What the Bleep: 10 Memorable Moments in Sitcom Swearing

We look back at some of the landmark bad language and fuzzed-out f-bombs dropped over two decades of primetime comedies

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'Arrested Development' ('Bringing Up Buster,' 2003)

Mitch Hurwitz's celebrated dysfunctional meta-sitcom left no witty wordplay unexploited or linguistic acrobatic unperformed. Network standards about the odd "fuck" or "shit" only offered more sources for mischief — and, in the case of one scene involving the Peter Pan-ish mama's boy Buster Bluth, pure comedy gold. When his siblings air frustrations about their manipulative mom, Buster surprisingly chimes in. Mistakenly, they encourage him, which leads to a single, prolonged beep (itself a funny upending of the cliché) that finally, mercifully ends with one discernible phrase: "You old horny slut!" And unlike his regretful brothers and sister, Fox's censoring allowed us to preserve some memory of Buster's innocence.

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