Tuesday 9:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Jan 05, 2003 In Season


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Episode Guide

    • Strange Bonds
      Strange Bonds
      Season 9 - Episode 16
    • Spirit World
      Spirit World
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      The ceremonies from different cultures including the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia are observed.
    • Extreme Living
      Extreme Living
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      "Extreme Living" uncovers Florida's nudist colony, explores cemetary living in the Philippines and meet with an Indian couple who live in a temple with thousands of rats.
    • Creature Cures
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      In a remote mountain village in South Africa, Elliot Ndlovu, a Zulu sangoma (witchdoctor), concocts a remedy from boiled baboon limb to treat a man complaining of leg pains. In the city, a Sotho sangoma, doctor Tsiane, diagnoses a patient by analyzing the bones cast on the ground and the entrails of a chicken that a patient has blown into.

      In Cheng Hua, Taiwan, a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis receives bee-sting therapy.

      In Pune, India, ayurvedic medicine is applied to a patient suffering from chronic skin conditions by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar. The treatment includes the use of leeches to suck toxins from the blood.

      And finally in Wichita, Kansas, a diabetic woman with a gaping wound on her torso has maggots applied to it.moreless
    • After Death
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Taboo examines some of the funeral procedures executed on the bodies of the dead. "After Death" includes the embalming of bodies in the US, the exhuming, cleaning and reburying of the dead in Taiwan, and the Aghori sect's embracement of the corpses.
    • Rites of Passage
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      "Rites of Passage" explores the types of initiation processes in different cultures, that a child must undertake to mark their transition to adulthood.
    • Extreme Childhood
      Extreme Childhood
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Taboo observes the extreme lives of some young children from around the world. The episode features an 8-year old Thai boxer who practices Muay Thai,a 4-year old virgin goddess in Nepal, and a 13-year old who plants dynamites in the Bolivian mines.
    • Gross Work
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Corpse retrieval from road accidents in Thailand, sewage divers in Mexico City, and Tannery Workers in Moro are featured.
    • Extreme Entertainers
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      A Canadian freak show troupe, a Japanese Geisha-in-training, cross-dressing cabaret performers from Thailand, and others are featured.
    • Skin Deep
      Skin Deep
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      In some cultures, scarification is not only a thing of beauty; it's a mark of family history or a rite of passage into manhood.
    • Initiation Rituals
      Initiation Rituals
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Initiation gives us a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves -- but everyone has limits.
    • Witchcraft
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      The modern witches from Mexico to England are observed.
    • Rites of Manhood
      Rites of Manhood
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Summary unavailable.
    • Drugs
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Taboo examines how the use of mind-altering drugs are being percieved in various cultures and societies.
    • Sexuality
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Taboo addresses the subject of sexuality in various cultures including that of American transexuals, Albanian sworn virgins and India's eunuchs.
    • Food
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Taboo travels around the world in searh of various cuisines that would turn the stomachs of many. From Borneo's pungent durian to Japan's deadly fugu, a poisonous blowfish.
    • Delicacies
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      In Iceland's traditional Thorrablot celebration in February, a chef prepares rotting shark meat, goat's head and other hard to swallow dishes for their traditional buffet. And in India, an Anglo-indian lady prepares a special luncheon that features a goat foetus stew called kutti pi. In Togo, the cameras follow hunters out into the hot wilderness to hunt a rat to be used in a stew and voodoo ritual. And finally in Taiwan, a chef prepares bull's penis soup to boost his diner's virility.moreless
    • Body Perfect
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      On the island off the coast of Indonesian Sumatra, the wife of the Mentawi tribe chieften, undergoes a teeth filing ritual to beautify herself. Her teeth are sharpen with a machete.

      In Los Angeles, California, Jay wants to have buttock implants, and undergoes a 2 hour long surgery by Dr. Sinclair. Next, a man receives eye lifting surgery by Dr. Griffin to improve his looks.

      And in Chongqing, China, a short man has the bones in his legs broken, stretched, then healed to make himself taller. The 'bone breaking' and 'leg stretching' procedure is a painful and lengthy process and the recovery takes years.moreless
    • Justice
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      In Togo, a farmer accuses his old friend of stealing his yam harvest. His friend denies it, and in order to uncover the truth, a trial by boiling oil is implemented. Both the accused and the accuser must plunge their hand in hot boiling oil to retrieve a ring from it. It is believed that if either of them are innocent, they’re hands would be unscathed.

