Blame the fellas at the freakin' FCC
Every once in a while, a series will have an episode that eventually draws in some kind of controversy, for whatever reason - be it offensive to certain viewers, too risqué for standards of the time, a result of Executive Meddling
(this also includes if the episode or entire TV show becomes part of a lawsuit), or because a certain actor in the episode is suddenly part of a major legal controvery - and as a result, those episodes are pulled from the air, and very rarely, if ever, are seen in reruns, or syndication, ever again.
Depending on the popularity or cult following of the series, often these episodes still get some mileage, through tape tradings, or various posting on Internet video sharing sites such as YouTube
of Missing Episode
. If an episode is pulled from certain markets while remaining available elsewhere, it's a case of Banned in China
or (if it's for non-censorship reasons) No Export for You
. If an episode is rerun with parts cut (whether for content reasons or not), then it's Edited for Syndication
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- The first-season episode "Tentacool and Tentacruel" features an enraged Tentacruel wrecking havoc on a large city in an act of revenge against construction crews destroying the Tentacool's reef, including destroying skyscrapers. This episode had been pulled from most television markets due to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, but it was aired on American Cartoon Network in 2002, then it was pulled again in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. As of 2011, the episode is airing again.
- That same season, the episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" aired once in Japan, but sequences involving continually strobing blue and red lights caused several Japanese viewers - both kids and adults - to experience terrible seizures. While it was removed from Japanese reruns for a period of time, the episode has never seen the light of day in American markets, nor anywhere else in the world, and likewise, has never seen any official commercial home video releases.
- The two-parter "Team Rocket vs Team Plasma", which was supposed to be one of the main episodes of the "Best Wishes" series (and the on-screen debut of the titular Team Plasma) had its airing cancelled because of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the associated Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Since it was so important to the season's overall plot this was supposed to just be a temporary delay but the episodes ended up never airing at all. Instead, future episodes significantly rewrote Team Plasma's role.
- Back when Excel Saga first aired in Japan, the censors pulled the 26th and final episode of the series due to its offensive content (pedophilia, excessive bloodshed, and frontal nudity). The odd thing is that the creators wanted the episode to be so raunchy that it would get banned.
- Even if a network had been willing to air it, the last episode of Excel Saga deliberately runs too long. It can't be aired in a standard time slot without cuts.
- Outlaw Star's "Hot Springs Planet Tenrei" got skipped over in America due to excessive sexual innuendo and scenes of female nudity (if you'll recall, Outlaw Star was toned down to kids' show levels when aired on Cartoon Network). A toned-down version of the episode does exist, but only in the UK, and it only aired once because it ran too short.
- The series premiere of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, which has Megatron smash through a skyscraper similar to the World Trade Center, was pulled from US airwaves due to the 9/11 attacks three days after it aired.
- The Little Rascals: several episodes withheld from all syndication rerun packages since 1971, mostly for heavy black stereotyping. The banned list includes the following shorts:
- "Lazy Days" (1929) - Depicts young African-American Farina as stereotypically—and exaggeratedly—lazy.
- "Moan & Groan, Inc." (1929) - Features comedian Max Davidson, well known for playing an exaggerated Jewish American stereotype.
- "A Tough Winter" (1930) - Features comedian Stepin Fetchit, well known for playing an exaggerated African-American stereotype.
- "Little Daddy" (1931) - Supposedly banned because the story involves African-American kids Farina and Stymie living on their own while their father is in jail.
- "Big Ears" (1931) - Wheezer's parents threaten to get a divorce.
- "A Lad an' a Lamp" (1932) - The kids believe that Stymie's younger brother has turned into a monkey.
- "The Kid from Borneo" (1933) - The kids mistake a black "wild man" for their uncle.
- The first Little Rascals sound short, "Small Talk,was removed from the package sometime in the 1980's, supposedly due to concerns about its length and sound quality. The second sound short, "Railroadin,'" has never been shown on television, as its soundtrack was lost when the TV package was initially sold. Some stations reportedly didn't run "The First Seven Years," supposedly because it featured a violent sword fight sequence.
