The 15 Most Controversial TV Shows
There have been a number of shows over the years that have created controversy. While some of these shows were cancelled as a result, there are a number of others that went on to air for many more seasons in spite of the contention that they created. Here is a list of 15 shows that are considered the most controversial:
The based MTV reality show Buckwild – which followed a group of hard-partying West Virginian teens – was stirring up controversy before it even premiered. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin reportedly wrote a letter to MTV demanding that the show not be aired, claiming that the show played to inaccurate stereotypes about the people in the state. Then, once the show did air, cast member Salwa Amin was arrested following a drug raid and Michael Burford was arrested for driving under the influence. When one of the stars, Shain Gandee, died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a mudding expedition after his vehicle became submerged in mud, the show was already filming its second season, but MTV finally decided to axe it.
14. 13 Reasons Why
When Netflix released the show 13 Reasons Why, which followed a high school student who commits suicide and then leaves tapes behind explaining why she chose to take her own life, the streaming service naturally faced some major controversy. Mental health experts, parents, and teachers were concerned that the show glorified suicide and could be dangerous for teens who are facing similar issues as the leading character, Hannah. Following the show’s release, there was reportedly a rise in suicide-related searches on the Internet, and two California teens who committed suicide after watching the show. In spite of concerns, the show was renewed for a second season, and Netflix released a statement claiming that it has taken precautions to help protect vulnerable viewers. “We have heard from many viewers that 13 Reasons Why has opened up a dialogue among parents, teens, schools and mental health advocates around the difficult topics depicted in the show,” the statement read. “We have heard from many viewers that 13 Reasons Why has opened up a dialogue among parents, teens, schools and mental health advocates around the difficult topics depicted in the show.”