Most Controversial Cartoon EpisodesCartoon episodes that caused a lot of controversy and garnered negative reception leading to most of them being banned.
The Top Ten Most Controversial Cartoon Episodes
The international dubbing has made several edits. They could've easily removed the flashing lights and replace them with a single color (white or yellow) lightning bolt as they used to do in other episodes. Really, they didn't need to ban a 22 minute episode for a 3 second moment that could have easily been edited. - Martin_Canine
Ironically even though Pikachu was the one responsible for the effect they never again showed Porygon on an episode of Pokemon. - ZZDOORAL
It caused seizures so bad, over 600 Japanese people had to be sent to the hospital. Apart from being banned from television after it's one airing, this caused the show to stop airing for four months.
Porygon's special ability had flashing lights with caused seizures so bad, More than 600 Japanese people had to be rushed to the hospital. - kcianciulli
The swearing in this one was edgy but it shouldn't be taken seriously because many other children's cartoons had episodes using the same method, such as SpongeBob, Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats, and Tiny Toon Adventures. The title card for Rude Removal goes a bit beyond that, though, showing Dee Dee holding up the middle finger - Mcgillacuddy
Was banned due to the constant use of profanity - egnomac
This happens to be my favorite episode from Dexter's Laboratory. But what is shocking to me is for kids and they swearing going around this episode and never aired. But, SpongeBob did it too and they did aired it and it's still getting aired on T.V.. - CartoonsGirl
That's because in Dexter's Laboratory, it was clear what they were saying - PeeledBanana
Dexter has a Potty Mouth. Enough said. - kcianciulli
I am a big fan of the Ren and Stimpy Show (I watch full episodes online), so I was interested in hearing about their banned episode. But what the heck was this?! Tobacco references were all over the place, but what really got it banned was the scene where Ren beats his owner with a paddle. It was INCREDIBLY violent and definitely went too far for a kid show. - Garythesnail
I don't understand why Nickelodeon banned Ren and Stimpy because of this episode... Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network are MUCH worse than this now and Ren and Stimpy have worse episodes than this one. Like Ren's Pecs, where they actually show blood during Ren's operation.
I don't know why it was banned. I mean, there was no blood in it at all.
I keep hearing that it was banned due to an Episode where it showed Ren beating his owner with a Paddle, then turning to Stimpy and announcing that he was next.
Reminds me very much about my Ex-Wife and me on date night.
Along with the second Part 201 was controversial mainly because once again the shows creators had the Prophet Muhammad involved in the story line both Parker and Stone received threats from the Revolution Muslim. - egnomac
The prophet Muhammad was involved in the plot and Trey and Matt received death threats from an Islamic Terrorist Group. - kcianciulli
This is the worstthing South Park has ever done, South Park just put their worst of the worst ideas for that controversial cartoon episode.
It likes a very natzni schock jews cartmann is likes hitler
I watched the actual episode. The episode consists of the friends getting drunk, and then driving a car down a clift.
This episode teaches a great lesson in a horrible way
Chowder: I thought this was a kids show. - kcianciulli
Warner Bros. probably received a lot of complaints from angry parents after this episode's airing. - kcianciulli
I love this show and this episode, I have it downloaded and it's amazing despite its disturbing imagery
Needs to be higher
A criminal was inspired by this episode. - kcianciulli
You can actually get killed just for watching this episode because of the whole your not allowed to show an image of Muhammad thing which they did for the first and only time. - ZZDOORAL
This is the only episode that actually shows an image of Muhammad. - egnomac
This episode was banned in the United States because of the plot involving the subject of abortion. - kcianciulli
This is controversial because the villain, The Silver Spooner, falls under the Camp Gay trope. - kcianciulli
From What I heard, The Silver Spooner is depicted as a Stereotypical Homosexual. - kcianciulli
Silver Spooner reminds of Fred Lou from Outlaw Star
This episode was actually banned because of the featured villian characters were being used without the permission of the silver surfer comics - Bunearylove75
Actually, it's because The Silver Spooner is depicted as a Gay Stereotype. - kcianciulli
Controversial due to an infamous scene where Kira and Flay have some X with each other - PerfectImpulseX
Not surprisingly the shows creators came under fire from sociologist even Issac Hayes the voice of Chef quit when they refused to pull the episode. - egnomac
You can blame this episode for chefs death - yk1ll3r
I think R. Kelly sued Comedy Central after this episode. - kcianciulli
I see this episode is gay
There was also the scene where Jesus made Lois' breasts grow to massive proportions at the dinner table. - raidramon0
It's probably controversial due to the cutaway where Marlee Matlin calls Moviefone and asks for The Last Mimzy and ends up getting 300 due to the announcer mishearing her due to her impaired speech. Matlin was very pissed off about the gag and led to a confrontation between her and Alex Borstein at a Seth MacFarlane roast. Matlin was hired to voice Peter's deaf co-worker, Stella. - kcianciulli
It uses the f word 7 times and the n word once. - RalphBob
Unfaithful recreation of Brazil insinuating the country is full of rats, monkeys and robbers. No wonder which is one of most controversial episodes from Simpsons.
