Adored by the Network: Zig-zagged as far as Fox was concerned. While the show got a lot of advertising and airtime, the fact that it constantly had to battle the network due to censorship undermines this quite a bit. Played straight in syndication however, as the channels that have aired it over the years such as BET, Fusion, FXnote The first channel to air the series in syndication and one of the first shows on the then-fledging network in 1997, FXX and Aspire Network have given it plenty of airtime and an all-day marathon or two.
Edited for Syndication: Despite the Wayans' siblings objection to have the show censored in reruns, there have been some cuts done to In Living Color in reruns and on DVD
On BET and Aspire, such epithets as "bitch" and "ho" are edited.
The DVD version has the language intact, but some sketches have been pulled or edited to remove all references to pop songs (including the music video parodies) due to copyright and licensing issues.
The fourth episode in season one originally had a parody of the Colt 45 commercials with Billy Dee Williams (played by Keenan Ivory Wayans) making his date (played by Kim Coles) drink until she passes out with Williams moving in on her unconscious body. FOX didn't like the Black Comedy Rape punchline to the sketch, so it was replaced in all reruns (including cable reruns and on the DVD) with a sitcom sketch called "The Exxon Family," about a clumsy Exxon ship captain and his wife (played by token white cast members Jim Carrey and Kelly Coffield). Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now see this lost sketch and judge for yourself if FOX was right or wrong to remove it.
As of 2014, the show airs on FXX (the FX spinoff that airs comedies, mostly Parks and Recreations, The Simpsons, Arrested Development, and Raising Hope, along with movies, new episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and the new series Man Seeks Woman), with most of what was cut on TV intact (the words "bitch" and "ho" are reinstated, as are all the pop song and music video references. The Colt 45 commercial parody, along with a part in the "Men on Football" sketch where Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier ad-libbed a suggestion that Richard Gere and track and field star Carl Lewis were homosexuals, have been edited from all reruns. Also edited in reruns is a line from a season five Fire Marshall Bill sketch that made reference to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which thanks to the more well-known September 11th attacks, makes the line less dated).
The skit of Anton at the Army recruiting office had the last line ("Be all that you can be: get an ugly wife and a messed-up life in the Army!") cut on the DVD release, most likely due to it coinciding with then-recent Iraq War. However, the line is retained in syndicated airings.
Enforced Method Acting: In one of the first Wanda skits, where she was on "The Dating Game", no one informed Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier or Shawn Wayans of Jamie Foxx's appearance, so their respective reactions to her ranging from horror to humor were genuine.
Follow the Leader: The season after the show premiered, Saturday Night Live hired Chris Rock, its first black cast member in four years (its previous black cast members were Danitra Vance and, ironically, Damon Wayans, during the 1985-1986 season). By the following season, Ellen Cleghorne (herself an extra on In Living Color) and Tim Meadows had been hired by SNL, giving the show the most black cast members they had ever had at that point. It's hard not to think the success of In Living Color had something to do with that.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Since reruns and DVD versions have been edited, many rely to older recordings to watch the shows exactly as they were aired.
Old Shame: Kim Wayans later admitted in an interview her dismay and regret at the Oprah Winfrey skits (particularly the first one where she kept eating throughout her interviews and got so big that she exploded) and felt bad about Oprah's own negative reaction to the parodies, even apologizing to her for them.
Romance on the Set: Kelly Coffield later married Steve Park (the show's first and only Asian cast member who got his start on the third season).
Screwed by the Network: The series became popular due to its edgy humor, so naturally FOX decided to clamp down on content, driving away the show's creative team in the process and leading to Seasonal Rot in its fifth and final season.
Special Guest: The final season had a lot of celebrity cameos (some of which appeared in sketches), like Chris Rock, Tupac Shakur, Biz Markie, Peter Marshall (as the host of East Hollywood Squares), and Nick Bakay (a show writer who was the host of The Dirty Dozens). Ed O'Neill (from Married... with Children) even appeared in an installment of The Dirty Dozens.