Material that won't fly past censors on TV, not even with Getting Crap Past the Radar
, so it's included on video releases, often in the DVD Bonus Content
. It can be used as marketing ploy
to sell more DVDs.
Anime that use Censor Steam
will remove it for the DVD release.
Named because in The Nineties
there were TV shows that sold VHS releases called "Show X: Too Hot for TV
!", the likely trope namer being Jerry Springer
. In reality, the "Hotness" was often restricted to a few extra swearwords.
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- Some of the controversial Confused.com adverts end up so racy the ASA won't allow them on TV, but they can be seen on the YouTube channel.
Anime and Manga
- Episode 26 of Excel♥Saga, the aptly-titled "Going Too Far". Numerous aspects of it, including its running time, were designed to make the episode not get past the Japanese broadcast standards authority.
- Highschool of the Dead
- Rosario + Vampire: The censors are completely arbitrary, as some scenes get censored and other more racy scenes are not.
- Early in the manga for season 2, there is a scene where Kurumu has to distract Tsukune, who has been posessed by a minor villain. She does this by opening her shirt and showing Tsukune her breasts. In the original Japanese manga, they are completely uncensored with no Barbie Doll Anatomy. However, in the translated official US release, she is wearing a lacy bra.
- To Love-Ru.
- And the manga as well was uncensored in its tankobon release.
- Hayate the Combat Butler: Airing on an early timeslot a lot of the action and risque shots had a guy holding up a sign saying "Can not show" all Shout Outs were done this way as well YMMV on if their removal ruined the joke or not.
- An example caused by Too Soon instead of raciness: Puella Magi Madoka Magica had its 11th episode censored to remove references to rocks falling and hurting people as well as evacuation scenes in response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake—the 10th episode, aired just 12 hours before the earthquake, already gave a taste of what would happen. This is even after an embargo for 6 weeks. Internet broadcasts have included these scenes and they will most likely be on the DVDs.
- Girls Bravo
- Onii Chan No Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara Ne: In the same situation as Rosario + Vampire censors are completely arbitrary.
- The DVD release seems to show most of the arbitrary ones were actually hiding cameltoe. Still doesn't justify censoring feet...
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Most gag censors stayed however there are a few that flat out say "Censored for broadcast" that were removed in the DVDs
- Seitokai Yakuindomo
- Seikon No Qwaser. Unless you view web broadcasts a week later. Or the Blu-Rays.
- The DVDs for Strike Witches cranks the fanservice Up to Eleven with some uncensoring. However, the BBFC gave the season 1 DVD the incredibly lenient rating of 12, despite the censored version being TV-MA. Can you find the logic? Money, Dear Boy.
- Queen's Blade
- Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi. Except Ayumu. His nudity is left untouched, despite being clearly used for "fanservice". Non-shota fans were unamused to say the least.
- Averted for Hidan no Aria, which was left censored for unknown reasons. Then the studio complained about low sales.
- Inverted by the network TV cut of Jaws 2, which had material that had been cut to avoid getting an R-rating re-inserted to add running time.
- C.O.P.S. was one of the shows that had the trope name as bonus videos. So was Jerry Springer.
- Mr. Show spoofed this with "The Car Wash Change Thief Action Squad", an investigative reporting show, having an ad for the THFTV version.
- The Whitest Kids U Know took this to a ridiculous extreme, showing pixellated breasts with no justification except to say, "Buy the DVDs; this part won't be censored!" The funny thing is IFC shows those scenes uncensored.
- The Mock the Week DVDs are named Too Hot for TV and are largely material which The BBC considered inappropriate for TV. There are now three such DVDs, each running for about three hours.
- Dating show-cum-Point-and-Laugh Show Blind Date put out several of these collections. Lots of low, low, low points... and quite a few high points that actually made for halfway decent porn.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? had "Too Hot For Whose Line?," featuring some of the show's raunchier material. These were still aired on ABC, but with the "Too Hot" tag to indicate the less-than-family-friendly content.
- Have I Got News for You did this with VHS in the 1990s. One was entitled "The Pirate Video". With the cast dressed as pirates on the front cover, natch.
- The last 30 seconds or so from the end of the Buffy episode "Smashed" were cut off for being to "porn-y".
- For the DVD release of TV Funhouse (the Comedy Central incarnation), uncensored audio tracks were included, but the original recordings were no longer available; lines were partially rerecorded to add the cursing back in. (This makes it a borderline case of Keep Circulating the Tapes, along with the missing Globetrotters segment.)
- The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker.
- Family Guy has lots of swear words and alternate scenes that were too offensive to air on American network TV put on DVD, often in the episode proper.
- The episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" was considered this by Fox execs, but not Cartoon Network.
- "Partial Terms of Endearment" was considered too controversial to air on American TV at all.
- American Dad! and The Cleveland Show include a lot of scenes that couldn't air on TV (including an uncensored English audio track as part of the language selection).
- Robot Chicken also unbleeps the swear words on DVD.
- Drawn Together also. There are also a large number of deleted or extended sequences included with all three seasons.
- This trope was also parodied in an episode of South Park.
- The later DVD and Blu-ray sets remove most of the bleeps. Sometimes Ike's dialogue is left bleeped, but that's because he's sometimes voiced by a child actor, so they're not really bleeping a dirty word.
- The Venture Bros. has done this on DVD releases restoring nudity that was censored in the original broadcast. For both genders. Some previously bleeped language was restored too.
- The Simpsons had a VHS released in the UK under this title, including episodes claimed too violent or racy to show in the UK.