- For some time, the MGM "Little Rascals" package removed all of the episodes featuring the character Butch due to a lawsuit filed by actor Tommy Bond for using his likeness without his permission.
- The Three Stooges: Some stations banned They Stooge to Conga (1943) due to its extreme violent nature, and The Yoke's on Me (1944) due to its mistreatment towards Japanese American escapees from a relocation center.
- The Price Is Right: A rare game show example; purportedly, on the wishes of longtime host Bob Barker, episodes in which furs were awarded as prizes. Some say the ban also encompasses episodes that feature model Holly Hallstrom (roughly, those episodes airing from 1977-1995) due to various disputes in which she sided with the opposing side.
- I Love Lucy: For a period of time in the 1960s, networks stopped airing the final season episode "The Ricardos Visit Cuba", due to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Cuban governments.
- Seinfeld: One of the last episodes of the series, "The Puerto Rican Day", was initially pulled after its original broadcast, mainly because NBC felt the episode was too offensive with its depictions of Puerto Ricans, as well as a scene involving Kramer (accidentally) burning a Puerto Rico flag, causing an angry mob of Puerto Ricans trashing the streets, and vandalizing Jerry's car (to which, Kramer remarks, "It's like this every day in Puerto Rico."). As of 2010, certain local markets across the country had placed the episode back into their packages; but as of 2012, the episode is now back permanently in the syndication package (Kramer's line, "It's like this every day in Puerto Rico" is absent, though it could be a case of being Edited for Syndication).
- The season three Married... with Children episode "I'll See You in Court" was banned from FOX in the light of Moral Guardians complaining about the show's raunchy content (the missing episode was about the Bundys and the Rhoades having sex in a hotel room where they're being videotaped). It finally premiered on FX in June 2002 and has been airing on cable syndication ever since (TBS has aired it), though the episode did air overseas and was released on two DVDs: a compilation of Married... with Children's most outrageous episodes, and the complete third season set.
- The original version (not the 2010 remake) of Hawaii Five-O: The episode "Bored, She Hung Herself" was banned after a viewer supposedly died from imitating a deadly yoga technique that greatly resembled Autoerotic Asphyxiation, which appeared on the show. The episode was barred from ever being seen again, not even on network syndication or home video/DVD release.
- The Disney Channel pulled the Shake It Up episode "Party It Up" from rotation after Demi Lovato complained on Twitter that one of the jokes on that episode (and an episode of So Random) made light of anorexia (Lovato herself had overcome the eating disorder). "Party It Up" later aired without the anorexia joke while the So Random episode that also had jokes about eating disorders seems to have been indefinitely shelved, showing that Disney may have lost their appetite for these jokes.
- Sesame Street, of all shows, even has its share of some of these:
- From the show's 33rd season, one episode dealt with Telly receiving a visit from his bully cousin, who essentially swipes all of his triangles away from him; Telly, naturally, wants his triangles back, but fears that it will cause a fight between him and his cousin Izzy - we are even treated to an Imagine Spot where Telly and Izzy do get into a physical scuffle, and we even see both of them lying in hospital beds, all bandaged up and in casts. Kids watching were apparently more entertained by the humorous fight between Telly and Izzy, rather than responding to the episodes actual anti-bullying message, that Sesame Workshop had removed the episode, and as such, it didn't appear again on PBS during that year's summer repeats.
- One episode was banned before it even made it to the airwaves: sometime in the early 1990s, an episode was taped where the subject of divorce was tackled, in a plot where Snuffy and his baby sister Alice now live in a "broken home", since their parents had gotten divorced. Sesame Street has a process of screening episodes with focus groups of children, to make sure they grasp a message, or educational concept, before the episode is approved for airing. However, the kids in the test audiences were so emotionally distraught over this episode that it never saw the light of day on PBS, and to this day, remains unaired.
- Another 1970s episode had Margaret Hamilton reprising her role as the Wicked Witch of the West, which only aired once and was banned for being too scary.
- When the BBC first aired Star Trek: The Original Series, it refused to air "Plato's Stepchildren," "The Empath" and "Whom Gods Destroy" for several yearsnote (and also refused to repeat "Miri" after its initial UK broadcast) on the grounds of those episodes being "unsuitable for children". Never mind the fact that the series as a whole was never supposed to be "for children" (at least in America).
