Warning: This Blurb Contains Jaded Cynicism

Ever since the FCC “decency” crackdown began, US television networks have been slamming disclaimers on any program containing even mildly profane content or innuendo. Even PBS’s award-winning documentary series, “Frontline,” has run with disclaimers about language and content. What’s the point? Well, obviously, the disclaimers give the networks a bit of plausible deniability if the FCC comes calling, but more importantly, studies have consistently shown that viewers want racy, controversial programming, and the disclaimer might even cause a few pairs of eyes to stay tuned.