The old cliche “too hot for TV” is rarely used in a literal sense, but there have been some exceptions. Thanks to lousy timing, bad taste, or insensitivity to a particular group, there have been a few occasions where episodes of a show have been pulled. From children’s programming to classic television, here are 15 shows that famously had their episodes pulled.
NBC’s spin-off of Thomas Harris’ literary character Hannibal has been a success with Mads Mikkelsen in the title role. Though it has been well-received the show has experienced a few hiccups. A recent episode by the name of “Ceuf” was pulled from network airing by Hannibal showrunner Brian Fuller. The storyline, which centered on a woman brainwashing children into murdering people, was deemed too close to recent real-life school shootings and will instead air as webseries.