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Although I can't think of other examples right now, I noticed while re-watching The Office that the characters started cussing more and more as the series progressed.

For the first few seasons the language was more so than not PG rated, but, around season 4 and 5, and definitely in season 6 (when Michael drives into a pond) they start cussing more frequently and more extremely (even dropping the f-bomb). And then, once Michael leaves, they REALLY start cussing (with Angela even saying f***!).

I really do feel like other TV series have also exhibited this behavior, and if I think of them I'll make an edit.

So, why is this the case?

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  • Maybe they get more confidence with time – Ankit Sharma Dec 12 '18 at 6:00
  • with Ankit's reason, plus with that confidence, maybe they try to attract a larger audience from targeted age group. or it's because show is growing. (something like kids wont cuss, but when they grow up, they tend to do so). Or broadcasting network allows it after sometime passed for the show – Vishwa Dec 12 '18 at 7:28
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    "I really do feel like other TV series have also exhibited this behavior" Unless you can back this up with numbers, this is waaay too broad a claim. Considering that "nearly 500 scripted series aired on US TV in 2017": good luck with that. – BCdotWEB Dec 12 '18 at 10:49
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    Like any TV show, The Office changed over the seasons. There are staff changes, cultural changes, going well past the source material the show was originally based on, etc. – JMac Dec 12 '18 at 14:54

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