Taboo

Taboo

2002 - 2016, Other
Rituals and customs from around the globe.
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Episode Guide

  • Taboo - Express Your Body (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    Express Your Body

    Looking at the ways people change their appearance for psychological, aesthetic or other reasons.

  • Taboo - Ritualized (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Ritualized

    Examining different rituals around the world.

  • Taboo - Home Strange Home (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    Home Strange Home

    A man with a backyard battlefield; a community that dwells underground; a collector with hundreds of mannequin roommates; a professional couch surfer.

  • Taboo - Body Shock (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    Body Shock

    Rajee is a transgender woman who took part in black market plastic surgery; Moustafa is known as the real-life Popeye.

  • Taboo - Strange Medicine (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Strange Medicine

    A doctor who takes his patients to new heights; a man with a poisonous passion for self-immunization; a priest who turns to the dark arts; a therapist who works with blood sucking organisms.

  • Taboo - Extreme Obesity (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    Extreme Obesity

    A woman profits from her massive size; a couple proves relationships are a matter of give and take; a woman's fears push her into 'heavy' territory; club-goers defy the rules of the velvet rope.

  • Taboo - Inked, Pierced & Hooked (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    Inked, Pierced & Hooked

    Body modifications; piercing as a concept of art; a man who embraces his animal instincts.

  • Taboo - Strange Obsessions (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    Strange Obsessions

    People's obsessions that are a little out of the ordinary.

  • Taboo - Forever Young (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Forever Young

    A man who strives to cut out aging from his life; a bodybuilder who has turned to steroids; an Eastern guru who lives and breathes his spirituality.

  • Taboo - Odd Jobs (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Odd Jobs

    Behind the doors of American homes, there are people trying to make a living with strange professions.

  • Taboo - Strange Bonds (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Strange Bonds

    Finding 'the one' and forming meaningful relationships are some of the most basic drives in daily American life; but what some believe to be normal doesn't always work.

  • Taboo - Secret Passions (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Secret Passions

    A man thinks he's a dog trapped in a human's body; a Pony Play dominatrix; Satanists and a real life vampire are all alternate beings.

  • Taboo - Devils and Demons (Season 9 Episode 19)
    Season 9 Episode 19:

    Devils and Demons

    Many cultures believe that evil can manifest in demonic spirits that enter a person's body.

  • Taboo - Bizarre Burials (Season 9 Episode 18)
    Season 9 Episode 18:

    Bizarre Burials

    The various ways that societies commemorate their loved ones' passing.

  • Taboo - Strange Syndromes (Season 9 Episode 17)
    Season 9 Episode 17:

    Strange Syndromes

    A profile of people living with conditions beyond their control that make them outsiders.

  • Taboo - Old Enough? (Season 9 Episode 16)
    Season 9 Episode 16:

    Old Enough?

    Challenging the perceptions of what it means to be a child; a teenage girl who wants to become a male; a 9-year-old who drives race cars; Nepal girls who are worshiped as living goddesses.

  • Taboo - Private Passions (Season 9 Episode 15)
    Season 9 Episode 15:

    Private Passions

    Unique matches include a fruitarian couple who live off the fruit they find in dumpsters.

  • Taboo - Weird Collections (Season 9 Episode 14)
    Season 9 Episode 14:

    Weird Collections

    People who take collecting into bizarre territories.

  • Taboo - Extreme Bodies (Season 9 Episode 12)
    Season 9 Episode 12:

    Extreme Bodies

    Body modification that has been taken to the extreme.

  • Taboo - U.S. of Alcohol (Season 9 Episode 11)
    Season 9 Episode 11:

    U.S. of Alcohol

    Examining the devastating effects of alcohol abuse.

  • Taboo - Changing Gender (Season 9 Episode 10)
    Season 9 Episode 10:

    Changing Gender

    In one married couple, each partner has switched gender; one person self-refers as a hybrid -- neither male nor female.

