Rightly or not, these are the shows that had those of a sensitive disposition trawling the phonebook for Ofcom's number - shows that dared to push the boundaries of content, style and sometimes taste.
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We may be used to it now, but E4's teen drama shocked some when it first premiered with its mix of casual sex, casual drug use and, sometimes, casual violence. It was a heady cocktail that proved too much for US network MTV, who canned the show's Yank remake after a single season.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's animated comedy has always relied on outrageous humour - breakout character Eric Cartman is an angry, racist time-bomb - and even incurred the wrath of radical Muslims when an episode dealt with the dicey issue of how to portray the Prophet Mohammed.
More controversial comedy - Chris Morris's follow-up to The Day Today provoked tabloid outrage with its satirical paedophilia special in 2001. The likes of Gary Lineker and Phil Collins were all unwitting participants in the show's razor-sharp take-down of media hysteria.
The Jerry Springer Show
This was the grandaddy of controversial talk shows - just think, without Jerry, we wouldn't have the Jeremy Kyle Show, and then where would we be? Springer's blend of crazy guests, outlandish subject matter and random bursts of controlled violence has entertained viewers all across the world.
Heil Honey I'm Home!
Surely the king of controversial TV shows? This - to put it mildly - ill-advised sitcom charted the exploits of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun as they moved in next door to a Jewish couple and 'hilarity' ensued. A single episode aired in 1990 before this monstrosity was thankfully put out of its misery.
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