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* Although the previous [=series/seasons=] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got Crap Past The Radar]], the 4th and final season of Brødrene Dal, Brødrene Dal og mysteriet om Karl [=XIIs=] gamasjer, takes the cake. There's swearing, kidnapping of a minor, verbal abuse, an episode where [[ClusterBleepBomb there's tons of bleeping]] (although they swear with no bleeping in the next episode). If it was ever to be shown outside Norway, it would have received an 18+ in most countries, as there's no FamilyFriendlyStripper, but a real stripper; you can [[http://youtu.be/tNbba9C1bxU?t=18m22s see her]] for yourself. Other examples make you wonder how it even managed to get aired, like one [[SketchComedy opening sketch]] that had the narrator sneak into the ladies' restroom (it's suddenly "okay" when he's the handsome narrator), one character believing one of the leads to be [[http://youtu.be/qzAi8Wca3dQ?t=27m33s wearing women's underwear]] (he's a man), and suddenly an ending fit for a CrimeSeries, the narrator trying to make money selling [[http://youtu.be/kAg5V-ZdtxU?t=23m34s underwear based on the brothers]], a drunk general with a cabinet filled with [[http://youtu.be/kAg5V-ZdtxU?t=13m31s alcoholic beverages]], the [[http://youtu.be/qzAi8Wca3dQ?t=19m12s bleeping part]], just to mention a few.
* The German teen drama ''Series/AlleinGegenDieZeit'' is aimed at teens and young adults. Yet, it can easily be compared to high-profile thrillers like ''Series/TwentyFour''. It's first season featured a school hostage taking, a fascist political conspiracy, attempted mass murder, an unvilified portrayal of ethnic gang members, police corruption, depression, gun violence and liberal swearing. The second season was even DarkerAndEdgier, throwing [[CruelAndUnusualDeath cruel and unusual deaths]], terrorism, and lethal biological weapons into the mix. Especially jarring since ''[[GermanTVStations KiKa]]'' is aimed at children younger than thirteen.
* On seeing the script of Episode One of ''Series/ChildrenOfTheStones'', director Peter Graham Scott remarked, "And this is for children?"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' itself is considered family viewing, despite the dark tone of certain episodes and a surprising amount of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sexual innuendo]], and it is shown around the supper hour on a Saturday. ''Doctor Who'' is fifty years old and is very much seen as a family/children's show, but it's been violent from the very beginning. A BBC audience research survey conducted in 1972 found that Doctor Who was the most violent show it produced at the time. The show was especially violent during the first few Fourth Doctor seasons, consistently getting complaints, and the show was also so violent in 1985 that it got the show cancelled for 18 months. For instance, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainofMorbius "The Brain Of Morbius"]] (1976) features a man getting shot in the stomach with an explosion of blood, then crawling, dying, down a corridor.
** Even the first few stories could be really dark. In the first story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child]]" [[CharacterizationMarchesOn the Doctor is a quite morally ambiguous figure]], and there are some surprisingly violent scenes, such as a Caveman with his chest ripped open and a cave of broken skulls. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeofDestruction The Edge of Destruction]]" uses haunted house tropes and has Susan wildly stabbing a bed with scissors.
** Season 22 is notorious for this, showing someone having their hands crushed and showing several people being stabbed to death. This is lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros "Vengeance on Varos"]].
** Averted since 2005. To get the show restarted and get it adequately funded, Creator/RussellTDavies had to pitch it to the BBC as a ''drama'' rather than as "science fiction" or "children's programme". However, the spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' (2007-2011) continued the trend.
** Creator/JohnSimm stated that ''Doctor Who'' being a kids' show was the main reason why he decided to play TheMaster ([[SoMyKidsCanWatch He wanted to show his son that he could act]]). Of course, the episodes he ''was'' in involved twisted monsters from the future wiping out a good portion of humanity, the Master being [[GoneHorriblyWrong ressurected as a superpowered being]] [[HorrorHunger who devours humans to satisfy his endless hunger]], and turning the ''entire'' human population into copies of himself.
** Current show runner Creator/StevenMoffat has written about how annoyed and insulted he is whenever people use the phrase "kid's show" as a derogatory thing.
*** Moffat is very fond of proclaiming how much he enjoys terrifying children. That's basically his favorite part of running ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** Phillip Hinchcliffe, who was the producer (the term "showrunner" didn't exist) for the early Tom Baker seasons referred to above has said that he was being told by medical professionals that the series was helping children to articulate fears they hadn't been able to deal with, rather than give them new ones.
