Banned TV Moments That Fans Can't See

By Sarah Norman | August 31, 2023

Testimony of Evil/Dead Men Don't Laugh - Police Squad!

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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In the world of Police Squad!, death is no laughing matter-- unless it's done with style. The show's signature opening credits featured a rotating roster of celebrity guest stars dying in outrageous ways, to the delight of viewers. However, when John Belushi filmed an intro for the sixth episode, "Testimony of Evil/Dead Men Don't Laugh", the joke took a dark turn. Belushi's intro, in which he was seen submerged in a river with his feet in cement, had to be pulled after the actor's real-life death from a drug overdose. William Conrad's death scene was substituted, with him being stabbed and thrown from a moving car. Belushi's "death scene" has never seen the light of day, with rumors circulating that it has been destroyed.

Conspiracy - Star Trek: The Next Generation

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(Paramount Domestic Television)

Star Trek: The Next Generation, the beloved third installment of the iconic Star Trek series, takes place in the latter third of the 24th century, where Earth is a part of the United Federation of Planets, and the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) embarks on a journey to explore the Alpha quadrant. In the season one episode "Conspiracy," after meeting with a fellow captain, Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise uncover a conspiracy involving high-ranking Starfleet officers possessed by parasitic aliens preparing to invade the United Federation of Planets. However, the uncut version of "Conspiracy" was kept off of the BBC due to its rather uncharacteristic graphic depiction of a man exploding, which resulted in a highly edited version being aired by the BBC in 1991.