Most Controversial Cartoon Episodes

Cartoon episodes that caused a lot of controversy and garnered negative reception leading to most of them being banned.

The Top Ten

1 200 From South Park

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

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2 Rude Removal From Dexter's Labatory

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 still getting aired on tv. - CartoonsGirl

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


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3 Man's Best Friend From The Ren & Stimpy Show

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 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.

They all talk about this. I love Ren & Stimpy, but this wasn't what I asked for in it. Sorry, but no. Too violent. Although... why did they fire the creator and ban Ren & Stimpy because of this? - redhawk766

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4 Electric Soldier Porygon From Pokemon

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

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.

Ironically even though Pikachu was the one responsible for the effect they never again showed Porygon on an episode of Pokemon. - ZZDOORAL

Yeah I checked out this episode on YT and I can see why. It even made me go 'woah' and rub my eyes - Mcgillacuddy

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5 Trapped In the Closet From South Park

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

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6 Blame It On Lisa From The Simpsons

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

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7 One Beer from Tiny Toon Adventures

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

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8 Dark Harvest from Invader Zim

I love this show and this episode, I have it downloaded and it's amazing despite its disturbing imagery

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9 Pause From The Boondocks

Only aired one time and was taken off the air after Tyler Perry was infuriated by his depiction in the episode. - egnomac

10 Barbequor From Dexter's Labatory

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

I saw the episode on YouTube today and I'm gonna guess why it was banned: It had to do with a supervillain, Silver Spooner portrayed as a stereotypical homosexual. Not to mention that Krunk got drunk; ironic because it rhymes.

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11 Super Best Friends From South Park

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

12 Partial Terms of Endearment from Family Guy

This episode was banned in the United States because of the plot involving the subject of abortion. - kcianciulli

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14 Extra Large Medium From Family Guy

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

Is the only reason for this episode being controversial because of that girl with down syndrome?

The Girl with Down Syndrome was played by an actual girl with Down Syndrome. - kcianciulli

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16 Life of Brian from Family Guy

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

Really upset over this episode.

17 Candibalism from Viva PiƱata

The dance scene was a clear incest joke.

I'm shock that 4kids would do that!

18 Gary Takes a Bath from SpongeBob SquarePants

And it's also controversial for a certain little joke SpongeBob made trying to get Gary in the bath...

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

Don't forget a suicide reference

4 words: don't drop the doubloons

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19 Der Fuehrer's Face from Donald Duck V 1 Comment
20 One Coarse Meal from SpongeBob SquarePants

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.

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

As of this episode, I wish that the producers kill off mr. Krabs. Later in the series, Krabs is shown as an antagonist. I I hope they make mr. Krabs a secondary character and not a main character. As of now, I'm on Plankton's side.

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