History Bowdlerise / LiveActionTV

13th Feb '17 3:13:02 AM Dark_Lord_
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** As ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' wore on the violence was downplayed to appease MoralGuardians complaining about the violence by the third season the Rangers were fighting mooks with less imitable ninja tricks as opposed to more bare fistcuffs of the first two seasons.
** Zigzagged in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''. While the series has some Bowdlerization, it can also get a lot darker compared to its source material ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''. The only really notable Bowdlerization done on the replacement of Shelinda, who was dressed in nothing more than an armored bikini, with the more modestly designed Trakeena. But the inverse comes from the fact that ''Gingaman'' felt like a light hearted fantasy series, while ''Lost Galaxy'' was more a DarkerAndEdgier space opera, with a much higher body count Gingaman ever had.

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** The first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is a heavily Bowdlerized version of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', its source material. ''Zyuranger'' featured things like religious references[[note]]The rangers' giant robot was implied to be God, while the BiggerBad was explicitly called Satan.[[/note]], children in mortal peril and even the death of one of the main characters. ''Mighty Morphin Power Rangers'' removed all of this and went for the much simpler "heroic high-schoolers save the world" formula.
** As ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' wore on the violence was downplayed to appease MoralGuardians complaining about the violence by the third season the Rangers were fighting mooks with less imitable ninja tricks as opposed to more bare fistcuffs fisticuffs of the first two seasons.
** Zigzagged in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''. While the series has some Bowdlerization, it can also get a lot darker compared to its source material ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''. The only really notable Bowdlerization done on was the replacement of ''Gingaman'' villain Shelinda, who was dressed in nothing more than an armored bikini, with the more modestly designed Trakeena. But the inverse comes from the fact that ''Gingaman'' felt like a light hearted fantasy series, while ''Lost Galaxy'' was more a DarkerAndEdgier space opera, with a much higher body count Gingaman ever had.
25th Jan '17 12:19:03 AM Doug86
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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall is recapping a vulgar conversation with his boss regarding another company that has done a lot of environmental damage. Lily reminds him that she is pregnant and wants him to censor himself so the child won't hear vulgar language. Marshall then recaps his story, replacing the raunchy words he said at work with clean ones (i.e, "grab them by their big sweaty ''hands'', "sons of ''mothers''", etc). Barney notes the scene is like watching ''TheBreakfastClub'' [[TakeThat on TBS.]] Also, there are things Ted isn't prepared to tell his kids. E.g. in a flashback to their college days, Marshall was obviously smoking a joint, but what we get to see is Marshall enjoying a sandwich in his dorm room, giggling as he does so, and hiding the sandwich under some papers when he thinks the Dean is going to visit. Ted also self-censors [[CountryMatters certain words]] and replaces them with more innocent substitutions like "grinch" and "fudge".

