15 Controversial TV Episodes That Were Banned

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Every television season brings its own share of promising new series, and though the current seasons are no exception, we can’t help but wonder if any of these newly discovered series will deliver an episode so controversial that it is ultimately banned. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened. Over the years, many popular television series have had certain episodes pulled from the air for various reasons. 

Whether it was a matter of bad timing or due to a controversial subject, the following 15 TV episodes were all deemed inappropriate or too extreme for general audiences. For the record, we’re including episodes that are still banned from airing on television, as well as those that eventually aired at a later date.

1. ‘Partial Terms of Endearment,’ Family Guy

This animated comedy is known for regularly pushing the limits of what’s acceptable for television. However, this episode never aired on television in the U.S. because of its indelicate handling of the topic of abortion. Fans of the show did get the chance to see the episode though, since it was eventually included on a separate home video release. Well played, Fox.

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