- In 1975 KNTV
in San Jose, California (an ABC affiliate)
became the first U.S. Station to run a condom
commercial for Trojan condoms. The spot aired
despite a ban on commercials with
contraceptives, per the National Association of
Broadcasters. Due to the outcry from the public,
the ad was "pulled out."
The award-winning police drama CAGNEY &
LACEY/CBS/1982-88 was the first show to ever
incorporate a condom scene. During one episode,
when Detective Mary Beth Lacey (Tyne Daly) young
son Harvey Jr. (Tony La Torre) learns her son is
going on his first date, she opened a drawer,
pulled out a condom, and gave it to her son.
In a later episode, Mary Beth's partner
Christine Cagney (Sharon Gless) reunited with
her boyfriend but warns him that she will not
have sex unless he uses a condom.
In January 1987, San Francisco station
KRON-TV becomes the first major market TV
station in the U.S. to air a condom commercial.
On a February, 1987 episode entitled "Bad
Timing" on the sitcom THE HOGAN
FAMILY/NBC/CBS/1986-90 the word "condom" was
used for the first time in a sitcom script.
In the summer of 1989 four San Antonio TV
stations ran six weeks of trial commercials
featuring an oral contraceptive manufactured by
a Texas Company called Lexis Pharmaceuticals.
John Bryer, Chief Executive of Lexis said in a
TV Guide interview "It was the first time
ever, anywhere, that an oral contraceptive was
advertised on television."
During the 11/13/91 installment of THE
TONIGHT SHOW host Johnny Carson remarked in his
opening monologue that the FOX Network announced
they would broadcast condom commercials in the
near future. Carson questioned their decision
wondering if it was "wise to advertise something
that could eliminate your next generation of
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