Top 10 Most Controversial TV Moments

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  • Published: 13 March 2018
  • Top 10 Most Controversial TV Moments
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    The most controversial television moments ever can be found right here. We’ll be looking at both scripted scenes from TV shows and unrehearsed or unexpected TV moments that generated controversy, such as Maude's abortion on Maude, when Ramsay Rapes Sansa on Game of Thrones, Ellen's coming out on her sitcom, and more. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Most Controversial TV Moments.

    #10. Putin’s C**k Holster
    #9. Wardrobe Malfunction
    #8. Hannah’s Suicide
    #7. The Addiction Demon Rape
    #6. Incest
    #5. Ramsay Rapes Sansa
    #4. Maude’s Abortion
    #3, #2 & #1: ????

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Comments • 657

  • Nikki Valine
    Nikki Valine  1 months back

    The "rape' scene with Sansa showed nothing. It could have been actually shown, then it could be on the list.

    • Carlie Mueller
      Carlie Mueller  1 months back

      So why do yall say the spoiler before the show that it happened on? Why not flip it to give pause time just in case

      • siccore
        siccore  2 months back

        if the killing of opi is not here, then u failed (sons of anarchy)

        • Tedd Zagan
          Tedd Zagan  2 months back

          Colbert, needed not apologize. He's not sorry, and he's still #1 in late night. The only people he set out to offend are the idiots that are a boil on the a$$ of the world.

          • Cyrax
            Cyrax  3 months back

            I immediately thought of South Park after this title

            • Abram Sullivan
              Abram Sullivan  4 months back

              Negan killed Glenn and Abraham was very controversial even the season six finale was unacceptable.

              • Helena Berthiaume
                Helena Berthiaume  4 months back

                Some of these are just people being offended because they want to be. Probably dont have any real problems and people not wanting to talk openly about real problems

                • Kaya Noelani
                  Kaya Noelani  4 months back

                  Degrassi should've had at least something. Or Glee. Those shows cover it all man.

                  • Tamera Johnson
                    Tamera Johnson  4 months back

                    Or how about every episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke?? I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much horror in so few episodes.

                    • Aubrie Williams
                      Aubrie Williams  4 months back

                      I’m sorry but Bill Mahrs joke was funny but it definitely was racist.

                      • V. Scott
                        V. Scott  4 months back

                        They are really trying to get views making Game of Thrones the thumbnail. Well it worked on me.

                        • Heather Dierks
                          Heather Dierks  4 months back

                          Ramsey raping Sansa was a way of showing how truly despicable he was. He was one of the most hated characters next to Joffrey because he was inhuman.

                          • Leo Alvarez
                            Leo Alvarez  4 months back

                            I couldn't sleep after the rape scene in AHS

                            • KK and sims 4
                              KK and sims 4  5 months back

                              Hanna’s death is not near as bad as the girl who dies in “what a dream is.”

                              • Oma Rumunna
                                Oma Rumunna  5 months back

                                No. 10?! 🙄

                                No.9? A bit higher



                                No.6? Still creepy

                                • Kabugo Hawa
                                  Kabugo Hawa  5 months back

                                  I personally stopped watching the walking dead after the way a main character glenn was killed off. Sure there had been more gruesome deaths be4, like lori. I just could not watch it anymore.

                                  • Angelic Edery
                                    Angelic Edery  5 months back

                                    that American horror story scene is honestly the reason why I stopped watching the show. I'm terrified to see something like that again.

                                    • rumer ford
                                      rumer ford  5 months back

                                      I was gonna start watching GOT this year but when I found out about all the rape that’s in it and from what I understand it’s quite graphic I decided not to watch.

                                      • Oh Cassiopeia
                                        Oh Cassiopeia  5 months back

                                        13RW is controversial because everything about it is wrong. Not because of its subject matter

                                        • Jesterhead
                                          Jesterhead  6 months back

                                          FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY
                                          Yea guuurl

                                          • Queen Kate Rose the vampwerehog

                                            I’m pro LGBQ AND THE FIRST ONE PISSED ME OFF and that is one of the many reasons why I don’t have cable tv

                                            • Mr. Complicated
                                              Mr. Complicated  6 months back

                                              Meh... Do you realize it is racist if black person can say nigger and white person not? Is in us this primitive dogma still actual?

                                              • Shewhomustnotbenamed 1031

                                                Lmao in game of thrones, what really happened was worse: it wasn't even really sansa. It was her childhood best friend who everybody was pretending to be sansa. And Ramsay didn't rape her, he forced Theon to do it, which he reeeeally didn't want to do so he was basically forcing two people to rape each other.

                                                • Vessel 4 Him
                                                  Vessel 4 Him  6 months back

                                                  Bill Maher's career should have been demolished after that. He still makes stupid statements.

                                                  • Vessel 4 Him
                                                    Vessel 4 Him  6 months back

                                                    The whole South Park show should have been banned.

                                                    • Vessel 4 Him
                                                      Vessel 4 Him  6 months back

                                                      "When you were young, abortion was a dirty word. It's not anymore." (/_-) It always has and always will be. Sometimes controversy is good, but a lot of times it stems from something truly bad, like abortion.

