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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'The Office' ('Diversity Day,' 2005)

If the goal of the American cover version of The Office was to immediately distinguish their show from its iconic UK forebear, the inaugural season's second episode — "Diversity Day" — was a nervy salvo. At the outset of an unbearably misguided afternoon of tolerance training, the perpetually misguided boss Michael Scott sets the bar sky-high for insensitivity with his muted riff on Chris Rock's "Black People vs. N----s" bit. This cringe-comedy moment would only be the first of many, many uncomfortable social interactions involving Steve Carell's character over his seven-season tenure on the series — nor would it be the last one necessitating ear muffs.

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