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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall is recapping a vulgar conversation with his boss regarding another company that has done a lot of environmental damage. Lily reminds him that she is pregnant and wants him to censor himself so the child won't hear vulgar language. Marshall then recaps his story, replacing the raunchy words he said at work with clean ones (i.e, "grab them by their big sweaty ''hands'', "sons of ''mothers''", etc). Barney notes the scene is like watching ''TheBreakfastClub'' ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' [[TakeThat on TBS.]] Also, there are things Ted isn't prepared to tell his kids. E.g. in a flashback to their college days, Marshall was obviously smoking a joint, but what we get to see is Marshall enjoying a sandwich in his dorm room, giggling as he does so, and hiding the sandwich under some papers when he thinks the Dean is going to visit. Ted also self-censors [[CountryMatters certain words]] and replaces them with more innocent substitutions like "grinch" and "fudge".
20th Jan '17 4:08:43 AM Dark_Lord_
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* As MightyMorphinPowerRangers wore on the violence was downplayed to appease MoralGuardians complaining about the violence by the third season the Rangers were fighting mooks with less imitable ninja tricks as opposed to more bare fistcuffs of the first two seasons. Later seasons would also do what ever they could to avoid imitable violence especially by the Disney era.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' most scenes referencing death from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' are altered. In "Deal with a Nighlok" the boy wishes his father back from Afghanistan where as in ''Shinkenger'' the boy wanted his dead grandfather back. In "The Blue and The Gold" the Nighlok were going to butcher toys; in ''Shinkenger'' it's young women instead. In "The Bullzord" Cody lives with his father; in ''Shinkenger'' the boy Hiro lived with his Grandfather since his parents were killed in a rockslide likely caused by The Ushi Origami.
*** Also in ''Samurai'', Master Xandred regularly drinks medicine instead of sake (rice wine) as in ''Shinkenger''. See FrothyMugsOfWater.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' frequently gets Bowdlerized when compared to its Japanese source material ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. Most edits are done to make Power Rangers appear less violent compared to Super Sentai. This is mostly done by, among other things, cutting kicks and punches to someones head, make the characters imply that a building that's being destroyed was in fact empty and by making enemies less threatening overall.
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As MightyMorphinPowerRangers ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' wore on the violence was downplayed to appease MoralGuardians complaining about the violence by the third season the Rangers were fighting mooks with less imitable ninja tricks as opposed to more bare fistcuffs of the first two seasons. Later seasons would seasons.
** Zigzagged in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''. While the series has some Bowdlerization, it can
also do what get a lot darker compared to its source material ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''. The only really notable Bowdlerization done on the replacement of Shelinda, who was dressed in nothing more than an armored bikini, with the more modestly designed Trakeena. But the inverse comes from the fact that ''Gingaman'' felt like a light hearted fantasy series, while ''Lost Galaxy'' was more a DarkerAndEdgier space opera, with a much higher body count Gingaman ever they could to avoid imitable violence had.
** The Disney Era of the franchise was
especially notable for this. The showrunners edited physical projectiles, like bullets or shurikens, to look like lasers and made fight scenes look more like dance routines with random explosions in the background. They also went to great lengths to desexualize female villains with visible breasts in their designs, despite said designs not even featuring [[NippleAndDimed nipples]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', apart from being guilty of the "bullets to lasers" thing, also introduced Containment Cards. In both ''SPD'' and its source material ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' the MonstersOfTheWeek were intergalactic alien criminals. In the Japanese version they were outright executed on the spot
by the Disney era.
Rangers, after being deemed guilty by the intergalactic court. In ''SPD'', the monsters were shrunk and contained into datacards.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' most scenes referencing death from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' are altered. In "Deal with a Nighlok" the boy wishes his father back from Afghanistan where as in ''Shinkenger'' the boy wanted his dead grandfather back. In "The Blue and The Gold" the Nighlok were going to butcher toys; in ''Shinkenger'' it's young women instead. In "The Bullzord" Cody lives with his father; in ''Shinkenger'' the boy Hiro lived with his Grandfather since his parents were killed in a rockslide likely caused by The Ushi Origami.
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Origami. On the villainous side of things, in ''Samurai'', Master Xandred regularly drinks medicine instead of sake (rice wine) as in ''Shinkenger''. See FrothyMugsOfWater.
2nd Jan '17 12:25:16 PM skidoo23
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* For some reason that only [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]] would know, every airing of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Eleventh Hour'' on said channel cuts the change room scene. The only thing even close to nudity is MattSmith shirtless ''from the shoulders up''. This leaves audiences confused as to [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse where he got his tweed coat, shirt and bow tie from]].
** Proof that TropesAreNotBad: For their broadcast on the ABC in Australia, episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho'' had scenes deemed too scary or violent cut from the film. The Australian National Archive had kept the censored clips as proof that they had been removed. Because of this, many of these clips are the only footage of some of the show's various {{Missing Episode}}s (notably ''The Macra Terror'', ''The Highlanders'', ''The Smugglers'', and ''Fury from the Deep'').

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** The Canadian youth-oriented network YTV also edited ''Red Dwarf'' episodes for content, not just for language and innuendo, but also for vulgarity, such as a scene in "Parallel Universe" in which Lister burps a song melody. One episode, "Polymorph", never aired at all during the show's original run on YTV.
* For some reason that only [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]] would know, every airing of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Eleventh Hour'' on said channel cuts the change room scene. The only thing even close to nudity is MattSmith shirtless ''from the shoulders up''.up'', followed by a slightly suggestive reaction by Amy. This leaves audiences confused as to [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse where he got his tweed coat, shirt and bow tie from]].
** Proof that TropesAreNotBad: For their broadcast on the ABC in Australia, episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho'' had scenes deemed too scary or violent cut from the film. The Australian National Archive had kept the censored clips as proof that they had been removed. Because of this, many of these clips are the only footage of some of the show's various {{Missing Episode}}s (notably ''The Macra Terror'', ''The Highlanders'', ''The Smugglers'', and ''Fury from the Deep''). Sadly, this is not known to have applied to occasions where ''entire episodes'' were banned.


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* An unexpected averting: in 2016, the Canadian commercial network CTV sparked controversy by airing the first season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' in prime time, uncensored, sex scenes and all. (While fellow Canadian network CBC is known for airing sexually explicit programming in prime time, CTV generally does not.)
18th Oct '16 6:50:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the United Kingdom, there are "daytime edits" of American 1990s-to-early-to-mid-2000s sitcoms such as ''{{Friends}}'' and ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', in which invective and references to sex beyond DoubleEntendre levels is removed. Sitcoms from later eras, such as ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'' and ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', are also cut for language when shown in daytime slots.

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* In the United Kingdom, there are "daytime edits" of American 1990s-to-early-to-mid-2000s sitcoms such as ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', in which invective and references to sex beyond DoubleEntendre levels is removed. Sitcoms from later eras, such as ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'' and ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', are also cut for language when shown in daytime slots.
6th Sep '16 3:48:35 AM cwickham
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** ''Kryten'' as well, for lawyer-friendly purposes presumably, for the remastered and Dave edits. Rimmer describes a group of skeletons as having 'less meat on them than a Chicken [=McNugget=]'. The other versions remove the 'Mc' part from the speech but don't cover Barrie's lips.
*** Even versions of the episode shown years after its original airing had "[=McNugget=]" in that sentence. It was removed shortly after UsefulNotes/McDonalds successfully sued activists under the UK's much-more-liberal libel laws.

