/// FCC Complaints Never Fail to Disappoint

January 1, 2014  |  Media Week

CBS may clean up with its prime-time comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission is any indication, many Americans would like to wash the network’s mouth out with soap. According to documents unearthed by the Government Attic website via the Freedom of Information Act, the CBS comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men have generated reams of informal FCC complaints, the majority of which have to do with viewers’ concerns with sexual innuendo and coarse language. Between Sept. 2011 and Dec. 2013, 2 Broke Girls was the subject of at least 91 informal complaints to the FCC , while Two and a Half Men, over a four-year span (2009-2013), garnered 98 complaints. While much of the criticism is justified—both prime-time series traffic in crude, single-entendre jokes about genitalia and their various manipulations/intersections—some of the written communiqu

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