Diff’rent Strokes

Yeah, I show about an old white guy adopting a bunch of black kids may not get a TV slot these days. Sadly, despite some camp, “Diff’rent Strokes” did take on some very difficult topics. It also produced some TV’s greatest catchphrases. 

Bosom Buddies

A show about two heterosexual males dressing as women to keep a apartment. Yep, that would work today. Sure, sensitivity wasn’t a huge part of this one, but all in all, this one is fairly innocent in comparison to others of the time. 


“Seinfeld” is one of the greatest TV shows of all-time. I’m not sure how many can argue against that statement. That being said, a show about “nothing” may not get the green light today. This is especially true, given the way in which “Friends” would change sitcom production forever. 

Full House

Despite all of its good qualities, a show as sugary sweet as “Full House” probably wouldn’t play today. Frankly, this one would get unmercifully panned and the younger viewers, the show’s target demo during its heyday, would be ruthless. 

Bonanza/Gunsmoke…any western

Sadly, western’s probably wouldn’t work today. I know what you’re saying, “Deadwood” was excellent. You’re right, it was great, but it didn’t last long. Only shows like “Westworld,” which are inherently hybrids, cut engage viewers, 

WWF Raw is War

No, not the homogenized WWE “Raw” you see today. I’m talking the “Attitude Era” “Raw is War.” When you think about all the sex, violence, and potentially-offensive material, there’s no way a lot of the proceedings would make on TV. 

The Dukes of Hazzard

Two words: GENERAL LEE

Hogan’s Heroes

Hmm…a sitcom based on a German WWII POW camp. Sounds light-hearted and funny, right? Well, it was, but when you really think about it, that’s pretty messed up as well. Considering the real-life drama surrounding this show, it becomes even darker.

All in the Family

Despite being a terrific and revolutionary show, there’s no way a character like Archie Bunker would be on your TV today. Aside from the bravado, the racist rantings would prove to be the final straw. Again, for its time, it worked, but not today.


This one probably wouldn’t play, because of the show’s depiction of Native Americans. Aside from that, “F-Troop” isn’t exactly the most offensive show of all-time, but has enough, that there’s no way this one would see the light of day.

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