Taboo (TV series)

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Taboo
Taboo tv logo.jpg
Title screenshot/logo of Taboo
Also known as Culture Shocks
Format Documentary
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Morris Abraham
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Broadcast
Original run 2002 – present
External links
Website

Taboo is a documentary television series that premiered in 2002 on the National Geographic Channel. The program is an educational look into "taboo" rituals and traditions practiced in some societies, yet forbidden and illegal in others.[1]

Each hour long episode details a specific topic, such as marriage or initiation rituals, and explores how such topics are viewed throughout the world. Taboo generally focuses on the most misunderstood, despised, or disagreed-upon activities, jobs, and roles.

Episodes[edit]

National Geographic TV producers did not produce Taboo in seasons of fixed episode counts, thus the number of episodes in each production batch varies wildly.[2] The production order does not necessarily match the order episodes were arranged into for DVD "season" boxsets.

Season Episodes Originally aired
Specials 3
1 12 2002
2 12 2003–2004
3 15 2004–2005
4[3] 13 2007
5 15 2008
6 6 2010
7 6 2011
8 4 2012
9 18 2012
10 11 2013

Season 1[edit]

  1. "Food" - Sep. 30, 2002
  2. "Healers" - Oct. 7, 2002
  3. "Tattoo" - Oct. 14, 2002
  4. "Voodoo" - Oct. 21, 2002
  5. "Witchcraft" - Oct. 28, 2002
  6. "Marriage" - Nov. 4, 2002
  7. "Drugs" - Nov. 11, 2002
  8. "Evil Spirits" - Nov. 18, 2002
  9. "Sexuality" - Dec. 2, 2002
  10. "Death" - Dec. 9, 2002
  11. "Test of Faith" - Dec. 23, 2002
  12. "Blood Sports" - Dec. 29, 2002

"Death" is not featured on the National Geographic page for the show. However it does appear on the first season boxset.

Season 2[edit]

  1. "Justice" - Oct. 6, 2003
  2. "Delicacies" - Oct. 13, 2003
  3. "Creature Cures" - Oct. 20, 2003
  4. "After Death" - Nov. 3, 2003
  5. "Body Perfect" - Nov. 10, 2003
  6. "Sacred Pain" Dec. 8, 2003
  7. "Rites of Passage" - Dec. 30, 2003
  8. "Child Rearing" - Jan. 12, 2004
  9. "Extreme Entertainers" - Jan. 19, 2004
  10. "Blood Bonds" - Jan. 26, 2004
  11. "Marks of Identity" - Mar. 15, 2004
  12. "Initiation" - Mar. 23, 2004

Season 3[edit]

  1. "Outcasts" - Jun. 14, 2004
  2. "Extreme Living" - Jun. 30, 2004
  3. "Spirit Worlds" - Jul. 07, 2004
  4. "Extreme Cuisine" - Jul. 14, 2004
  5. "Extreme Childhood" - Jul. 21, 2004
  6. "Body Cutters" - Jul. 28, 2004
  7. "Body Art" - Aug. 04, 2004
  8. "Gross Grub" - Sept. 13, 2004
  9. "Rites of Manhood" - Sept. 20, 2004
  10. "Possessed" - Oct. 4, 2004
  11. "Altered States" - Oct. 4, 2004
  12. "Gender Benders" - Oct. 18, 2004
  13. "Blood Rites" - Nov. 8, 2004
  14. "Crime Scene" - Jan. 27, 2005
  15. "Gross Work" - Jan. 27, 2005

Season 4[edit]

  1. "Initiation Rituals" - Aug. 5, 2007
  2. "Skin Deep" - Aug. 5, 2007
  3. "Sexual Identity" - Aug. 8, 2007
  4. "Signs of Identity" - Aug. 15, 2007
  5. "Proving Ground" - Aug. 22, 2007
  6. "Body Modification" - Aug. 29, 2007
  7. "Nudity" - Sept. 5, 2007
  8. "Trials of Faith" - Oct. 3, 2007
  9. "Pets" - Oct. 10, 2007
  10. "Gross Food" - Oct. 31, 2007
  11. "Extreme Performers" - Nov. 11, 2007
  12. "Jobs" - Nov. 14, 2007
  13. "Mating" - Nov. 21, 2007

