TV shows get banned (or almost get banned) for a variety of reasons, most oftentimes related to the social and political climates of the day. Sometimes episodes never make it to the air or are subsequently kept from airing, and other times episodes are banned following a life-altering news event, only to air later after people have calmed down about the topic. Years later, the whole thing often seems a little overblown in retrospect, but in the moment, the controversy is almost always heightened.

We’re brought you some great banned TV posters, and now we’ve put together a list of the greatest banned TV episodes of all time. From comedies like South Park to memorable dramas like The X-Files, shows are yanked way more often than you would think. These are the best of the best.

The X-Files, “Home”
We decided to kick off this list with one of the most iconic TV episodes of all time, an episode that actually did make it to the air on Fox, becoming the first TV episode to earn a TV-MA rating. However, it’s sticky topic, which followed a family that was inbreeding and murdering, was subsequently banned from airing on network television. Eventually, it was later re-aired on Fox’s sister network, FX. Thank goodness for marathons, right?

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