- In Germany, the episode "Patterns of Force" was banned due to heavy references to Nazism.
- Later, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The High Ground" was banned by the BBC because of a line about Ireland being reunited following "a successful terrorist campaign" (in the context of an episode on a conflict-ridden alien planet where the ethnic conflict was a blatant Fantastic Racism version of The Troubles).
- Top of the Pops: A sizeable chunk (mainly episodes that aired between 1964 and 1984) of the run of this weekly countdown series will likely never air again due to Jimmy Savile, one of the show's hosts (and arguably the face of its early days), posthumously being fingered as a sexual predator who lusted after children; if it does air, it's only in short clips with the audience blurred out to protect the identities of possible victims. However, clips of Savile that were uploaded to various video sharing sites before his death and the revelation of his criminal activities remain, and TV specials have aired performance footage from the Savile era that do not feature him on camera.
- Also banned (at least from BBC Four repeats) are episodes featuring rocker and convicted pedophile Gary Glitter (especially now that the Savile sex scandal has left a zero-tolerance policy on all material featuring him; Glitter was also arrested during the height of the scandal), as well as episodes hosted by Savile's co-worker Dave Lee Travis (a month after the scandal broke, Travis was arrested on several sex offence charges. He was cleared on most of them, but was retried on the others, and found guilty on one.)
- Jim'll Fix It, a show whose premise was having the wishes of kids granted via Savile, was banned outright following the revelations. Interviews with the man before his death suggest — in hindsight — that he only did the show so he could be close to his targets.
- It can be assumed that the Have I Got News For You episode starring Rolf Harris as host will no longer air due to him being found guilty of indecent assault via the Operation Yewtree investigations that the Savile revelations spurred.
- Related to the above, Tweenies once had an episode, "Favourite Song", where Max impersonated Jimmy Savile as part of the "Tweenie Chart Countdown", which featured the titular characters singing, well, their favourite songs. The episode first aired in 2001- well before the allegations gained nationwide attention. The BBC actually missed this episode when initially pulling Jimmy Savile related material from programming- it aired in January 2013, mere days after the Metropolitan Police put out a report effectively confirming the worst about Savile. The BBC, already doing damage control after allegations emerged that the BBC under-acted in regards to initial complaints against Savile, promptly apologised and locked the episode away.
- Doomwatch's third-series episode "Sex and Violence" was never aired due to its unflattering caricatures of Moral Guardians such as Mary Whitehouse. It ironically became one of the few episodes the BBC didn't erase, although it still hasn't been transmitted or sold on home video to this day.
- The entire run of The Black And White Minstrel Show (the George Mitchell Minstrels in blackface doing a traditional minstrel show, and ironically the first BBC1 show to be screened in color) is never again likely to be screened, or released on video, due to racial issues.
- UltraSeven had the infamous twelfth episode, "From Another Planet With Love" (also known as "Crystallized Corpuscles" in US) banned in Japan due to references to bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially after a survivor's group complained about it. This episode was omitted from the Shout! Factory DVD release.
- The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster also meant that "Super Weapon R-1" (also known as "The 8,000 Megaton Mistake") is banned from the Japanese airwaves.
- The Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "The Glory That Was" has been excluded from the Season 8 DVD set and syndication for "content" reasons. Presumably, this is because of the lesbian scene that appears in the opener.
- Derrick, one of the most popular German detective series ever and a hit in most of Europe, was banned completely when in 2012 it turned out that actor Horst Tappert (who died in 2008) had been a member of the SS during his youth. This had never been reported before and as a result all episodes were pulled from syndication and DVD availability.
- The Cosby Show: Currently, on major cable networks including TVLand, due to the controversy surrounding its creator and star, Bill Cosby, and allegations of drugging women and raping them while unconscious. May become permanent depending on how Cosby's situation plays out. It was not immediately known whether the current TVLand ban also includes local stations that air the legendary situation comedy, or if other programs starring Cosby are or will be included. However, at least on the Viacom-owned TV Land (and its related networks), given that mere references to The Cosby Show have been removed from the website altogether note , it may be a very long time - possibly never – before the 1984-1992 sitcom is seen again.
