Up for Grabs
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 "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).
- 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.
- The Grand Finale of M*A*S*H is seldom aired due to its feature length (two-and-a-half hours total, without commercials). Because of this, when it does air, it's invariably part of a day-long marathon, usually on a holiday.
- "The Puerto Rican Day" episode of Seinfeld borders on a Banned Episode with some networks due to Kramer offhandedly claiming riots are common in Puerto Rico and accidentally burning a Puerto Rican flag. Michael Richard's racist outburst at a heckler in 2007 didn't help.
- The Fairly OddParents: Kung Timmy/Which Witch is Which
- And, nowadays, pretty much every pre-Poof episode.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: 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 Simpsons: The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson is rare to see in syndication post-9/11 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.
- 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 for Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
- "Not Without My Anus" only seldom airs as it disrupted the airing of part two of a cliffhanger episode, disappointing much of the fanbase.
- "Bloody Mary" deeply offended the Catholic Church, leading to a boycott against Comedy Central.
- "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.
- Two 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.