Inspired by these three threads:

Ever watch an anime and think, gee, why hasn't this been licensed yet? Ever watch a show that could have done better (or worse) under a different network? Or a game or property that needs a better licenser or distributor? Well, that's what this thread is for. I'll start...

Taiyo ni Hoero! (1972-1986)
Licensing title: Roar at the Sun

One of Japan's most beloved police shows, this was temporarily licensed to Hawaii and California in the 70s and 80s, where it competed with classic police procedural shows such as The Streets of San Fransisco, Hill Street Blues, In The Heat of Night, and others on a consistent basis.

Dallas (1978-1991)
As popular as it was in the rest of the world world, Filipinos hold a particular love for the classic Dallas when it was imported and shown on the local GMA network in the 70s and 80s. Given the Philippine love of soap operas, or teleserye, as they're called locally, it's not very surprising. However, just after the show aired its infamous "Who Shot J.R?" episode, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. ordered it taken off the air, citing it as "a negative moral influence on our New Society". This caused a fair bit of controversy not just in the country, but in the U.S. as well. As a counter, the production crew continued to insist it was "a work of fiction, anyone assuming we deliberately want to negatively influence our audiences into imitating what happens on screen is gravely mistaken". Regardless, the ban remained in place until Marcos' ouster in 1986, though bootleg tape recordings were popular during the ban. Ironically, VHS tapes of the show were found in the Marcos bedroom in Malacanang Palace. According to a reported statement by Imelda Marcos, he stopped watching after the Dream Season because "Not even we Filipinos could think of something as extraordinary as that!"

Following Marcos, the show was reinstated to Philippine television during Cory Aquino's Presidential tenure, and the show continued to resonate with Filipino audiences, which increased as the show also was given a Filipino dub that is occasionally rerun today. It was even given a Filipino remake in 2008, Manila, starring veteran Filipino actor Eddie Garcia as J.R. Evasco, the remake's J.R. analogue.

Adventure Time (2007-)
Picked up for TV in 2007 by Nickelodeon following its debut as a Random! Cartoons short, it quickly became one of its biggest animation properties alongside SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, and the Avatar series. Notably, it has consistently traded Best Animated Show wins with SpongeBob at every Kids' Choice Awards. However, as with the latter show, some have felt it has continued to run for too long, as Pendleton Ward, the creator, has largely left showrunner duties to his coworkers since 2012.
The Golgo 13 Action Magazine (1988-present)
In the vein of Don Pendleton's The Executioner Mystery Magazine, long-running Japanese gekija anti-hero Golgo 13 entered the men's action-adventure market that had been popularized by Mack Bolan and Remo Williams. The magazine was directed from the start to adults and featured a complete serialized Golgo 13 story, translated in English with commentary work by a rotating staff of guest contributors, the first of which as by Frank Miller. Future commentators would include Frederick Forsyth, Don Pendleton, Garth Ennis (who later took up editing duties alongside Carl Gutsav Horn), David McDaniel (of The Man From UNCLE continuation novels fame), Roderick Thorpe, Johnathan Hensleigh, and even James Cameron and John McTernian. The stories featured were typically published out of order, though the first Golgo story, Operation Big Safe, was the main feature of the first issue. In order to not overtake the manga, reprints were quite often in the early days. A few issues were even banned in certain countries for sensitive political content. Regardless, like the previous years' English release of Lone Wolf and Cub, the series saw surprisingly massive popularity and still runs to this day, albeit at a lesser rate than it used to.
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