When it comes to American television, network censors often rule on certain plot points to ensure that the American public isn’t traumatized by anything that might be distasteful.
Although these standards have been relaxed over the years (you can now see toilets on TV!) “, but some episodes were omitted by censors but were banned soon after airing.
“Man’s Best Friend” is a bit different from the episode on this list because it was partly banned before it aired in 1992. The segment was intended to air on August 22, 1992, but Nickelodeon opted to pull it in its entirety before it aired. Ultimately, it did make it to television, but that didn’t come for 11 years, and on another network.
The episode was controversial due to an incredibly violent scene involving Ren. He mercilessly beats Goerge with an oar, and it was ridiculously violent. On top of that, there were several references to tobacco use, and Nickelodeon wasn’t willing to support the segment or its creators.
The series creator, John Kricfalusi, and his production company, Spümcø, were both terminated by Nickelodeon. They were removed entirely from further working with the show. Nickelodeon moved on with The Ren and Stimpy Show on its own with Kricfalusi’s former partner.
The network ended up airing the episode with the original theatrical pilot taking the place of the offensive material. It was later added to the DVD box set as a special feature and finally made it onto television years later via Ren & Stimpy “Adult Party Cartoon” with a TV-MA rating.