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** ''Kryten'' as well, for lawyer-friendly purposes presumably, for the remastered and Dave edits. presumably; Rimmer describes a group of skeletons as having 'less meat on them than a Chicken [=McNugget=]'. The other versions remove [=McNugget=]', but the 'Mc' part from sound is dipped on the speech but don't cover Barrie's lips.
*** Even versions of
"Mc" (this was around the episode shown years after its original airing had "[=McNugget=]" in that sentence. It was removed shortly after time UsefulNotes/McDonalds successfully sued activists under activists). The Remastered version (produced a decade later), however, restores the UK's much-more-liberal libel laws.missing sound to make the word fully audible (although the DVD and repeats use the original 1988 version, which still has the edit).
18th Aug '16 7:01:04 PM Tre
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* The UK version of SyFy airs daytime repeats of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', both of which have large portions of violence removed. The censors seem to take particular offense to violence against women and anything that could be construed as an "imitable, dangerous action or stunt," which when it comes to ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' is less than rational.

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* The UK version of SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} airs daytime repeats of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', both of which have large portions of violence removed. The censors seem to take particular offense to violence against women and anything that could be construed as an "imitable, dangerous action or stunt," which when it comes to ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' is less than rational.
9th Aug '16 12:48:47 AM Malvina
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** [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]] also get the scissors out for the Slayer in its 6:45pm slot, not always because of violence (in the episode "Hush" Buffy, Spike and Anya all had various hand gestures they made removed, which meant the opening titles of those episodes that included Spike's were also cut; language also fell victim, such as Spike's response to Buffy's query "What are you doing here? Five words or less" in "No Place Like Home"[[note]]("Out. For. A. Walk. Bitch." No prizes for guessing which word got snipped, thus ruining the moment)[[/note]]) - but they also have late night uncut repeats, which are uncut. When it was airing the show, Sky One also cut episodes in daytime slots for similar reasons.

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** [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]] also get the scissors out for the Slayer in its 6:45pm slot, not always because of violence (in the episode "Hush" Buffy, Spike and Anya all had various hand gestures they made removed, which meant the opening titles of those episodes that included Spike's were also cut; language also fell victim, such as Spike's response to Buffy's query "What are you doing here? Five words or less" in "No Place Like Home"[[note]]("Out. For. A. Walk. Bitch." No prizes for guessing which word got snipped, thus ruining the moment)[[/note]]) - but they also have late night uncut repeats, which are uncut. When it was airing the show, Sky One also cut episodes in daytime slots for similar reasons.
15th Jul '16 9:34:43 AM Pichu-kun
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* When the DisneyChannel aired reruns of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' several episodes in seasons 5-7 had to be edited because at that point the show wasn't really a kids show anymore and had more mature themes and suggestive content. Many sex references and instances of swearing were removed and at least three episodes were not shown at all due to their content, one that dealt with teen drinking and two that featured sexual situations and dialogue.

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* When the DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel aired reruns of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' several episodes in seasons 5-7 had to be edited because at that point the show wasn't really a kids show anymore and had more mature themes and suggestive content. Many sex references and instances of swearing were removed and at least three episodes were not shown at all due to their content, one that dealt with teen drinking and two that featured sexual situations and dialogue.



* {{Nickelodeon}} UK has trimmed the odd episode of ''Series/SamAndCat'':

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* {{Nickelodeon}} Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} UK has trimmed the odd episode of ''Series/SamAndCat'':


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* ''Detectives of Seonam Girls' High School'' contained the first lesbian kiss in a KoreanDrama. The scene has been cut on Creator/{{Netflix}}.
15th May '16 11:29:13 PM nombretomado
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** Weirdly, this isn't just a Channel 4 thing: UK versions of MarvelCinematicUniverse shows and movies tend to fall victim to this trope more often than most franchises, regardless of who's showing them. For example, UK cinematic showings of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' altered the shot which explicitly shows Coulson with Loki's blade piercing his chest - which, ironically, became an important plot point in ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' when the show began eighteen months later, and put a number of UK viewers on the wrong track for Coulson's resurrection mystery in the show. (Many believed that he'd never ''really'' died at all, due to seeing a less conclusive version of his death scene.)

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** Weirdly, this isn't just a Channel 4 thing: UK versions of MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse shows and movies tend to fall victim to this trope more often than most franchises, regardless of who's showing them. For example, UK cinematic showings of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' altered the shot which explicitly shows Coulson with Loki's blade piercing his chest - which, ironically, became an important plot point in ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' when the show began eighteen months later, and put a number of UK viewers on the wrong track for Coulson's resurrection mystery in the show. (Many believed that he'd never ''really'' died at all, due to seeing a less conclusive version of his death scene.)
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