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Sex and intimacy on television has long been a fought over topic in our society For years the FCC and theMPAA have censored any content they deem sexually orverbally explicit from our viewing and as we knowtelevision is one of the largest influences on ourculture ever artificially created Still though sexand intimacy seep through the cracks of the system and During the early days of television sexualsituations were rare and intimate moments were few andfar between On I Love Lucy the Ricardos were noexception Lucy and Ricky rarely touched each otherfor any reason other than a quick embrace or in afriendly manner Their contact was nothing like theway we now expect a husband and wife to interact Andas you may know they slept in separate beds whichhas also been a topic of great discussion While ofcourse married couples at the time almost withoutexception shared the same bed television producersthought displaying this implied sexual contact whichwas of course a big no-no in the mid-fifties The Bradys were slightly more liberal aboutintimacy This is most likely attributed to the factthat the show ran from 1969 to 1974 during which oursociety was still going through an enormous shift inits value system Contrary to rumors Mike and CarolBrady were not the first married couple on televisionto share a bed the Munsters had done that alreadyThere were also segments during some episodes whichshowed Carol and Mike in bed together discussing thedays events and usually they would conclude by kissingeach other good night and going to sleep Kissingbetween them was also not that big of an issue theydid it frequently and without hesitation as a sign theyloved each other as most couples on televisionbefore were unable to express physically Again thistype of activity contained sexual innuendos but as Isaid our culture was already fairly comfortable withthis And besides the fact that they had six childrenbetween them clearly implied some kind of intimacy forboth parents
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