In the 1960s, ABC’s The Untouchables won Emmys, was hugely popular, and was also investigated by Congress. The show was met with two major camps of opponents: Italian-Americans upset about stereotyping and government and law enforcement groups upset about the show’s depiction of violent crime. This article tells the story of these protestors, their tactics, and the precedents they set for reforming American television content.
Chapter 10 in Beyond Blaxploitation, Gerald Butters and Novotny Lawrence, eds. (Wayne State Univ Press, 2016)
Article for Italian-American Review