10 TV Shows That Pushed the Limits of Censorship

'TV Nation'
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, gives the key to the city to filmmaker Michael Moore outside City Hall, during taping of an episode of Moore's NBC television series "TV Nation" in May 1994. Catherine McGann/Getty Images

Blink and you would have missed it, but Academy Award-winner Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine") had an NBC show during the summer of 1994. It then moved to Fox for a very brief period. "TV Nation" gave Moore the opportunity to explore news stories that the media had cast aside. It also gave censors the opportunity to swing the hatchet.

Several segments of "TV Nation" were cut from broadcast, though they later became available on video. For instance, Moore investigated the less-than-important but extremely amusing issue of condom size. The prophylactics come in regular and extra-large sizes, but not in small. Censors believed viewers in the American South would be offended. In another episode, Moore investigated assassinations of abortion doctors. It was axed because advertisers would avoid a show covering the topic. Moore also looked into a high school student who received extra credit for protesting homosexuality at funerals of AIDS victims. Again, the subject matter was rejected. However, networks in 20 other countries had no problem airing the segments.