• Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Tosh.0 on Comedy Central

    by  • December 10, 2014 • Cable Choice, Worst Cable Show of the Week • 7 Comments

    A year-end celebration of Daniel Tosh’s utterly crass and tasteless, lowest-common-denominator “humor” explains why the Tuesday, December 2nd season finale of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 is the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.

    Tosh begins his gross-out porn and potty language rip-off of America’s Funniest Home Videos in typical style: “If Parkinson’s is so funny, how come The Michael J. Fox Show got cancelled? Everyone who says ‘laughter is the best medicine’ has never had morphine.” Tosh says this, by the way, in response to a woman who admits she has Parkinson’s. How delightful, mocking those with a painful disease.

    But Tosh is just getting warmed up. First, some obligatory racism (combined with graphic sexual commentary):

    Tosh: “Asians make the worst firefighters, because none of them can drive the truck.”

    [A fire extinguisher squirts into an Asian woman’s face.] “It always comes back to bukkake with them. What a hilarious story for her to think about later while her husband is talking.”

    Then, more gross-out material, as graphic footage of a boil being lanced and the pus squeezed out is played to Tosh’s commentary, “After six seasons, I thought I’d seen every bodily fluid. I bet you could use that as lip balm.”

    Then, we’re shown footage of a woman urinating on an escalator, and a pair of women with gigantic breasts, only the nipples blurred, massaging one another’s bosoms. Tosh: “It’s time for your daily dose of vitamin double-D. Look at the slice of bologna she calls an areola. I guess we’re about to watch the ‘Baby Do the Breast Milk’ Gallon Challenge.”

    Next, it’s time for some anti-religious bigotry – in this case, Mormon-bashing (made so fashionable by Tosh’s cohorts on Comedy Central, South Park’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Smith) in a story of a woman’s car being hit by a train:

    Tosh: “We’re in Utah, so it goes without saying that the suspect is white. Was she drinking that watered-down beer on a Sunday? Or worse, maybe she had some caffeine. Whatever she did, chances are it’s legal in every other state. [The car is hit by the train.] Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! Somebody just got her own planet. That officer’s going to need a clean pair of magic underwear…She’s survived by her husband, 20 children, and eight sister-wives. I’m kidding. She only had a broken arm – and for that, we thank Joseph Smith.”

    Then follows a compilation of Tosh using the (bleeped) f-word dozens of times: “You (bleeped f***ing) idiot. F**k me, I f**ked that up. Godd**n you! F**k me. F**k me. You f**king…”

    After a break, Tosh recaps 2014, with a river of gratuitous insult “humor”:

    Tosh: “In 2014, the last original piece of Joan Rivers finally stopped working. We found out why Robin Williams was more comfortable wearing suspenders than a belt. Bruce Jenner completed his transformation into the second-hottest Kardashian sister. We learned that the reason Kids Say the Darndest Things is because they’re being grilled by a sexual predator. ESPN (bleeped f**ked) me right in the pussy. Honey Boo Boo molested her mom, or something. I wasn’t paying attention to that one.”

    Then, a long series of clips offered “highlights” of the season of Tosh.0 just past, including:

    • Tosh: “Can you see the outline of my penis through my pants?”
    • Man (to Tosh): “Take a dump on that floor, would’ya? Teach this asshole a lesson!”
    • Man (looking at Hustler): “Why don’t these women have hair on their privates? Are these children?”
    • Tosh is shown wearing a thong with a fake penis dangling from it, as he touches the genital region of a woman wearing a “Skank Tank” around her crotch.
    • A man is shown performing oral sex on a woman, while in a drive-thru lane of a fast-food restaurant. Tosh (as restaurant employee): “I’m surprised you’re still hungry.”
    • Hospitalized woman: “You’ve gotta do everything at least once.”Tosh: “What about double-penetration anal?”
    • “Retired Army Commander William Donley”: “Chris was a natural-born leader…and a big fan of titties.”

    Tosh bellows at a well-endowed woman in a bikini: “You gross mother  (bleeped f**ker)!    You disgust me!”

    • Seated next to an attractive woman, Tosh runs a phone-in show.

