exploited starlet character "Mary Hinge" on the grounds that the Spoonerism was too rude, but then got away with calling her a "Cupid Stunt".
  • Beakman's World comes close a couple of times, many of those occurring in the final episode, where they tackle flatulence. One memorable moment is when Lester the Rat confuses "desert" with "dessert". His response? "Well, I've certainly made an 's' of myself."
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In managed it sometimes by burying it in a hail of less offensive humor, and to a lesser degree by developing their own code words.
  • This video on YouTube contains a montage of moments on I Love Lucy that could be interpreted as this. On another episode not included, Lucy informs an old woman that she is conducting a poll to which the lady replies (shockingly for a show that aired back when even mentioning the word "pregnant" was as bad as saying "fuck"), "Your name ain't Kinsey, is it?"
    • This joke apparently was such an Old Shame that when the makers of Kinsey tried to use the clip, they were unable to get permission.
    • An episode of the sequel series The Lucy Show has Lucy taking a job as a secretary for Barney Miller, a record label executive. When she makes a mistake noting down a letter for her boss, this exchange happens:
      Lucy: Mr. Miller, this closing, "Yours Truly, Barney Miller", is that with two Ls?
      Barney: M-i-l-l-e-r.
      Lucy: I meant in "truly".
      Barney: One L!
      Lucy: Oh, I got an extra L in it.
      Barney: So change it!
      Lucy: Yeah, when I type it I'll get the L out!
  • In one episode of Supernatural, Dean's confronted by two fantasy hookers who are offering him a massage and says this immortal line — "You know, I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Really. But I'm going to have to (pauses, disappointed) pass."
  • In Phil of the Future, Keely has a Did I Just Say That Out Loud? moment:
    Keely: What in the world are two teenagers going to do in a dark room alone with no adults?
  • An episode of That's So Raven, Tanya tells Cory that she has a surprise for him. He begins guessing and his last guess is "an inflatable—". Tanya cuts him off with a loud "NO!"
    • In "Food for Thought" Raven and Eddie are discussing the huge cafeteria portions, and Raven spends over a minute trying to get a huge hot dog in her mouth, in an extremely suggestive manner, let alone for a kids' show
      Eddie: I think my pants are getting tighter!
  • Pushing Daisies is displaying a warped genius for this. "Jock-off 2000", "Well, I'll be dental-dammed...", "Simone had come... and gone", the Norwegians' Mobile Investigative Lab Facility, which they refer to as "mother" throughout the entire episode.
    • Also:
      Louis Schatz: I choked on a tongue!
      Emerson: Yours or someone else's?
    • There was also the time when Young Emerson was brought to the principal's office for "inappropriate intentional Double Entendre in the science fair": "SEE THE RINGS AROUND URANUS - SCIENTISTS PLAN TO LAUNCH PROBES".
  • The Daily Show likes to play games with the censors. California banned gay marriage. Interestingly, they also created new legislation ensuring that chickens in slaughterhouses were not being mistreated.
    Jon Stewart: (picture of rooster appears on screen) So clearly, California voters are still amenable to some [bleep].
    • When former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens made his infamous "series of tubes" speech, he claimed that "Your message can be delayed by anyone who puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material." Jon responds with the best way ever of saying that someone is full of crap.
      Jon Stewart: There's apparently an enormous amount of material... clogging Ted Stevens' tubes. (Pause.) Perhaps some fiber... optic cable...
    • On that note, we also have "Yes, liberals... ''shove'' values down America's throat. So, America, open wide, and relax this part here." - indicating the throat, a few clips from Fox News plays - "Swallow it! Don't spit it out, don't you dare spit it out!"
  • GamesMaster took this far. It even parodied its constant use of innuendo in a couple of episodes. Just take a look at this segment.
  • Sesame Street:
    • In an "Elmo's World" segment all about socks, when Elmo watches The Sock Channel, the announcer says: "Next up, Socks and the City."
