When it comes to American television, network censors often rule on certain plot points to ensure that the American public isn’t traumatized by anything that might be distasteful.
Although these standards have been relaxed over the years (you can now see toilets on TV!) “, but some episodes were omitted by censors but were banned soon after airing.
Seinfeld may have been “a show about nothing,” but that doesn’t mean it didn’t offend certain groups of people from time to time. One of the most infamous episodes of the series was one of the last to air. “The Puerto Rican Day” featured the group finding themselves trapped in the city on their way home from a game.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade blocks all traffic, so they find themselves stuck, and various antics ensue. The depiction of Puerto Ricans was offensive to many, but the thing that really made people mad came towards the end when Kramer accidentally lights the Puerto Rican flag on fire.
That scene was too much for many viewers, and NBC was flooded with complaints about the episode. Protests were held by angry fans outside 30 Rock, so NBC decided to remove the episode from further syndication. It was buried for several years but eventually resurfaced (on other channels) broadcasting the series in syndication.
When this happened, the flag-burning scene was edited out of the show, but it eventually found its way back. By 2002, syndicated airings of the episode featured the original cut, burning flag and all.