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You know you have a dirty mind when your Imagine Spots are censored!
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. This also applies to violent anime with censor shadows.

So named because in 1990s, there were TV shows that sold VHS releases called "Show X: Too Hot for TV!". In reality, the "too hot" was often restricted to a few extra swear words.

A Sub-Trope of Deleted Scene. Compare Unrated Edition, Think of the Censors, Explicit Content. Occasionally used as a form of turd polish.



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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 & 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.
  • Referenced in K, in the episode preview dialogues, when Neko says she'll make everyone go naked in the DVD, so that it won't look weird when she doesn't want to wear clothes.
  • The broadcast version of Maken-ki! was so borderline, that many of its scenes made liberal use of Lens Flare and Censor Steam to make it suitable for television. While other scenes were edited to include conveniently placed foreground objects to cover the girls' naughty bits. The Blu-ray/DVD release is uncensored and includes a set of mini-specials that're exclusive to the boxset.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Haganai's second season is a unique example which not only was too hot for TV but international DVD release; a shot of a girl who looks like Kobato in a graphic eroge scene was censored on all DVD/Blu-ray and streaming releases outside of Japan, and on Japanese TV.
  • The Daily Life with Monster Girl anime was Nipple and Dimed, though the censorship was slightly more subtle than usual. The Blu-ray versions put everything back in.
  • High School D×D had an interesting case with its second season. While it is normal for the normal broadcast version of all its seasons to cover the girls with Censor Steam, Lens Flare Censor or stylized versions of its logo, second season Blu-ray versions also had the camera shift to actually view some of the action in more sexualized ways and including scenes that were left out possibly due to time constraits.
  • The DVD release of School Days recolors the Black Blood in the last episode red. Though for some odd reason, the second murder during the same episode has red blood, even in the censored version.
  • The DVD and Blu-ray releases of Danganronpa 3 - Side:Despair removed the many Censor Shadows obscuring the gorier parts of the Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, as well as one in the scene in Episode 9 in which a Reserve Course student decapitates himself with a chainsaw.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is an interesting case because none of the English dub was allowed on American/British TV at all due to being so extreme. Neither [adult swim] or Comedy Central aired it. It is on DVD, but has a logo saying it's a TV-MA in America and a standard 18+ logo in Britain.

    Comic Strips 
  • Mort Walker (creator of Beetle Bailey) is one of the few cartoonists to have been ahead of fans in regards to Rule 34 versions of his own work. He once drew Ms. Buxley nude and released the drawing as a limited edition series of art prints. Walker and his staff also make several dirty gag strips that never make it past the sketch level. Mostly, they do this for their own amusement, but some of the strips have been published in Scandinavian magazines, and were later collected into a complete album. With Walker's blessings, of course.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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 too "porn-y".
  • C.O.P.S. was one of the shows that had the trope name as bonus videos.
  • Jerry Springer had a few VHS and PayPerView releases of such episodes, typically containing either conflicts involving nudists, or conflicts involving too much swearing to be bleeped out while remaining entertaining.
  • 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.
  • With the rise in popularity of made-for-cable and made-for-streaming TV series that allow for explicit sex, language and violence of a type still (for now...) forbidden on mainstream commercial and non-premium cable networks, it is becoming more common for DVD and Blu-ray series releases to feature different edits of episodes to ramp up adult content.
    • Aquarius does not just add in sex scenes and nudity to its DVD release, but entire alternate versions of scenes featuring cable-friendly language. This fact is used in the promotions for the releases.
    • The US network Syfy often airs family-friendlier versions of original series such as Bitten and The Magicians. For sex scenes and other racy content, you need to either view the shows outside the US or buy the "unedited" DVD releases later. Although "Too Hot for TV" isn't invoked directly, the 2016 DVD release of The Magicians, for example, does promote the fact that the episodes are uncensored.
    • Actually somewhat predates the rise of streaming and premium cable as the early-2000s series. Las Vegas also released racier versions of its episodes to DVD, though by today's standards those episodes could probably air as-is even on network TV. At the time, though, the DVDs were promoted as being too hot for TV.
  • The early eighties British VHS release of the Star Trek: The Original Series episodes The BBC declined to show on the grounds that they "dealt most unpleasantly with the already unpleasant subjects of madness, torture, sadism and disease" ("Whom Gods Destroy", "Plato's Stepchildren" and "The Empath") had NEVER SHOWN ON UK TV stickers and, in the case of "Whom Gods Destroy", a rather misleading cover image of Green-Skinned Space Babe Marta.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has some songs made with two different versions: One with explicit lyrics that include swearing and raunchier jokes, and a version made for the show's broadcast that's toned down. The explicit versions can be found on Rachel Bloom's YouTube channel and the official soundtrack releases.
  • The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas Special, "A Very Sunny Christmas", was originally released on DVD format, and contained uncensored use of "fuck", nudity, and a scene of explicit, bloody violence, most of which was toned down or censored for the TV broadcast on FX. The show was eventually able to build up the clout to get away with such things without censorship, to the point where a Season 12 episode had Charlie saying "Nigger" and "Cunt" uncensored.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Downplayed In-Universe. At the start of "Assaulting Reality" (about a rape accusation on the set of Heart's Desire, a Take That! to The Bachelor and Reality Shows in general), the producers show sex footage from The Dream Suite. In reality, this would lead to the producers and the network getting penalized by the Federal Communications Commission for showing an actual sex act, which could fall under "Indecent Content" or even "Obscene Content."

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

    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 Games 
  • 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.
  • While it's often inverted with Visual Novels, there are a few that qualify as this. Most notably, there's Little Busters!, which was later released as Little Busters Ecstasy and added h-scenes. Less notably, there's Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, which has a censored version on stores that have no problem selling 18+ content uncensored simply because it's that depraved and messed up. Sure, you can look up an uncensor patch, but you need to do that yourself.

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    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).
  • Is the motive why Minerva Mink, an anthropomorphic sexy mink, has little screentime in Animaniacs. Censors found her cartoons too hot and scrapped them, but kept the character. She does make cameos sometimes, including the movie Wakko's Wish and gets a much larger presence in the comics.
  • 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.
  • Drawn Together was allowed to be shown on Comedy Central's late-night block The Stash but a scene from "The One Wherein There is a Big Twist" depicting Spanky masturbating off the side of a wrestling cage was covered by a Censor Box reading "DVD Only - Too hot for the Stash!".
  • Father of the Pride inverts the trope: DVD release of the show actually has several jokes presented in original broadcast cut (one common criticism of the show at the time of broadcast was going way too far with sex jokes on a show about animals).


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