For those not intimately familiar with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the franchise's long history of censorship may come as a surprise. Whether for outdated regulations or too much action, almost every generation of the reptilian heroes have been edited due to parent or network concerns. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's original 1987 animated series was so heavily edited, the British version of the same show had a completely different name.
With any children's show, parent opinions have to be considered, and that can lead to bureaucratic crackdowns. While the weirdest Ninja Turtle episodes and secretly dirty TMNT jokes thankfully made it to airwaves, there were large chunks of some that did not, and there wa even an entire episode completely banned from American television.
The Word "Ninja" Was Banned From UK AirwavesVideo: YouTube
Parents Demanded Less Violence In The Second Ninja Turtles MoviePhoto: 20th Century Fox
The US Version Of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters' Removed Some SexualizationVideo: YouTube
The Use Of Sausage Weapons In 'Secret Of The Ooze' Had To Be Cut Down To Achieve A PG RatingPhoto: 20th Century Fox
Several European Countries Edited Out Michelangelo's NunchucksPhoto: CBS Television Distribution
An Episode Of The 2003 Animated Series Wasn't Allowed To Air In The USPhoto: Viacom Media Networks