The 15 Most Controversial TV Shows

  
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13. Jackass

Jackass was MTV’s highest-rated original series. It featured Johnny Knoxville and his friends attempting dangerous (and idiotic) stunts on camera that viewers were discouraged from trying at home, but some viewers didn’t listen, despite the lengthy warning that that preceded each episode. Kids across the United States were injured attempting the very stunts of Knoxville and his friends, some of which included jumping over a moving car. Senator Joseph Lieberman was so appalled by the show that he sent a letter to Viacom, MTV’s parent company, urging it to take greater responsibly for its programming and do more to help parents protect their children from it. MTV responded by cancelling all airings of the show before 10 p.m. Lieberman continued to campaign against the show, which led to MTV refusing to air repeats of the later episodes, much to the dismay of the cast.

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12. Family Guy

Since it first aired, Family Guy has been the target of numerous complaints regarding taste and indecency because of its offensive jokes and violent content. The Parents Television Council (TPC) has filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission and deemed the show the “Worst TV Show of the Week” on at least 40 occasions. The TPC also launched a letter-writing campaign to persuade Fox to cancel the show, but to no avail. However, because of the TPC’s complaints, the show has lost advertisers after they viewed the episodes in question and deemed the content unsuitable.

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