** ''Doctor Who's'' family friendly aspect is considered a strength today, given that most other science fiction series are either very violent, very sexual, or both. On several occasions in recent (as of 2015) years, WordOfGod (actors, producers, critics) have noted how rare it has become for a series to appeal to children and adults in equal measure. Compare, for example, with the MarvelCinematicUniverse series produced for {{Netflix}} that are thoroughly adults only. ''Doctor Who'' replaces sex scenes and graphic violence with storylines ripped from the headlines (such as a two-parter adapting the current war on terror and Syrian refugee crisis), and surprisingly sober ruminations on topics such as death. And this isn't new; a 1980 storyline called ''Nightmare of Eden'' tackled the topic of illegal narcotics, and a 1977 story called ''The Sun Makers'' was a condemnation of Britain's tax system.
* ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' often has gruesome deaths, frequent moments of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and episodes that rely more on [[AdultFear real-life scares]] along with the usual use of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and freaky creatures. Then there are episodes like "Head Shot," "Sick," "The Cast," "The Weeping Woman," "Checking Out," "Red Eye," and "Terrible Love" that show that sometimes the scariest things we experience are real and the monsters we encounter are people with warped personalities (which "Head Shot," "Red Eye," and "Terrible Love" showed with all the subtlety of a bitch slap upside the head).
* ''Series/IkMikLoreland'', the [[EdutainmentShow educational programme]] that traumatized an entire generation of Dutch children. It was specifically targeted towards six-year-olds to teach them to read and write. The plot involves Loria, a land where everyone loves reading and writing, and the one-eyed monster Carbuncle who can't do these things and [[GreenEyedMonster gets so mad]] [[SugarApocalypse that he magics away everyone's ability to read and write]], scattering the words all over the world. A girl named Mik takes it upon her to [[GottaCatchThemAll get them back]] and Carbuncle pursues her and attempts to stop her. Carbuncle was a frightening antagonist who regularly showed up in childrens' nightmares, and many of the locations Mik visited on her journey were creepy and bizarre. Every year when it was rerun, debates would erupt among parents and school teachers about the appropriateness of the show. According to WordOfGod, ''TwinPeaks'' was a major influence.
* ''Series/TheInkThief'' has a very gothic style to it, even though it was mostly kid-oriented. Richard O'Brien's character was pure terror, though.
* ''Series/KnightRider'' is often stereotyped as a kids' show because it has one hero and his super cool super car, but the first season itself is loaded with episodes about politics, corrupt police, framed murder charges, a lover implicated in soliciting crime and the murder of a sleaze magazine owner- plenty of murders in the first season. The pilot is surely not for kids. Plenty of gunshots fired in the show actually hit -- and a few kill. Contrast that with ''Series/TheATeam'' which has only two casualties in the whole run and almost none of the shots hit.
* ''Series/MaddigansQuest'' is quite possibly the only children's show to have featured mind-altering drugs and cannibalism in the same episode. The series also contains child labour, implied [[SexSlave sexual slavery]] (with slavers refusing to sell a baby to the BigBad to be killed because she'd fetch a higher price as wife material), repeated attempts at infanticide, and BodyHorror.
* Spoofed in an early episode of ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', in the “Storytime” sketch. Eric Idle plays a children’s show host reading a storybook; except the stories he tries to read take progressively more obscene turns...
* -> Discipline? Naked... [turns book sideways] With a ''melon''?
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has been around long enough for the fans of the original series to become adults and bring about a whole generation of complaints about how "kiddy" the new series are and [[NostalgiaFilter how much better]] [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the first series]] was. How kiddy? Well, ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' features a villain's StartOfDarkness that took her from AlphaBitch and DaddysLittleVillain to the series' biggest KnightOfCerebus ever, using ''suicide bombers,''[[note]]this was 1999, naturally, there is no way that would have flown after 2001[[/note]] ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' and ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' feature some pretty brutal onscreen death ([[NeverSayDie the former, notably, even used the d-word for it]]), and the 2009 season, ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', ''kills off 99% of humanity in a nuclear RobotWar''.
** ''Time Force'' is especially the one with the most grown-up subject matter. In the future, DesignerBabies are the norm, and the resulting mutants are outcasts and became criminals just to survive. TheStarscream turns out to be TheStarscream because [[spoiler: Ransik betrayed ''him'' first in his previous identity because he couldn't see past his hatred of humans even when one had just helped him.]] You get a story about [[HumansAreBastards man's inhumanity to man]], villains ''we created and mistreated'' but who went from LaResistance [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and off the slope]] into TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized, and the CycleOfRevenge. Yes, this ''is'' the same show that once had as a villain's plot, "destroy the Pink Ranger's model parade float just to make her feel bad!" nine or so years previously.
