This is a true story:
I was working on Murphy’s Law, a light-hearted detective series starring George Segal as an insurance investigator when I got this call from the network censor with notes on our script:
“You’ve got one of your characters calling another character a moron,” the censor said.
“You can’t do that,” he said. “We’ve approved ‘dolt,’‘dummy’ or ‘dink,’ as acceptable alternatives.”
“What’s wrong with calling somebody a moron?”
“You’ll offend all the morons in the audience,” he said.
I thought he was joking.
So I said, “Don’t worry, all the morons in the audience are watching Hunter.”
Three months later, Murphy’s Law was cancelled… and I got a job on Hunter.