Video: Where Are the Censors?

A titillating fall raises questions about network standards

Explicit sex! Full frontal nudity! Rampant blood and gore! No, network TV still does not allow such things into the American home. But ABC, CBS and NBC have grabbed viewers' attention this fall with a surprising amount of racy material and have prompted new questions about whether network standards of "good taste" are starting to crumble.

NBC's political thriller Favorite Son sparked a minor furor with suggestive scenes of bondage and other kinky sex. Geraldo Rivera put a few noses out of joint with his grisly NBC special on satanic cults. Male strippers flaunted their pecs and pelvises in the ABC...

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