Too Hot for TV

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.

Many ecchi anime that use censor steam will remove it for the DVD release.

So named because in 1990s, 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 swear words.

A Sub-Trope of Deleted Scene.

Compare Unrated Edition, Think of the Censors, Explicit Content.


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  • Some of the controversial adverts end up so racy the ASA won't allow them on TV, but they can be seen on the YouTube channel.
  • Implied with's previous Super Bowl Special multi-year campaign, which involved ads which would cut to text advertising the website just as the ads were getting suggestive; the content on the website ended up being as tame as the broadcast commercials.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Averted for Aria the Scarlet Ammo, which was left censored for unknown reasons. Then the studio complained about low sales.
  • The anime of DearS had Episode 9.5, which was not televised (it's a Hot Springs Episode in an already extremely ecchi series, draw your own conclusions). It was released as DVD Bonus Content.
  • 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.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: Because of airing on an early timeslot, a lot of the action and risque shots had a guy holding up a sign saying "Can not show", and all shout outs were done this way as well.
  • Highschool of the Dead - technically, as the English dub of the anime can be purchased on DVD and was watched on Time Warner's Anime on Demand channel, so aside from those things, it is otherwise too hot for TV.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    • And the manga as well was uncensored in its tankobon release.
  • 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, which 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.
  • 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 possessed 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 U.S. release, she is wearing a lacy bra.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Of course, Basic Instinct is already too "hot" to be shown on anything but premium channels, but director Paul Verhoeven cut about 45 seconds of the most explicit sex scenes out of the original to avoid an NC-17 rating. An uncut version was later made available in a DVD release.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • The last 30 seconds or so from the end of the Buffy episode "Smashed" were cut off for being to "porn-y".
  • COPS was one of the shows that had the trope name as bonus videos. So was Jerry Springer.
  • 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 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.
  • Mr. Show spoofed this with "The Car Wash Change Thief Action Squad", an investigative reporting show, having an ad for the THFTV version.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

  • The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • During the Attitude Era, the WWF released Banned in Canada, a tape consisting of material unfit to air on Canadian broadcasts of Raw.


    Video Game 
  • Parodied in Project X Zone if you place Ulala with Haken and Kaguya: Haken suggests that Ulala interview Kaguya, which causes Ulala to muse that the censors probably won't allow her to show it.

    Western Animation 
  • 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).
  • Drawn Together also. There are also a large number of deleted or extended sequences included with all three seasons.
  • 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 [adult swim]. (The AS version of the episode changed one of Peter's lines in a song.)
    • "Partial Terms of Endearment" was considered too controversial to air on American TV at all.
  • Robot Chicken also unbleeps the swear words on DVD.
  • 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 Simpsons had a VHS released in the UK under this title, including episodes claimed too violent or racy to show in the UK.note 
  • Stripperella's full frontal performances are exhibited in full on the series' DVD release.
  • 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.