Brazil was so infuriated by the episode they actually threatened to sue Fox - egnomac
It decipts Brazil terribly
Controversial due to the tsunami that happened in India at the time - PerfectImpulseX
This was banned because of that Tsunami, so us Americans, Canadians, and Europeans never got this episode. - Gehenna
This isn't controversial in the sense it should be banned but controversial to fans of the show as (SPOILER ALERT) the show kills of a fan favorite, Brian. - micdanchris
Fans Got So Angry That They Brought Brian Back - JPK
Really upset over this episode.
I'm shock that 4kids would do that!
The dance scene was a clear incest joke.
Der Fuehrer's Face (also known as Donald Duck in Nutziland) is a propaganda cartoon created by Walt Disney back in WW2. It shows Donald Duck being a Nazi and works on a missle factory and somehow salutes Hitler inside the picture. But Hitler (in his voice) convinced Donald that he will be going on vacation IF he will work harder and harder then it was completely messed up until the story was just a dream. Donald hugging the Statue Of Liberty as he loves being an American.
This short did won an Oscar for Best Pictures but screw that award because the way Oscar give an accolades to Frozen.
I'm glad this won't aired on T.V..
Donald Duck is a Nazi, Enough said. - kcianciulli
Donald duck is Nazi
The worst SpongeBob episode. This episode made me feel sick and disgusted that such a serious issue of suicide could be made fun of. Yes Plankton is a villain but this episode really made me feel bad for him. Whoever wrote this episode clearly was an idiot.
I used to like this episode but after etika’s suicide I just find it offensive
This one was the worst I'd ever seen. I loved Plankton even though he's a villain - mind you, when I love a movie character, it's almost always the villain I loved. But this was worse than "The Splinter" - and that was the episode which haunted my nightmares! - redhawk766
Hate this one. Plankton commits suicide - Goatworlds
This episode was so bad that even Marc Brown, the author of the Arthur book series, hatred it.
It was the Japanese version of the episode that garnered the most controversy. - egnomac
A boy had boobs
This episode is very sexcist
Chris dates a girl with down syndrome and at one point she says her mother was the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was outraged over the episode claiming they were making fun of her son who has Down Syndrome. - egnomac
I don't like sarah palin but this was just rude and sick. I hate family guy so much - thedeadthebadandthedexter00
The Girl with Down Syndrome was played by an actual girl with Down Syndrome. - kcianciulli
Is the only reason for this episode being controversial because of that girl with down syndrome?
Got banned for portraying the Buffalo Gals as lesbians. - egnomac
As weird as the show is already, it isn't surprising to see this episode on the list.
Another Controversial War Cartoon. - kcianciulli
Is School Days is an anime horror?
Makoto is killed by Sekai because he cheated her. Konotoha behead the corpse of Makoto, kills Sekai and open her uterus to see if she is pregnant from Makoto. In the end, Konotoha goes to a trip in her boat, embracing Makoto's head.
And it's also controversial for a certain little joke SpongeBob made trying to get Gary in the bath...
While the episode used continuous dirty jokes, the one that got it banned was the scene where Spongebob hands Gary two bars of soap and says "Don't drop them."
That girl... Don't remind me...
