Banned TV Moments That Fans Can't See

By Sarah Norman | September 14, 2023

See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey - The Powerpuff Girls

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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The Powerpuff Girls' "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" episode was a daring foray into the world of rock operas, inspired by the likes of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Tommy". The girls find themselves overwhelmed by the crime plaguing Townsville and make a deal with an evil gnome to restore peace, giving up their powers in the process. However, the gnome takes the opportunity to create a cult and indoctrinates the people of Townsville. The girls must then choose between a world of peace and one of balance, ultimately deciding to break the deal and send the gnome into oblivion, restoring order to their city.

Series creator Craig McCracken has long since dismissed the rumors about flashing seizure lights and political debates that supposedly led to the episode's ban. Rather, the controversy was due to a misunderstanding. Reportedly, a character that bore a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ appeared alongside a structure of steel beams that resembled a cross. McCracken insists that the inclusion was purely coincidental and never intended as a nod to Christianity. Nonetheless, the episode was banned from American TV screens and remains a puzzling enigma for fans of the series who dare to explore its mysteries.

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

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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.