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10 TV Episodes Banned From Reruns

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The phrase “too hot for TV” has multiple meanings, but sometimes networks don’t realize it until the show has aired. Before catching Eric Jonrosh’s once-banned masterpiece The Spoils Before Dying on IFC (starting July 8 at 9p), let’s explore the world of TV episodes that snuck through, only to be pulled from reruns.

10. Hawaii Five-O – Bored, She Hung Herself

1968 tropical police procedural Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons, which is pretty astonishing to think about. During the show’s second season, they aired “Bored, She Hung Herself,” which involves a woman dying by a “yoga technique” that resembled autoerotic asphyxiation. After it was aired, CBS never showed it again or put it on the show’s DVD box sets.
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9. Gargoyles – Deadly Force

Animation fans have a soft spot for Disney’s ‘90s Gargoyles cartoon, which often tackled surprisingly mature themes. “Deadly Force,” which depicted a kid accidentally shooting someone, was a little too dark and only aired once.


8. Beavis & Butt-Head – Comedians

MTV’s Beavis & Butt-Head skirted the edge of acceptability on multiple occasions, but the episode “Comedians” where the moronic duo burn down a comedy club inspired an Ohio kid to set fire to his family’s trailer. The network pulled the episode from the line-up for good.


7. Seinfeld – The Puerto Rican Day

Often shows get pulled from reruns after viewers freak out, as was the case with ninth-season Seinfeld episode “The Puerto Rican Day.” New Yorkers know the chaos that descends on the city every June, but George Costanza pointing it out and Kramer burning a Puerto Rican flag really pissed people off.


6. Cow & Chicken – Buffalo Gals

Cow & Chicken was a B-lister on the early Cartoon Network lineup, but they got in deep doo-doo with this episode that involved an overtly lesbian motorcycle gang breaking into houses and “munching on carpet.”


5. You Can’t Do That On Television – Adoption

You Can’t Do That On Television wasn’t known for being particularly over-the-top, but this 1987 episode featured a character trying to send his adopted son back to the orphanage, causing a major uproar and having it pulled after two airings.


4. Tiny Toon Adventures – One Beer

It’s insane to think that Warner Brothers thought they could get “One Beer” on the air, but this Tiny Toon Adventures episode (where the kid protagonists get sloshed, drive off a cliff and die) actually screened once before being pulled from U.S. syndication.


3. The Twilight Zone – The Encounter

The original The Twilight Zone touched on some sensitive subjects, but the racially-charged 1964 ghost story “The Encounter” (starring a young George Takei) was too much for viewers to handle so it was never repeated. You can get it on DVD or on Hulu, if you’re so inclined.
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2. Pokemon – Electric Soldier Porygon

Most of these shows got banned for being in poor taste, but the 1997 Pokemon episode “Electric Soldier Porygon” was actually dangerous. A pattern of flashing lights accompanying the titular creature triggered epileptic seizures in 600 Japanese viewers. It was never aired again.
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1. South Park – 200/201

Of course South Park would hit the top spot on this list. The two-part epic that encompassed the show’s 200th and 201st episodes folded in Islam, Scientology and global outrage by depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The network censored the show and has refused to release it since.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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