Skip To Content

    19 Of The Weirdest & Wildest TV Controversies Ever

    Yes, South Park made the list

    They don't really make TV controversies like they used to.

    1. Tiny Toon Adventures — To teach kids not to drink, the three main characters get drunk, steal a police car, drive off a cliff, and die.

    Buster Bunny drinks beer with Hamton J Pig

    2. South Park — Depictions of Muhammad result in the censoring and banning of episodes, as well as backlash from religious communities.

    Kyle and various South Park characters, one of them censored, stand in a cave

    3. Skins — Claims of underage sexualization lead to brands pulling their advertising and the show's cancellation.

    Jesse Carere at a press event

    4. NYPD Blue — The show's pilot leads to a discussion between ABC and the FCC over whether audiences can handle booty.

    5. Duck Dynasty's star makes an anti-LGBTQ statement.

    Phil Robertson speaking to a crowd onstage

    6. Paula Deen admits to the use of racial slurs.

    Paula Deen talking into a microphone

    7. Kid Nation — The infamous show about kids running a town without adult supervision was, shockingly, controversial.

    Two of the contestants in Kid Nation walk across the town

    8. Angel — Charisma Carpenter's character was killed off the show after the actor became pregnant.

    The main cast of Angel at a press event

    9. Seinfeld — Puerto Ricans are stereotypically depicted, and Kramer stomps on a burning Puerto Rican flag in the second-to-last episode.

    Kramer from Seinfeld stomps the flames out of a Puerto Rican flag

    10. The Ren & Stimpy Show — An episode in which Ren beats an abusive father figure gets the show's creator fired.

    Ren stands atop George Liquor, who he has beaten with an oar, and laughs maniacally

    11. The Simpsons — "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" is pulled from syndication for five years due to the World Trade Center being heavily featured.

    12. Married... with Children — The only episode of the show Fox never aired revolved around the main characters being filmed while having sex.

    13. Power Rangers — David Yost's onset harassment leads to him walking off set in the middle of shooting.

    Interview with David Yost

    View this video on YouTube

    Entertainment Weekly /

    14. Felicity — Series star Keri Russell cuts her hair around the same time ratings decline, and it is wrongly assumed her pixie cut tanked the show.

    Keri Russell at a press event with short hair

    15. Gilmore Girls — Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino exits before the final season due to lack of support from the studio.

    Amy Sherman-Palladino at a press event

    16. Pokémon — One episode causes roughly 600 Japanese kids to have "headaches and convulsions and breathing problems," and the episode is never aired again.

    Ash and Pikachu hide from an explosion

    17. Dallas — An entire 31-episode season is ret-conned as a character's dream when Patrick Duffy leaves the show then decides to come back.

    The character Bobby Ewing in cowboy getup on Dallas

    18. Charmed — Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano's tension

    19. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — Mr. Rogers talks about the danger of nuclear war and mutually assured destruction.

    What are the craziest moments in TV history you remember? Let me know in the comments!


    This post has been updated to align with BuzzFeed's editorial standards.