- The Professionals has a notorious Banned Episode (never shown on terrestrial TV in the UK, although broadcast overseas and later on UK satellite channels) called "Klansmen", which has apparent Ku Klux Klan members acting as muscle for a violent landlord against his black tenants. The episode was banned because one of the two protagonists, Bodie, repeatedly expressed extremely racist views himself (which were not endorsed by the plot), and also perhaps because, in a final shock twist, the evil landlord behind the Klansmen, and some of the hooded Klansmen themselves, turned out to be black.
- A strip from Get Fuzzy drew in plenty of controversy, because of supposed implications that Boston TV and radio sportscaster Bob Lobel is an alcoholic. While some newspapers had a "censored" version published by replacing Lobel's name with a simple "him", the strip is excluded entirely in subsequent Get Fuzzy collection and treasury books.
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: The "Censored 11," a group of 11 Warner Bros. cartoons withheld from all syndication and network rerun packages since 1968 for heavy black stereotyping. The banned list includes the following cartoons:
- "Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land" (1931) [probably the least offensive of the eleven]
- "Sunday Go to Meetin' Time" (1936)
- "Clean Pastures" (1937)
- "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" (1937)
- "Jungle Jitters" (1938)
- "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" (1938)
- "All This and Rabbit Stew" (1941) - This cartoon is in the Public Domain; technically the film is no longer banned, and has been available on low-budget video compilations, but Warner Bros. still refuses to distribute it.
- Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs" (1943)
- "Tin Pan Alley Cats" (1943)
- "Angel Puss" (1944)
- "Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears" (1944)
- Despite their non-appearance on television or official Warner Bros. releases, many bootlegger copies of these cartoons have been uploaded on video sharing sites and have been sold on pirated DVDs. It should also be noted that many other Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons have been banned due to ethnic stereotyping (such as the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that were supposed to air on the 2001 June Bugs, but didn't, and a lot of World War II cartoons).
- The eighth episode of the first season of Canadian cartoon Kevin Spencer was only broadcast once, after a viewer wrote an angry letter to the CRTC (the Canadian equivalent of the FCC) over the episode's content, which included Kevin and his dad robbing a church and hurling snowballs at the congregation.
- The Simpsons episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson," much of which takes place in and around the World Trade Center, was withdrawn from syndication after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. However, in a reversal of the "Too Soon" situation, fans protested the removal of the episode (since it's one of the most popular episodes of the series) and it was quickly reinstated, albeit with the jokes and scenes centered around the Twin Towers either heavily edited or cut entirely on some local affiliates. Other affiliates (which often retain the tapes for years and air them in any order besides that suggested by 20th Century Fox Television, the syndicator) have shown the episode uncut and uncensored, save for some time cuts and a man's line about how, "They stick all the jerks in Tower One." The original uncut episode is on the season nine DVD (with commentary from the writers on how the episode is now in bad taste thanks to 9/11, but it still has its moments that haven't aged, like the Betty Ford rehab musical).
- The later episode "New Kids On The Blecch," which aired seven months before the 9/11 attacks, was also temporarily pulled, and later edited to remove a scene involving the destruction of a tower (in this case, it was MAD headquarters).
- The episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" was also pulled from syndication after Hurricane Katrina because of its references to New Orleans being a horrid, run-down hellhole. The episode also angered residents of New Orleans on original airing, prompting an apology in Bart's chalkboard punishment the following episode.
- The Beavis and Butt-Head third-season opener "Comedians" featured Beavis trying to juggle flaming newspapers and burning down a comedy club. Because it aired only a month before the Ohio mobile home fire that Beavis and Butt-Head were blamed for (despite that the child lived in a household that didn't have cable TV, making it a misblame), this episode was swiftly pulled out of rotation and later heavily censored.
