7 Scandalous TV Shows Prohibited in Different Countries
What is extremely popular in one country may be prohibited in another for different reasons. Here are 7 popular and at the same time scandalous TV shows banned in one or even several countries.
1) The Simpsons
In 2020, the popularity of the animated series plummeted. Many fans have left the show because it used to be fun and fresh, but in recent years it has become a boring copy of itself. Can you believe today that The Simpsons used to play on sensitive topics? It seems it was a hundred years ago. Nevertheless, some of them were serious enough, so they were cut off the air in several countries and 2008, the show was completely banned from showing in Venezuela. What reason? The cartoon was too old and was replaced by…Baywatch!
2) Winnie the Pooh
Someone might say that Winnie the Pooh is the most harmless cartoon of all time, but despite this, it has problems in some countries. The cartoon does not talk about inter-temporal travel and does not criticize the government, so what’s the problem? Taking a deeper look, we can find that Winnie the Pooh and Xi Jinping, the President of China, have a lot in common. After being depicted as a funny bear on various websites, the ruler tries to erase Winnie the Pooh from television screens in China. Has Xi Jinping never heard of the “Barbara Streisand” effect?
3) The Big Bang Theory
China often blocks American TV shows promoting liberal values along with free-thinking. But that was not the reason for The Big Bang Theory, and its ban raises many questions. In 2014, China closed its doors to the television series for no official reason. When viewers started asking questions, it became clear that The Big Bang Theory was taken off the air because the Chinese government does not want to show people like Penny, Mr Bazinga, and Leonard.
4) Doctor Who
We still do not leave China because the country strictly controls the shows that are broadcast on television. For some reason, which seems logical enough, the government of the Celestial Empire decided to eradicate the topic of time travel on television. First, Star Trek and the X-Files were hit. But that was not enough, and in 2011, China banned the Doctor Who show and to cause much discontent among viewers. In this case, the prohibition was explained by “frivolous interpretation of historical events.” Probably, everything in China should be documented.
5) Peppa Pig
For a harmless children’s cartoon to be banned, it must do something terrible. Peppa is a hilarious character, although in some ways she is not smart enough. The show was banned after an episode in which Peppa Pig assures children that they should not be afraid of spiders or any other bugs that could be dangerous in real life. Therefore, in Australia, this cartoon is prohibited from showing because a meeting with an 8-legged creature can lead to death.
6) Hey Arnold!
That is a popular cartoon describing the era of the 90s and teenage drama in particular. Hey Arnold! cartoon found no problems around the world, but Kenya’s Film Classification Board banned it anyway. What reason? The characters talk too much about kissing! The government forgot that children will not notice these elements because they are children.
Several generations have grown up on this cartoon, and maybe your children are still watching a cartoon about different creatures with superhero abilities. After 23 years of their adventures, some episodes and the whole show were banned in several countries. That Porygon seizure episode scares the parents, but something more terrible happened in Turkey. After showing Pokémon on TV, two children, aged 4 and 7, jumped off a beam with the words “We have superpowers!” Fortunately, it was not high, and the children escaped severe injuries, but the Turkish government decided to ban the TV show.
Even in the most harmless TV shows, governments around the world find dangerous and sometimes silly episodes. However, we still love these cartoons and TV series.