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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:14 PM
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Why were the beds separated in most sitcoms in the 50s?
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:22 PM
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1. That's only kind of the answer.
The real answer is it was an FCC regulation since people in the same bed inferred obscenity.

Quaint, ain't it?

Lucy and Desi got away with having htier beds pushed up next to each other as long as when the beds were shown they displayed separate coverings/sheets/sleeping placement.

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In the 1950s, as today, the FCC also prohibited "obscene and indecent" material. Programming is considered obscene if "the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material appeals to the prurient interest; that the material describes or depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive manner; or taken as whole, the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value." Indecent programming was defined as "patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium and describes sexual or excretory activities and organs." Obscene programming was prohibited at all times in the 1950s, but "indecent" programming was allowed at certain times, typically after hours when children went to bed. The meaning of "indecent" has tended to change over time. In the 1950s, for example, TV programmers would not show a married couple sharing a bed. Married couples, in 1950s TV-land, slept in separate beds. The subject of indecent programming is still unsettled, as any listener of drive-time commercial radio knows.
http://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/20thcentury/regulatingtel...


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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:28 PM
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2. Because the kids were always the product of the wife and the milkman or postman.
The father was always working when he wasn't reading a paper and smoking a pipe, so the lonely women flocked to these drive-by gigolos.

It would have been obscene to show the woman in bed with someone other than the father of her children, thus the husband and wife slept in separate beds.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:32 PM
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4. !
:spray: :rofl: :rofl:

Certainly a possibility; the media alone can never tell the full story and the 1950s are wrongfully romanticized despite the economy of the time.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:48 PM
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5. The father was usually gay too.
He only slept with men in the closet.
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gblady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:32 PM
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3. sex did not exist...
in the 50's...
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:09 PM
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7. That was so due to pressure from the Southern Baptist Convention.
They were afraid that sex would lead to dancing.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 12:50 PM
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6. So they would have a dry one to sleep on after the hot wet sex.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:19 PM
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8. Mr. Hays (Hayes) ruled the roost in Hollywood as to what was PG, etc..
The sitcoms in the 50s all had twin beds and my brother and I used to laugh all the time over it...
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:22 PM
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9. Because no one had sex
Everyone knows the stork delivered babies. The 60's invented fucking. Sheesh.
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Ivan Sputnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:44 PM
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10. First show to show a shared bed
by man and wife was The Flintstones, I think. All hell did not break loose.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 04:53 PM
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11. Single sex double bed action from 1934!
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