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10 Banned Episodes Of Your Favorite Shows That Seem Tame By Today's Standards

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American television audiences love two things: shows that push the envelope, and complaining about popular shows that push the envelope.

While some episodes of our favorite shows were pulled off the air for racy humor, others were just victims of bad timing.

Looking back decades later, it can be hard to believe these 10 episodes were so controversial:

1. Seinfeld - "The Puerto Rican Day"

One of the highest rated episodes of the hit comedy show was also its most controversial.

When Kramer (that incorrigible scamp) accidentally sets a Puerto Rican flag on fire during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, a riot breaks out and Jerry's car is trashed.

The flag burning, Kramer's attempt to stomp the fire out, and his infamous line - "It's like this every day in Puerto Rico!" - got the episode pulled after just one airing.

It eventually resurfaced with the flag burning cut out, but didn't air in full again until four years later.

2. TaleSpin - "Flying Dupes"

Disney's totally bizarre Casablanca send-up starring Baloo from The Jungle Book went out with a bang, in a final episode that was immediately removed from reruns.

The plot involved Baloo delivering a secret package, which turned out to be a mail bomb. Disney reran "Flying Dupes" in 1999 (probably by accident) but since then it has only been seen on DVD.

3. Tiny Toon Adventures - "One Beer"

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Ironically, the show was trying to deal with serious topics on their "Elephant Issues" episode when one joke landed them in hot water.

The "One Beer" sketch followed Buster, Hampton and Plucky as they found a beer bottle, got drunk, stole a cop car, crashed it, and killed themselves.

Okay, when you write it all out like that, it sounds pretty serious.

The episode never ran on Fox again, and was almost left out of the DVD set 2013, until fans demanded it be included.

4. Pokemon - "Electric Soldier Porygon"

There were actually a number of episodes of this popular kids show that never aired in Japan. Usually because they featured guns, or characters in drag.

But the most infamous was "Electric Soldier Porygon," which left hundreds of Japanese children suffering from "Pokemon Shock" caused by bright, flashing lights.

While reports of the episode causing seizures were overblown, it sent 150 children to the hospital, and was quickly pulled off the air.

To this day, bright scenes - like Pikachu's lightning attacks - are still dimmed in Pokemon games, TV shows, and movies because of the famous incident.

5. The X-Files - "Home"

When this controversial episode first aired, 21 percent of American households were tuned in. But there's no telling how many of them changed the channel in disgust before the end.

In case you've purged "Home" from your mind, it followed Scully and Mulder as they investigated a family of incestuous, mutated rednecks. Not so different from an average episode of The Jerry Springer Show.

While Fox refused to rerun the episode, fans demanded it, and it was finally featured in a X-Files marathon on FX.

6. Beavis and Butthead - "Comedians"

If you were a fan of MTV's mind-numbing teenage duo, you probably remember the backlash involving the third season episode "Comedians."

After their comedy careers fizzled out, the pair set a comedy club on fire to watch it burn. The episode allegedly inspired a 5-year-old boy to copy them, setting his house on fire and killing his baby sister in the process.

MTV did continue to air "Comedians," but in a later time slot with every reference to fire cut out (which was a pretty big trim).

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