  • Taboo - Strange Passions (Season 9 Episode 9)
    Season 9 Episode 9:

    Strange Passions

    'Baba' Dez Nichols claims he's had sex with nearly 2,000 women; love of balloons; 40-year-old virgin.

  • Taboo - Weird Weddings (Season 9 Episode 8)
    Season 9 Episode 8:

    Weird Weddings

    Nontraditional weddings; a naked wedding in Jamaica; dog wedding; a young man kidnaps his bride.

  • Taboo - Nasty Jobs (Season 9 Episode 7)
    Season 9 Episode 7:

    Nasty Jobs

    In Minneapolis, a team of heavy-duty house cleaners tackles a truly filthy, foreclosed house with one of the most disgusting basements ever.

  • Taboo - Ugly (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Ugly

    Standards of beauty in different cultures; facial transplants and facial deformity.

  • Taboo - Extreme Collectors (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Extreme Collectors

    People whose passion for collecting crosses the line into obsession.

  • Taboo - Teen Sex (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Teen Sex

    The sexual customs and age of consent varies in countries around the globe.

  • Taboo - Booze (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Booze

    A man who began drinking at the age of 12 is now 27-years-old and cannot stop; he faces withdrawal symptoms and rehab proves to be his most difficult challenge.

  • Taboo - Strange Behavior (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Strange Behavior

    People with extreme medical conditions including Tourette's syndrome and sleeping disorders.

  • Taboo - Living With the Dead (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Living With the Dead

    People who deal with death for occupational, cultural and sometimes questionable reasons.

  • Taboo - Freaky Remedies (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Freaky Remedies

    Heroin addicts purge their habit in a brutal detox; an asthma treatment that involves swallowing a live animal; animal sacrifice for pain relief.

  • Taboo - Extreme Fighting (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Extreme Fighting

    In many cultures, what is considered acceptable violence pushes the boundaries.

  • Taboo - Odd Couples (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Odd Couples

    Unconventional relationships including a woman in love with a man three times her height and a marriage made up of three partners.

  • Taboo - Secret Lives (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Secret Lives

    A look into the world of people who are leading double lives with surprising secrets.

  • Taboo - Forbidden Love (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Forbidden Love

    People with emotional, romantic and sometimes sexual attraction to an object.

  • Taboo - Prison Love (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Prison Love

    People in love with inmates serving time include a Texas inmate in solitary confinement who is married with the help of a radio host as the surrogate groom and a man serving life for murder who meets and marries a woman over the Internet.

  • Taboo - Hoarders (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Hoarders

    A Florida woman who shares her home with almost 400 pigs; a man who has collected nearly two million vinyl records.

  • Taboo - Addiction (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Addiction

    The lives of those haunted by addiction include a young boy hooked on video games, a woman addicted to anonymous sex and a man addicted to shopping.

  • Taboo - Fantasy Lives (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Fantasy Lives

    Life collides with fantasy.

  • Taboo - Beauty (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Beauty

    Women who mutilate their bodies.

  • Taboo - Beyond the Grave (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Beyond the Grave

    The ways different cultures deal with the dead.

  • Taboo - Strange Love (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Strange Love

    Taboo human relationships; witnessing a man in the United States who falls in love with a sex doll.

  • Taboo - Narcotics (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Narcotics

    While some societies wage war on drugs, some embrace them for their medicinal or spiritual benefits.

  • Taboo - Misfits (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Misfits

    People who dwell on the fringes of society.

  • Taboo - Fat (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Fat

    As people across the globe are getting heavier, beauty norms for some are changing; for others, the sight of fat is still taboo.

  • Taboo - Prostitution (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Prostitution

    The hidden world of prostitution.

  • Taboo - Sex (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    Sex

    Love and what attracts the opposite sex can differ from one society to another.

  • Taboo - Spilling Blood (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Spilling Blood

    Animal sacrifice in Nepal; the traditional whale-slaughtering tradition, Grind, in Denmark; cockfighting in Bali.

