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MeTV, an acronym for Memorable Entertainment Television, is an American broadcast television network. Marketed as "The Definitive Destination for Classic TV", the network airs a variety of classic television programs from the 1950s through the early 1990s.

In January 2021, the network started to air two blocks called "Toon In with Me" and "Saturday Morning Cartoons" consisting of classic Warner Bros. cartoons alongside Popeye, MGM, and Tom and Jerry shorts. This made MeTV the first station in over twenty years to air these cartoons outside of Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and the first non-WarnerMedia-owned station in the United States since ABC to air Looney Tunes shorts since The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show ended its run 2 September 2000.

In May 2021, the network began airing Pink Panther shorts and other shorts from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and also aired a "MeTV+" exclusive block, "Sunday Night Cartoons", which consists of reruns of certain shorts. However, despite the fact that the latter does reruns, it is known to air new cartoons too, restored or unrestored.

Censorship

MeTV airs the Warner Bros. shorts uncut for comic violence (including scenes of gun violence), dangerous behavior, scenes of characters attempting suicide (as seen with "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", "Horton Hatches the Egg", and "Martian Through Georgia"), scenes of drug abuse or ingestion of dangerous chemicals (as seen with "Show Biz Bugs" and "The Last Hungry Cat"), and, in the case of "The Rebel Without Claws" and "Dumb Patrol", mild bad language, something most American free-to-air and cable networks either haven't done in ages or have never done at all. However, some scenes featuring outdated racial stereotypes and use of outdated racist language or imagery are still edited. Some examples include:

  • In "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", even though the scene of the gangster rabbits pouncing on Bugs before he reaches the finish line and the oft-censored suicide ending are uncut on MeTV, the earlier scene of Bugs' race against Cecil Turtle showing their pictures in the newspaper edited the word "Jap" from an article about a cruiser being blown up in the Pacific Ocean. Initially, the word "Jap" was blurred out, which also covered the "R" in "Challenger" and the "C" in "cruiser". Later airings still edited the word, but changed the blur to a cleaner, less obvious digital erasing. This edit was never done when this short aired on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, or any local syndicated affiliates.
  • "Aviation Vacation" still has the African native scenes cut as they were on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
  • "Believe It or Else" still has the "berth of a baby" sight gag cut due to the appearance of two stereotypical black train porters as it was on the Ted Turner-owned cable networks TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
  • "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" is edited to remove the joke about "scalpers" being depicted as American Indians, similar to how it was edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
  • "Yankee Doodle Bugs" was partially edited on MeTV. The scene of the Dutchman giving the Native American a song in exchange for Manhattan Island was left in, but the Native American running off, yelling, "Me rich chief! Me rich SUPER Chief!" was edited. This was also how it was cut on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, as opposed to how The WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang edited it, where the entire scene was cut.
  • "Mouse-Taken Identity" censored the scene with Sylvester chasing Hippety Hopper around an American Indian display, and cuts to Sylvester showing his son that Hippety Hopper scalped him. Compare with the version shown on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, where the entire scene was cut, including Sylvester showing his son that he had been scalped.
  • "Swooner Crooner" still has the Al Jolson rooster audition cut, as it was on TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
  • "Patient Porky" still has the Rochester scenes as an elevator operator cut, similar to how they were edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
  • "I Taw a Putty Tat" is a strange case. The scene of Sylvester posing as a Swedish maid to get Tweety, only to end up in blackface from a stick of dynamite was shown uncensored when it premiered on the network's Saturday Morning Cartoons block. However, the short now runs edited on the weekday morning block, Toon In with Me, and is edited similarly to how Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and the WB did it.

In contrast to the above edits, some scenes featuring outdated racial and ethnic stereotypes have been shown uncut:

