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Rituals and customs accepted in one culture may be thought of as downright bizarre in another. "Taboo" delves into that dichotomy, taking viewers across cultural borders to explore traditional beliefs and deliberate lifestyle choices, ranging from body modification and gender decisions to nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.

Latest episodes

aired 147 days ago
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.
aired 154 days ago
People who deal with death for occupational, cultural and sometimes questionable reasons.
aired 161 days ago
People who dwell on the fringes of society.
aired 161 days ago
The sexual customs and age of consent varies in countries around the globe.
aired 168 days ago
Measuring people's worth by the ability to overcome the fight-or-flight instinct.
aired 217 days ago
Many traditional cultures require boys to pass through initiations of pain and fear in order to become men.
aired 217 days ago
Life collides with fantasy.
aired 217 days ago
Nontraditional weddings; a naked wedding in Jamaica; dog wedding; a young man kidnaps his bride.
aired 328 days ago
Looking at the ways people change their appearance for psychological, aesthetic or other reasons.
aired 349 days ago
In one married couple, each partner has switched gender; one person self-refers as a hybrid -- neither male nor female.
aired 349 days ago
Love and what attracts the opposite sex can differ from one society to another.
aired 360 days ago
The lengths people will go to to change their looks.
aired 367 days ago
Unconventional relationships including a woman in love with a man three times her height and a marriage made up of three partners.
aired 543 days ago
People who take collecting into bizarre territories.
aired 543 days ago
Unique matches include a fruitarian couple who live off the fruit they find in dumpsters.
aired 546 days ago
While some societies wage war on drugs, some embrace them for their medicinal or spiritual benefits.
aired 557 days ago
Exploring the far reaches of some people's definition of sex and love.
aired 564 days ago
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.
aired 571 days ago
In Minneapolis, a team of heavy-duty house cleaners tackles a truly filthy, foreclosed house with one of the most disgusting basements ever.
aired 571 days ago
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.
aired 578 days ago
People whose passion for collecting crosses the line into obsession.

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