Books and Movies Reviews

Sex on Television

Sex and intimacy on television has long been a fought
over topic in our society. For years, the FCC and the
MPAA have censored any content they deem sexually or
verbally explicit from our viewing, and as we know
television is one of the largest influences on our
culture ever artificially created. Still though, sex
and intimacy seep through the cracks of the system and
During the early days of television, sexual
situations were rare and intimate moments were few and
far between. On “I Love Lucy”, the Ricardos were no
exception. Lucy and Ricky rarely touched each other
for any reason other than a quick embrace or in a
friendly manner. Their contact was nothing like the
way we now expect a husband and wife to interact. And
as you may know, they slept in separate beds, which
has also been a topic of great discussion. While, of
course, married couples at the time, almost without
exception, shared the same bed, television producers
thought displaying this implied sexual contact, which
was of course a big no-no in the mid-fifties.
The Bradys were slightly more liberal about
intimacy. This is most likely attributed to the fact
that the show ran from 1969 to 1974 during which our
society was still going through an enormous shift in
its value system. Contrary to rumors, Mike and Carol
Brady were not thefirst married couple on television
to share a bed; the Munsters had done that already.
There were also segments during some episodes which
showed Carol and Mike in bed together discussing the
days events and usually they would conclude by kissing
each other good night and going to sleep. Kissing
between them was also not that big of an issue; they
did it frequently and without hesitation as a sign they
loved each other, as most couples on television
before were unable to express physically. Again, this
type of activity contained sexual innuendos but, …

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