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Dangerously Funny by David Bianculli
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Feb 13, 12

Read in February, 2012

While the content of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour seems tame by today's standards, in the late 1960s it was anything but. Tom and Dick Smothers were the only people on television directly satirizing politicians, the Vietnam War and racism, all the while pushing the envelope of broadcast standards with jokes about drug culture and censorship. Mastermind Tom had something to say a fought hard to say it, eventually losing his top-rated CBS show because the censors simply didn't want to deal with him anymore. It was a heavy price to pay and David Bianculli's expert pacing keeps the drama front and center.
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