Like several Golden Age cartoons, the original Tom and Jerry shorts contained historically accurate gags dramatically opposed by future environments, forcing censorship policies as a result.
Puss Gets The Boot (1940)
- Current airings on television have Mammy Two Shoes' voice redubbed. In addition, the redubbed version changes the script "You're goin' out! O-W-T out!" so that she spells it correctly.
Fraidy Cat (1942)
- Each of Mammy's appearances were removed on current airings.
Dog Trouble (1942)
- TNT airings removed the scene of Mammy kicking Spike out of the house.
Puss n' Toots (1942)
- The scene where a record disc lands on Tom's head, making him look Chinese, followed by Jerry doing an oriental dance to the music, was removed on current airings.
- Some local stations edited the beginning to remove all scenes featuring Mammy.
The Lonesome Mouse (1943)
- This cartoon has rarely aired on television due to a scene featuring Jerry using black paint to make a painting of Tom's head look like Adolf Hitler. When it does air, the scene in question is cut.
The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)
- Airings on Cartoon Network between its launch in 1992 to mid 2001 edited the exploding teapot scene to remove Tom in blackface from the blast. Since late 2001, this cartoon airs unedited.
The Million Dollar Cat (1944)
- Rarely seen on British television and is exempt from the Complete Collector's Edition due to money problems.
Mouse Trouble (1944)
- Some local stations deleted the entire scene where Tom hides in a package addressed to Jerry, followed by Jerry sticking pins into it and sawing it in half, looking inside, and nervously displaying a sign reading "Is there a doctor in the house?"
The Mouse Comes To Dinner (1945)
- Current airings delete the entire beginning with Mammy preparing dinner and Jerry sneaking around the table dressed as an Indian chief. It now abruptly begins with Tom coming out of the plant.
- Prior to the recent edited version, Thea Vidale‘s redub aired on Cartoon Network in the 1990s.
- Some of the home video releases and broadcast airings cut out the scene where Tom lights up a white cigarette.
Mouse In Manhattan (1945)
- Jerry getting his head stuck in a bottle of shoe polish is shortened in current airings. In the original, he popped out in blackface. It accidentally aired uncensored a few times in the 2010s, however.
Flirty Birdy (1945)
- The eagle throwing Tom down a clothesline, and the latter ends up resembling an Indian chief afterwards, is cut from current airings.
The Milky Waif (1946)
- Current airings and all DVD releases remove the entire scene where Jerry and Nibbles disguise themselves as a black woman and child to escape from Tom. It abruptly goes from Nibbles spitting milk in Tom's face to Tom slamming into a frying pan.
- Some locations outside North America removes Jerry’s massive roar near the end for being too intimidating.
Trap Happy (1946)
- Some local stations remove the scene of Butch accidentally chopping Tom's tail off with an axe.
Part Time Pal (1947)
- Mammy's voice is redubbed in current airings. Additionally, her line "Well, slap my face if this ain't a mess!" was changed to "Well, I'll be darned! This is quite a mess!"
- For unknown reasons, Tom's drunken rendition of "One For The Money" before splashing Mammy with water is cut from current broadcasts as well.
A Mouse In The House (1947)
- Withdrawn from Cartoon Network and Boomerang due to resulted racial abuse involving Mammy Two-Shoes getting spanked by Tom and Butch repeatedly at the end.
- Prior to its withdrawal, the scene with Tom and Butch scorched from an explosion in the oven was cut and Mammy was redubbed.
Kitty Foiled (1948)
- The scene where Jerry and the canary disguise themselves as Indians to escape Tom was cut from current airings.
- In UK and Asia Pacific airings the scene Cuckoo points the gun at Tom after the bear rug scene is cut.
The Truce Hurts (1948)
- Current airings removed the dark mud splashed on Spike, Tom, and Jerry.
Old Rockin' Chair Tom (1948)
- Mammy's voice is redubbed in current airings. Also, her line "Take care of poor ol' Uncle Tom." was simply shortened to "Take care of poor ol' Tom."
Professor Tom (1948)
- The scene Tom inhales a cigar and repeatedly blows the smoke into Jerry's mousehole is cut in Boomerang UK airings, due to the United Kingdom's ban on TV show characters smoking. The scene where Tom spanks Topsy for tripping him is also cut due to corporeal punishment is a criminal offense in many countries.
Mouse Cleaning (1948)
- This cartoon rarely airs on television and has been banned from DVDs due to the ending involving a blackface Tom impersonating a black man (complete with stereotypical voice) to elude Mammy after the coal spill. When it did air, the scene suddenly went from the coal spill subsiding to Mammy yelling "THOMAS!!"
- A version that aired on CBS in the 1960s reanimated the scene so that Tom sneaked away quicker and didn't say anything. Further to that existent, the coal coverage on Tom was edited to make the character look non-racial.