  • Taboo - Extreme Rituals (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Extreme Rituals

    Young men leap head-first from a 70-foot tower in a potentially deadly ritual; a girl tattoos her face before marriage as part of her transition to womanhood; a 70-year-old man participates in a bloodletting ceremony.

  • Taboo - Bizarre Bodies (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Bizarre Bodies

    The lengths people will go to to change their looks.

  • Taboo - Extreme Punishment (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Extreme Punishment

    The lengths some societies go to to punish a crime.

  • Taboo - The Third Sex (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    The Third Sex

    Gender, sex and sexuality can be interpreted as cultural or genetic.

  • Taboo - Drugs (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Drugs

    Some cultures incorporate mind-altering drugs into social and religious life.

  • Taboo - Outsiders (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Outsiders

    Every society contains people who live on the fringe, either by force or by choice, and must suffer the consequences.

  • Taboo - Extreme Eats (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Extreme Eats

    What people can and can't eat may be nothing more than a question of mind over matter.

  • Taboo - Trial by Fire (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Trial by Fire

    Many traditional cultures require boys to pass through initiations of pain and fear in order to become men.

  • Taboo - Extreme Healing (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Extreme Healing

    Stepping beyond the bounds of modern science to place health in the hands of the spirit world.

  • Taboo - Body Extremes (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Body Extremes

    An Australian health therapist drinks his own urine; men and women in the Philippines sell their kidneys to wealthy foreigners; a woman in Papua New Guinea breast-feeds a pig.

  • Taboo - Supreme Devotion (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Supreme Devotion

    Some religions measure piety by physical suffering and self-inflicted pain.

  • Taboo - Touching Death (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Touching Death

    A man evicts bodies from rented burial plots in Manila; an autopsy entrepreneur contracts out his services; a woman performs Buddhist rituals at the scene of a fatal car accident.

  • Taboo - Mating (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Mating

    Some people go to extreme lengths to find mates.

  • Taboo - Jobs (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Jobs

    Some jobs are so disgusting that few people are willing to do them.

  • Taboo - Pets (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Pets

    The devoted and bizarre world of pet ownership.

  • Taboo - Trials of Faith (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Trials of Faith

    Extreme rituals for testing one's faith.

  • Taboo - Nudity (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Nudity

    Shedding clothes as an act of expression or liberation, and even as a means of worship.

  • Taboo - Proving Ground (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Proving Ground

    Measuring people's worth by the ability to overcome the fight-or-flight instinct.

  • Taboo - Signs of Identity (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Signs of Identity

    Different ways individuals express themselves through their bodies.

  • Taboo - Sexual Identity (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Sexual Identity

    Some people go through their life feeling they were born the wrong gender.

  • Taboo - Skin Deep (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Skin Deep

    Repeatedly cutting skin to create the effect of crocodile skin; a tribe of people's belief in physical perfection is so deep that some individuals kill their babies.

  • Taboo - Initiation Rituals (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Initiation Rituals

    Some people perform extreme acts to be accepted and to prove their worth.

  • Taboo - Gross Work (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Gross Work

    People who make a living doing uncommon jobs.

  • Taboo - Crime Scene (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Crime Scene

    People deal with the aftermath of fatal crimes.

  • Taboo - Gender Benders (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Gender Benders

    People who cross the gender lines.

  • Taboo - Possessed (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Possessed

    Stories of the spirit world invading the real world.

  • Taboo - Rites of Manhood (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Rites of Manhood

    People jump naked over the backs of 30 cows, undergo sex-change surgeries, or slice and scar their upper bodies to resemble crocodiles in order to be considered men.

  • Taboo - Gross Grub (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Gross Grub

    People eat cheese crawling with maggots, rotten fish heads, grilled guinea pig and eyeballs, blood and brains.

  • Taboo - Body Art (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Body Art

    The art, meaning and mystery of tattoos.

  • Taboo - Body Cutters (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Body Cutters

    People who reshape their bodies by extremes.

