Posted October 06 2004 - 10:34 AM
I've seen the complete version of "Rosebud" many times on the Comedy Network here in Canada. It had a lot of scenes cut in syndication -- such as the scene where all the then-living ex-presidents line up to see Mr. Burns, and George Bush I and Jimmy Carter are rejected ("no one-termers").
Season 5 was sort of the opposite of season 4 in terms of show length: in season 4 they came up with short shows and had to use a lot of filler to get them up to 23 minutes (longer title sequences, Ned Flanders cartoons, etc). The new team that took over in season 5, headed by David Mirkin, turned in extremely long shows that had to be cut down to fill the 23 minutes; hence they tended to use the shortened title sequence, which meant more material that got cut in syndication. The season 4 episodes tend to have like one scene cut in syndication; the season 5 episodes have many gags and whole scenes cut, so you're going to see a lot of stuff you haven't seen in a while.