                                                      • jaguargirl
                                                        jaguargirl  6 months back

                                                        Actually Ramsey did rape his bride in the books. It was Jeyne Pool who was being played as Arya. It’s actually even worse than the show because he makes Theon “warm her up”

                                                        • RK800 CONNER
                                                          RK800 CONNER  6 months back

                                                          Norma Bates gets raped in the first episode of Bates Motel and Tyler gets raped by a mom in 13 Reasons like

                                                          • J Quallo
                                                            J Quallo  6 months back

                                                            My mom stopped watching the walking dead because of that scene lol

                                                            • Shannon Fay
                                                              Shannon Fay  5 months back

                                                              i stopped watching right before that scene, cuz it was leaked that it was glenn who got brutally murdered, and since he was my fave character from the first episode, i just... couldn't

                                                          • Ivy is Dead
                                                            Ivy is Dead  7 months back

                                                            I despise "13 reason's why". This garbage romantizes suicide and depression, while being incredible exploitative and forced. The producers looked at shows like "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" doing atrocities to it's characters and thought it would be okay to do the same, logic and context be dammed. Cheesy and exagerated like a soap opera, trying to be graphic like hardcore horror, while using suicide prevention as a shield to excuse it's mistakes.
                                                            It's insulting, really.

                                                            • binks711
                                                              binks711  7 months back

                                                              Lexa's death from The 100 caused a bit of a ruckus.

                                                              • Janie McCabe
                                                                Janie McCabe  7 months back

                                                                the red wedding was far more disturbing than an off screen sansa rape.

                                                                • wivuyao
                                                                  wivuyao  7 months back

                                                                  Colbert's disgusting

                                                                  • Thomas Schneider
                                                                    Thomas Schneider  7 months back

                                                                    Wtf? What problem did the LGwhatever community with Colbert? I’m gay and I think his joke was funny. Who is this self righteous community anyway? I didn’t ask them to be offended on my behalf.

                                                                    • Ben Shapiro
                                                                      Ben Shapiro  7 months back

                                                                      Maher's joke was funny lol, he wasn't making fun of black people at all

                                                                      • RuberChikken
                                                                        RuberChikken  7 months back

                                                                        For Thirteen Reasons Why how is Tyler's bathroom scene not more controversial!?

                                                                        • Maddie Johnsons
                                                                          Maddie Johnsons  4 months back

                                                                          This list was made before the second season came out

                                                                      • DamRights
                                                                        DamRights  7 months back

                                                                        The game if thrones argument that "it wasn't in the books" is wrong. It wasn't Sansa Stark but it was a look alike of Arya Stark. In the books his dogs joined in and Theon was forced to do things as well. So the show made it much more appropriate.

                                                                        • A B L T 77
                                                                          A B L T 77  7 months back

                                                                          Only in USA is this controvertial 🙄

                                                                          • Irene Zimmerman
                                                                            Irene Zimmerman  7 months back

                                                                            Nobody wants to see a rape scene even when the girl who got raped also made him pain in the end? 😟 that's messed up, i found the scene fitting and added power to the scene were he got what he deserved

                                                                            • indigosigh
                                                                              indigosigh  8 months back

                                                                              If you're going to include a TV show rape scene/scenes I can't believe you didn't include 'Outlander' where Jamie is raped Randall. Those scenes were not only super controversial but almost unwatchable due to the reality.

                                                                              • shishir shohan
                                                                                shishir shohan  8 months back

                                                                                If people say anything against homosexuality,
                                                                                You call them names,attack them.
                                                                                Because it is your value.
                                                                                But when you make fun of our prophet and anyone protest you call extremist.you don't try to understand every culture,race has
                                                                                Some place of respect, sensitivity.
                                                                                Apparently homosexuality is the part of your sensitivity
                                                                                Religion is ours.
                                                                                Making fun of Ellen isn't ok
                                                                                But making fun of the prophet
                                                                                Of most following religion is ok
                                                                                And anyone protest they are extremist.

                                                                                • Keith Barnhart
                                                                                  Keith Barnhart  8 months back

                                                                                  The most controversial moments on TV are: Anything on FOX news, Awards shows, Beauty pageants, re-runs of Facts of Life.

                                                                                  • soutrik pal
                                                                                    soutrik pal  8 months back

                                                                                    TYLERS BATHROOM RAPE SCENE WAS TOO SHOCKING .....

                                                                                    • Pandas are cool
                                                                                      Pandas are cool  8 months back

                                                                                      Controversy is a word whiners like to throw around for attention.

                                                                                      • Daniel Lassiter
                                                                                        Daniel Lassiter  9 months back

                                                                                        I hated those gay guys in Seinfeld, why no one stood up to them is beyond me. And no I don't care if it's fiction.

                                                                                        • allie ross
                                                                                          allie ross  9 months back

                                                                                          I hate Steven Colbert

                                                                                          • Courage Karnga
                                                                                            Courage Karnga  9 months back

                                                                                            Now, look. I'm bisexual, and I just thought that Stephen Colbert joke was hilarious! I do see where people are coming from, though.

                                                                                            • Jermbuf14
                                                                                              Jermbuf14  9 months back

                                                                                              The LGBT community was NOT offended by Stephen Colbert. The media needs to stop trying to make that happen.