      In Albania, a family member has been murdered. And the family must decide on whether to depend on the incompetent justice system, or resort to an old tribal code. The code calls for revenge by killing the murderer, but that could spark a blood feud between families. Meanwhile, a committee attempts to mediate between two families who are involved in such a feud.

      Judge Ted Poe in Houston, Texas, implements an unusual form of punishment for the criminals. The guilty are made accountable for their crimes by humiliating them.moreless
    • Gross Grub
      Gross Grub
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Summary unavailable.
    • U.S. of Alcohol
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      Over Labor Day weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, Taboo: U.S. of Alcohol examines the effect of excessive alcohol consumption amongst the city's party-goers and the battle of medical and law enforcement agencies to prevent injury and save lives.
    • The Third Sex
      The Third Sex
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      "Understand shocking practices.
    • Forbidden Love
      Forbidden Love
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      Understand shocking practices.
    • Spilling Blood
      Spilling Blood
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      Experience animal sacrifices to a bloodthirsty goddess in Nepal, a mass whale slaughter near Denmark, and a religious cockfight in Bali.
    • Extreme Rituals
      Extreme Rituals
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      Young men leap from a 70-foot tower in a ritual that could kill them; a girl tattoos her face before marriage, and a man participates in a bloodletting ceremony.
    • Extreme Punishment
      Extreme Punishment
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      When laws are broken, human society demands justice. But who decides which punishment fits the crime?
    • Bizarre Bodies
      Bizarre Bodies
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      See the taboo lengths people will go to change their looks. Could you tattoo the whites of your eyes?
    • Extreme Kids
      Extreme Kids
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Around the world, the rules of childhood are open to interpretation. This is childhood at its most shocking and most taboo.
    • Misfits
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      Misfits are people who live outside of their cultural norms. Some are born into that situation, while others seek it.
    • Addiction
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Addiction doesn’t always involve substances. It can also involve behavior. From sex to adrenaline, gaming to shopping, any behavior can become addictive – and taboo.
    • Fat
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      In the industrialized world, where the body beautiful is a thin one, we ask why so many are now overweight... and why is fatness seen as taboo?
    • Hoarders
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      In a society driven by consumption, there are people who have taken it to an extreme. They don’t own stuff—their stuff owns them. So when does hoarding cross the line…and become taboo?
    • Secret Lives
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Living two lives can be seen as deceitful, bizarre and Taboo. We'll meet a woman who lives part-time in a wheelchair pretending to be paraplegic although she's not. And see how two groups of people become completely different when dressed in costumes. And meet a man who lives on the streets, but also owns and lives in a million-dollar house.moreless
    • Prison Love
      Prison Love
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      Love behind bars with some of the most dangerous criminals on earth. In Texas, an inmate in solitary confinement gets married with the help of a radio host as surrogate groom, while the prisoner listens over the radio.
    • Fantasy Lives
      Fantasy Lives
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      A rarely glimpsed journey into the mysterious world where real life collides with fantasy and enters into the realm of the taboo.
    • Narcotics
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Throughout human history, narcotics have been used as medicine and for pleasure, but those who use them can be stigmatized. When drug use is legal or accepted, is it still taboo?
    • Prostitution
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      Prostitution is as old as history itself, and today it takes many forms, from dangerous streetwalking to five-star luxury.
    • Strange Love
      Strange Love
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Human relationships can bring safety, security and love - but sometimes they can also be taboo. Witness a real-life "Lars and the Real Girl" relationship, when a man in the United States falls in love with a sex doll.
    • Beyond the Grave
      Beyond the Grave
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      Explore taboos associated with death in cultures around the world.
    • Beauty
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Some women are willing to mutilate and disfigure their bodies to break the ultimate beauty taboos.
    • Living With the Dead
      Living With the Dead
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      Most people react to dead bodies with disgust and fear but some see it as an opportunity to cash in.
    • Extreme Collectors
      Season 9 - Episode 15
      Since ancient times, humans have expressed their passions and their personalities through their collections. But when a collection crosses the line from passion to obsession, ignoring legal, moral and taste boundaries, then it becomes taboo.
    • Ugly
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      We live in a society that enshrines beauty. Those unfortunate to be born with facial features society deems as "ugly" face daily prejudice. Taboo shines a light on what it means to be deemed "ugly" in a society that scorns it.
    • Odd Jobs
      Odd Jobs
      Season 9 - Episode 17
    • Inked, Pierced & Hooked
      Inked, Pierced & Hooked
      Season 9 - Episode 18
