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10 TV Shows That Pushed the Limits of Censorship

        Entertainment | TV Shows

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'Saturday Night Live'
Pictured: Mary Gross, Eddie Murphy and Tim Kazurinsky in a 1982 "Saturday Night Live" skit titled "Herpes Gone Bananas." NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
Pictured: Mary Gross, Eddie Murphy and Tim Kazurinsky in a 1982 "Saturday Night Live" skit titled "Herpes Gone Bananas." NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

"Live, from New York, it's ... " whatever comes out of the cast's mouths! The longest-running American sketch comedy show premiered on NBC in 1975, and immediately sparks flew between writers and censors. The two groups sparred continually for years, going back and forth on what would air. However, by the mid-1980s, the censors were done messing around. No more negotiations -- they just said, "No." Each week, four to five suggested skits were cut from the script. Some sketches were vetoed even after they had already aired on live television. The censors wanted them cleaned up for reruns.

For example, a censor suggested axing a skit about blind man and a gay man after it was shown, because it was considered offensive to both gays and disabled people. Another sketch, in game show format, was titled "What's My Addiction?" This time, the segment had to go because the serious topic had gotten too many laughs from the audience. Producer Lorne Michaels rejected both suggestions. Better luck next time, censors.