- Other Beavis and Butt-Head episodes that were banned (some of which did return from being banned with content cuts made) for instances of Beavis saying "Fire! Fire!" or flicking a lighter ("Stewart's House", "Kidnapped"), animal cruelty ("Frog Baseball", "Washing the Dog"), inhalant and drug abuse ("Home Improvement", "Way Down Mexico Way") or anything that these days would be considered in extremely poor taste in the aftermath of Columbine and September 11th ("Heroes", "Incognito"). Many of these episodes have aired on Viacom-owned networks overseas unedited.
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command had "Super Nova", a Very Special Episode that aired exactly twice before being removed from circulation in America, though it has been aired overseas. It used superpowers caused by phasing through radiation as metaphor for drugs, complete with ensuing withdrawal.
- "Conspiracy" and "Inside Job" were also removed from rotation on Disney after 9/11 due to both episodes revolving around terrorist plots.
- The rerun of the KaBlam! episode, I Just Don't Get It was banned on Nicktoons TV in the early 2000s, due to the Action League Now! short Caged Thundernote
- The Powerpuff Girls pseudo-series finale "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" was banned, allegedly due to being about Communism, but the real reason was the heavy use of strobe effects (which would have triggered epileptic seizures in more sensitive viewers, much like the notorious Pokemon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon"). The episode can now be seen on the complete series DVD set for the show.
- Raw Toonage: Due to matters of the Marsupilami short: Romancing the Clone, This episode of Raw Toonage was banned for Sexual Abuse.
- Rocko's Modern Life: Despite the myriad of adult jokes that slipped through the cracks—some of which did end up getting edited in reruns, Rocko's Modern Life only banned one episode for content: "Leap Frogs," on the grounds of very risque content. The episode centered on Bev Bighead trying to seduce Rocko while her husband is at work, as she feels that she's not being loved by Ed. It did see some airtime at least twice before Nickelodeon realized the risqué content and demanded that it be cut.
- Family Guy's "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" was originally a DVD-only release, and was shown on TV for the first time (three years after it was produced) on Cartoon Network's [adult swim]. The episode was pulled by FOX due to fears that the episode would be offensive to Jews note and Catholics. In the end, only a single line had to be altered for the episode to air on Adult Swim note . After it was announced that Family Guy was going to be brought back with new episodes, FOX themselves showed the once-banned episode note .
- As shown in page image above, FOX banned the eighth season episode "Partial Terms of Endearment" because it dealt with abortion. The episode was later released as a DVD-exclusive episode (like "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" did before actually airing on TV) and has aired on most international channels like the UK's BBC3 (though the international versions are the edited versions that have scenes cut for content and/or time reasons).
- "Turban Cowboy" (which centered on a terrorist attack and had a cutaway of Peter killing Boston Marathon runners by driving his car through the race) was removed from both Hulu and the official FOX website after the Boston Marathon bombing. Seth MacFarlane has mentioned he regrets making that episode, but only because some nutter on YouTube made a video that served as "evidence" that MacFarlane predicted the marathon bombing by piecing together the cutaway of Peter plowing through marathon runners with his car and the climax where Peter is being used by his Muslim friend in a plot to blow up the bridge. The episode has come back from being banned, but mostly airs in cable reruns (TBS and Cartoon Network), on DVD, and on Netflix streaming.
- Following Robin Williams' death (and the revelation that it was suicide), the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2" has been pulled from [adult swim] airings due to the second story "Fatman and Robin" (centered on Peter trying to commit suicide after being cursed to turn everything he touches into Robin Williams). Over in the UK, the BBC banned the episode after they got complaints about airing it on the same day it was revealed that Robin Williams was dead (similar to what happened when the BBC aired the Simpsons episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" around the time that Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans made the news).
- The episode of the first season of the 1967 Spider-Man series titled The One-Eyed Idol/Fifth Avenue Phantom is occasionally left out of circulation as it contains a lot of content that, these days, would be considered racist and sexist.
- Two highly anticipated second season episodes of The Boondocks (the one where Huey goes on a hunger strike until BET goes off the air and the Sequel Episode where Uncle Ruckus gets his own reality show and freaks out when his blood test reveals that he is African-American) never aired on TV in the US, due to legal threats from various people associated with the BET Network (which was a major target of the two episodes). Despite this, Netflix streaming in Canada has both banned episodes and Canada's Teletoon has aired it with a warning stating that the views and opinions made on the show aren't shared by anyone working for the network.
