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Poll: TV Episodes You'll Never See in Reruns

There are some TV episodes that aren't ever repeated for various reasons, and some have even been banned outright. Out of the TV episodes listed below, which would you most like to watch again (or for the first time)?

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    Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy (1951)

    I Love Lucy (1951), "The Ricardos Visit Cuba" (1956)

    Unlike most of the shows on this list, "The Ricardos Visit Cuba" was pulled from the air years after it was originally shown, when tensions heated up between the US and Castro's Cuba.

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    George Takei and Neville Brand in The Twilight Zone (1959)

    The Twilight Zone (1959), "The Encounter" (1964)

    Featuring George Takei in one of his earliest roles, as a gardener trapped in an attic with his WWII vet boss, the studio was plagued with complaints about the use of racial slurs, hate speech and implications that Japanese-Americans helped Japan attack Pearl Harbor.

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    Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek (1966)

    Star Trek (1966), "Patterns of Force" (1968)

    The episode was banned in Germany for nearly 30 years as it was considered to be making light of Nazism and Fascism by presenting a world where both thrived.

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    Hawaii Five-O (1968)

    Hawaii Five-O (1968), "Bored, She Hung Herself" (1970)

    A viewer died after following the "yoga technique" shown in this episode; it was actually auto-asphyxiation.

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    Margaret Hamilton and Caroll Spinney in Sesame Street (1969)

    Sesame Street (1969), "Episode 847" (1976)

    After Margaret Hamilton reprised her Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard Oz, the show was inundated with letters from parents whose children were scared out of their wits.

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    Charlie Adler in Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)

    Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), "Elephant Issues: One Beer" (1991)

    In one of three vignettes from the "Elephant Issues" episode, Buster, Plucky and Hamton get drunk, steal a police car and drive it off a cliff to their deaths; no further explanation needed.

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    Beavis and Butt-Head (1993)

    Beavis and Butt-Head (1993), "Comedians" (1993)

    After B&B fail at trying stand-up, they decide that "fire is fun"and light up the comedy club; a five-year-old fan lit his house on fire, killing his younger sister.

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    Bill Fagerbakke and Salli Richardson-Whitfield in Gargoyles (1994)

    Gargoyles (1994), "Deadly Force" (1994)

    "Deadly Force" depicted Broadway accidentally shooting Elisa and aired only once after which it was pulled for being too dark.

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    Dexter's Laboratory (1996)

    Dexter's Laboratory (1996), "Dial M for Monkey: Barbequor" (1996)

    "Dial M for Monkey: Barbequor" was banned because of the characters Silver Spooner, who was a flamboyant gay stereotype, and Krunk, who got drunk and threw up; another theory is that the segment was banned because of Barbequor, a parody of Marvel's Galactus, which reportedly upset the publisher.

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Karin Konoval in The X-Files (1993)

    The X-Files (1993), "Home" (1996)

    The first network TV episode to be rated TV-M, the extreme violence and incest aspects led Fox to pull it after only one airing and it is not shown in syndication, though it has become a cult classic for fans.

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    Pokémon (1997)

    Pokémon (1997), "Electric Soldier Porygon" (1997)

    The episode featured multi-colored strobe lights that caused 600 children in Japan to have vision problems, headaches, nausea and even seizures.

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    Cow and Chicken (1995)

    Cow and Chicken (1995), "Buffalo Gals" (1998)

    This episode featured a motorcycle gang of females that breaks into people's homes and chews on their carpets and plays softball while using innuendos about "pitching" and "catching"; Cartoon Network banned it for perpetuating lesbian stereotypes.

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards in Seinfeld (1989)

    Seinfeld (1989), "The Puerto Rican Day" (1998)

    As Jerry and the gang are caught in traffic because of New York's annual Puerto Rican Day, they anger the crowd (including lighting a flag on fire) to the point that the car is smashed by a mob.

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    South Park (1997)

    South Park (1997), "201" (2010)

    "201" was an attempt to satirize extremist upset over the depiction of the prophet Mohammed, but ended up instead making a statement that was considered even more inflammatory.

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    Joe Rogan in Fear Factor (2001)

    Fear Factor (2001), "Hee Haw! Hee Haw!" (2012)

    This episode, which featured teams of twins drinking fluids that were expelled by donkeys, ultimately led to the cancellation of the entire show.


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