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Material that won't fly past censors on TV, not even with Getting Crap Past the Radar, so it's included on video releases, often in the DVD Bonus Content. It can be used as marketing ploy to sell more DVDs.

Many Ecchi Anime that use Censor Steam will remove it for the DVD release.

Named because in The Nineties there were TV shows that sold VHS releases called "Show X: Too Hot for TV!", the likely trope namer being Jerry Springer.

A Sub-Trope of Deleted Scene.

Compare Unrated Edition, Think of the Censors.

Examples of Too Hot for TV include:

Anime and Manga

  • Episode 26 of Excel Saga, the aptly-titled "Going Too Far". Numerous aspects of it, including its running time, were designed to make the episode not get past the Japanese broadcast standards authority.
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • Kiss X Sis
  • Rosario to Vampire: The censors are completely arbitrary, as some scenes get censored and other more racy scenes are not.
    • Early in the manga for season 2, there is a scene where Kurumu has to distract Tsukune, who has been posessed by a minor villain. She does this by opening her shirt and showing Tsukune her breasts. In the original Japanese manga, they are completely uncensored with no Barbie Doll Anatomy. However, in the translated official US release, she is wearing a lacy bra.
  • To Love Ru.
    • And the manga as well was uncensored in its tankobon release.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: Airing on an early timeslot a lot of the action and risque shots had a guy holding up a sign saying "Can not show" all Shout Outs were done this way as well YMMV on if their removal ruined the joke or not.
  • An example caused by Too Soon instead of raciness: Madoka Magica had its 11th episode censored to remove references to rocks falling and hurting people as well as evacuation scenes in response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake--the 10th episode, aired just 12 hours before the earthquake, already gave a taste of what would happen. This is even after an embargo for 6 weeks. Internet broadcasts have included these scenes and they will most likely be on the DVDs.
  • Chu Bra
  • Girls Bravo
  • Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!: In the same situation as Rosario to Vampire censors are completely arbitrary.
    • The DVD release seems to show most of the arbitrary ones were actually hiding cameltoe. Still doesn't justify censoring feet...
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei: Most gag censors stayed however there are a few that flat out say "Censored for broadcast" that were removed in the DVDs
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • Seikon no Qwaser. Unless you view web broadcasts a week later.
  • The DVDs for Strike Witches cranks the Fan Service Up to Eleven with some uncensoring.
  • Queen's Blade
  • Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi. Except the Cute Shotaro Boy. His nudity is left untouched, despite being clearly used for "fanservice". Non-shota fans were unamused to say the least.
  • Averted for Hidan no Aria, which was left censored for unknown reasons. Then the studio complained about low sales.


  • Inverted by the network TV cut of Jaws 2, which had material that had been cut to avoid getting an R-rating re-inserted to add running time.

Live-Action TV

  • Cops was one of the shows that had the trope name as bonus videos. So was Jerry Springer.
  • Mr. Show spoofed this with "The Car Wash Change Thief Action Squad", an investigative reporting show, having an ad for the THFTV version.
  • Whitest Kids U Know took this to a ridiculous extreme, showing pixellated breasts with no justification except to say, "Buy the DVDs; this part won't be censored!" The funny thing is IFC shows those scenes uncensored.
  • The Mock the Week DVDs are named Too Hot for TV and are largely material which The BBC considered inappropriate for TV. There are now three such DVDs, each running for about three hours.
  • Dating show-cum-Point and Laugh Show Blind Date put out several of these collections. Lots of low, low, low points... and quite a few high points that actually made for halfway decent porn.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? had "Too Hot For Whose Line?," featuring some of the show's raunchier material. These were still aired on ABC, but with the "Too Hot" tag to indicate the less-than-family-friendly content.
  • Have I Got News for You did this with VHS in the 1990s. One was entitled "The Pirate Video". With the cast dressed as pirates on the front cover, natch.

New Media


Western Animation

  • Family Guy has lots of swear words and alternate scenes that were too offensive to air on American network TV put on DVD, often in the episode proper.
    • The episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" was considered this by Fox execs, but not Cartoon Network.
    • "Partial Terms of Endearment" was considered too controversial to air on American TV at all.
  • American Dad and The Cleveland Show include a lot of scenes that couldn't air on TV (including an uncensored English audio track as part of the language selection).
  • Robot Chicken also unbleeps the swear words on DVD.
  • Drawn Together also. There are also a large number of deleted or extended sequences included with all three seasons. This causes problems in The Movie, which aired after the show had been off the air for a while; the movie had Foxxy discover they could swear without getting bleeped, which clued them in to the fact that they'd been cancelled. Those who only saw the series on DVD would lack context.
  • This trope was also parodied in an episode of South Park, where a trailer for Jesus & Pals: Too Hot For TV is shown.
  • The Venture Brothers has done this on DVD releases restoring nudity that was censored in the original broadcast. For both genders. Some previously bleeped language was restored too.
  • South Park stopped bleeping out the swears on its DVD releases in the later seasons.
  • Subverted with Rocko's Modern Life, where the edited TV cuts of the episodes were the ones released on the Complete Series DVD set.
    • The scene in "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby" where Heffer orgasms after being "introduced" to a milking machine, as well as the scene where he says goodbye to the machine near the end.
    • The scene in "Road Rash" where Rocko and Heffer stop at a no-tell motel for the night.
    • Rocko accidentally grabbing a bear's testicles in "Hut Sut Raw."