TV Episodes The Best Taboo Episodes  

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List of the best Taboo episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Taboo episodes of all time are. Fans of Taboo are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

A list made up of episodes like "Signs of Identity" and "Extreme Kids." What is the best Taboo episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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Sexuality is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Dec 02 2002 Cross the line of defined gender and plunge into the lives of people living in the gray area of sexuality.

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Food is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Sep 30 2002 Savor the forbidden taste off taboo meals from around the globe, some hilarious others deadly serious. Find out why eating habits--like language--are a key definer of culture.

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Extreme Childhood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Jul 21 2004 An 8-year-old trains as a boxer in Thailand; a 4-year-old becomes a virgin goddess in Nepal; a 13-year-old plants dynamite in Bolivian mines.

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Rites of Manhood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Rites of Manhood Sep 20 2004 Tests of manhood, including a scarification ritual, are examined.

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Gross Grub is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Gross Grub Sep 13 2004 A look at unusual eats around the world, including rotten fish heads; grilled guinea pig; and cheese with maggots.

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Skin Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Skin Deep Aug 05 2007 In Iceland's traditional Thorrablot celebration in February, a chef prepares rotting shark meat, goat's head and other hard to swallow dishes for their traditional buffet. And in India, an ...more

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Initiation Rituals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Initiation Rituals Aug 05 2007 Systems of justice in different cultures are examined. Included: tribal justice in the West African nation of Togo and revenge killings in Albania.

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Teen Sex is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 8: Learn why girls around the globe are having sex at different ages and for different reasons.

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Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Oct 28 2002 Take a secret look at our darkest ritual - black magic. Explore the nature of power itself, and how it both elevates and corrupts our species.

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Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Dec 30 2003 Explore how different cultures mark milestones along the path of life.

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Evil Spirits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 6: How do we confront evil? Explore how cultures around the world fight back - some in ways that shocked outsiders might call taboo.

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Beyond the Grave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Beyond the Grave Feb 17 2010 In an effort to cope with death, we shroud it in ritual and surround it with taboos. And what one culture sees as a normal way to deal with the dead, for another might be forbidden. In Nepal, a ...more

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Nasty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 18: Explore some of the jobs in different societies that most can barely imagine doing.

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Drugs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Nov 11 2002 Take a trip from traditional acceptance to modern rejection, exploring how drugs are used in ancient cultures and why they are prohibited in modern ones.

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Body Perfect is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Nov 10 2003 On the island off the coast of Indonesian Sumatra, the wife of the Mentawi tribe chieften, undergoes a teeth filing ritual to beautify herself. Her teeth are sharpen with a machete. In Los ...more

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Justice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Oct 06 2003 Taboo looks at rites of passage around the world including a boy's circumcision in South Africa, an Apache's girls ritual of womanhood, and American couple's journey into old age.

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Delicacies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Oct 13 2003 In Iceland's traditional Thorrablot celebration in February, a chef prepares rotting shark meat, goat's head and other hard to swallow dishes for their traditional buffet. And in India, an ...more

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Spirit World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Jul 07 2004 A look at the spirit world, and how it's represented in different cultures. Included: The Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, where participants pierce themselves with steel skewers and ...more

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Extreme Entertainers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Jan 19 2004 Entertainment in different cultures. Included: the training of a Japanese geisha; cross-dressing cabaret performers of Thailand; American circus sideshow performers who pierce their bodies with ...more

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Living With the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 4: Meet Eric from Jacksonville, Fla. Whose online business sells true crime collectibles murderabilia.

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Odd Couples is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 5: Meet couples in marital bliss whose relationships may seem quite odd for many others.

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Freaky Remedies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 3: In cultures around the world, many still look to monks, mystics, and magic potions for cures.

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Extreme Fighting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 2: Witness the extreme fighting practiced by different cultures around the world.

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Booze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 1: Experience the personal stories of those whose lives have crumbled due to alcohol addictions.

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Outcasts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 12: National Geographic examines outcasts around the world--branded as outsiders by their behavior, appearance or birth.

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Initiation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 10: Some groups require new members to pass tests designed to prove they are worthy. How much pain would you endure to belong?

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Marks of Identity is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 9: How far would you go to mark your identity? Everyone belongs to some kind of group, and the ways people show that belonging can be extreme.

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Secret Lives is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 6: Meet people who are living two lives that can be seen as deceitful, bizarre and Taboo.

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Strange Behavior is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 7: Meet 17-year-old Bethany who has the uncontrollable urge to pull out her hair.

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US of Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 17: See the effects of party-goers' excessive alcohol consumption and the stuggle to save their lives.

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Old Enough? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 16: How young is too young? When is it too soon to lose your childhood innocence?

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Weird Weddings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 19: Experience bizarre weddings from around the world. And who said the couple had to be human?

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Extreme Bodies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 15: Examine people who haven taken body modification to the extreme.

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Weird Collections is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 14: For many, collecting knick knacks or other objects is a hobby; for some, it's a bizarre obsession.

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Private Passions is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 13: Human beings have a natural desire to find a mate. But not all matches are made from one mold.

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Strange Passions is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 10: Explore the many variations on the traditional ideal of heterosexual monogamy and marriage.

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Extreme Collectors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 9: See what happens when collections cross the line from passion to obsession.

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Blood Bonds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 8: What kind of family is taboo for you? Not all families consist of a husband, wife, and their dependent children.

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Child Rearing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 7: When it comes to raising children, what one culture holds sacred another may find taboo.

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Bizarre Burials is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 3 Episode 12: Witness bizarre burials from around the world, including exotic dancers at a graveside in Taiwan.

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First Look Taboo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Take a look at the new series Taboo

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Episode 1 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 1: James Delaney returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to claim a mysterious legacy left to him by his father.

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Death is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 2: Delve into the great unknown. While some mourn, others celebrate, but all seek to do right by the dead. What one society views as the perfect end, another calls taboo.

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Episode 3 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 3: James Delaney decides to take radical action in order to safeguard himself from those intent on his demise.

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Episode 4 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 4: Blacklisted, James Delaney sets out to protect his business by any means necessary.

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Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 4: Although popular entertainment portrays voodoo as a forbidden cult rife with scary rituals and black magic, in many parts of the world voodoo is a religion and way of life.

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Episode 5 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 5: James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission, whilst animosity between the Crown and Company escalates to a new level.

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Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 5: Explore what possesses people to engrave ink deep into their flesh - forever. Are these marks of identity the urge to belong - or just human nature?

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Episode 6 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 1 Episode 6: The East India Company declares war on James Delaney, whilst a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places.

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Sacred Pain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Taboo Episodes
Season 2 Episode 6: National Geographic examines cultures that consider inflicting wounds upon oneself as an act of devotion to God.