10 TV Shows That Pushed the Limits of Censorship

'Late Show with David Letterman'
After their eyebrow-raising interview, David Letterman and Madonna appeared together as presenters on the 1994 MTV Movie Awards. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Laid-back comedian David Letterman had a stressful night on March 31, 1994, when Madonna was a guest on his CBS late-night talk show. Though it became one of Letterman's highest-rated episodes, it's also the most-censored talk show to date. The host introduced his guest with a crack about her active sex life. Madonna sauntered onto the set in a long black dress and combat boots and proceeded to the use the "f" word 14 times.

When Madonna was finally offstage, Letterman joshed that Mother Teresa would be up next and kidded (presumably) that his show had been canceled. Madonna's version: Everyone on the show was in on the joke and encouraged her. Also, she was highlighting the FCC's hypocrisy in allowing graphic violence but not strong language. And maybe she was also going for a world record ...