    • Strange Obsessions
      Strange Obsessions
      Season 9 - Episode 19
    • Bizarre Passions
      Bizarre Passions
      Season 9 - Episode 9
    • Strange Devotion
      Strange Devotion
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      An inside look at how the passion and devotion take on different meanings for some people when it comes to sex and love.
    • Expectations
      Season 10 - Episode 2
    • Sexpectations
      Season 10 - Episode 2
    • Devils and Demons
      Season 9 - Episode 14
      In Phoenix, Arizona, a battle for the souls of those said to be possessed is being waged, not by priests, but by five teenage girls. In the Potosi silver mines of Bolivia miners believe the best way to survive the extreme working conditions is to cut a deal with the devil. In Colombia, a man's life is crumbling away. Believing he is tortured by demons, he feels he has only two options: suicide or an exorcism. But this exorcism isn't sanctioned by the Church. It's a bizarre and elaborate ritual that has to be seen to be believed. And in Florida, an ex-prostitute and drug addict has become the leader of an evangelical ministry that promises salvation through deliverance from demonic possession.moreless
    • Bizarre Burials
      Season 9 - Episode 13
      In Gurgaon, India a 82-year-old nun voluntarily fasts to the death in a religious ritual, attended by her children; a Taiwanese man honors his dead father with exotic dancers gyrating at the graveside; and an octogenarian in San Francisco lives with death every day amongst his vast collections of skeletal remains.moreless
    • Strange Syndromes
      Season 9 - Episode 12
      Lizzie''s rare condition is neonatal progeroid syndrome. No matter what she eats, she cannot gain weight, causing her to look much older than her age. At 350 pounds, James is hiding under his plus-size clothing with an asymmetrical condition that makes his left side dramatically larger than his right.
    • Nasty Jobs
      Season 9 - Episode 3
      Behind the scenes in every society, there are people doing jobs we can barely imagine; people who come into contact with sights, smells and substances that are not only disgusting, but often put their health at risk.
    • Weird Weddings
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      While in California, the bride and groom are dressed, but it's even more bizarre - they're dogs. In Indonesia, a young man kidnaps his bride and in India, pimps plot violence when a mass wedding threatens their trade.
    • Strange Passions
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      In our modern world, old stereotypes are changing. There are now many variations on the traditional ideal of heterosexual monogamy and marriage, like serial monogamy, homosexuality and open relationships.
    • Extreme Bodies
      Season 9 - Episode 7
      When people go to extremes with body modification, they provoke fear and disbelief. Take for example, the world's most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson with her 6000+ piercings; Mary Jose Cristerna, with horn implants; pumped up female bodybuilders; and Japan's adventurous bagel-heads, having saline injected into their foreheads for a temporary mutant thrill.moreless
    • Changing Gender
      Season 9 - Episode 8
      When they met and fell in love, Ashley was a man and Tony was a woman. Chris Tina Bruce calls herself a hybrid, neither male nor female; call her Gender X. Gender queer or gender fuzzy, she is part of a gender revolution. He's athletic, masculine and would give most male models a run for their money.moreless
    • Weird Collections
      Season 9 - Episode 9
      Dug, a foot fetishist, has over 300 pairs of shoes and 5+ million photographs of feet. While most collectors keep their collection in their home, Lonnie has allowed his collection to become his home. In Turkey, a potter's strange collection is hidden in an underground cave. What started as a childhood hobby for Lawrence has spun out of control forcing him to rely on his parents.moreless
    • Private Passions
      Season 9 - Episode 10
      Fruitarians Aloma and Matthew live off fruit they find in city dumpsters. Puppy play enthusiast Liliane takes her human puppy Jen, aka Tyke, for a walk in the park. Freelance writer Erias walks his dog too, when his sex-worker girlfriend Jessi has company. In Chicago, Matt Daniel and his fiance Casey Levan share an unusual fetish for skintight body suits known as zentai.moreless
    • Old Enough?
      Season 9 - Episode 11
      At age 18, Owen has started taking testosterone treatments to transition to his new self. In Nepal, an eight-year-old girl is a living Hindu goddess who is rarely allowed to speak and must never show emotion. Meanwhile, an adolescent boy in India is training for his career as a snake charmer.moreless
    • Freaky Remedies
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Conventional western medicine is based on science, research, and technology. But in cultures around the world, many still look to monks, mystics, and magic potions, putting their faith in extreme cures.
    • Odd Couples
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Taboo examines some of these unconventional relationships. We'll meet a woman who's in love with a man nearly three times her height. Then, find out why a man hides his homosexuality, promising to love and obey his wife. And we'll delve inside the inner workings of a marriage made up of three partners. While some may think these are Odd Couples, this is marital bliss for others.moreless
    • Extreme Fighting
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      In Nigeria, Shagon Shano participates in a traditional fight known as Dambe. Boxers can strike anywhere on the body, with the fist or the feet. The goal is to deliver a single decisive blow to cause the opponent's hand or knee to touch the ground.
    • Sacred Pain
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Taboo observes the painful extremes some religious faithful go through for the sake of their soul.
    • Marks of Identity
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      The ritualistic modification or marking of the body is examined. The episode features Japan's samurai body tattoos, US's painful branding scarifications and Thailand's neck streching.
