Not too long ago, the most disgusting thing you might see on TV was someone picking his nose. That's just too tame these days. You can blame it on South Park's Mr. Hanky, Family Guy's barf-o-rama, or, more likely, CSI's gross-out of the week, but things have gotten downright tummy-turning on television.
Desperate Housewives didn't actually show streaming puke like so many other programs love to do, they did feature a discussion of stomach contents during a dinner party that Bree threw. She had given her vegetarian grandson a couple of hot dogs that day, and the evidence of her deception was dissected while her guests squirmed in their seats.
So in the spirit of the season, we give you the top 10 disgusting scenes that made us feel more than a little nauseous.
10. House can always be counted on to deliver some new piece of gore, from people projectile vomiting the oddest things to bodies practically erupting. But this season they preyed on those of us who wonder if we've missed some metal in our bodies before getting into an MRI tube. A young woman had needles in her brain that started tearing out when she went into the MRI.
9. The grand masters of gross, CSI and its franchise siblings, have done so many disgusting things that we find it hard to pin down the worst offense among the burned, mutilated and decomposed bodies. But what creeped us out was the Quentin Tarantino episode when Nick was trapped in an insect-filled coffin. That little excursion continued to bug Nick, and us, every time a critter came close.
8. In Worst Week, Sam Briggs gets lost in the spacious home of his future in-laws during a power outage, only to discover that he has mistaken the kitchen for the bathroom. And he's just peed on the turkey cooking in the oven. Far-fetched? You bet. But try looking at turkey broth in the same light this Thanksgiving.
7. Our aversion to spit is legendary, so imagine how curdling it could be to see Pumpkin spitting into New York's mouth in a episode of Flavor of Love.
6. Reaching back a few years, you have the season nine skit from MadTV that could turn everyone off of eggs for their lifetime. You practically hurl when the TV chef nearly loses it into a vat of eggs and clams. You can still catch The Eggsellent Marathon on YouTube if you have masochistic tendencies.
Nip/Tuck has left no putrid stone unturned, yet the one episode we remember as the most gut-wrenching in every sense was the one about the morbidly obese woman who was glued to her sofa by her own feces and leaking body fluids. She had to be surgically removed from the couch.
4. We're going back to House again. But you can't ignore it when they give a dead guy a colonoscopy -- especially when the pressure builds in the body and erupts all over Foreman.
3. Fringe seems determined to up the ick at every turn. The first episode was bad enough -- a guy vomits into the mouth of a pilot to infect him, then skin peels off revealing the slippery goo underneath the victims. But the pregnancy episode still has us trying to figure out how to burn those images out of our brains.
2. Grey's Anatomy seldom goes for the gore -- and yes, we did see the episode where the guy cut his foot off with a saw -- so when the show recently went over to the gross side by showing a face being peeled back during tumor surgery, it hit us right in the gut.
1. Can anyone not get the heebie-jeebies after seeing this season's episode of My Name is Earl with the woman with the oozy eye? When the eye goo landed in Earl's mouth during their excruciating sexual encounter, the bile never came so quickly.