    • A sketch featuring Katy Perry and Elmo singing "Hot and Cold" that was uploaded on YouTube before its TV debut was pulled from the Sesame Street episode it was going to appear in after complaints about Katy Perry's dress that she wore in the sketch, since it showed a lot of cleavage. The complaints about the sketch also caused a doll based on this particular Sesame Street segment that was going to be in stores to be canceled, and the segment was also parodied in the Halloween 2010 episode of Live With Regis And Kelly, featuring Regis as Elmo and Kelly as Katy Perry, and subtly mentioned on Saturday Night Live, with Katy Perry as a library volunteer who wears a low-cut Elmo shirt and reads to children (which the library will only allow her to do if she stops wearing skimpy clothes).
    • Another sketch had Neil Patrick Harris as The Shoe Fairy. This is a reference that would totally go over the heads of the younger audience.
    • Homelamb. Ca-aaaa-rie's obsession with Ba-aaaa-rody is way too unhealthy for kids consumption.
  • On MSNBC, there was been mocking coverage of the "Tea Parties" advertised by conservative groups. Cue a volley of Double Entendre about teabagging with comments about swallowing, etc.
  • There once was a science TV show for children (Popular Mechanics For Kids) where they were visiting a recycling center. They are standing next to a conveyor belt with paper trash getting ready to be processed until suddenly a kid picks up from said conveyor belt an issue of Playboy. The adult standing next to him immediately goes "Hey! Put that down! This is a family show!"
  • The Benny Hill Show, when it wasn't Refuge in Audacity (much like Saturday Night Live did in America).
  • An episode of Smallville, "Unsafe", had Lionel walking in on Lex fencing with a hot blond chick, leading to the following:
    Lionel: Too busy playing with swords to speak to your father?
    • And the time Chloe found Clark looking at Lana through his telescope and told he can either finally talk to her or stay there and play with his telescope.
    • Rush:
      Chloe: You are the Cunning Linguist, you figure this out: Kiss. My. Ass.
    • Another Chloe-related example: she's under the influence of a potion that makes its drinkers become obsessed with pleasing whoever they're attracted to. Clark walks into his barn and finds Chloe sitting there, clad in his football jersey and nothing else. She eagerly says the following gem of a line to Clark:
      Chloe: I'd do ANYTHING for you...things that Lana would never do! Things to help you relax...*starts moving her hand towards Clark, who panics.
  • Someone had to know what Brewer and Shipley's 1970 hit "One Toke Over the Line" was about. Lawrence Welk apparently didn't; after it was performed on his self-titled variety show, he unironically referred to it as a "modern spiritual", possibly because of its mention of the words "sweet Jesus" in the chorus. Unlike the long-haired hippies that were Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, Welk performers Gail (Farrell) and (Dick) Dale (not the surf rock legend) were a clean-cut, wholesome duo of featured singers who, like Welk, probably didn't know what a "toke" was (admittedly, ABC pressured him into having the song on his show, despite numerous objections among his staff).
    Michael Brewer: The Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, named us personally as a subversive to American youth, but at exactly the same time Lawrence Welk performed the crazy thing and introduced it as a gospel song. That shows how absurd it really is.
  • The Goodies were understandably upset when Mary Whitehouse cited them as an example of good, clean television - so they wrote an entire episode making fun of her and censorship in general. Under the guise of an apparently child-friendly silliness, they wrote (and aired) episodes candidly satirising police brutality, military testing, the British Post Office, even Apartheid (one of their less successful attempts), but it took Tim Brooke-Taylor donning a pair of briefs emblazoned with a cartoon carrot in a Saturday Night Fever parody to earn Whitehouse's condemnation. The BBC then axed their show and the episode was not shown in Australia because of its violence.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation had a scene with a naked ten-year-old Alexander in a hot tub with two naked Betazoid women, the idea that the censors didn't stop that frankly boggles the mind.
    • Well, it was a hot tub filled with mud (which may be a problem in other ways) that couldn't be seen through, nothing is shown from the neck down, and while Lwaxana and Deanna may have been naked when they were in the tub earlier in the episode, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that they (and Alexander, for that matter) were wearing swimsuits out of courtesy for the underage, opposite-gender child. Also, the context was far from suggestive, with Deanna being a very close friend of Worf's and Lwaxana being her mother.
    • ST:TNG also got a number of obscenities under the radar by having Picard swear in French. At the time, mainstream (i.e. non-cable) series were barely allowed to use "damn" and "hell".
    • In "True Q", Q is getting frustrated with Dr. Crusher and turns her into a literal bitch — or a dog at least. Amanda switches her back.
