Nov 202015
 
TK Controversial Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

When you think of cartoons for kids, you probably don’t expect them to be controversial — well, most of the time. And yet, even the most wholesome of kid shows (Arthur, we’re looking at you) can sometimes find themselves in hot water. Though it’s not always the content of a particular episode that gets them banned or pulled from the airwaves, current events and kid safety can play a factor. Below we’ve rounded up ten banned or pulled cartoon episodes that are still available online for your viewing pleasure. 

Arthur — “Room to Ride” 

Air Date: Oct. 13, 2008 
Where to watch: Amazon

When you think of Arthur, “controversy” doesn’t come to mind. However, Lance Armstrong guest starring as himself in a Season 12 episode— four years before the famed cyclist was stripped of his Tour de France victories — was enough for PBS to pull the episode. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Tiny Toon Adventures — “One Beer”

Air date: Sept. 18, 1991 
Where to watch:
 YouTube

What happens when Buster, Plucky, and Hamton become heavily intoxicated? They drive off a cliff and meet their untimely end, of course. Though the episode’s purpose was ironically to teach kids about the perils of underage drinking, that didn’t stop the complaints from rolling in. The episode was banned after airing one time, but it’s still available on the DVD. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

TaleSpin — “Flying Dupes” 

Air date: Aug. 8, 1991
Where to watch:
 YouTube

The controversial episode from this ’90s kids show contained it all: terrorist themes, bombs on a plane, and assassination attempts. Because of this, Disney banned the episode shortly after it aired. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

The Powerpuff Girls — “See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey” 

Air date: March 18, 2004
Where to watch: Amazon

The musical rock opera episode from the show’s fifth season has practically aired everywhere except for the United States. Many thought it was due to the episode’s Totalitarian undertones, but in actuality, the Cartoon Network feared the episode’s strobe-light effects was detrimental to kids with spasms. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Dexter’s Laboratory — “Dial M For Monkey: Barbequor” 

Air date: Dec. 1, 1998 
Where to watch: Amazon

The first two seasons of the animated series contained the additional segment, Dial M for Monkey, about Dexter’s pet lab monkey. The Barbequor segment, in which we are introduced to an action hero named Silver Spoon, was eventually pulled by the Cartoon Network who perceived the character as a gross stereotype of gay men. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Family Guy — “Turban Cowboy” 

Air date: March 17, 2013
Where to watch: Netflix

The episode about Peter’s new friend Mahmoud wasn’t banned because Mahmoud turned out to be a terrorist. In the wake of 2013’s Boston Marathon bombings, a cutaway gag showing Peter murdering Boston Marathon runners with his car didn’t seem so funny. The clip from the episode, which aired about a month before the bombings, began circulating on YouTube along with theories that Family Guy had predicted or inspired the bombings. Seth MacFarlane wasn’t pleased and YouTube eventually removed all uploads from the clip from its service. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

The Simpsons — “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson” 

Air date: Sept. 21, 1997
Where to watch: Amazon

The World Trade Center’s central role in the Season 9 premiere episode forced Fox to pull it from their rerun rotation in light of 9/11. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Ren and Stimpy — “Man’s Best Friend” 

Air date: July 10, 2003
Where to watch: AmazonYouTube

Ren and Stimpy is a pretty violent, grotesque show by nature. But this episode seemed to go a bit too far. The madness starts when a man named George Liquor adopts Ren and Stimpy and teaches them a thing or two about obedience. Ren breaks down and eventually brutally beats his new owner’s face with a paddle.   

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Daria — “Fat Like Me” 

Air date: March 5, 2001
Where to watch: MTVAmazon, Hulu 

Here’s a lesson: networks don’t take plots associated with weight gain and a loss of popularity very well. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Beavis and Butt-Head — “Home Improvement” 

Air date: May 24, 1993 
Where to watch: Hulu  

Throughout the show’s eight seasons, the MTV series has been blamed for everything, from a child’s death by fire to animal cruelty. But this one, an episode in which the titular characters get high from sniffing paint thinner, really seemed to hit home. 

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now

Banned Cartoon Episodes You Can Watch Right Now
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