This episode only aired one or two times in the UK and Australia, and was banned for the creepy giggle of the "girl", which gave children nightmares. It still airs in the United States today. - Turkeyasylum
Only aired one time and was taken off the air after Tyler Perry was infuriated by his depiction in the episode. - egnomac
Tyler Perry was very upset by his portrayal in this episode. - kcianciulli
Main character is Hitler as a duck. - egnomac
This is understandable. They decide to kill themselves because their girlfriends turned out to be 'gold diggers'. As in those who marry for wealth. - raidramon0
It ended with the two of them committing suicide
Tom and Jerry commit suicide by trying to get run over by a train - Ajkloth
I thought Tom & Jerry was supposed to be a funny show. - kcianciulli
So bloody and lots of nudity
Banned due to Communist views. - egnomac
It was actually banned because of flashing lights that could lead to seizures. - AliciaMae
Banned, mostly due to seizures. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy
Don't Forget The Scene Where Peter Runs Over Boston Marathon Runners. - kcianciulli
I Think Seth Himself realized he went too far on this one. - kcianciulli
It Makes Fun of Terrorism. - kcianciulli
Even Boondocks did a better job with the topic of domestic violence and Boondocks is way more violent than Family Guy. - kcianciulli
This episode disgusts me with its portrayal of domestic abuse.
Plus, Kaitlin Olson did a horrible job voicing Brenda, she made Brenda act completely different from her appearance in "Jerome is the New Black" when Nana Visitor voiced her. - kcianciulli
Although nearly every single minute of this show (including this episode) was pure animation gold, I'll admit that this one in particular was disturbing. However, "Camera Shy" was more controversial in my opinion due to the pornographic film of Rocko walking down a staircase naked (followed by an obvious masturbation innuendo).
Mrs. Bighead tries to seduce Rocko. Enough said. - kcianciulli
Behold! One of my worst SpongeBob nightmares. I like SpongeBob, but why did the creators have to throw in something so disturbing? Every little detail of how SpongeBob got the splinter, blood and pus, then we watch Patrick put garbage over it to infect it. Gross. When PhantomStrider reviewed it, I covered the screen of my phone with my hand. I hate "The Splinter". - redhawk766
I can't watch this without gagging or covering my eyes. I hate this episode with a burning passion. However, it doesn't really fit under controversial.
I agree. This episode is gross and makes me wince every time!
This is my least favorite episode of all time. - Datguyisweird666
Kudos to Meg for having the real guts to fight back for what she has been going through. Though she should NOT apologize for her actions. Meg deserves better!
Peter Marries His Son, Enough Said. - kcianciulli
The whole "I need a Jew" song. That wasn't the only thing. This episode was so offensive Fox refused to air it for two years
Well It's Certainly Controversial For A Second Reason Now Since What Weinstien's Been Doing - JPK
It's already on here... - Goatworlds
No, that's not the creepy part. The creepy (and hilarious) part is that his best friends were actually hiding outside his window, EAGERLY filming it without his permission. - xandermartin98
Apparently, the episode depicted Rocko walking downstairs, naked.
Apparently privacy isn't a thing where I'm from... - Rocko
I didn't get it at first, but then I realized what the episode was about.
What is bleep has to do with.
Banned in the UK due to having (censored) swearing in it - PerfectImpulseX
D.W. overhears a curse word from a teenage boy. She begins to fear saying it because something might get broken. The Tibble twins claim that a person then becomes a zombified slave. D.W. then tells another friend which gets her into big trouble.
Now I see why BET won't air reruns of The Boondocks on their network. - kcianciulli
Got banned for portraying the B.E. T network as an evil organization bent on the destruction of black people. - egnomac
It's a total ratings trap, but at least it wasn't disturbing.
False Advertising. There is no Slade, Just clowns. - kcianciulli
Oh-Kay... How In Any Way Is It Controversial?
Watch the clams part and you'll see what I mean.
This episode was controversial according PETA.
Nancy Cartwright refused to record her lines for her episode. - kcianciulli
Again, like one coarse meal, it tries to make suicide funny
It was banned due to sex references
Episodes about breasts are always dicey and this is no exception. In this episode, Sharon is upset because people see her as a little girl and decides to buy a pump-up bra. When at a party, her braces cause the bra to go haywire and her breasts continue to grow. It's no surprise that this episode was banned in a few countries including the United States. - raidramon0
This is a kids' show right?
I think it's the most controversial cartoon. Its offensive considering all the extremely racist stereotypes it has, but at the same time the cartoon was kind of the creators' way of celebrating African American music.
I think the creators wanted to make a "modern" spin on the classic Snow White tale, and seeing as how jazz and stuff was big, and some people found black culture, or at least what they thought was black culture, cool, they decided to go with that.
So its not entirely racist, and may have good intentions, but I can see why its offensive and really is very controversial.
Disney had won the Snow White lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment. - playstationfan66