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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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