    • Outcasts
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      "Outcasts" looks at sufferers shunned from society in various cultural communities.
    • Extreme Cuisine
      Extreme Cuisine
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Strange and unusual food is showcased, from live octopus in Korea, to roasted bat served with sago grubs in Papua New Guinea.
    • Body Cutters
      Body Cutters
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      The episode features various body modification works like body suspension from hooks at a suspension convention, Lukas Zpira’s scarification works in France, trans-dermal implanting in South America, and tongue splitting illustrated by John Durante.
    • Body Art
      Body Art
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Features tattooing from around the world including a tattoo festival in Thailand, a facial tattooing in Papua New Guinea, and recorded tattoos of criminals in Russia.
    • Blood Rites
      Blood Rites
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      No summary available.
    • Crime Scene
      Crime Scene
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Medical autopsies of human corpses, trip to a Body Farm in Knoxville, and crime scene professional clean-ups are featured.
    • Proving Ground
      Proving Ground
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      See what happens in an American fight club and during the time-honored Pasola in Indonesia where teams joust on horseback.
    • Initiation
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Summary unavailable.
    • Blood Bonds
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Summary not available.
    • Healers
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      The various unorthodox healing methods from around the world are explored.
    • Tattoo
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      The significance of skin art on different societies around the world is explored.
    • Voodoo
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      In National Geographic's program Taboo, the mystical "spirit" religion of voodoo is explored.
    • Marriage
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      The marriage taboos of various cultures are examined.
    • Evil Spirits
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Taboo explores the various attitudes from different cultures towards the idea of spirits.
    • Death
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      The different rituals performed by various cultures around the world is explored.
    • Test of Faith
      Test of Faith
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Taboo observes the various painful or horrific tests that are conducted to tests a person's religious faith.
    • Bloodsports
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      "Bloodsports" explores the various violent forms of sport including cockfighting, bullfighting and fistfighting.
    • Child Rearing
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      The different child care practices in different cultures is examined.
    • Body Modification
      Body Modification
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      See what makes people radically reshape their bodies -- from neck stretching in Thailand to breast ironing in Cameroon.
    • Body Extremes
      Body Extremes
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      A therapist teaches drinking urine, a Papua New Guinea woman breast feeds a pig, and organ trade thrives in the Philippines.
    • Extreme Healing
      Extreme Healing
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      From eating light bulbs to exorcising demons, some will go to extreme measures to heal - and be healed.
    • Trials of Faith
      Trials of Faith
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      How far will people go to test their faith? Meet Christians who drink poison and passion players who undergo crucifixions.
    • Touching Death
      Touching Death
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Touching the dead, to many, is taboo. But what if it was your job? Meet the people who handle our remains.
    • Extreme Performers
      Extreme Performers
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      In the world of entertainment - it seems anything goes if there’s an audience for it. But can a performer go too far?
    • Gross Food
      Gross Food
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Cockroaches, worms and the still-beating heart of a snake are traditions, even delicacies, in some societies. Enjoy, if you dare!
    • Jobs
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Want to clean up violent crime scenes or examine rotting corpses on a body farm? NGC explores creepy careers.
    • Mating
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      The desire to find a mate is one of humanity's fundamental instincts, but what happens to men and women when their love is taboo?
    • Nudity
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      From bare-naked witches in Australia to the Festival of the Naked Man in Japan, NGC examines the cultural significance of nudity.
    • Pets
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Could you skin and stuff your dearly departed dog or share your home with dozens of snakes?
    • Sexual Identity
      Sexual Identity
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      From transsexuals in America to the katoey in Thailand, find out how far people will go to become the person of their dreams.
    • Supreme Devotion
      Supreme Devotion
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      In some religions, devotion is measured by physical suffering and self-inflicted pain.
    • Tests of Faith
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Witness as religious beliefs are put to the extreme test through taboo practices that display a common belief: the stronger your faith, the more you can ask of your god. Complex and controversial, this mesmerizing hit series from National Geographic offers an insider's view of closed worlds traditionally off-limits to outsiders.moreless