- [adult swim] also stopped airing the episodes "Pause" (after Tyler Perry complained about the Winston Jerome caricature) and "The Ballad of Jimmy Rebel" (because it was excessively racist). These episodes can be found on Netflix and the DVD.
- Episodes of the fourth and final season also seem to have stopped being re-run due to the overwhelmingly negative reception of the season as whole (which can partially be attributed to series creator Aaron Mc Gruder leaving, as well as the season being aired out-of-order). Again, they can be found on Netflix and Adult Swim's website.
- The Gargoyles episode Deadly Force was removed from rotation for a while, then re-aired with the scene of Broadway accidentally shooting Eliza with her own gun edited to remove the blood around Eliza's body. What makes this especially odd is the fact that the episode actually showed guns as being dangerous, but not in the cliched "Guns are dangerous and should never be handled at all" way, but in the more down-to-earth "Guns are only dangerous if you don't know how to handle them. If you use a gun, always unload it when not in use and keep it away from anyone who could mistake it for a toy" way, which American television (whether for kids or adults) doesn't do all that often.
- The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "The Big Drip" never aired in America, because Disney found the content (which centered around Jimmy having a Potty Emergency) "inappropriate."
- South Park's Milestone Celebration episodes "200" and "201" only aired once, and cannot be accessed on the South Park Studios site, especially in the wake of a death threat by a small Islamist group towards Trey Parker and Matt Stone after the former aired. For 201, Comedy Central censored every mention of Muhammad, as well as Kyle's entire monologue relating to giving in to fear, while Parker and Stone were not allowed to disclose the details of said monologue. The censored content still remain for DVD versions of the episode, and the two episodes never aired on syndication since then. On a related note, although it never stirred controversy when it aired, "Super Best Friends" can no longer be syndicated for similar reasons (though it is on the season five DVD).
- The ban on "200"/"201" also extends to several foreign language adaptations of the series. In particular, the director of the French dub had stated that it is highly unlikely they'd be translated due to requiring even more dialogue censorship.
- At least seven episodes have been banned in the Japanese version to date (the dub has yet to get to "200"/"201"):
- "Terrance and Phillip in: Not Without My Anus" was skipped in the second season. A Japanese version of the Other Wiki had speculated it was due to Saddam Hussein's appearance, although the popular belief is that the episode got banned because fans didn't like it, as it aired in place of the second part of the season one cliffhanger (the one where Cartman tries to find the identity of his biological father) as a joke, though Trey Parker and Matt Stone have said that this was one of the few episodes from seasons one to three that they don't hate.
- "Chinpokomon" was completely banned (and thus not available on DVD) due to mockery of the Japanese and Emperor Hirohito, including a plot point where the Japanese were brainwashing the children to bomb Pearl Harbor.
- "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" and "Probably" were not dubbed by WOWOW for season four. While the official reasons were not stated, the popular theory is that the references to Christianity and the Western concepts of the afterlife wouldn't be fully understood by Japanese viewers. The episodes did later make it on to the DVD releases, but were left in the original English version with Japanese subtitles.
- "A Ladder to Heaven" was banned when WOWOW began broadcasting of season six, as it contained more mockery of the Japanese and had again included heavy references to Christianity. Despite this, a clip from the episode was retained in their dub of "Casa Bonita".
- "Krazy Kripples" was to be aired in the dub of season seven, but was pulled from broadcast due to the death of Christopher Reeve (who had been the villain in the episode).
- "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" was banned in FOX Japan's broadcast of season nine, on the heels of the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster. Another part worth noting is that for some reason (perhaps to do with expenses), the entirety of season 9 besides this banned episode was also not dubbed and only broadcast in a subtitled format.
- Expect this treatment of the episode "Whale Whores" for the depiction of the Japanese being fooled by post-war Americans by a picture of a whale and dolphin flying the Enola Gay, implying that the marine creatures were responsible for the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese completely buy it, which is the reason they have been hunting whales and dolphins despite international condemnation.