  • Taboo - Extreme Childhood (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Extreme Childhood

    Indian children participate in a self-mutilation ritual; young children kickbox for extra income for their families in Thailand; a 5 year-old continues to be breast fed.

  • Taboo - Extreme Cuisine (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Extreme Cuisine

    Food delicacies from around the world.

  • Taboo - Spirit Worlds (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Spirit Worlds

    Extreme measures people go to in order to get in touch with a higher spirit.

  • Taboo - Extreme Living (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Extreme Living

    Visiting an Indian temple that reveres rats; a no-clothes-allowed community; spending the night in one of Manila's deadliest neighborhoods.

  • Taboo - Outcasts (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Outcasts

    People who have been cast out of their community.

  • Taboo - Quest for Acceptance (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Quest for Acceptance

    Students of human behavior and cultural norms provide perspectives on extreme rites and tests of faith from around the world.

  • Taboo - Initiation (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Initiation

    Boys in Brazil put their hands in gloves filled with fire ants; boys have whipping competitions in West Africa; a woman in South Korea must become a shaman to save her life.

  • Taboo - Marks of Identity (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Marks of Identity

    Extreme tactics people use to distinguish themselves as part of a group.

  • Taboo - Blood Bonds (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Blood Bonds

    Unusual definitions of family.

  • Taboo - Extreme Entertainers (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Extreme Entertainers

    Determining the line at which entertainment becomes grotesque.

  • Taboo - Child Rearing (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Child Rearing

    Child rearing techniques around the world.

  • Taboo - Rites of Passage (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Rites of Passage

    Cultural practices guiding people into the next phase of life.

  • Taboo - Sacred Pain (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Sacred Pain

    Religious devotees around the world offer their bodies to their gods.

  • Taboo - Body Perfect (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Body Perfect

    Methods for achieving beauty.

  • Taboo - After Death (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    After Death

    Cultural dealings with dead bodies.

  • Taboo - Creature Cures (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Creature Cures

    Using creatures like leeches, baboon claws and bees to cure common ailments.

  • Taboo - Delicacies (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Delicacies

    Food delicacies from around the world.

  • Taboo - Justice (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Justice

    Abandoning modern systems of justice for older and more controversial methods.

  • Taboo - Bloodsports (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Bloodsports

    Lure and horror of ritualized violence.

  • Taboo - Tests of Faith (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Tests of Faith

    Extreme tests of faith.

  • Taboo - Sexuality (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Sexuality

    Boundaries between what is man and what is woman.

  • Taboo - Evil Spirits (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Evil Spirits

    Good vs. evil spirits.

  • Taboo - Drugs (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Drugs

    The societal impact of mind-altering drug use.

  • Taboo - Marriage (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Marriage

    Acceptable marriage practices based on culture.

  • Taboo - Witchcraft (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Witchcraft

    Supernatural powers.

  • Taboo - Voodoo (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Voodoo

    A journey to the birthplace of voodoo in West Africa, where a man entrusts his daughter to a spirit that intends to kill her, then give her a new life.

  • Taboo - Tattoo (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Tattoo

    Various forms of skin art illustrate the border between acceptable and taboo.

  • Taboo - New Shades of Sex (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    New Shades of Sex

    The different ways people around the globe address intimacy issues.

  • Taboo - Healers (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Healers

    Unorthodox healing practices that go beyond the confines of science, ranging from drinking one's own urine to a traditional blood ritual.

  • Taboo - Food (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Food

    What humans eat.

  • Taboo - Sexpectations (Episode 157)
    Episode 157:

    Sexpectations

    Taking an intimate look at the different ways people handle sexual expectations.

  • Taboo - Bizarre Passions (Episode 156)
    Episode 156:

    Bizarre Passions

    Exploring the far reaches of some people's definition of sex and love.

  • Taboo - Strange Medicine (Episode 140)
    Episode 140:

    Strange Medicine

    In America, it is not uncommon to turn to the knife for aesthetic improvements.

  • Taboo - Extreme Performers (Episode 125)
    Episode 125:

    Extreme Performers

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