Kissing (in General) - Call it locking lips,
sucking face or just smooching, the popular
practice of kissing manifests itself regularly
on Television. Sometimes it just a peck on the
cheek, sometimes it a passionate smashing of the
lips, and sometimes its a friendly encounter
underneath the mistletoe, but whatever and
whenever, TV script writers frequently fall back
on this age old act to entertain and titillate
A kiss beneath the
mistletoe on BONES
was like kissing my brother.
You must really like your brother.
-- Christmas Episode of Bones
The topic of kissing was
discussed on the NBC sitcom FRIENDS when
Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) said "Yeah. I
think for us, kissing is pretty much an opening
act. You know. I mean, it's like the comedian
you have to sit through before Pink Floyd comes
out. His friend Ross Geller (David Schwinner)
interjected "And it's not that we don't like the
comedian. It's just that's not why we bought the
ticket." Their friend Joey Tribbiani's (Matt
LeBlanc) take on kissing was "You don't kiss
your friend's mom. Sisters are okay, maybe a hot
looking aunt, but not a mom, never a mom!"
Although popular with most TV characters,
kissing had its naysayers. On the teenage sitcom
THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS, egghead Zelda
Gilroy (Sheila James) told Beatnik Maynard G.
Krebs (Bob Denver) to "kiss her" or she would
"break his neck." Maynard cried "Break my neck.
Break my neck!"
And, on the sitcom GILLIGAN'S ISLAND the
Professor (Russell Johnson) informed fellow
castaway, Ginger Grant (Tina Louise): "Kissing
on the mouth is far from sanitary. It can lead
to all sorts of bacterial transfer." Ginger
responded "You certainly make a kiss sound
romantic. Like some sort of germ warfare."
In the days of stricter censorship,
kissing was sometimes a no-no. On the first
episode of the 1960s sci-fi series LOST IN SPACE
astrophysicist John Robinson (Guy Williams) gave
his wife Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart) a
"father/mother kiss" as he placed her in a
stasis tube before their long trip into outer
Unfortunately, the executives at CBS sent a
message down to the program's director to
eliminate all kissing between these two
characters because such demonstrative show of
affection embarrassed the children watching the
program. So for the rest of the series, John and
Maureen could only look longingly at each other.
NICKNAMES- "The Most Kissed Man In America"
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