Banned TV Moments That Fans Can't See

By Sarah Norman | June 7, 2023

Hee Haw! Hee Haw! – Fear Factor

There's a sense of forbidden allure that comes with things that are banned or hard to come by. Whether it's a banned book, a censored movie, or an episode of a popular television show that was pulled from the airwaves, there's something about the unattainable that makes it all the more desirable. And while censorship may seem like a thing of the past, the truth is that there are still plenty of examples of episodes of popular television shows that were banned or are now hard to see because they were pulled from the airwaves after their initial run.

From the controversial and the offensive to the just plain bizarre, these episodes represent a side of television history that we don't often get to see. So, if you're a fan of television and want to explore some of the shows that have been deemed too hot for TV, then read on. We've compiled a list of some of the most banned and hard-to-find episodes of popular television shows, and we're inviting you to join us on a journey into the dark and fascinating world of TV censorship.

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For fans of Fear Factor, the thrill of watching contestants eat buffalo testicles or crawl through piles of maggots was all in a day's work. But even the most seasoned viewers were left gagging at the thought of one infamous episode that pushed the limits of good taste to the breaking point.

In this unforgettable installment, the participants were forced to drink either donkey urine or donkey semen, depending on a horseshoe toss. The mere thought of consuming such a vile concoction was enough to make even the most hardened Fear Factor fans shudder.

The episode was so gross that it didn't initially make it to air, with showrunners balking at its over-the-top content. And yet, in a testament to the show's commitment to pushing boundaries, it was eventually aired as a rerun, under the title "Hee Haw! Hee Haw," shocking and delighting viewers in equal measure. For those who could stomach it, the episode was a reminder of the true power of television to shock, provoke, and entertain, even in the face of the most revolting challenges imaginable.

Whom Gods Destroy - Star Trek

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The censors in the United Kingdom didn't take kindly to the third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series that featured Kirk being tortured and a provocative dance performed by Marta during a banquet scene, which resulted in the episode being excluded from its original airing. The authorities felt that the dance was particularly inappropriate for children. Similarly, German television also opted not to air the episode during its original run in 1972/73, presumably due to comparable reasons. It wasn't until May 9, 1988 that the episode finally saw the light of day on German TV.