- The Spanish-language dub aired in the Latin American markets has had its own cases of banned episodes. Aside from "200" and "201" (which were already banned for international adaptations and DVD box sets), there are at least eight other cases to date:
- "Rainforest Schmainforest" was banned late in the game in 2011 (several years after it was dubbed), due to its mockery of Costa Rica. A toned-down redub was produced as a way of getting the ban lifted for it to air again.
- "Free Willzyx" and "The Last of the Meheecans" were initially left completely banned and untranslated due to their mockery of Mexicans, although these bans would wind up lifted for the DVD releases for each season.
- "Pinewood Derby" would have been aired on MTV, but the portrayal of Felipe Calderon (the President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012) wound up getting the episode banned before it was broadcast.
- A few episodes of season six have been banned by MTV Latinoamerica in reruns of the series (with the season having originally aired on Locomotion). The official reasons remain unstated (though given the episodes banned, it was probably because of content considered too vulgar for broadcast), but the episodes include "Freak Strike", "Child Abduction Is Not Funny", "A Ladder To Heaven", and "The Death Camp of Tolerance".
- The original Italian dub by SEFIT-CDC Group banned and left three season 4 episodes untranslated: "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (due to Kenny attempting to force an abortion on his mother, as well as references to pedophilia with NAMBLA), "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?", and "Probably" (both due to mockery of Catholicism and religion in general).
- The Arthur episodes "The Great MacGrady" and "Room to Ride/The Frensky Family Fiasco", due to the Lance Armstrong doping incident.
- The Arthur spinoff Postcards from Buster had an episode titled "Sugartime!" that some PBS affiliates refused to screen as it involves Buster visiting a child in Vermont with lesbian parentsnote . The controversy surrounding the episode might also have compelled then-CEO of PBS Pat Mitchell to resign the following year, as well as essentially tainted the spin-off's reputation (after the controversy, only 15 more episodes were produced, airing sporadically from 2006 to 2012, when it was oficially cancelled, and has pretty much disappeared from TV).
- The Dudley Do-Right short "Stokey the Bear" was banned after the U.S. Forest Service complained of the character Stokey the Bear (a pyromaniac version of Smokey Bear [yet Brickleberry got away with an alcoholic, hedonistic version of Smokey Bear called Flamey the Bear in "My Favorite Bear" and, in the pilot episode, they got away with killing a Smokey the Bear-looking mascot...twice]) and all prints were ordered to be destroyed. However, a print was found by Classic Media and is now included on the Rocky and Bullwinkle DVD sets.
- A few episodes of Daria were banned when the show went into bowdlerized reruns on The N from 2002-2006 (the episodes that weren't banned were edited within an inch of their lives. Say what you want about the DVD release of the show, but at least the original content is there, even if the music isn't):
- "College Bored": Possibly due to sexual content, as it did feature Quinn being wooed by college boys who think she's their age.
- "Cafe Disaffecto": Reasons unknown, though Daria's violent spy story, the cafe being robbed, and Ms. Li not caring about Daria and Jane's decision to deny chocolates to a hypoglycemic woman may have something to do with it.
- "This Year's Model" for unknown reasons (most likely sex).
- "I Don't": Sexual content (particularly the scene were Mack and Kevin are mistaken for a gay couple and Quinn flirts with a priest)
- "Ill" more than likely due to the sub-plot about Jake becoming suspicious of Daria possibly taking drugs after watching a news report on teens and drugs, though it did air one time with the scene of Jake cursing out a driver cut.
- "Daria!" for unknown reasons (probably profanity, since Jake does yell, "Goddamnit!" to a Christian family, but most likely the fact that the episode took place during a storm may be insensitive to hurricane victims or maybe, since the episode was a special musical, The N thought no one would take it seriously, since it did get some criticism for not being serious, just like the episode "Depth Takes a Holiday").
- "Speedtrapped" for unknown reasons. Maybe the censors were uneasy about the scenes of Jane being bullied into giving a female convict a tattoo and Daria and Quinn picking up a hitchhiker.