Season 5[edit]

  1. "Touching Death" - Aug. 6, 2008
  2. "Extreme Kids" - Aug. 6, 2008
  3. "Supreme Devotion" - Aug. 13, 2008
  4. "Body Extremes" - Aug. 20, 2008
  5. "Extreme Healing" - Aug. 27, 2008
  6. "Trial by Fire" - Sept. 3, 2008
  7. "Extreme Eats" - Sept. 10, 2008
  8. "Outsiders" - Sept. 17, 2008
  9. "Drugs" - Oct. 15, 2008
  10. "The Third Sex" - Oct. 22, 2008
  11. "Extreme Punishment" - Oct. 29, 2008
  12. "Bizarre Bodies" - Nov. 10, 2008
  13. "Extreme Rituals" - Nov. 24, 2008
  14. "Spilling Blood" - Dec. 1, 2008
  15. "Sex" - Dec. 8, 2008

Season 6[edit]

  1. "Prostitution" - Jan. 17, 2010
  2. "Fat" - Jan. 20, 2010
  3. "Misfits" - Jan. 27, 2010
  4. "Narcotics"[4] - Feb. 3, 2010
  5. "Strange Love" - Feb. 10, 2010
  6. "Beyond the Grave" - Feb. 17, 2010

Season 7[edit]

  1. "Beauty" - May 2, 2011
  2. "Fantasy Lives" - May 2, 2011
  3. "Addiction" - May 9, 2011
  4. "Hoarders" - May 16, 2011
  5. "Prison Love" - May 23, 2011
  6. "Forbidden Love" - Jun. 12, 2011

Season 8[edit]

  1. "Secret Lives" - Jan. 3, 2012
  2. "Odd Couples" - Jan. 10, 2012
  3. "Extreme Fighting" - Jan. 17, 2012
  4. "Freaky Remedies" - Jan. 24, 2012

Season 9[edit]

  1. "Living With the Dead" - Jun. 17, 2012
  2. "Strange Behavior" - Jun. 24, 2012
  3. "Booze" - Jul. 1, 2012
  4. "Teen Sex" - Jul. 8, 2012
  5. "Extreme Collectors" - Jul. 15, 2012
  6. "Ugly" - Jul. 22, 2012
  7. "Nasty Jobs" - Jul. 29, 2012
  8. "Weird Weddings" - Aug. 5, 2012
  9. "Strange Passions" - Aug. 19, 2012
  10. "U.S. of Alcohol" - Sept. 2, 2012
  11. "Extreme Bodies" - Sept. 23, 2012
  12. "Changing Gender" - Sept. 30, 2012
  13. "Weird Collections" - Oct. 2, 2012
  14. "Private Passions" - Oct. 9, 2012
  15. "Old Enough?" - Oct. 16, 2012
  16. "Strange Syndromes" - Oct. 23, 2012
  17. "Bizarre Burials" - Oct. 30, 2012
  18. "Devils and Demons" - Nov. 19, 2012

Season 10[edit]

  1. "Secret Passions" - Jun. 04, 2013
  2. "Strange Bonds" - Jun. 11, 2013
  3. "Odd Jobs" - Jun. 18, 2013
  4. "Forever Young" - Jun. 25, 2013
  5. "Strange Obsessions" - Jul. 02, 2013
  6. "Inked, Pierced & Hooked" - Jul. 09, 2013
  7. "Extreme Obesity" - Jul. 16, 2013
  8. "Strange Medicine" - Jul. 23, 2013
  9. "Body Shock" - Jul. 30, 2013
  10. "Home Strange Home" - Aug. 06, 2013
  11. "Strange Medicine" - Dec. 17, 2013

Specials[edit]

In addition to the above episodes, three compilation shows have been made.

  1. "Quest for Acceptance"
  2. "Marked for Life"
  3. "Sex Swap"

Featured individuals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard, Russell (November 20, 2002). "'Taboo: Sexuality' Premiers on National Geographic Channel". tgcrossroads.org. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ "'NGC Forum". National Geographic Channel Forum. February 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "'TV.com". 
  4. ^ "'Narcotics Around the World". 

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