Television shows and movies that were made in the seventies that couldn’t be made today.

The 1970’s were an era of facing reality. It was one of clearing the air of things needed to be said. Every stereotype about everyone was openly questioned. People admitted racism and sexism existed and talked about.

I’m not condoning the racist comments made by Archie Bunker but he was saying what is already said behind closed doors.


1. Roots– a made for television movie series from the book by Alex Haley.

2. All in the Family-Although the show has more hit spin-offs than any other show in television history it wouldn’t be aired today. Norman Lear seriously push the limit with the show. All in the Family” is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. It broke the censorship paving the way for what we see on television today. Norman Lear didn’t care if Archie Bunker made people uncomfortable. He was a racist bigot and that’s the kind of things people like him say in real life. The lead character, Archie Bunker, is a loudmouthed, uneducated bigot who believes in every stereotype he has ever heard about everyone. His wife, Edith, is sweet but not the sharpest pin in the cushion. They and their daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike, all live in a working-class home. Unfortunately for Archie, he can’t avoid the people he dislike and disdains: His son-in-law — whom Archie calls “Meathead” — is an unemployed student and of Polish descent; the Jeffersons next door are black; Edith’s cousin Maude is a feminist; and, later, his partners in a local tavern are Jewish.

None of these shows would have been produced in the present era.


  1. Foxy Brown-Pam Grier- Strong female characters are not popular nor the norm today as they were in the 1970’s.
  2. Good Times- It isn’t grime enough for the stereotypical image portraying black families today.
  3. Rocky- There isn’t enough tragic involved in it to appeal to a modern audience.
  4. .The Thornbirds.-It talked about the issue of age differences and religion in a relationship. A topic 10,000 years or more over due.
  5. On Golden Ponds- It was made in the early 1980’s before the censorship we know today cemented in and choked the life out of creativity and realism.
  6. Terms of  Endearment- Another early 1980’s movie following the format set by the 1970’s.
  7. Alice.
  8. The Godfather.
  9. Ode to Billy Jack
  10. Shaft
  11. Starsky and Hutch
  12. Charlies Angels
  13. Cagney and Lacey
  14. Burning Bed-The first show to publicly depict domestic violence and how difficult it is for the victim to leave. Another early 1980’s movie following the format set by the 1970’s.
  15. The Exorcist- because the priest said “By the power of Christ I compel you.”

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to Television shows and movies that were made in the seventies that couldn’t be made today.

  1. Rooper says:

    Most of these shows would be deemed too harsh for the sensitive audience of today.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Michael Taetschi says:

    I think people today are a way too sensitive about the wrong things. Anything teaching about the reality of life is deemed to harsh but yet we do nothing to correct theses injustices.


  3. Salsa says:

    Muchas gracias. La telenovela está muy por encima


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