Total Nerd Episodes Of Beloved Sitcoms So Intense, You're Not Allowed To See Them Anymore  

Alex Welch
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List Rules Vote up the episodes that definitely should have been taken off the air.

It takes a lot for a sitcom episode to get pulled from the air or completely banned altogether, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Usually it requires that the show goes into some sort of territory that is unconventional, to say the very least, and while that might be expected from more socially controversial shows like The Simpsons or Family Guy, there are plenty of other programs that went shockingly beyond the pale.

Sometimes, however, it’s less a fault of the writers and more a result of changing political attitudes or unexpected events that paint certain plotlines in a whole new light. It’s not exactly easy to see the future, after all. Whatever the reason, unaired or banned shows go down as a sort of urban legend, so here are 15 sitcom episodes you have to seriously go out of your way to try and find in their original format

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"Elephant Issues"


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The Show

Tiny Toons

What The Episode Was

The first segment of the "Elephant Issues" episode was a segment titled "One Beer," in which Buster Bunny, Hamton J. Pig, and Plucky Duck stumble upon an unopened bottle of beer. After the characters each take a swig they proceed to have an unfortunately crazy drunken night that ends in them all dying by drunk driving off a cliff.

Why It Was Pulled From Rotation

That the message of the "One Beer" segment was that drinking was dangerous, and should therefore be discouraged. Yet many viewers and parents reacted negatively to the whole segment and argued that the topic was too dark to be featured in a normally kid-friendly cartoon. It was pulled by the network quickly thereafter. 

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"Comedians"


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The Show

Beavis and Butthead

What The Episode Was

Beavis and Butthead decide to pursue new careers as stand-up comedians. However, when their attempts fail, the duo decide to set fire to the comedy club, while they watch it burn down to the ground from nearby.

Why It Was Pulled From Rotation

"Comedians" wasn't pulled for the content of the episode itself necessarily, but for what it inspired in real life. Specifically, a 5-year-old named Austin Messner watched "Comedians", and after hearing one of the characters say that fire was "fun" in the episode, set fire to his family home later that night, resulting in the death of his younger sister. After that, MTV pulled the episode from rotation for good.


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Seinfeld

What The Episode Was

In the controversial 1998 episode, the Seinfeld crew get out from a Mets game early, but find themselves stuck in the heavy traffic of a national Puerto Rican Day celebration and parade. When Kramer accidentally lights a sparkler and sets the Puerto Rican flag on fire then tries to stomp it out, he and the rest of the crew find themselves on the receiving end of an angry mob of offended Puerto Rican witnesses.

Why It Was Pulled From Rotation

It's not hard to see why this particular episode of Seinfeld was controversial, with many calling out the burning of the Puerto Rican flag being used as a prop as too disrespectful. It also didn't help that Kramer responded to the incident by saying it "happens every day in Puerto Rico,"  and was specifically called out by Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer at the time.

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"Prom-ises, Prom-ises"


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Boy Meets World

What The Episode Was

Cory and Topanga make an agreement to lose their virginities to each other in a hotel room on the night of their senior prom. But if the duo's nerves aren't threatening enough to ruin the night, their plans are thrown into turmoil by the unfortunate temporary lodging of Cory's parents just a few rooms down from them.

Why It Was Pulled From Rotation

"Prom-ises" was, at the time, the raciest episode that Boy Meets World had ever aired, though, by the standards of Disney-owned ABC, that probably doesn't mean much. Be that as it may, the episode's adult sexual themes and intimate moments between Cory and Topanga led to the network pulling it from all of the show's planned rerun rotations.