One Foot on the Floor

One Foot on the Floor

The Curious Evolution of Sex on Television From I Love Lucy to South Park

Book - 2000
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journalist and television critic, traces the curious rise and rise of sex on the small screen, from I Love Lucy to South Park. He details the story of television's attempts to keep audiences riveted without offending important segments of it. He highlights the shows and the moments that raised the temperature of television and broadened what was permissible for public viewing -- from shows like All in the Family and Ally McBeal to moments like Elvis's appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.At the leading edge of the twenty-first century, the same winds of sensationalism and censorship that have always buffeted television are rising. Chunovic examines how the need to compete in an ever-more crowded entertainment market and the V-chip will continue to push TV sex in new directions.One Foot on the Floor is a riveting social history, providing the answer to the question: How did that make it past the censors?
Publisher: New York TV Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9781575001869
Branch Call Number: 791/.456/538/Chu 3588mb 1
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill.


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Apr 08, 2013

A fairly comprehensive albeit out-of-date account of the history of the medium of television and its inclusion of content of a sexual nature. This includes not just the act but utterances of anything that could possibly be derived from "it", in addition to mentions of the hypocrisy within (for example, what constitutes "too nude" in TV's different eras, including the forbidden Barbara Eden's navel). This book spans from the 1940s to the year 2000 and includes a wide range of programming: The Ed Sullivan Show, I Love Lucy, Peyton Place, The Avengers, All In The Family, I Dream of Jeannie, The Cosby Show, Action, Miami Vice, Moonlighting, Mad About You, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Ugly George Show, Seinfeld, Sex and the City, news programs, and a range of soap operas, to name just a mere few of the titles included here. ONE FOOT ON THE FLOOR is scholarly entertainment (or researched infotainment, if you will) at its finest. I very much enjoyed the read and anyone interested in social history and mores of the times, human sexuality, or media studies will probably enjoy it, too.

Apr 10, 2010

An easy read. Nice behind-the-scenes info. I remember watching 95% of the TV shows that are discussed, and some of the episodes from the past decades I've seen as recently as two days ago!

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Apr 08, 2013

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