Among the most infamous of the theatrical shorts released by Warner Bros. in the mid 20th Century are what have become known as “The Censored Eleven”. When old theatrical cartoon series like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, or Popeye were syndicated for television, many of those cartoons censored lines or gags that had since fallen out of favor in a post-Civil Rights atmosphere. For example:
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During the first few seasons of The Simpsons, its biggest competition in building its ratings was the long-established, critically acclaimed veteran sitcom The Cosby Show. This pairing of these two mostly unrelated shows by TV Guide and other entertainment publications at the time was inspired by their high-ratings and critical praise.
Fast forward 25-ish years later. Interestingly enough, there are still comparisons to be made between Cosby and The Simpsons.
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