Outside of plain bad timing, the reasons for the pulling from air vary, and very often reflect the particular zeitgeist at the time. Of course the increasing permissiveness of the age, the rise of cable and the changes in viewing practices, suggest that as a phenomenon, the banning of TV shows might be dying out—or certainly having less effect than when we were more reliant on network TV schedules, syndication and reruns than we now are for catching up on all the episodes of our favorite shows.
But there was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when a network deciding to pull an episode from circulation created something just a little notorious, a kind of holy grail for completists anxious to see their beloved small-screen characters contend with such buzzkills as abortion, inbreeding, sex, violence, religion and international relations.
Here are ten such instances. FBI agents Mulder and Scully are called to a small, idyllic rural community in which time seems to have stood still, to investigate the discovery of the body of an extremely congenitally deformed baby.
Their investigation leads them to a family of inbreds who live in unimaginable depravity and who turn murderous when the forces of modernity intrude upon their squalid, incestuous existence. Why was it pulled? Deplorable couple Al and Peggy Bundy, along with neighbors Steve and Marcy, decide to sue a local motel for invasion of privacy following the discovery that both couples had their sex sessions recorded without their knowledge. While the gross-out crude humor of the show often saw it have run-ins with network Fox, only one other episode had been actually pulled, and then only temporarily: Sex and sexual language was said to be the reason, but to be honest, it seems super tame now, not just in comparison to the stuff we might have on TV nowadays, but to other episodes of the same show that passed more or less without remark.
Meanwhile, Hannibal creates his own family unit for an evening by withdrawing Abigail from the hospital, feeding her magic mushrooms, and sitting down to dinner with her and Alana. But while the episode was recorded before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and they are often cited as one of the reasons it was removed, it did actually have an April 25th airdate scheduled, four months after that tragedy. And so the Boston Marathon bombings are now usually given as the reason for NBC pulling the plug, despite the fact that creator Bryan Fuller himself has said that was not the case, and that the decision was made just a few hours prior to air, and was not prompted by any one event.
Was it a real act of self-sacrificing sensitivity on their part remember, it was a paid download , or simply an acknowledgement of the fact that this is the way TV is tending anyhow?
Cynics might also point out that it has created a certain mythos around one of the weaker despite an awesome Molly Shannon season one episodes. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. As ever, her attempts to make things better only make everything worse, until little Ricky saves the day by playing on stage so adorably alongside his father that Alberto concedes that any woman who is the mother of such a boy has to be ok in his books.
In fact, it may be one of the only examples we can think of of an episode being pulled from air because it was simply too innocuous for the charged times.
But a group of militant gingers, themselves tired of the relentless persecution, threaten to bomb South Park if the prophet is not released to them instead, prompting the Celebrities to release a Godzilla-like Barbara Streisand to unleash destruction on the town. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. But when the friend and her husband are killed in an accident, Lois has to decide whether or not to go through with the pregnancy.
Peter, who had never been a fan of the baby idea, and in fact had enacted several plans designed to induce a miscarriage, accompanies her to the clinic where Lois makes the decision to terminate just as Peter gets converted by the protesting pro-lifers outside. At 47 years of age, with her divorced daughter Carol and 8-year-old grandson living back with her and her third husband, Maude discovers she is pregnant.
Carol tries to persuade her to have an abortion, while Maude debates what to do, with issues of her life stage, her attitude toward abortion historically, and her assessment of her relationship dynamic with her husband Walter all coming into play. At the time of airing, abortion had just been legalized in New York there are several references to that in the show but Roe v.
But perhaps it shows just how short-lived that kind of non-judgmental, non-polarizing attitude toward abortion was that these episodes, when they re-aired after Roe v. Wade, were rejected by 25 CBS affiliates in response to advertiser pressure. They remain among among the least-aired installments of a now little-seen show. A Japanese-American man, Takamori, reluctantly accepts the offer of a beer from World War II vet Fenton, whom he had approached initially for yard work.
In the cluttered attic Fenton is clearing out are souvenirs of his wartime experiences, including his old uniform and a sword he confiscated, he claims, from a surrendering Japanese soldier. Also the parallels at the time of airing, when President Johnson was escalating U.
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