Original air date: Banned during initial run
Major offense: Excessive violence
Status: Finally aired on June 26, 2003
To this day, we have no clue how Ren & Stimpy was ever allowed on the air. It was crass, subversive, and, above all, a terrible influence on young kids. However, it was also incredibly brilliant and paved the way for the vulgar humor we see in cartoons today like South Park and Family Guy. Despite the series’ massive success, it wasn’t immune to the censors.
In 1992, the episode “Man’s Best Friend” was banned by Nickelodeon before it ever aired due to the extreme violence in the episode. It also led the network to fire the show’s creator, John Kricfalusi, which was the beginning of the end for the series.
We’re not quite sure why the network singled this episode out above all of the others, but it might have something to do with Ren bludgeoning the character George Liquor with a canoe oar. The episode wasn’t officially aired until Ren & Stimpy was reborn as the ill-fated Ren & Stimpy Adult Cartoon Party on Spike TV in 2003. It has since been released on subsequent DVD releases.