  • And while we are discussing Star Trek, many Slash Fic fans/writers base the legitimacy of the Kirk/Spock pairing in Star Trek: The Original Series on a score of subtle character moments (the legendary "back rub scene" in "Shore Leave", the hand holding in "The Naked Time" and "Amok Time", several glances and smiles, Spock's hands placed possessively on the back of Kirk's chair...) that, on their own, would not amount to much, but which slashers insist is proof of canon Ho Yay. Since this was the gay-bashing (well, more gay-bashing) sixties we are talking about, and Star Trek wasn't above slipping in controversial subtext, the theory is not entirely unreasonable. However, continuity editor D.C. Fontana has angrily and explicitly denied a slash meaning or that any such innuendo was intended.
    • Lots of fans see signals in the first Star Trek movie — especially the scene in sickbay following Spock's EVA — that the UST from the original series got resolved between the first five-year mission and the V'Ger incident.
    • Repeatedly, Bones would say the phrase, "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?" to Spock (with the same inflection you'd use to say "out of your fucking mind").
    • Then of course is the immortal line from an angry Scotty to Spock in "Day of the Dove". "Take your Vulcan hands off me."
    • Not to mention the famous bit in "Wink of an Eye" from the third season. Before a commercial break, we see the accelerated Kirk making out with the Scalosian woman, then back to the normal ship for a scene that sets up the prebreak tension. Back from the commercial, we see Kirk in his quarters with the woman. She's brushing her hair and Kirk is sitting on his bed putting his boots back on.
  • The Kids in the Hall's song sketch "Running Faggot" was allowed to air because it used the term in the classic Davy Crockett-era usage: back then, the term "faggot" referred to a bundle of sticks used for kindling, and the Davy Crockett types were called "faggots" because of their unbreakable spirits and fire in their bellies. The fact that our title character is played by openly gay Scott Thompson is your problem.
  • On the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab, the two passengers used a Shout Out to correctly guess the answer to a question about Shiatsu massage. When they answered right, host Ben Bailey said "and a happy ending for all!"
  • Kamen Rider Gaim Jean Pier Oren (Bravo) fighting Kaito Kumon (Baron) said 'I´ll peel the banana (ie. Baron´s armor) off and start working on your body!' Given who Bravo is it makes sense.
  • The Big Bang Theory gets away with a lot of surprising jokes. For instance, "You will be my C-Men." (They were trying to figure out what they would call themselves when helping Sheldon.)
    • And the time when Leonard's team's outfit for the physics bowl had "PMS" emblazoned on it. (It was an acronym.) Not to mention that on the back, they said "We can go all night".
    • In the episode where Kripke badgers Sheldon for the specifics of Sheldon's non-existent sex life with Amy, they are standing in front of a whiteboard bestrewn with advanced formulii. Right next to Kripke's head is a set of complex nested brackets and maths terms drawn to look like the classic toilet-wall "cock-and-balls".
    • After Amy breaks up with him, Sheldon gets the bright idea to use a remote control to operate the camera when he does "Fun With Flags".
      Sheldon: The show must go on; and thankfully, all the things my girlfriend used to do can be taken care of with my right hand.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy got away with a parody of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind which is about meth addiction and sex.
    • Not to mention Let's Talk About Stress. Which is based on exactly what you think it is.
    • In the episode "Pseudoscience," he mentions the belief that lightning was the work of "a guy named Zeus," and contrasts it with the more interesting reality of the phenomenon. From the eyes of a child familiar with the broader context of Zeus, a baffling reduction of his role - to adult eyes (especially in light of his later career), a transparent substitute for something Disney and PBS wouldn't have let him say in "millions and millions of years."
    • While talking about a hydroelectric plant, he says "that's a lot of DAM power!" with an awful lot of glee.
    • At the end of "Pollution Solutions", he's helping to recycle some copper wiring, but ends up getting tangled in it, while the treadmill is on. While mainly comical, it gets a bit dark when he actually falls into the compactor, and it gets activated, with him giving a blood-curdling scream. The bale of copper wire is removed with a comical flattened Science Guy outfit in the bundle, and a squeaky "See ya!" being heard. Of course in reality, this would result in a very gruesome, nightmare inducing death which would likely result in some trauma for any witnesses.
