There are many plot lines and events in old TV and movies that used to be socially acceptable but would now never make it on the screen. Anything on the air that generates the slightest bit of controversy now will consistently make the news, and the stuff that went down in these famous films and TV shows would never make the final cut today.
1. American Pie
One of the most famous scenes from American Pie is when they secretly use a webcam to tape the gorgeous international exchange student as the main character Jim tries to seduce her. Somehow no one found this odd in 1999, but we now know from Hulk Hogan suing Gawker that it's a very big deal indeed.
2. General Hospital
This soap opera's most-watched episode was when a character named Laura fell in love with and married a man that once raped her. You read that correctly: the plot line for this soap opera had a woman fall in love with and marry a man that once raped her. The rape episode aired in 1979, and the wedding aired in 1981.
3. Tiny Toons
In the episode of Tiny Toons called "One Beer," a young Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck get drunk, steal a cop car, then accidentally drive it off a cliff, killing themselves. Technically, the episode was supposed to be a PSA warning kids against the dangers of drunk driving. They probably could've just opted for a short message after a regular episode.
4. Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live has of course never shied away from controversy, but the "Word Association" sketch in 1975 had Chevy Chase say the n-word in front of the late legend Richard Pryor. The structure of the sketch ultimately made Pryor the more powerful character, but there's still no way it could be on SNL today.
5. The Bad News Bears
This 1976 movie is about a misfit little league team coached by an adult misfit. When a girl is added to the roster, the most foul-mouthed team member laments that they've now added a female along with every other creed and ethnicity (and names them all with racial slurs). Incidentally, this was a PG-rated movie in 1976.
6. Diff'rent Strokes
The "Bicycle Man" episode was meant to be a PSA warning against creepy adult predators. They devoted an entire episode to it, complete with a laugh track. So when the creepy old guy casually breaks out a porno mag and later some nude Polaroids of himself for two young boys, there's a laugh track behind their reactions. Once again, a short PSA following a regular episode would have sufficed.
7. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
In this 1983 episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, he decided to educate kids about the light topic of a nuclear arms race during the Cold War. Representing the United States and the former Soviet Union were King Friday and Corny the Beaver, who became obsessed with having the most bombs for their respective kingdoms.
8. Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap was a science fiction show that ran on NBC from 1989-1993. The premise was that a physicist leaps through spacetime after a failed experiment in time travel, temporarily taking the place of other people in history in order to correct mistakes of the past. The show had him take the place of women, people of different races, and in one particular episode, someone who was mentally challenged. The intent of the episode (and the entire series) was to be socially accepting and progressive, but it would be a tough sell on TV today.
Sexual assault, racism, voyeurism, drunk driving, nuclear war—all were classic plot lines for wholesome family viewing in the 70s and 80s. Keep these in mind when everyone gets flustered over the inevitable and terrible things that will happen to characters on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.