  • The Native American scenes in "Porky's Hotel" (which was never edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or Boomerang), "A Gander at Mother Goose" (which was cut on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, but is on HBO Max uncut and uncensored), "What's Cookin' Doc?" (once banned on Cartoon Network for American Indian stereotyping, but is on HBO Max's streaming service), "Behind the Meat-Ball" (rarely aired on American television due to Indian stereotyping and references to WWII food rationing; it was temporarily on HBO Max), "Rebel Rabbit" (was edited for American Indian stereotyping on The WB, FOX, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang), "High Diving Hare" (was edited for American Indian stereotyping on ABC and Nickelodeon, though not Cartoon Network or Boomerang), "His Bitter Half" (was edited on FOX and Nickelodeon, but not for American Indian stereotypes; just gun violence and dangerous behavior involving fireworks), "Stork Naked" (never edited on American television, though most likely shown infrequently), "Wild and Woolly Hare" (edited for American Indian stereotyping on WB, FOX, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang), "Crockett-Doodle-Do" (never edited on American television, though shown infrequently, as Nickelodeon aired this fairly often), and "Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner" (was never edited on American television, though shown infrequently, as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon did air this on occasion) were shown uncut.
  • "Frigid Hare" and "Bushy Hare", once banned from Cartoon Network for their stereotypical depictions of an Eskimo and Australian aborigine respectively, were shown uncut for the first time on American TV since the 1990s. The MeTV versions of both these cartoons also leave in the "Eskimo pie-head" line and Bugs' line about not going back to work until July 1953 from "Frigid Hare" and the sadistic stabbing sequence from "Bushy Hare".
  • "Hamateur Night", pulled from HBO Max because it featured a black Arabic magician, though shown uncut on the Ted Turner-owned networks on the rare times it did air on American TV, was also left uncut when the network aired the short on the Toon In with Me block.
  • "Mucho Locos" left in the clip from "China Jones" where Daffy gets burned by the Chinese Dragon Lady after asking her why she's called that, a scene that was cut from CBS in the 1980s, not because of ethnic stereotyping, but because of concerns over showing a character comically getting set on fire. It's currently unknown if MeTV will air "China Jones" uncut, with cuts, or ban it due to racial stereotypes.
  • "Tweety and the Beanstalk" and "War and Pieces" both had their respective scenes of Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote encountering a stereotypical Chinese version of Tweety and the Road Runner intact.
  • The two scenes from "Trip for Tat" that were censored on ABC in 1994, Sylvester falling through a bridge and sinking a Japanese man in a boat and the end where Sylvester tells viewers in a stereotypical Italian accent that, "Pussycats should eat-a da spaghetta. It-a make-a you nice and fat!" were shown uncut.
  • The scene in "Nutty News" featuring the Adolf Hitler jack-in-a-box used to help barbers keep boys still in the barber chair, a scene that was edited on Nickelodeon back in the 1990s, was shown uncut. However, the version shown was the one where the title card isn't shown upside-down due to rumors of possible Nazi symbolism hidden in the upside-down title card (the card showing the director and animation credits was shown intact).
  • A very minor and brief gag in "Porky's Railroad", where the Sliverfish engineer speeds by a woodpile with his Silver Fish train, only to reveal a black man hiding underneath said woodpile (referring to a racially offensive saying), was left uncut, another scene that was edited on Nickelodeon back in the 1990s.
  • Both "Porky in Wackyland" (which was edited on Nickelodeon) and "Dough for the Do-Do" (which was edited on ABC) kept in the black Al Jolson duck saying "Mammy, mammy, mammy" as he walks past Porky.
  • "What's Up Doc?" left in the scene of Elmer passing by Al Jolson as Jolson does his "Mammy, mammy" schtick in the park, as well as Elmer's risque "anti-freeze" joke and Bugs' comic violence against Elmer that prompts the latter to hold Bugs at gunpoint.
  • "The Mouse-Merized Cat" left in the scene of Catstello being hypnotized into acting like Rochester talking to Jack Benny about being in Harlem at his grandmother's house, unlike the versions shown on The WB, Cartoon Network (barring its brief airing in 2009 when the scene was uncut), and Boomerang.
  • "The Dixie Fryer" was shown on MeTV's Toon In with Me and Saturday Morning Cartoons blocks, despite being recently banned due to its title, as "Dixie" is a reference to the American South's history of African-American slavery. On a similar note, "The Rebel Without Claws" also aired on the network, despite its Civil War themes and focus on the Confederate side.
  • "The Queen Was in the Parlor", which was edited on Cartoon Network's Late Night Black and White program to remove the short scene of the Jewish knight saying, "Da Ka-veen? Da Ka-veen!", was not cut.
  • All Speedy Gonzales cartoons, both the Sylvester and Speedy cartoons and the Daffy Duck and Speedy cartoons, have aired uncut and uncensored for the first time since their days on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. While Cartoon Network did air some Speedy Gonzales cartoons, "Gonzales' Tamales" was shown with Sylvester's line, "I'll getcha if I have to eat every one of these things!" cut on most Cartoon Network and Boomerang feeds, "Here Today, Gone Tamale" had the scene of Fernando attempting suicide by putting a gun to his head cut on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and the Cartoon Network version of "Mexicali Schmoes" was edited to remove the scene of Slowpoke Rodriguez shooting a Mexican cat in the face with his gun.
  • Cartoons featuring Arabic stereotyping (such as the aforementioned "Hamateur Night", "A-Lad-In His Lamp", "Ali Baba Bunny", "Hare-abian Nights", and "Devil's Feud Cake") have aired uncut and uncensored on MeTV.

In addition to the racially-insensitive scenes, other cartoons have had other scenes cut:

  • A scene in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" where Bugs finds Mama Bear dressed in a see-through nightgown was cut, another scene that wasn't edited on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, or any local syndicated affiliates.
  • "Beep, Beep" had part of the scene where Wile E. Coyote reads a blueprint of his latest plan to catch the Road Runner cut for time reasons.
  • Although shown uncut and uncensored, Bugs' opening rendition of "In the Cold, Cold Ground" in "A-Lad-In His Lamp" was shortened for time reasons.
  • The version of "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century" that airs on MeTV is the reformatted version that had parts cut for time when it was shown as an individual short on network and cable TV after being shown on Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving Special.

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Gallery

See: MeTV/Gallery

Additional Notes

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