- "Just Add Water" for sexual content (Jake and Mr. O'Neill being seduced by Didi and Ms. Barch and Mr. O'Neill making out in the sinking ship), gambling (the entire plot and the substory of Mr. DeMartino and his gambling addiction), and drunkenness Played for Laughs (the captain of the ship drinking while driving the boat).
- "Murder, She Snored" (the dream episode where Daria is accused of murdering Kevin) due to violence
- "Fat Like Me": The N thought the idea of Sandi being ostracized for gaining weight hits too close to home to teenage girls that have body image issues.
- "My Night at Daria's" for strong sexual content. It eventually did air (albeit edited), with commercials declaring it a "lost episode."
- "Boxing Daria": The N didn't like the tragic backstory of Daria's parents arguing over her inability to socialize with other kids and how Daria always hid out in a refrigerator box to cope with this problem. Because of this, the last episode (not counting the movie "Is It College Yet?") is "Prize Fighters," since the episode that came before this one is "My Night at Daria's," which was also banned.
- When the animated adaptation of The Mask aired on FOX Family, the season two episode "Flight as a Feather" was skipped over due to the infamous sequence in which the mayor's psycho stripper ex-girlfriend, Cookie BaBoom crashes an outdoor ceremony and threatens to kill herself and the mayor with dynamite strapped to her naked body.
- Taken to extremes on CBS, which only aired seasons one and three of The Mask while season two (the season that has "Flight as a Feather" on as an episode) was put in syndication (mostly on affiliate stations that once ran The WB or UPN) and some Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels overseas.
- Cow and Chicken: The infamous second-season episode "Buffalo Gals" was quickly pulled after its original broadcast, after a mother wrote in to Cartoon Network complaining about the obvious lesbian stereotypes (involving really butch-looking female bikers who break into people's houses and literally munch on the carpets) and innuendo (mostly focused on lesbian sex, like the carpet-munching pun and the "pitch and catch" pun). As a result, rerun versions of this particular episode replace the segment with a repeat of the first-season episode "Orthodontic Police"note . And don't bother looking for it on Netflix streaming. It's not there, either (though the episode "Comet!" appears on Netflix and no longer edits Dad yelling "Oh, divot!" so he says, "Oh...two!" just because "divot" sounded too much like "Damn it!").
- Dexter's Laboratory: From the first season, a Dial 'M' for Monkey segment called "Barbequor" was pulled as it depicted a Camp Gay version of the Silver Surfer called "The Silver Spooner." While the fact that he was a Camp Gay stereotype would be grounds for having the segment cut (as many Moral Guardians do believe that having a homosexual character on a children's show is a sign that the show is corrupt and immoral), the real reason it got banned was because the creators of the Silver Surfer comicsnote complained that their character was used without permission, and in America, edits for copyright/trademark infringement always trump edits for content.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The episode "The Mask of Matches Malone" was banned in the US for an innuendo laden song sung by the Birds of Preynote . The episode eventually did air in the U.S. with part of the sequence removed (Black Canary wiggling her finger while singing about Aquaman's "little fish") and it also aired in Australia, and the infamous part has appeared on YouTube.
- High School USA!: Two episodes, Sexting and Best Friends Forever are banned from syndication; Sexting for the frequent use of strong sexual slang and the nudity (though most of it is censored), and Best Friends Forever for the ending scene in which the gang make a porn film together (though you don't see anything too risque, the cast are all underage). While Sexting did get two airings on American TV with a TV-MA rating and was made available on the official website, Best Friends Forever was only available for Hulu subscribers, but has since expired, leaving the only way to see the episode being illegally, unless the show gets a DVD release, is uploaded on Netflix, or reruns on FXX (the digital cable FX spin-off that became famous for airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the late summer of 2014).
- The Mickey MouseWorks short "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" was banned because it involved the disturbing premise of Pluto having the paranoid belief that Minnie planned to kill him and also had a scene where Pluto dreamed that he was in Hell. As a result, it is one of the only MouseWorks shorts to never be recycled as part of House of Mouse.
- In Australia, a Peppa Pig episode was banned of all things, because it taught that spiders are harmless, which isn't something you want to teach Australian children, as the spiders in that country are among the most poisonous on the planet.