17 Offensive Hit TV Shows That Should Never Have Been Made, According To The Woke Brigade

It’s no secret that we’re living in an age of heightened political correctness. With everything from the way we dress to the way we speak and our words, we are being policed by the woke brigade. As a result, it’s no surprise that these woke liberals have some very strong feelings about what is portrayed on TV.

From 90’s sitcoms to dodgy documentaries, these shows just don’t fly these days. Let’s look at some of the most ridiculously offensive TV shows from the past. These controversial programs would have kicked off a Twitter storm if released to today’s audiences.

That 70’s Show

That 70’s Show
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That ’70s show may have been a hit back in the ‘90s, but nowadays, the blatant racism, sexism, fat-shaming, and all-around political incorrectness just don’t sit right with modern audiences. You need look no further than the problematic portrayal of Fez. Fez (which stands for Foreign Exchange Student) never even gets a real name. His character is the butt of every racist joke you can think of. 

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
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Looking back on the once beloved Big Bang Theory feels like waking up in a cold sweat. We can’t believe how such a relatively modern show could be so overtly offensive. The behavior of characters like Howard and Leonard is appalling and certainly not something that should be deemed normal. Ultimately, the show is just an aggressive stereotype of nerd/geek culture that dangerously misrepresents Aspergers and makes it seem ok to objectify and belittle women. 

Friends

Friends
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One of the most popular US TV shows ever made, “Friends” has come under much scrutiny from its new generation of audiences. Its offensive, outdated humor, complete lack of diversity, frequent ridicule of homosexuality, and fat-phobic quips just don’t sit with modern viewers. The show lacks so little diversity that it reportedly took over nine years for them to introduce a black female character (with a full name and storyline) played by Aisha Tyler, guest-starring as Charlie Wheeler.  

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother
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This show didn’t even attempt to hide its explicit sexism. Characters like Barney and Ted seem to be openly misogynistic, with some of their actions verging on sexual assault. Barney has a penchant for belittling women and pitting them against each other, reveling in his blatant disregard for women throughout the show. In hindsight, it’s baffling to see how this show ever got the green light. 

Two And A Half Men

Two And A Half Men
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“Two and a Half Men” is perhaps reflective of the attitudes of the time. It may have been hugely popular, but it would never have gotten past the first pitch if it were made today. More recently, the sitcom has been referred to as “TV’s grossest show,” thanks to its offensive and vulgar ideas of sex. The show frequently depicted characters trying to deceive one another into sleeping together and openly discussing their premeditated intent. This kind of humor just isn’t tolerated by the younger generations.

I Dream Of Jeannie

I Dream Of Jeannie
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This vintage comedy, featuring an astronaut who discovers conveniently beautiful and submissive ‘Jeannie’ in a bottle, isn’t as amusing as it was in the 1960s. The fact that she refers to the astronaut as a ‘master’ fulfilling his every wish is problematic enough. Nowadays, little about the show feels amusing or entertaining, and with the benefit of hindsight, the show makes for a pretty uncomfortable watch. 

Family Guy

Family Guy
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It is genuinely baffling how Familiy Guy has had such a long run. To give it credit, the show has managed to offend almost every possible person or group in the world. From anti-semitism, Islamophobia, and homophobia to general sexism, you could say it was pretty inclusive. Aside from its obvious intent to offend, the show is just poorly written. The jokes are neither funny nor clever and have become even less so with time. It’s too focused on ‘shock comedy’ that it just feels repetitive.  

Growing Pains

Growing Pains
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Looking back on this 80s classic, it isn’t as enjoyable as you would have thought. The show lacks any substance and is just a depiction of almost every outdated and offensive stereotype out there. With an obvious lack of diversity and the use of homophobia and sexism to make thoughtless jokes, there is no surprise that the show has come under fire from the woke brigade. 

Ugly Betty

Scene from Ugly Betty
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Rewatching Ugly Betty makes for a very uncomfortable experience. The show seemed to think that by casting a Latin American actress, they’d given themself the green light to torture her character with belligerent, fat-phobic, racist, and sexist abuse. The thing that makes it worse is that the actress who played Betty was neither ugly nor fat. The show just perpetuated unhealthy stereotypes that continue to be placed on women today.

2 Broke Girls

2 Broke Girls
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The show is packed full of cheap, easy jokes that perpetuate racist stereotypes and capitalize on sexually charged humor. Its depiction of its characters reinforces negative tropes rather than challenges them. Not to mention, the lack of character development fails to resonate with a modern audience. Its offensive elements and racist formulaic humor are just disappointing. 

America’s Next Top Model

America’s Next Top Model
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From drastic haircuts, blatant gaslighting, breaking teeth, and fat-shaming to straight-up blackface, America’s Next Top Model is one of the most problematic shows of the century. A genuinely deranged show; it’s terrifying to think that someone gave it the green light. The now infamous program seemed to have a chokehold over its early 2000s viewers. From forcing its contestants to pose in shallow graves to the constant ‘psychological warfare’ they faced, the show was criticized for endangering its contestants for the sake of boosting the ratings. As a result, many contestants have accused the show of traumatizing them for life. 

Glee

Glee
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Pitched as an inclusive, progressive, and entertaining commentary on teenhood, ​​Glee started strong.  With relatable characters and catchy musical covers, the show was initially lauded for depicting the highs and lows of high school. However, the development of confusing plots and inconsistent character development, coupled with virtue signaling and controversy, left many in the woke community grateful for its downfall.

Californication

Californication
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This bizarre show seemed to focus on some weird male fantasy filled with inappropriate and explicit content. The show often glamorized a hedonistic lifestyle, depicting the protagonist, Hank Moody, as a lustful, womanizing, and substance-abusing writer. The show is inherently misogynistic, continuously treating women as mere objects of desire. In some weird twisted role reversal, what was even weirder was his young daughter acting as his carer while Moody took on the role of the child. 

Sex And The City

Sex And The City
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This show has aged spectacularly badly. Not only is Carrie now seen for what an awful, judgemental, and outright prejudiced person she is, but the show has been exposed for its lack of diversity and reinforcement of archaic and offensive stereotypes.  

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
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From body shaming to woman shaming, One Tree Hill is pretty uncomfortable to watch these days. The show seems to be built on enforcing harmful stereotypes and misogynist quips. The pitting of all the female characters against each other to compete over a man is also a tedious and outright unimaginative plot that is just not acceptable anymore. 

Saved By The Bell

Saved By The Bell
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This may have been a hit back in the day, but some genuinely creepy and uncomfortable moments somehow went unnoticed. In one episode, there’s a genuinely perverted moment where the characters spy on the girls’ changing rooms and take voyeuristic pictures! Not only is this illegal on many levels, but it’s also wholly inappropriate to show in a kid’s TV show. It makes you wonder what kind of people were approving this content. 

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl
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From sexual assault to the glamorization of toxic relationships and substance abuse, the show would have been an absolute car crash if it was released today. With its clear lack of diversity and representation of harmful stereotypes and values, it’s astonishing the show was ever allowed to air. 

All a Product of the Time?

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Hindsight may be wonderful, but it seems to have a habit of ruining all your favorite childhood shows. Nothing like the passing of time to highlight how much societal values have changed or the belligerence of the woke community to point out all the pitfalls of prejudice from your favorite shows. 

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