11 Great Milestones in Televised Nudity

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

by Alex Heigl

The Parents Television Council has released their annual report about the state of American television, and (spoiler alert) things are terrible. Que escandalo! In tribute to their glorious anti-nipple jihad, we're taking a look back at some of the pioneers who made it possible for such debauchery to invade prime-time. (Please note, we're not including nudity as a result of on-air accidents, or anything suggestive of educational television. We're not monsters.)

1964: Gilligan's Island is cool with cleavage, less so with navels

The real battle on Gilligan's Island was fought in the hearts and loins of viewers and concerned Ginger and Mary Ann. But an equally vicious war waged behind the scenes over the amount of skin the pair could show. In the 1960s, the belly button was one of the prime battlegrounds of decency, and so despite Ginger's cleavage-baring outfits, she and Mary Ann were barred from showing their navels. Promo shots exist with navels bared, but on-air, there were a lot of high-waisted shorts and one-piece bathing suits on that extended three-hour tour.


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