      Announcer: No actual Science Guys were harmed in the production of this program.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation generally doesn't get anything past the radar in the States. In Australia, nothing past season 2 has been shown.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse was a kid-friendly version of his adult-oriented live show, but still snuck in things like Cowboy Curtis telling Pee-Wee "You know what they say — 'Big feet, big boots!'"
    • Then there was Pee Wee singing "Milk, milk, lemonade, 'round the corner fudge is made!" And, of course, Miss Yvonne's horse ride...
    • In the Christmas Special, Miss Yvonne walks in wearing a sprig of mistletoe on her hair. When she invokes the "standing under the mistletoe" tradition, Floory (a talking "face in the floor") chimes in, "Hey, Miss Yvonne, come stand over me!"
    • In "Conky's Breakdown," Pee-wee is searching for the Conky manual in the bathroom. He opens a magazine and pulls out the fold-out in the middle. He makes an "ooh!" face, then shows us what it is: a bicycle similar to the one he rode in Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The inference is obvious, but younger viewers might assume that he's just very impressed with its craftsmanship.
  • The Burns and Allen Show did a seriously vulgar joke for its era. In one episode, another couple comes to visit and tells George and Gracie that they are planning on visiting the Alps for their honeymoon. George asks the woman a series of questions to make idle conversation, but the disinterested woman just answers every question with "Yes." After several times, George has one of his segments talking to the audience, and discussing the previous scene he says "They sound they'll have a perfectly boring trip, what kind of fun can you have with a girl who just says 'Yes, Yes, Yes.' all night long?" There's a pause for a good minute and a half before the audience bursts into uproarious laughter, and George just chomps on his cigar as if to say "Yep, I just said that."
    • One particular episode of their radio show had a moment that wasn't as crass, but still qualifies: in an attempt to get George to look and act younger than he is, she signs him up for dancing lessons with a beautiful senorita of an instructor named Lolita. After a few not too risque jokes - at one point George jokes, "Ohh! Your waist is tickling my hand!" - Gracie, who hadn't known who the instructor was, walks in on George in a close dancing embrace with Lolita, who claims that she is "South American from my head to my toes." A furious Gracie then delivers the real gem; "Well, I'm not too fond of my husband's attitude towards Brazil!"
  • Every other episode of Charmed when one of the sisters has a date or talks about a relationship.
    • "Be Careful What You Witch For" brings us Prue announcing a date with a man named Dick:
      Phoebe: Prue, you are too hot to have to duty-date.
      Prue: Yeah, well, all demon-hunting and no play has made me a lot less picky. I gotta figure out a way to put some more balance in my life.
      Piper: Yeah, but you don't need Dick...
  • Tokumei Sentai Go Busters occasionally had Beet Buster saying "Shit!"
  • Although Frasier was by no means a show for young audiences, there were certain jokes that were more sexual in nature. For example, there is an episode when Frasier speaks to the condo board of his apartment block and they (through a classic misunderstanding) believe him to be speaking of his father's penis.
    Frasier: Don't look so shocked! Whom does it really harm if he unleashes Eddie once in a while? Come on, it's not as though he's alone in this behavior. Mrs. Tortwurst, I've seen you do the same thing many times with your Fluffy. You know, if you ask me, not only is this behavior harmless, it's laudable. Why, you should see the looks on the faces of the schoolchildren when he takes Eddie out to the playground!
    • In one episode, Frasier makes a big thing about an ice sculptor called Arthur Knutsack, and complains that in this heat, his Knutsack was melting.
  • In Living Color! lived and breathed this trope, so much so that they hired a full time staffer whose specific job was to see what they could get past the censors. Examples are too numerous to list. David Alan Grier has openly wondered if a show like In Living Color would even be greenlighted these days.
  • In Sherlock, there's not that much cursing, as it's pre-watershed, but they manage to fit in some BEAUTS in The Empty Hearse, in which they alternate scenes of Sherlock and John with Sherlock, telling Mrs Hudson what John had called him, beginning to curse and John finishing them in a completely benign way (in his office with patients). It really has to be seen to be believed.
    Mrs. Hudson: Sherlock, talk to John.
