Sometimes stupidity is greatness. Sometimes it is just sad. But you had to give it Richard Dawson, he came up with all sorts of creative ways to handle them. Maybe TV wasn't so innocent in the good ol' days.
Seriously, we in America ought to be ashamed of such things. And don't think the age of these makes them OK. The newer ones aren't much more encouraging. It's not hard to see what an anti-intellectual culture we are.