Imagine Kidz Bop, without the awkward censorship and broadcast live on TV.
Minipops was a TV show that featured preteen children dancing and singing along to popular songs at the time. The controversy surrounding this particular show focused on the lyrics and dance moves that the children were parroting like this lyric from Sheena Easton's '9 to 5':
"Night time is the right time, we make love"
A British sitcom about Hitler living with Jewish neighbours? What could go wrong?
Yeah, it was cancelled after one episode.
This show centred on a widowed husband who had a Mail Order Bride delivered to help him raise his family.
The controversy focused on the subject of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking which halted the production of the show before a single episode had finished filming.
The year was 1969. February 5th at 8:30 PM, you turn on the TV to watch the new Sketch Comedy show 'Turn-On'. After 11 minutes of raunchy comedy, commercials start airing and to your surprise, the show never returns.
This actually happened. The show was cancelled DURING it's first episode for being way too over the top in it's focus on sex-based comedy. In Cleveland Ohio, the show never returned from it's first commercial break. Tough luck.
Megan Hauserman, a former contestant on 'Rock of Love' got her own spin off show after a comment she made about "wanting to be a trophy wife". The show's premise was that she would have to choose between 17 wealthy, single men in her quest to become a 'Trophy Wife'
The show spiralled out of control when one of the contestants was being investigated for the murder of his wife and was cancelled when he was formally charged.
So this was a reality show that focused on Rapper Shawty Lo and his life as the father of 11 kids from 10 different mothers.
What could possibly be controversial about that?
It was cancelled before it aired.
It's hard to imagine today, but an animated Captain America TV show was canned before it aired back in 1998. What could this exemplary role model have done to deserve this harsh treatment?
The answer is Nazis. Since it was intended for children, the network deemed the historical content too inappropriate for TV and it was scrapped.
Bill Maher, legendary and controversial political comedian had his show cancelled after some questionable remarks about 9/11.
On air, he and a guest referred to the September 11th attackers as 'Warriors' which, understandably, caused an outrage.
Kind of ironic considering the title of the show.
This cartoon, based on the popular Trading Cards, was pulled from American TV just days before its first episode. This was in reaction to protests from activist groups promoting healthy children's programming on TV. According to these groups, the show glorified violence and ridiculed the handicapped.
Even though it had no airtime or advertisers in the United States, the show still aired in some European countries for 13 episodes.
This reality show challenged kids to create a functional government with minimal adult supervision in a 'Lord of the Flies' type scenario.
The show came under fire for possibly skirting Child Labour laws in the state it was filmed in and sparked a conversation about children on Reality shows.
The show lasted for a season under the controversy but was cancelled as soon as it finished.
This animated show focused on a high school populated entirely by the clones of famous historical figures. Created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the recent 21 Jump Street movies, the show was raunchy but no worse than other shows on the same network (Like Family Guy).
What eventually sunk this show was the depiction of Gandhi, which prompted protests in New Delhi and even a religious fast unless the show was cancelled.
Do you remember Rob Ford? The controversial mayor of Toronto who was caught up in scandal and ruined his career in one fell swoop?
Well, amidst the controversy him and his brother Doug aired an episode of a talk show to discuss political rivals and their work in the city.
24 hours after the first episode, the network decided to cancel the show due to pressure from advertisers.
This game show asked questions to a man's wife and his secretary in an attempt to see who knew him better.
According to David Hofstede, author of 'The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History', the show "offered the chance to watch a marriage dissolve on camera years before Jerry Springer"
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Flip It Forward was a Home Improvement show hosted by the Benham Brothers, hot off the heels of their Minor League Baseball careers. The show was cancelled abruptly during it's first season when one of the brothers made some very offensive public comments.
This was a 1975 show that focused on an illegal immigrant who tried to integrate into British culture. The show was cancelled after it's first episode for handling racial issues in an insensitive way.
For some reason, I'm not surprised.
This animated cartoon followed the adventures of someone tasked with supervising the Catholic Pope. The Pope in question was emotionally unstable and about as immature as a four year old. Before even the first episode, this show was banned in numerous European countries due to protests from Catholic activist groups.
As a side note, most of the images I can find about this show feature the Pope brandishing an assault rifle. Whatever about this show could be considered controversial?
This show centred around a number of challenges that pitted men against animals. Although none of the challenges involved physical harm to the animals, the program drew a lot of heat from critics and animal activists alike.
Some of the challenges included a Hot Dog eating contest, a Tug of War and a race to see who could pull a Jet Airplane faster.
This Discovery Channel special was universally panned by critics from it's inception. The premise was that a man was going to be eaten alive by an Anaconda in the Amazon rainforest. Even the concept got various activist groups in an uproar at the inhumane publicity stunt seemingly conceived for shock value.
In the special however, the man was not actually eaten by the snake and received a whole new slew of complaints about false promotion.
Ever wonder why you hardly ever hear from Cee Lo Green anymore? Well he used to have a comedy show with his friends that followed them around the city getting into mischief.
The show was cancelled after only a few episodes when Cee Lo tweeted very controversial comments. The backlash affected his music career, budding TV show and overall public image
Skins was a well-received UK Teen Drama that followed a dysfunctional group of English Teenagers engaging in a whole manner of debauchery. UK television has a very different Censorship code from the United States, which allowed for excessive adult themes and cursing to be shown on TV.
So, when the show was produced in the United States by MTV, there was an uproar about the content (Even though it was tamer than the UK version) and even an investigation into MTV for some of the more explicit scenes, as most of the actors were under 17. This backlash caused the show to be cancelled after the first season.
This VH1 reality show focused on 9 sorority sisters from historically black sororities in Atlanta. The show met with a huge backlash of controversy for misrepresenting Sorority values by featuring a whole lot of Reality Show standards like screaming, infighting and pointless arguments.
Needless to say, the show was cancelled abruptly
Another sitcom, this time focusing on President Lincoln's butler. The show caused a stir before it was even aired for making light of American Slavery
It was cancelled after 4 episodes.
A show that takes the viewer inside the Ku Klux Klan? What could possibly be controversial about that?
Allegedly though, the mains subjects of the film admitted to being paid to say racist things and act out invented scenarios.
Rest easy, Hollywood clearly has their morals intact.