    Sherlock: I tried talking to him. He made his position quite clear.
    John: (raises middle finger as he puts on a glove)
    Mrs. Husdon: What did he say?
    Sherlock: "F—"
    John: (to patient) Cough.
    Mrs. Hudson: Oh, dear.
  • From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    Ashley: These are your baby shoes?
    Will: Yeah, I had big feet... Well, you know what they say about a guy with big feet!
    Ashley, (smiling): No, what?
    Uncle Phil: *death stare of death*
    Will: They... they be sayin... 'Damn, those are some big feet!'
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - Obviously KRP is read as carp, hence the station's fish mascot.
  • Example from a fairly unlikely source: Bob Hope. During a 1979 special, one sketch had Hope dressed as a poorly-disguised Superman knockoff called "Superior Man". At one point this discussion occurs (clip taken from compilation of Super Bowl XIII commercials):
    Superior Man: "I don't need that, I'm Superior Man.'''
    Woman: "You're Superior Man?"
    Superior Man: "Don't you see my big 'S'?"
  • Australian series Kath & Kim regularly did this, often through the family's bogun speech patterns and mispronunciations. A regular joke was Kim saying she wanted to be 'effluent' (affluent).
    • A regular joke was that the title characters pronounced chardonnay as 'car-don-ay'. In one episode, the co-workers of Kim's husband condescendingly told her it was pronounced 'shardonnay', and laughed at her. Kim's response:
      Fine, shardonnay, shardonnay, you pack of shunts.
  • The Mr. Young episode "Mr. Heart", Adam and Derby shrink down and enter Echo's body to fight off her cold. After arriving in the stomach, the two wonder how they are going to find the virus.
    Adam: "Well, it's a chest cold, so we'd need to go to Echo's chest."
    Derby: "Nice!"
  • In the Drake and Josh TV movie Go Hollywood, Megan realizes that her brothers accidentally put her on the wrong flight and remarks "Those dumb boobs." The female flight attendant next to her then looks shamefully down at her breasts.
  • In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "The Deliverer", Gabrielle is forcibly raped on-screen by the evil god Dahak, who is depicted as tentacles of fire weaving around her prone, elevated body. (None of the tentacles go up her skirt, but on the other hand Gabrielle isn't burned, either.) Although the series' head writer (who did not write the episode) denied that it was rape, Gabrielle nonetheless experiences the normal feelings of devastation afterwards, and in the following episode turns out to be pregnant. In later episodes, Dahak is named as the child's (Hope) father.
  • German TV host Ilja Richter loved sneaking in dirty jokes in his music show called disco. In notoriously conservative German public broadcasting, no less.
  • In Space: Above and Beyond, the female pilots are hanging out at the bar on their ship. One is thoroughly yet absent-mindedly sucking on the end of the olive from her cocktail. Another pilot comments "You're sucking that olive like it bought you jewelry."
  • M*A*S*H got away with a doozy (again, for its time). In "Goodbye Radar pt. 2", a generator is stolen and Klinger wheels and deals for another one. An enormous major shows up at the depot and announces he's here for HIS generator, and Max mutters Ya ibn kalb! Let's just say that "ibn" is Arabic for "son."note 
    • They got a LOT of crap past the radar. The show's page has a fairly comprehensive list.
    • Arguably the show's entire premise counts. It came out at a time when criticizing the Vietnam War was seen as unpatriotic at best and downright treasonous at worst. M*A*S*H was able to get away with those themes because it was set during the Korean War, even though the Vietnam parallels were obvious to viewers.
  • Upper Middle Bogan has an in-universe example: Edwina arranges for her school orchestra to play "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?", and she uses her bassoon to toot in time to "No way, get fucked, fuck off!" at the appropriate point.
  • On the Australian version of "The Today Show", they practically live this trope. Somehow it tends to get past the here
  • Mexican TV had a skit by comedian Eugenio Derbez where an American football player tells him "Put attention!", and he says "in Mexico, instead of 'ttention' we say 'madre'". This is because "put attention" is more than just an unusual way of telling someone to pay attention: in Spanish it sounds like "puta tenshon", so when you replace "ttention" with "madre" it becomes "puta madre", a Mexican idiom that can be figuratively translated as "fucking hell!", and very literally as "prostitute mother"
  • Mexican entertainer Adal Ramones was single-handedly responsible for popularizing the word "güey" ("dude" or "fool", depending on context) in the local lexicon. The reason? He found that "güey" was not considered by media regulations as a curse, so he quickly proceeded to use it as part of even more rude jokes using the technique of speaking Angrish to make cut-off swearing look more natural.
