In 1975), the PBS National Geographic special Man: The Incredible Machine looked into parts of the human body and included in its opening scenes a fully nude woman in an artist's model pose; probably less for this than the innovative micro- and interior cinematography, this was for more than half a decade the most popular single program broadcast on the network.
The special-event miniseries, Roots on ABC, featured some partial nudity of its cast, usually fleetingly, but more so than other commercial network programming in the US in the 1970s.
Both Democrats and Coburn's fellow Republicans criticized Coburn for his reaction, and defended the film and NBC's choice to air it in full. After Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's breast during a live performance at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, a moral panic occurred, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tightened its indecency rules due to public pressure.
While fully exposed female breasts were never shown, the show often depicted full back nudity of men and women.
In 1997, NBC broadcast an unedited version of Steven Spielberg's Holocaust film Schindler's List in prime time.
CBS removed a shot of a naked man from Without a Trace, while NBC deleted a two-second shot of an elderly woman's breast from ER.
Subsequently, prime time television networks became more reluctant to show even non-explicit nudity in their TV shows.
Throughout the United States, many metropolitan areas had independent television stations that were not affiliated with any of the national networks and showed programming only to people within their limited broadcast range.
During the 1980s, many of these stations experimented with content containing frontal female nudity in movies during prime time.On the other hand, cable television has been much less constrained as far as nudity is concerned.The Public Broadcasting Service, which features nudity in anthropological documentaries as well as some films, was the first network to display national programming that featured frontal female nudity on television.The film features brief full-frontal nudity of both sexes in non-sexual contexts.Then-Congressman Tom Coburn criticized NBC's airing of the film for its nudity, violence and profanity.Dating Naked is an American reality series dating game show shown on VH1. Eva, the series debuted in July 2014, and ran through 2016.