• Workplace Sex Hijinks on NBC’s Superstore

    by  • November 8, 2017 • NBC, Sex • 1 Comment


    Hollywood’s history of sexual harassment carries over into its “entertainment” programming. 


    Given the explosion of workplace sexual harassment claims currently erupting in Hollywood, it is the height of hypocrisy for the entertainment industry to portray grossly inappropriate sexual contact in the workplace as humorous…yet that’s exactly what occurred on the Thursday, November 2nd episode of NBC’s Superstore.

    In the episode, store manager Glenn discovers an odd-looking mole on his genitals. Naturally, his reaction is to display his genitals to his assistant manager, Dina. (Dina helpfully sneers, “There’s nothing you could possibly have going on with your junk that would faze me.” While viewing Glenn’s penis, she remarks ,“Your ability to remain un-erect is really impressive.”) Dina then takes a photo of Glenn’s genitals to send to her dermatologist — with co-worker Garrett entering the room while all this is going on.

    NBC airs Superstore at the very beginning of the Family Hour, 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, 7 pm Central/Mountain.  It rated this episode TV-14 DL, meaning that according to NBC, the show was appropriate for 14 year olds, and contained sexual dialogue, but no actual sexual content (in spite of the scenes showing blurred genitalia).

    Of course, in reality any store manager who exposed himself to his staff would be fired instantly, and would be lucky not to face legal action. But as America is learning, that’s not the way it works in Hollywood, where sexual harassment is commonplace. In fact, as Superstore demonstrates, those in Hollywood think sexual harassment is something to be laughed about. Given the lawsuits piling up in Tinseltown, maybe someday those responsible for creating “entertainment” will realize that most of the country doesn’t consider workplace sexual harassment a joke.





    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.

    One Response to Workplace Sex Hijinks on NBC’s Superstore

    1. Maaz Kalim
      March 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I can’t believe I’m saying this…!!! But: I. Couldn’t. Agree. More!!!

      “Sexual Harassment” ain’t no joke. Period. BTW, you understand that his “genitalia” wasn’t actually his but merely a prop. Nevertheless, I’m not contending that since implication is what matters in fiction.

      I’m surprised that this blog didn’t cover a “Valentine’s Day Special” episode in which an aged-lady complains about her bosses which is made fun of. Not just that, it’s then justified by the view of Christian conservative who used to harass her then-love-interest-now-turned-wife to marry him every single day of an year and lastly, whined to his father who threatened to sack her if she didn’t accept his son’s marriage proposal and now, they’re “happily married.”

      If PTC® is so neutral about protecting children, why that hesitation/oversight??

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