A Brief History of Sex on TV

A Brief History of Sex on TV

In 1972, two decades after Lucy's not-pregnant pregnancy and just before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the title character of Maude, a spin-off of the groundbreaking series All in the Family, chose to have an abortion. Two decades after that, Murphy Brown drew the ire of Dan Quayle when its title character became a single mother.

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