Here’s the thing about TV shows. Even though the makers always have a set target audience in mind, one cannot help but broadcast it to everyone out there. Which means that if a controversial topic is touched upon, international outrage is very much on the cards. We tried making a list of some controversial shows, and while some (very few) are still on the air, there are many others that have crashed, burned and been forgotten. Cheggit.
1. Skins (2007-13)
Skins was actually a pretty decent show. Revolving around the lives of several teenagers around England, it spoke about a number of things teenagers generally deal with nowadays, including bipolar disorders, eating disorders, parental issues, drugs and of course, sex. While some hailed the show for being brutally real, others panned it for exactly the same reason.
2. Heil Honey, I’m Home (1990)
It was called the world’s most tasteless situation comedy, and unfortunately for the makers, Heil Honey I’m Home panned out to be exactly that. The series had Adolf Hitler living a normal life with a Jewish couple living right next door. The show was about this fictitious Hitler being uncomfortable about his neighbours and his inability to get along. Not surprisingly, the show was cancelled after just one episode for reasons obvious to all but the makers.
3. Australia’s Naughtiest Videos (1992)
Most of us know about this old, really cute show called America’s Funniest Videos, right? It was a bunch of home videos with Americans doing funny things. Well, Australia’s Naughtiest Videos was something similar, but only ten times filthier. Although it is said that the show wasn’t scripted, it involved animals and humans indulging in sexual intercourse on national television. You read that right. It wasn’t really full-on pornography, but it wouldn’t fall under any other category either. Perhaps why this show was shut down. Hilariously, it didn’t even finish airing its first episode and was cancelled partway. Yes, it is also known as the fastest cancelled TV show ever.
4. South Park (1997- Present)
It is rather difficult to describe South Park accurately. Put it simply, South Park is a very badly sketched, 2D cartoon show about 4 little kids going to the South Park Elementary School. Here’s the thing, there’s nothing child-like about these 4 foul-mouthed kids. It’s racist, it’s sexist, it’s homophobic, in fact, it talks about every controversial topic on the planet in the most insensitive way. South Park will end up being one of your favourite shows ever if your humour is inclined that way. However, it can also very easily be the most repelling thing you’ve seen. Oh boy, do I love this show.
5. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012- 2014)
Before India started coming up with incredibly long, and excruciatingly bad titles for their television shows, America reserved the right of producing bad shows with an even worse name. Take Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for example. Following the lives of a stereotypical rural American family of five and especially Honey Boo Boo and her mother June Shannon, the show was heavily criticised for glorifying lousy parenting techniques. The final nail in the show’s coffin came after reports surfaced that mama June Shannon was dating a man who was convicted of child molestation. Eeks!
6. All My Babies’ Mamas (2013)
Say the name out loud in your head. Would you like to watch such a show? Thought so. But there was a lot more wrong than just the name. The show followed Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children from 10 different women. Promoting polygamy in the worst way possible, the show’s premiere was eventually cancelled back in 2013 for its stereotypical portrayal of black families and glamorising unsafe premarital sex. A petition was started online which eventually led to the rightful demise of the show.
7. Dexter (2006-2013)
Dexter was a great show with an underwhelming series finale. Something that still manages to bug me. The show revolved around Dexter Morgan, a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police by the day and a serial killer hunting other serial killers by the night. The idea of having a serial killer taking on all the bad guys out there was a catchy concept, but obviously quite controversial too. Especially when dumb people started doing what they show on TV in real life. Apart from glorifying murder, it landed in hot sauce because it apparently inspired a number of murders in real life. A certain Mark Twitchell was found guilty of murdering John Altinger in true Dexter Morgan style. The show did affect the series negatively, but it did not get cancelled. Thankfully.
8. Eaten Alive (2014)
Discovery went all out promoting the show, and to be frank, even I was quite excited to tune in. Who wouldn’t?! They were airing a promo which showed a man getting swallowed by an anaconda, alive! Well, the plan was to go in head first and survive, just to see what happens. Although the promo was heavily condemned by animal rights groups around the world for putting the animal through such torture, Discovery claimed that the entire thing was in turn to promote conservation. Don’t know how that works, but let us say that was the motive. The biggest fail happened on D-day when the man, smeared in pigs’ blood to attract the snake (umm, animal rights?), couldn’t manage to get eaten alive. Claiming the whole ordeal was way too painful, the whole thing crashed and burned.
9. Black Jesus (2014- Present)
In the off chance that you don’t get the offensive bit here, Black Jesus shows Jesus Christ back on planet Earth and selling weed for a living in Compton. If that wasn’t enough to rub religious groups the wrong way, Christ also drops a lot of N-bombs around the show. Again, if you like South Park, you’d love this show too. It’s hilarious after all. But not everyone’s cuppa.