10 TV Shows That Were Banned In Other Countries

A lot of things go into making movies and TV shows. It takes a village, literally. When Card castle ended, about 2500 people were sent to pack their bags. With so many jobs at stake, most networks give creatives the ultimate freedom to make the best television possible. This leads to diversity, exploration of different themes, and less governed creative freedom which may not bode well for a few countries and the general public. In the past, we have seen outrage over episodes of certain shows. Likewise, some shows or their episodes have been removed by different countries, each with their own unique reason.

1. “The Big Bang Theory” (China)

In 2014, The Big Bang Theory featured on China’s biggest streamer, Sohu. Created by two and a half men executive producer Chuck Lorre, the show scored 1.3 billion views on the platform, before being banned by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and of television. However, the ban only lasted until July 2015, after which the sitcom returned to the platform. At the time its ban was lifted, it was the first foreign show to be given the green light.

2. ‘Cooking On High’ (Singapore)

Singaporean regulators say the country has a zero-tolerance drug policy, and giant streamer Netflix was forced to comply, pulling Shows Cook over high heat and the movie Bon Voyage: Psychedelic Adventures off the platform. Singapore has in the past imposed strict measures on the streamer, leading to the removal of films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, The last hangover, The legend of 420and TV series such as Disjointed.

3. ‘Peppa Pig’ (Australia)

Entertainment for children Peppa Pig suffered a major setback when an episode was banned from Australian television. The concern: spiders. According to regulators, the episode portrayed the spiders as friendly and was controversial in the country, which is home to dangerous spiders. Spiders are so dangerous that in 2016, 22-year-old Jayden Burleigh died of a red-backed spider bite, the first such case in 60 years.

4. ‘The Legend of Korra’ (Kenya)

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), under the leadership of Ezekiel Mutua, banned The Legend of Korra and other shows deemed “laced with subtle messages normalizing, glorifying or glorifying homosexual behavior contrary to the law and council classification guidelines”. The council ordered the show removed from a streaming platform operated by Multichoice. Other broadcasts banned by the country include Hi Arnold, Steven Universeand adventure time.

5. “Patriot Act With Hassan Mihnaj” (Saudi Arabia)

In an episode of Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj, the comedian criticized the country’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. As a result, a request was made for the episode to be removed from Netflix Saudi Arabia, citing it was against the country’s cybercrime laws. In a statement, the streamer maintained its position by giving its creators artistic freedom. Although the episode was taken down from the platform, it still remains free on YouTube and can be accessed in the country.

6. ‘Malcolm In The Middle’ (Malaysia)

According to Culture Trip, there are several things that are not allowed in Malaysia. Drunken behavior, for example, is taboo. The same goes for alcohol in Terengganu and Kelantan. This long list also includes movies like Fifty shades of Grey, which have a sexual aspect. Okay, that’s not so much an aspect as the theme of the whole movie. Be that as it may, programs of a violent or sexual nature are frowned upon. Malcolm in the middle is also banned in the country.

7. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Europe)

If you know Patrick, SpongeBob and his crew, you know that for a show that targets kids, language is not their strong suit. Sometimes it gets too vulgar, and more than 120 countries have picked it up. The show saw some of its episodes banned, including one with a suicide theme. Not only have more countries around the world banned certain episodes of Spongebob, but so is Nickelodeon. The most recent episode, “Kwarantined Crab,” had a virus storyline that was removed due to its proximity to home, following the global pandemic.

8. ‘Tom and Jerry’ (Indonesia)

Around the world, several episodes of Tom and Jerry were banned. In the UK, several scenes, including one where Tom was smoking a cigar, were cut. The ax also included a conversation about cannibalism. In the United States, the cuts involved a scene of Eastern racial profiling. In Indonesia, a drunken scene involving Tom was cut. Episodes that were affected included “Part Time Pal,” “Mouse in Manhattan,” “A Mouse in the House,” and “Jerry’s Diary,” where a scene involving Tom being punched in the eye was cut from the released version.

9. “Empire” (China)

In 2015, it was reported that China had ordered the removal of two shows from the country’s streaming sites: Agent Carterand the Fox hit led by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Empire. Other shows that were removed were Shamelessconsidered too sensitive, american horror story, stalkerand the tube of Whitney Cummings Two broke girls, with Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ban would not only affect US shows, but was meant to extend to shows from other countries as well. A scrutiny of foreign broadcasts followed soon after.

10. “The Simpsons” (Venezuela)

In 2008, The simpsons faced a setback as the show was deemed by censors unsuitable for children. According to Reuters, the regulator found the show “violated many things in the Television and Radio Social Responsibility Act”. The place of the always popular show was taken by Baywatch Malibu Hawaii. It joins the long list of children’s shows which also includes family guy, which has also been banned in some parts of the world. A part of family guy episodes such as “Partial Terms of Endearment” were considered controversial. Due to the heavy subject matter of surrogacy, abortion and adoption, the episode aired in the UK, but has so far not aired in the US.

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