The 1970s sure were a different time. Kids bought cigarettes for their parents, Jimmy Carter was elected President, and \u201cDisco Duck\u201d was a hit on the radio - all things that just wouldn\u2019t fly today. Over time what a society deems acceptable changes, and suddenly things that seemed alright forty-five years ago make you cringe in hindsight. This is especially true in the world of '70s sitcoms, where jokes that had you rolling on the floor in '73 now make your jaw drop. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vkDWjf_O35qk Today we\u2019re going to be looking at some of the best 1970s sitcoms that just wouldn\u2019t fly today. Let's check them out! 'Three\u2019s Company' THREE'S COMPANY, Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, 1977 - 1984. (c) ABC Television\/ Courtesy: Everett Collection. \u201cCome on knock on our door\u2026. We\u2019ve been waiting for you!!\u201d And who is it? It\u2019s\u2026. Offensive stereotypes! From the moment Three\u2019s Company premiered in 1977, the show was a massive hit for ABC that made John Ritter and Suzanne Somers into household names. The only problem? The show\u2019s whole premise wouldn\u2019t work today. First of all, the idea that a landlord would object to a single man living with two unwed women seems hopelessly outdated in this day and age. And then the fact that this hard-nosed landlord relents only when he realizes that Ritter\u2019s character is supposedly gay reeks of homophobia that wouldn\u2019t pass muster today. And speaking of homophobia, how does Ritter pretend to be gay? By breaking out every stereotype of an effeminate gay man that he can. And although Ritter puts in one heck of a comedic performance, I\u2019m not sure America would answer the door today.\u00a0 RELATED: Top 10 Decade Defining Movies: 1970s 'All in the Family' ALL IN THE FAMILY, from left: Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, Carroll O'Connor, 1971-79. \u00a9CBS\/Courtesy Everett Collection All in the Family was actually a fairly progressive show for its time. The hit sitcom tackled important social issues such as racism, abortion, and the war in Vietnam that other, safer shows wouldn\u2019t touch with a ten-foot pole. So why its inclusion on this list, you ask? Two words. Archie Bunker. Possibly the most loveable bigot in TV history. With quotes like, \u201cThey're wonderful people, they're lovely people ... but they are also coloured people,\u201d Bunker had some very, uh, outdated ideas about race. And while his daughter and son-in-law were voices of reason on the show, All in the Family never made it clear enough that Archie\u2019s bigoted ideas were unacceptable to be able to air today. And we can\u2019t talk about All in the Family without also mentioning... 'The Jeffersons' THE JEFFERSONS, from left: Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker, Paul Benedict, Isabel Sanford (front), Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Mike Evans (front), Ned Wertimer, Berlinda Tolbert, 1975-85. \u00a9CBS\/Courtesy Everett Collection The Jeffersons was the extremely successful spin-off of All in the Family that focused on the well-off Jefferson family after they\u2019ve been able to \u201cmove on up\u201d from working-class Queens to ritzy Manhattan. The show was one of the first to portray a prosperous African-American family, and like its predecessor tackled important subjects like suicide, alcoholism, and gun control. Unfortunately for its chances of being broadcast today, however, the show also had George Jefferson, who was basically the black Archie Bunker. From constantly threatening to punch his sister-in-law to racially abusing one of the first interracial couples to be shown on primetime TV, Jefferson was a walking, talking example of a character that just wouldn\u2019t fly in today\u2019s woke culture. The show was also liberal with the use of the \u201cN\u201d word, which probably wouldn\u2019t work on a primetime sitcom these days. 'I Dream of Jeannie' I DREAM OF JEANNIE, from left, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, 1965-70 \/ Everett Collection I know most of I Dream of Jeannie premiered in the '60s, but the show lasted until 1970 and became massively popular during syndication over the next decade, so it makes the cut! And cut is exactly what it would be if someone tried to air it today. And why might that be? Well, the show revolves around a very scantily clad genie who calls the man who rubs her lamp \u201cmaster\u201d and has to do what he says. Sounds like the invention of a TV studio run by a bunch of old creepy guys with minimal input from women. Oh, and the genie naturally falls in love with and marries the man, because as we all know, the master and, uh, \u201cservant,\u201d dynamic is one of the best ways to start a loving relationship.