** ''PowerRangersSamurai'' was nearly a ShotForShotRemake of the DarkerAndEdgier ''SamuraiSentaiShinkenger,'' but occasionally, the endangered-kid-of-the-week would have a less tragic story (Dad is never around vs. Dad died in a MonsterOfTheWeek battle we didn't see.) leading many to cry "{{Bowdlerization}}" and "DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER" at first. However, why is the dad not around? Work? Or "never around" just means "out all day for two or three days 'cause he's looking for the perfect birthday present" or something like that? Nope, he's in the military, busy with a little something we like to call TheWarOnTerror. Other cuts to ''Shinkenger'' footage are more surgical, less "turn the bad thing into kittens and rainbows" and more "get the bad thing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar past the radar]] while keeping its impact." The past team who sealed Master Xandred, Jayden's dad included, still died, and apparently a car with a guy in it being crushed is okay if it happens quickly enough. Deker's and Dayu's story is very different from Juzo Fuwa[[note]][[spoiler: revealed to be a mass-murdering BloodKnight ''before'' he was a Gedoushuu (Nighlok)]][[/note]] and Dayu Usukawa [[note]] [[spoiler: jealous that the man she loved married another, she burned down the wedding. Her would-be love's soul being trapped within is what makes her shamisen - there's such a thing as a harmonium and ''that ain't it,'' Tzachor! - so important to her.]][[/note]] but it's a doozy on its own, and as such it's ''much'' more tragic than Shinkenger when [[spoiler: in the end they cannot be saved.]] When [[spoiler: Dayu]] dies in the same manner as her Shinkenger counterpart, [[spoiler: she doesn't resist at all because she just wants to be with Deker again.]] Also, the especially torturous effects of KnightOfCerebus Akumaro Sujigarano's (Serrator's) monsters on the populace remain. Victims perpetually feel like you're starving to death and food makes it ''worse?'' Stays. People's souls placed in inanimate objects, still conscious? Yup. Bug critters force their way into your mouth and while they're in you feel mind-numbing agony? Ditto.
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has its own [[NightmareFuel/PowerRangers Nightmare Fuel]] page for a reason.
* ''Series/PressGang'' was aimed at children and teenagers, was frequently hilarious... and featured topics such as glue-sniffing leading to accidental death, child sexual abuse, a gun seige at a newspaper office, a gas leak resulting in a building blowing up (half of the episode was about one survivor, trapped in the rubble, trying to keep another alive until the rescuers could get to her...which didn't work), teachers having extramarital affairs, and so on. Storylines also focused on a suicide, a reporter coaxing a confession of manslaughter out of a half-blinded gang member over the phone, and a death by drug overdose ([[DaEditor Lynda]] was not overly sympathetic). There's a reason that its [[Creator/StevenMoffat co-creator and sole scriptwriter]] went on to become Executive Producer of ''Series/DoctorWho''...
* From Dutch childrens' television, ''Purno De Purno''. With characters such as the "Kittelaar" (a Dutch word for clitoris), politically incorrect gags about sex, homosexuality and bodily functions, political commentary and very suggestive imagery. Most likely Dutch TV shows back then were very good and MoralGuardians feared that they would get flamed if they attacked those shows [[AmericansHateTingle so they flamed anime instead.]]
* Though more clear-cut kid-friendly than the family show ''Series/DoctorWho'', some episodes of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' -- *cough* "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E3E4TheDayOfTheClown Day of the Clown]]" *cough* -- are not the kind of thing you'd want to let children watch alone...
* Aired in syndication and not heavily promoted, ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' got to fly under the radar. Though "destroying" the heroes came up as a villainous goal a lot just 'cause it's how bad guys talk, NeverSayDie wasn't in effect, and some of the things the MonsterOfTheWeek ''did'' to people could get kind of dark. All water faucets suddenly spew hydrochloric acid! Your wristwatch takes control of your hand and you nearly choke yourself to death while the monster laughs about how you're going to die! Kilokhan also once pulled a Venjix, taking over nukes and nearly causing World War Three. Oh, what about the ''Christmas episode'' where Kilokhan finds out who Servo is, transfers himself to Sam's computer, and outright ''kills'' him with an electric blast? Malcolm, Kilokhan's sidekick until Kilo tried to pull a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness on him, is told to TakeUpMySword, but when he tries to transform, only the Servo wrist device is pulled into the digital world, and Servo--Sam within as always--activates. Sam defeats Kilokhan with a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, but doesn't know if he'll ever be able to return to his human form and departs into the information superhighway for parts unknown. Apparently, unexpected renewal is what kept this from being how the series ended. (More episodes were made, but the second full season that was talked about didn't come, so it actually gets NoEnding, the last episode being one just like any other.)