  • In Kamen Rider Drive, lieutenant Otta simply cannot pronounce Roidmude. This culminates in episode 14, when he accuses a detained suspect of being a "rori shoujo." The suspect, a perverted stalker, replies with "Oh, so you're into that sort of thing too, Detective?"
  • Two involving Colleen in The Jim Henson Hour episode "Dog City":
    • Her song "A Dog's Best Friend" has the lines "He don't need to be a big dog/I don't care if he's rich/He'll be my ever-lovin' puppy/And I'll just be his..." and then Rowlf interrupts with "Welcome to family programming, folks!"
    • Buggsy's moll claims to have seen Colleen "doing tricks" on street corners.
  • On the current version of the TV-G-rated Let's Make a Deal, host Wayne Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum (sometimes - although very rarely - joined by model Tiffany Coyne) have turned this into an artform. (Ironically, on sister show The Price Is Right, host Drew Carey, whose memoirs were entitled Dirty Jokes and Beer, almost never does this.) In one of the slicker examples, Mangum came out with a miniature box (much smaller than the typical Small Box), and Brady teased him about the tininess of his box, even using a squeaky voice and saying, "It's not the size of the box, it's what's inside." When Mangum revealed the prize (a trip to Jamaica), he referenced the punchline to an old joke regarding the comparative sizes of white men's penises and black men's penises.
    Wayne: What's in your teeny-tiny little box?
    Jonathan: If you read it, you know what's written on my teeny-tiny box?
    Wayne: What?
    Jonathan: "Welcome to Jamaica. Have a nice day."
  • The daytime episodes of Night and Day always seemed far more suggestive once you’d seen the night-time omnibus, which peppered what was essentially a condensed version of the same show with more adult scenes, language and themes. Although the existence of the latter meant that the writers perhaps didn’t feel the need to sneak so much risqué stuff through during the teatime slot.
  • NYPD Blue briefly got away saying "poontang" because the network censors didn't recognize the word.
  • Watchdog is a British magazine-format consumer-interest show. In one episode two presenters were investigating a scam. The dialogue went like this
    First Presenter: These guys are masters of the bait and switch.
    Second Presenter: Master switchers then?
    First Presenter: And baiters.
  • The ESPN College Gameday show is filmed live on the campus of the school hosting the most interesting college football game that week, in front of a live audience of drunken rowdy fans. Many hold up very large vulgar cardboard signs in the hopes of getting them on TV. Many succeed.
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman:
    • As Horace and Myra prepare to consummate their marriage, they are disrupted by the shivaree (an 1870s custom common in the West that consisted of family and friends noisily serenading the newlyweds). The next morning, an irritated Horace snaps at Loren, Jake, and the Reverend, telling them "thanks to you, I lost the mood. The Reverend assures him, "All men lose the mood sometimes." Three guesses what they're really talking about.
    • After Dr. Quinn and Sully have gotten married, the ladies are attending their weekly quilting circle, cheerfully discussing how "agreeable" they find marriage. In other words, they enjoy sex, quite a shocking attitude for even a happily married woman in those days.
    • And some darker examples—After rescuing Mike from the gang of dog soldiers who kidnapped her, Sully gently asks if they "hurt" her. Just as gently, and much to his relief, she tells him "no". Their tones and his reaction indicate that he was actually asking if they'd raped her, especially since "hurt" was often used as a euphemism for "rape" back in those days. And Mike's sister, when complaining about her unfaithful husband, states that he "insisted on his right to my bed".
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Mr. Potato Head would use the phrase "Godfrey Daniels!" as a substitute for "God damn!". At one point, he did so while complaining about the censors.
  • The George Lopez Show
    • In "Girl Fight", the family discovers the insult "Carmen Ho-pez" painted onto the backyard door due to rumors of Carmen being promiscuous.
      Benny: Hey, thank God our last name isn't "Tucker".
