Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos

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Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos
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It's really shocking that one of Australia's most beloved networks would go on to make something extremely disturbing.
Genre: Adult-oriented comedy
Running Time: 60 minutes (intended)
36 minutes (original airing time)
Country: Australia
Release Date: September 4, 1992 (original airing)
August 28, 2008 (repackaged special)
Network(s): Nine Network
Created by: Vin Di Bona
Starring: Doug Mulray
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 1 (intended)
3/5 (aired)


Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos is an Australian television comedy special hosted by Australian comedian Doug Mulray. Being an adults-only spin-off of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (itself being an Aussie adaptation of America's Funniest Home Videos), the show included inappropriate content all in the means of comedy. It was deemed to be so inappropriate that the owner of Nine Network at the time, Kerry Packer, ordered the studio to pull it off the air. It was broadcast in its entirety in 2008 (3 years after Kerry Packer's death), though a scene where Doug Mulray makes fun of fat children was edited out.

Why It's Too Naughty (and NOT in a Good Way)

  1. The show is infamous for featuring video clips with uncensored sex and nudity, even for the show's intended adult audience.
  2. Poor and laughable narration.
  3. Some of the scenes never tried to make it feel like a comedy or at least make it funny.
  4. It was so disturbing and inappropriate that it was taken off air part-way through the broadcast of its first and only episode. Sounds familiar now?
  5. As mentioned above, despite being based on Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (which in return is based on America's Funniest Home Videos), this special decided not to copy the charm of said show or the original source material, instead completely throwing it out the window in favor of making a gross-out show.
  6. The aforementioned scene where Doug Mulray makes fun of fat children is very offensive and fat-shaming. In fact, it was removed and edited out from the 2008 rebroadcast to prevent complaints from people.
    • It even caused him to get fired and banned from the Nine Network, although he would later return to Nine to be a judge on StarStruck.
  7. Some of the jokes used are incredibly tasteless as well, like how Doug Mulray makes a joke about Rodney King and how he became a victim of police brutality due to his drunk-driving, which comes off as tasteless and insensitive due to this show airing months after he was beaten by police, an action that sparked the L.A. riots of 1992.
  8. The infamous bestiality clip that shows a young girl grabbing a kangaroo's genitals.
  9. Some clips also feature incredibly disturbing and unpleasant imagery, even for the show's intended adult audience, such as one where a galah bird bites an old man's nipple.
  10. Misleading rating: This got a PG during its re-airing despite the content being enough to receive an R18+. Sadly Australian Classification Board gave many anime games with fanservice and games with some sexual themes like Fable Anniversary an R18+ even though most have tamer sexual themes/content than this.

Reception and cancellation

While in the middle of eating dinner, then-Nine Network owner Kerry Packer was told about the special by some of his friends. He tuned in to watch it and was so offended, he dialed the studio and screamed "Get that shit off the air!". The special was immediately pulled from airwaves and replaced with a message saying there was a technical problem. In order to fill up remaining airtime, repeats of Cheers were played to fill the remaining 24 minutes from the special.

Despite the same announcement and bumper playing in the middle of the airing of ANHV across Australia, it occurred in different parts of the program depending on the area it was airing in, due to time differences. In Melbourne and Brisbane, the station simply started airing an episode of Cheers after a scheduled commercial break. In other areas, the last part of the show broadcast was of Doug Mulray giving a monologue about "bosoms" or the infamous clip of a young girl grabbing a kangaroo's genitals. The special was canceled before it was scheduled to air in Perth, and thus its Nine Network affiliate showed a brief message mentioning that the special wouldn't be aired, before beginning an episode of Cheers.

Despite Packer's opinions on the special and its content, it was very popular among its audience. After the announcement, Nine reportedly (and allegedly) received "thousands" of phone calls from viewers, with 65 percent of callers upset with the program being pulled, in contrast to the 60 callers who called in during the show's broadcast, complaining about its content. Viewers were generally bewildered by the sudden interruption and the cut to Cheers, not knowing about the show's cancellation until it was widely reported by the Australian media outlets the very next day. Packer was so disgusted by the special, it is sometimes known as "The Show Kerry Packer Didn't Want You To See".

The show was finally aired in its entirety on Channel Nine in 2008, hosted by Aussie broadcasting legend Bert Newton. Newton quipped "The reason for the show going off was "technical difficulties", which was accurate. Because it's TECHNICALLY very DIFFICULT to keep a show on air...with Mr. Packer on the phone YELLING at you."

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