* Considering this article, nothing beats the Dutch children's program ''Theo En Thea'' (1985-1989). This controversial kids' show talked about topics that some parents (mostly overprotective ones) wouldn't see as fit to discuss with young children, such as prostitution, drug abuse, and sexual harassment. Despite all objections the show was both a hit with kids and adults alike!
* The Hamas-made kids show ''Series/TomorrowsPioneers''. It has death, murder, violence, promotion of hatred, and things that Westerners wouldn't really consider fit to be in a kids' show.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has its own unique feature, a huge amount of BrotherSisterIncest innuendo. Not to mention the [[Radar/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace crap past the radar]], and the [[NightmareFuel/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Nightmare Fuel]][[note]]Yes, it has such things; the ''Wizards vs. Werewolves'' episode was rated PG, something that has never been done on the DisneyChannel before.[[/note]], the FetishFuel and there is much more. Before the trope was cut and locked, it had its own Incest Yay page. A character was also murdered on this show, and perhaps even more than one seeing as some scenes were downright ambiguous. In a DisneyChannel children's show. [[{{Squick}} Yeah]].
** ''Wizards vs. Angels''. Not so Christian-friendly, considering the fact that demonic angels try to invoke the beginning of the Apocalypse. Over half of all modern fictional angels do this. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsnotDidactic It's probably symptomatic of the increasing millenialism of the devout, and the widening gap between them and the secular.]]
** Just a reminder: the plot of several seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is angels trying to start the Apocalypse. Just remember that. ''Wizards of Waverly Place'' and ''Supernatural'' used the same idea.
* In general, Disney's more recent sitcoms have been pushing the envelope. Add to that ''Series/ShakeItUp'' (jokes about & references to {{twincest}}, child labor, {{breast attack}}s, EroticEating, [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripteases]] and pubic hair, a RunningGag about a main character's lack of a figure, and a now-pulled anorexia joke) and ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' (innuendo, ParentheticalSwearing, [[CurseCutShort curses cut short]], {{last second word swap}}s and a recurring StalkerWithACrush character who exhibits TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior).
* Most {{tokusatsu}} shows, most notably ''Series/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''. The fact that there have been a few toku productions aimed exclusively towards adults (''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'' and ''Series/{{GARO}}'', to name a few) does not negate the fact that the vast majority are aimed towards children. (In fact, of those two listed productions, ''Shin'' is quite the BaseBreaker '''for''' being aimed at adults. Well, more precisely, for being a {{deconstruction}}.)
** ''Super Sentai'' is especially surprising to some American audiences because of differences between Japan and the US. In ''Super Sentai'', they make frequent use of blood, have characters actually die, and actually show guns. In the US, none of this could be shown on a kids' show, so when ''Super Sentai'' was adapted into ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' these were used very rarely, if at all. On the other hand, in Japan it's a common viewpoint among those who have seen both ''Super Sentai'' and ''Power Rangers'' that ''Power Rangers'' is actually more mature, because the lack of wacky humor is more noticeable than the toning down of violence.
** Even when taking cultural standards into consideration, the ''Kamen Rider'' franchise's run from 2000 to approximately 2004-2005 is largely characterized by its ability to introduce mature tropes into the series. ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', for example, is one of the few Tokus that has gotten away with depicting the murder of minors. The peak of this renaissance can generally be agreed to exist between ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' and ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' which both subvert the traditional [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Rider Vs Monster]] scenario in their own ways. After four years of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''[='=]s more light-hearted formula, ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' steered the creative direction of the franchise back to that earlier period... via "[[Creator/GenUrobuchi Urobutchery]];" it has [[NightmareFuel/KamenRiderGaim a lengthy Nightmare Fuel page]] for a very good reason.
** Many recent seasons of ''Super Sentai'', particularly ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'' and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', get a lot of flack for being very happy-go-lucky [[spoiler:other than the second half of [=ToQger=]]]. One of the main reasons for this is that many westerners were directed to ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' after ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Power Rangers Super Megaforce]]'', commonly regarded as the worst ''Power Rangers'' series ever, aired, resulting in high expectations for a "more mature" series, although ''Kyoryuger'' has [[SpotlightStealingSquad a second issue]].
* BananasInPajamas had an episode where The Rat In The Hat cross-dressed because he wanted to be the lead in a Cinderella play. Now that's something you don't see on DoraTheExplorer!