    Tosh: “Next caller. Keep it clean, and don’t say a word about my wife!”

    caller: “Nice tits, bitch.”

    • Tosh is shown with his pants around his ankles, about to fellate a penis through a “glory hole.” Another penis in another hole appears ready to violate him anally. The penes are blurred.
    • Two naked men stand, fellating two other men who are seated on their shoulders. Crotches are blurred.
    • Two naked men are shown anally copulating in a crowded elevator as a group of clothed people look on.

    Much could be said about this tidal wave of ultra-graphic material, but three points in particular stand out:

    One: While Tosh would no doubt claim to be an “equal-opportunity offender,” the misogyny on display throughout his series is truly breathtaking, with women routinely called “bitch” and reduced to their breasts and genitals. What lessons are the teen- and twenty-something males this show undoubtedly attracts learning about how to treat women?

    Two: This episode was rated TV-14. In what universe are references to bukkake, “double-penetration anal,” “double-D cup areolas,” and graphic copulation appropriate for 14 year olds?

    And three: Given the fact that most of the show’s content would be utterly repugnant to most audience members, why is every cable and satellite subscriber in America FORCED to subsidize this filth?

    Sadly, it is all too likely that the sex-obsessed, potty-mouthed, bigoted woman-hater Daniel Tosh’s show will return again next year. But for now, we can at least celebrate the fact that it’s over for this year. In gratitude for that fact, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 is hereby declared the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.

     

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    7 Responses to Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Tosh.0 on Comedy Central

    1. mikurotoro
      December 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      my dad watches this show & i can’t even stand it it’s way too dirty even for me! his “humor” is nothing more than talking about private parts! he needs to be taken off of TV u guys at the PTC need to get him removed!

      • Jonathan
        December 16, 2014 at 7:34 am

        So mikurotoro because you don’t like the show it should be taken off TV? There are people who like Tosh and by taking it off the air would be stopping people who do like it to not be able to watch it.

      • Moax429
        December 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Seconded, mikurotoro!

        Let’s hope Cable Choice – so we *won’t* have to pay for trash like this we don’t even watch but are *forced* to pay for- becomes a *reality!*

    2. Brian Jones
      January 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Look, this is part of living in a free country. You can’t take away freedoms just because YOU don’t agree with them. Don’t like it, change the channel, don’t want your 14 year old to watch, don’t let him. You can’t sensor television simply because your not a good enough parent to prevent your child from watching it and you cant censor everything you don’t agree with. Is this show suitable for kids..no. should it be off the air because it offends you? NO! You have the freedom to turn it off as easily as I have the freedom to turn it on.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        January 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

        Brian,

        I don’t see anywhere in that column where I said Tosh or Comedy Central don’t have the right to air their filth. I don’t see anywhere I’m saying Tosh should be denied his freedom of speech. I don’t see anywhere I’m calling for censorship. You’re making phony accusations based on things I never said.

        What I did say was:
        1) Many people don’t appreciate this show and find it offensive;
        2) Those people should not be forced to subsidize it through cable bundling;
        3) The program should have been rated appropriate for mature viewers, not 14 year olds.

        Yes, Tosh has a right to say whatever he wants, and Comedy Central has a right to show it. Tosh does NOT have a right to be free of criticism, and Comedy Central SHOULD not have the right to force people to pay for programs they never watch and don’t want.

        Criticizing someone isn’t “taking away freedoms.” Or are you “taking away” MY freedom by replying to my column?

        I have the right of free speech, too. I have the right to criticize Tosh and Comedy Central, just as you have the right to criticize me. And if I have the freedom to “just change the channel,” you have the freedom to just not read my column.

    3. February 15, 2015 at 1:57 am

      If you have such a problem with it block it or change the channel! It’s the 21st century there are hundreds of ways to block content you don’t want to see or hear. But no you have to bash a television show because you find it offensive. Again like I said it’s the 21st century and it’s on comedy central a network known for adult content, sure if they aired this on PBS I would join your cause but this is just nonsense lol relax and change the channel don’t go bashing a show because of YOUR problems with it cheese and rice!

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        February 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

        “Cheese and rice?”

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