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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#101 Post by domino harvey » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:21 am

Resubscribed to Hulu mainly to catch up on this show and holy God they've never done an episode as laugh out loud funny as "the Gang Goes to a Water Park"-- I was in hysterical tears by the end of it. One of the single funniest episodes of any TV show ever

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#102 Post by Big Ben » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:24 am

The ending to that episode is one of the absolute funniest things that show has ever done. AIDS BLOOD.

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#103 Post by domino harvey » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:02 pm

If "Hero or Hate Crime?" is any indication, there is no longer anything one cannot say on commercial TV-- was this censored at all when it aired on FXX?

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#104 Post by Ribs » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:19 pm

Basic cable has actually never been obligated to FCC regulations about things like that, it was just a policy that carried over from broadcast. Beginning with American Crime Story FX has allowed pretty much any language to be used on their own shows (and I believe USA and TNT have since done the same)

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#105 Post by Morbii » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:43 pm

I’m not sure that it was a policy carried over rather than them being beholden to advertisers.

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#106 Post by swo17 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:17 pm

domino harvey wrote:If "Hero or Hate Crime?" is any indication, there is no longer anything one cannot say on commercial TV-- was this censored at all when it aired on FXX?
I watched the original airings. I don't remember specifics but I do remember being surprised at some of the content they were able to get away with.

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#107 Post by knives » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:46 pm

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Internet says that they got away with an uncensored cunt and fuck.

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#108 Post by domino harvey » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:07 pm

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"Cunt" is not uttered once but repeatedly by several characters several times (and with the "fuck"s employed in sexual usage, including "fucking your ass"), plus "cock," "cocksucker," "faggot," and "the n word" with a hard "-er"
I'm spoilering this and knives' post because some of the words they use are legit probably worse than you'd even guess and part of the overall joke is how effective they still are at being shocking

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Re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

#109 Post by Big Ben » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:11 pm

If the channel is paid for the FCC has no legal standing at all. However all studios have a Standards and Practices department and or advertisers that they need to be wary of a they'll decide what can and can't air. Always Sunny may joke about awful things or even hint at them but it would never do something blatantly illegal (Harm a child for instance.). If an advertiser was upset with the show they could also pull ads but I've never heard of that happening recently except to Sean Hannity of Fox News for his defense of Roy Moore and we all know how that turned out.

For a less explicit example than Always Sunny I'll turn your attention to Comedy Central. The Daily Show still censors more explicit language because Standards and Practices makes them do so. Later on at night however Comedy Central doesn't care all that much and you can see a mostly uncensored (Boobs still upset Standards and Practices at three in the morning.) Jay and Silent Bob film. Another example is Turner Classic Movies which won't show Salo at any time but they'll show Fellini Satryricon late at night despite the nudity.

You can technically try and charge someone for obscenity outside of this but unless it's REALLY bad you'll be laughed out of the courtroom.

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