This didn’t happen overnight. It was a very gradual poisoning.
1950s - 1960s No sex or drugs or profanity. TV stations had what was called a “Standards and Practices” department. A man would appear on TV to tell you that this department watched everything on TV to make sure it was suitable for the whole family.
1970s Sex gets talked about on All in the Family.
Meanwhile, abortion is legalized and so-called Adult Bookstores start appearing all over the country.
1980s Cable because people need “choices.” Porn ends up in hotels and motels. Sue Ellen on Dallas drinking and driving, and JR. More sexual innuendo and suggested acts of fornication.
Meanwhile, No-Fault Divorce completes its sweep of the country.
1990s ABC decides its time for profanity and partial nudity on NYPD Blue. Shock jocks appear on the radio spewing filth. And, of course, the internet becomes another outlet for porn.
2000s Into the abyss. People have forgotten how far they’ve gone from the truth. So-called comedians are cussing and swearing and denigrating and spewing endless sex jokes. George Carlin, Lewis Black, Chris Rock…
The TV character template is ultra-dysfunctional from Desperate Perverts (Housewives) to Two and a Half Perverts (Men). Everything is about sex, sex, sex, and oh, did I mention profanity?
Tossed the TV. Will never get satellite or cable.