Back in the 1970's, there wasn't a lot of controversy on TV, with cable not even really a thing yet, and strict codes of conduct from the FCC and TV network censors. Then Saturday Night Live came along. It was irreverent to the max, crazy, and LIVE, so if the cast, or a show guest, did something over the top, nobody could stop it, or edit it out. Among the most talked about, and most controversial moments on the show (and you may even remember watching many of these): Chevy Chase playing an employer doing a job interview with Richard Pryor, where they're doing word association--see what happens when Chevy throws the N-word out for word association...there was, of course, the infamous night in 1992 when singer Sinead O'Connor, trying to protest the Catholic Church's inaction over child abuse, ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II... both viewers and SNL cast and crew were outraged, and O'Connor's career was never the same. And in 1988, when the FCC relaxed the types of words that were allowed to be used on the air late-night, young SNL writer Conan O'Brien took the opportunity to write a skit where male members of a nudist camp say and sing the word "penis" 40 times....those and many more outrageous SNL moments, including video, here.