    • In "George Discovers How Mescal-ed Up His Life Would Have Been Without the Benny-fits", George rants about how Benny never took him to Treetop Rangers camp when he was a kid, and he laments that he has to invent his own Indian name for himself: "Boy Who Plays with Himself".
      George: After I told the other Rangers my name, nobody would do the secret handshake with me anymore.
    • In "Why You Crying?" when George and Angie call Benny out on slapping Max.
      Angie: You humiliated Max in front of his friends, and even worse, you hit him in his identity!
      Benny: Um, I'm pretty sure that's about two feet lower.
  • On Dragnet, there is an episode about the creation of the first drug-sniffing dog, specifically trained to smell marijuana. Used straight to refer to a female dog, the trainer tells Sgt. Friday that they found "a German Shepherd bitch."
  • In the 1975 show The Invisible Man, many end scenes ended on double entendres.
    Sen. Hannover Is it true, Mrs. Westin, that you can make things rise by pure mind control?
    Daniel Westin If you'll excuse us, we have to go to the lab for some extensive research.
  • While the times were changing at the time this episode was made, an episode of Lizzie McGuire featured a kid telling Lizzie "You suck". Up until the 00s, telling someone that they "Suck" was actually seen as very rude. (This was also one reason why Beavis And Butthead were seen as insulting.)
  • In episode one of Mech-X4, Spyder usually mentions his daydreams involve Ariana Grande... and cake. What KIND of cake?
    • This exchange, also in episode one, conveniently lets you fill in the blanks.
    Mark: So I'm a...?
    Ryan: Yep.
    Mark: And me laughing at you makes me a...?
    Ryan: Huge.
    Mark: Wow.
  • in Raising Hope, Burt Chance is often seen wearing a t-shirt that reads "I'd Rather Be In Virginia". Virginia is the name of his wife.
  • Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything actually got away with saying damn (at least, according to the closed-captioning) in "The Stings" at around the 2-4 minute mark. How the bloody hell that was approved, we will NEVER, EVER know. The censors were quite clearly on vacation for that to slip by. The quote is below:
    IGL Announcer: With that gaming club and that map, Thumbs of fury is looking DAMN right unstoppable!
  • Odd Squad has a few memorable moments.
  • This gem from the Season 1 finale:
    Mr. O: You mean we get to work together as Mr. and Ms. O?! (beat) Wait...does this mean we have to be married?
    Ms. O/Olive: WHAT?! NO!! Don't make this weird.
  • Most of Soundcheck's songs are primarily focused on love—and not the best friend kind. This is PBS Kids, right?
  • In Recipe for Disaster, Agent Otto takes the Lord's name in vain while laughing at his own joke.
  • One of the Jasmine and Prudith segments of Sorry, I've Got No Head ends with one of them saying that when someone swung his telescope, it hit her right in the side of the boobs. Note that this is a children's show and she says the word "boobs" uncensored.
  • The Noddy Shop had things that probably wouldn't fly on any other PBS Kids show aimed at preschoolers:
    • One of the characters, Stein, is a beer mug.
    • The song "The Day The Goblins Got Away" contains this verse that could be mistaken for Accidental Innuendo:
    Goblins are like an itch you can't get near
    Don't give them any ideas!

    • The show has plenty of parental bonuses, with the characters quoting or referencing things adults would only get, including Sudden Impact and Saturday Night Live.
    • The episode "Skunked" has Whiny and Whimper mistaking the skunk smell for one of them soiling their diaper, which could be considered this because PBS Kids shows, especially those for preschoolers, never tend to use Potty Humor for the purpose of a joke. note 
    • And then there's the promotional music videonote  "Special", where Johnny Crawfish sings about Intercourse with You and says the word "hell".
  • Strong Medicine. Dr. Lu Delgado is blasting a cancer-stricken patient's boss for not giving her more than the allotted sick days. He in turn is arguing that he had no choice, being under the thumb of his own supervisor.
    Boss: Why do you have to come in here busting my—
    Lu: Dick, calm down.
    • Yes, that's his real name, but it's obvious what she's getting at.
  • Kingdom Adventure: There was a Drugs Are Bad episode where a drug called a "Wonder Root" was being sold or given away, and the episode was called, we kid you not, "High Adventure".