\u00a0 'The Dukes of Hazzard' THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, 1979-85. \u00a9 Warner Bros. Television \/ Courtesy: Everett Collection Ah man, not The Dukes of Hazzard, too. How could a show about two good ole' boys never meaning no harm be canceled by today\u2019s culture? Welp, it\u2019s pretty simple. The show\u2019s two main protagonists, the rascally Duke brothers, drive a souped-up Dodge Charger nicknamed The General Lee\u2014oof\u2014that has a massive Confederate flag painted on top. Like a 3 foot by foot flag. Yep, not gonna work these days. After the tragic church shooting in 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, and the accompanying backlash against the Confederate flag, there is no chance that a primetime sitcom would have that divisive symbol so prominently displayed. I mean, when even Wal-Mart stops selling something, you know that it\u2019s never going back on TV. 'The Brady Bunch' THE BRADY BUNCH, (back): Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Ann B. Davis, (center): Eve Plumb, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Maureen McCormick, (front): Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland, (Season 5), 1969-74 The Brady Bunch? The Brady Bunch?!?! How could The Brady Bunch possibly be on this list you say? The show about the union between two perfect, white families, with their adorable, white housekeeper, and eccentric, white neighbors, and\u2026. Oh. Oh, no. Because every single person in the show, even all of the kid\u2019s school friends, were white. And seeing as the show took place in a suburb of Los Angeles, a city famed for its diversity, something about that fact just seems wrong. While The Brady Bunch\u2019s underlying values of family, responsibility, and character-building would definitely find a home on TV today, modern audiences just wouldn\u2019t be able to accept the show\u2019s total lack of diversity. 'Mr. T and Tina' MR. T. AND TINA, Pat Morita, Susan Blanchard, 1976. \/ Everett Collection Mr. T and Tina seemed like a good idea at the time. A spinoff of the massively popular Welcome Back, Kotter that starred the supremely talented and eminently likable Pat Morita? That had one of the first predominantly Asian-American casts on TV? What could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Instead of being a progressive, barrier-breaking hit, Mr. T and Tina almost immediately descended into crude Asian stereotypes that are impressively cringe-worthy today. And not only would Mr. T and Tina not fly today, it didn\u2019t even fly back in the '70s, as viewers couldn\u2019t get over the show\u2019s awful stereotypes and the whole thing was canceled after five episodes.\u00a0 'The Black and White Minstrel Show' The Black & White Minstrel Show \/ BBC Now, this next TV show is more of a variety show than a sitcom, but I felt it was important to jump across the pond to see what was happening on TV in the UK during the '70s because, just, wow. From 1958-1978 one of the most popular TV shows on the BBC during prime-time was The Black and White Minstrel Show. And I know what you\u2019re thinking. The term minstrel show has to mean something different over there, because in the States a minstrel show was an awful form of entertainment originating in the early 1800s that had white performers decked out in blackface doing horribly racist impersonations of black people. But nope, a minstrel show in the UK is exactly the same, which means that up until 1978 families in England were sitting down to watch and laugh together at some pretty racist stuff. Stuff that wouldn\u2019t have flown in the US back then, let alone today.\u00a0 'Carter Country' CARTER COUNTRY, from left: Kene Holiday, producer and director Bud Yorkin, Victor French, 1977-1979. ph: Gene Trindle \/ TV Guide \/ \u00a9 ABC \/ Courtesy Everett Collection And lastly on our list, we have Carter Country, a show about a Black, city-educated cop who takes a job in a police department in the backwoods of Georgia. Basically a TV version of the fantastic Sidney Poitier movie In the Heat of the Night, Carter Country took that film\u2019s serious exploration of race relations in the south and attempted to make it funny, because, you know, racism. A lot of the show\u2019s plot points, such as one of the police officers openly belonging to the Ku Klux Klan and everyone just kind of shrugging at that fact, seem a bit out of place in a comedy. Carter Country tried to satirize racism and make it funny, but its heavy-handed approach would not go over well at all in today\u2019s climate. And there they are. Some of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s that probably would not fly today. Which of these shows do you remember? Did you love them? Do you think they actually aren\u2019t that bad? Let us know in the comments below, we read every one!