As far as outdated and offensive shows go, “Bosom Buddies,” which premiered in 1980, is definitely not the worst of them. However, it is hard to imagine that this light-hearted comedy show starring Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks would even get made today. The story follows Hanks and Scolari and how they decide to dress in drag in order to secure a cheap apartment in New York City in an all-female building.
Nowadays, this show would present many controversial situations and probably face harsh criticism for portraying dressing in drag and the topic of gender identity as something comedic. Oh, those were the days.
When it premiered in 1987, “Married…with Children” became a massive commercial hit that lasted eleven seasons. Only back in the 90s could the Bundy family have made us laugh so much, and even back then, there were a lot of cringe-worthy moments on the show – Al’s vulgar jokes and his constant dismissal of Peggy, calling her “death,” Kelly running around in tiny outfits while All and Bud stared at her, and the general regard of women as objects.
One could argue that the fact that Al was a sad shoe salesman gave him a sort of green light to be so discontent and fed up all the time, or that Peggy always insulted him back and didn’t take any grief. The show was undeniably funny, but we advise you to keep away from reruns because it might not be so funny in today’s world.
Boy Meets Boy
When the idea for this reality show was first presented at Bravo, it sounded great – a gay version of “The Bachelor.” The only problem was that the show’s writers decided it would be funny to add a twist to the plot; the show’s bachelor, James Getzlaff didn’t know that half of the contestants were heterosexual.
James would only learn of this fact when he was down to his final three suitors. Not only was this deceitful and wrong on so many levels but just plain mean. Luckily, the show was canceled after just one season, and honestly, the person who okayed it in the first place should have been fired.
The Benny Hill Show
“The Benny Hill Show” aired in 1969, and that is the only reason why it made it through an astonishing 19 seasons. The comedy sketch show was about Benny Hill, a creepy old man who tried his best to be charming by finding naughty and inappropriate humor in everyday things.
Each episode was an hour of slapstick comedy combined with double entendre and tasteless bits that mostly showed Benny Hill and his pals, who were also old men, being quite gross with beautiful, younger women. To make things worse, the show’s closing theme featured Hill chasing around half-naked women all over the set. A bit too predatory, don’t you think?
It’s not surprising that a show from 1989 would basically be about a group of hot lifeguards running around in tight bathing suits. This was, in a nutshell, what “Baywatch” was about, and back then it didn’t need more substance than featuring Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra, or a young David Hasselhoff to keep the series running for eleven seasons.
Nowadays, though, it would be virtually impossible to air a show like “Baywatch” due to several reasons – the lack of an actually interesting plot, the sexist scenes, the misogynist commentary, and dozens more. NBC definitely aired this show at the appropriate time and place.