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"Home" Was The 'X-Files' Episode So Controversial, It Was Banned For Years After Airing Once

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“Home” is a 1996 episode of The X-Files that finds agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully working outside of their typical case type when they're tasked with investigating the demise of an infant. Not only is it considered one of the scariest episodes of the entire series, but it’s also one of the most controversial episodes of '90s television. "Home" was banned by the Fox network after only one airing, and it didn’t air in syndication for years. Even when it did air again years later, it was accompanied by an ominous content warning.

This X-Files episode created an entire discourse about censorship in broadcasting and opened up the series to even further bombardments from Broadcast Standards and Practices. Even though it was taken off the air for years, the episode remains a fan favorite to this day.

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