Being born in the 1980s, I do not remember a time when off-network reruns of a network TV show were not cut to sell more commercial time. Of course, it wasn't until The Simpsons were syndicated that I had any idea of this practice. However, when I got into film collecting, I noticed that some 16mm syndie prints had physical edits made on the prints themselves, and others were untouched and ran about 25 minutes (for sitcoms). I still have some Viacom syndie prints of the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Bob Newhart Show which escaped cutting and still have "place commercials here" tags. What was the policy of most TV stations more than 20 years ago? And what of videotaped shows, like the Norman Lear series?