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Rarely Aired Episode
An episode that is aired on TV, but not that much.
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Sometimes an episode is never aired on TV. Other times, certain episodes, for whatever reason, are aired, but only rarely. The reasons behind this can be similar to those behind a Missing Episode. It's basically an episode of a certain show that's Screwed by the Network. Sometimes this trope can even apply to an entire season!

Holiday episodes, of course, air only once a year in most cases. They don't need to be mentioned here.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Kung Timmy/Which Witch is Which
    • And, nowadays, pretty much every pre-Poof episode.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants: Ugh (that's an episode name), Party Pooper Pants, Squidville, Patty Hype, Sandy's Rocket, Truth or Square, and Squid on Strike, and Squeaky Boots according to the SpongeBob wiki.
  • The "Ultimate Mythbuster" episode of MythBusters rarely airs, and isn't available on US DVD release. (It was nothing but a series of competitions between Jamie and Adam. Given Jamie's stated opinion of in-show competitions, it probably won't be aired all that much.)
  • "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" is rare to see in syndication, because of the prominent use of the twin towers in the episode.
  • The episode of Rugrats where all the characters get naked (Naked Tommy), because it really pushed the TV-Y rating.
  • Several episodes of The Goodies were originally excluded from the show's original airings in Australia, where it was shown as children's program. These episodes, such as "Gender Education", have only turned up on Australian TV in recent years.
  • There are at least five South Park episodes that aren't shown too often.
    • Backlash from people angry at Butters getting beaten by his parents because of Cartman made "Jared Has Aides" into one such episode.
    • "Pip 2000" is also a rare episode due to it being A Day in the Limelight for an unpopular character and an Old Shame.
    • "Not Without My Anus" only seldom airs as it was the cause of a massive boycott on Comedy Central.
    • "Bloody Mary" deeply offended an executive at Comedy Central, and he made it so that it would never be aired or released on DVD for as long as he can.
    • "It Hits the Fan" has trouble getting sponsors for its commercial breaks due to the colossal amount of uncensored S-bombs.
  • The entire first season of Johnny Test rarely airs on Cartoon Network, likely since its hand-drawn animation style and soundtrack clash with the Adobe Flash-drawn later seasons.
  • 2 Stupid Dogs: The episode "Spit Soup" was aired on Cartoon Network about once in a blue moon. Probably because it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
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