The Little Orphan (1949)
- The candle burning up Tom's fur so that he becomes a blackface caricature, followed by a bottle of champagne being launched into his head, is edited on just about every airing. Current broadcasts and DVD masters simply remove the burning, then cut to Nibbles setting off the bottle, then cut to his and Jerry's reactions.
- CBS aired a version in the 1960s that kept the blackface, but reanimated the scene so that Tom keeps his Indian headdress to make the gag a bit cleaner.
Heavenly Puss (1949)
- Banned in Brazil and Middle East due to Tom dreams of facing the damnation in Hell.
Jerry's Diary (1949)
- On current airings, the clip from "The Yankee Doodle Mouse" is edited to remove Tom in blackface from an exploding teapot.
Tennis Chumps (1949)
- Some local stations removed the exploding birdie turning Butch into a blackface ballerina. Oddly, channels like Cartoon Network and Boomerang aired this uncut.
Saturday Evening Puss (1950)
- Versions aired on television from the 1960s onwards reanimated Mammy into an unnamed white woman with a new voice provided by June Foray.
- The same version also mutes out Jerry's barely audible dialogue when he complains to Tom about the noise.
Texas Tom (1950)
- Sequences where Tom smokes the cigarette are removed from reruns of the UK versions of Cartoon Network and Boomerang due to the smoking ban.
Safety Second (1950)
- On current airings, the ending with Jerry blowing into a noisemaker, only for it to blow up due to a firecracker in it, fades out early to remove Jerry in blackface glaring at Nibbles.
Casanova Cat (1951)
This cartoon rarely airs on television and has been banned from DVDs due to the scene where Tom forces Jerry into performing a blackface tap dance for Toodles.
His Mouse Friday (1951)
- Rarely airs on television due to prominent black stereotyping. Edited versions exist on home media, which mute out the natives' and the blackface Jerry's dialogue, and zoomed in on Jerry at the end, so that the child native (with a much thicker lip) would not be seen.
The Two Mouseketeers (1952)
- Some local stations edited out the implied execution of Tom at the end.
Little Runaway (1952)
- The baby seal throwing Tom into a bird bath, which overturns the basin and lands on Tom to make him look like a Chinese caricature, is cut from current airings.
Two Little Indians (1953)
- Rarely airs on television due to prominent Native American stereotyping.
Life With Tom (1953)
- The clip from "The Little Orphan" was edited to remove Tom's blackface look after the candle burns his fur.
Busy Buddies (1956)
- Rarely seen on British television and is exempt from the Complete Collector's Edition mainly due to the brief disturbing sequence where the baby craws underwater and some shooting.
Blue Cat Blues (1956)
- Rarely airs on television and is exempt from many home releases due to topical references to suicide, depression, and alcoholism.
Feedin' The Kiddie (1957)
- Like its original counterpart "The Little Orphan", the blackface scene was edited on television airings.
Tot Watchers (1958)
- Banned in Morocco for Tom and Jerry being arrested for false judgment and the ignorance of child neglect.
Gene Deitch Era
Down and Outing, High Steaks, and Sorry Safari (1961-1962)
- Rarely aired on modern television due to inhumanely insensitive subject matter involving the Deitch era owner and his verbal acts of animal abuse on Tom.
Calypso Cat (1962)
- Banned in the Middle East due to the alleged sexual innuendo.
Dicky Moe (1962)
- Rarely airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang due to inappropriate language including the whale’s name "Dicky Moe".
Buddies Thicker Than Water (1962)
- Shortened in United Kingdom and France because of Tom and Jerry getting intoxicated by alcohol.
Chuck Jones Era
Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary (1966)
- Banned in the Netherlands due to some thematic issues relating to violence during sleep walking.
The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R. (1967)
- Rarely airs on television due to its use of strobe light effects that may induce epileptic seizures in some viewers.
- Some scenes are cut in Germany and the United Kingdom for being too violent.
- The scene is cut as Tom kisses Jerry's lips and kisses a Toodler.
- When Tom soon approaches Toodles to accept her, the scene is cut.
- The episode was banned in Russia.
- The scene is cut where Tom is happy for Jerry because of kissing and hugs.
- The scene where Tom's Angel appears.
- A group of cats, as an evil and stronger Cat appears in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
- The episode was banned in the Arab countries and Middle East.
- These episodes were banned in the Arab countries and Middle East.
- In Middle East, Almost every scene were cut in the following:
- Scenes are cut when an Tom's Shoulder Angel and Tom's Shoulder Devil appear to be absent.
- In Middle East, Almost every scene were cut in the following:
- Jerry, Gopher and her family were cut.
- The end of the episode was cut due to Jerry and Gopher's hug.
- The two scenes in the Moroccan version was cut when Tom's face was missing from the thorny fish and when toy balls were inserted into Tom's eyes
- Tom has thorns and cuts, and seeing him naked cuts across the scene.
- This is somewhat ironic, as in many cases, characters in the franchise (most specifically Tom and Jerry) demonstrate incredible durability and can even reassemble themselves after being shattered or fragmented.