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(Mental Floss)   Remember Uncle Arthur, who once slipped Mallory the tongue? And the friendly bicycle man who gave little boys wine before Jacko made it popular? Yeah, I'd almost mercifully forgotten, too   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 177
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2013-03-18 02:52:18 PM
And not one mention of Blossom?

Surely, they jest.
 
2013-03-18 03:07:06 PM
Surprisingly good list. I forgot a few moments there.

The Punky Brewster episode was stuck in my memory somewhere back there.

Didn't they also do an episode when one of her friends had pot stashed away in a book or something? And Nancy Reagan did the whole "just say No" campaign? I also have vague recollections of her being peer pressured into stealing or something.
 
2013-03-18 03:16:36 PM
Seems a bit odd to throw in the Saved by the Bell episode in a list involving pedophilia and sexual assault. What about the episode where the movie star wants to film an anti-drug ad at Bayside and ends up being a user himself? Or when they drive Lisa's mom's car after drinking at a toga party and proceed to crash it? Having said that:

images.huffingtonpost.com
 
2013-03-18 03:29:45 PM
That dude that played Uncle Arthur on Family Ties is one of those actors who seems like he's done one episode of everything. I remember when he was even on the ST: TNG where Picard had to go all John McClane aboard the Enterpirse when everyone else is away.
 
2013-03-18 03:37:15 PM

Sybarite: That dude that played Uncle Arthur on Family Ties is one of those actors who seems like he's done one episode of everything. I remember when he was even on the ST: TNG where Picard had to go all John McClane aboard the Enterpirse when everyone else is away.


The B-Plot was stupid and forgettable, but necessary so that Picard could go after Tuvok, Lyta Alexander, and Dodger.
 
2013-03-18 03:41:24 PM

Car_Ramrod: Seems a bit odd to throw in the Saved by the Bell episode in a list involving pedophilia and sexual assault. What about the episode where the movie star wants to film an anti-drug ad at Bayside and ends up being a user himself? Or when they drive Lisa's mom's car after drinking at a toga party and proceed to crash it? Having said that:

[images.huffingtonpost.com image 570x428]


Except there was also item about drinking and one about Punky Brewster's friend getting stuck in a fridge. So no, it's not odd for a caffeine pill abuse episode to be thrown in there.
 
2013-03-18 03:43:15 PM
Uncle Arthur and a female?

crasstalk.com
 
2013-03-18 03:44:49 PM
The downside of having an open mouth kiss with Malorie Bateman was that -at the time, she was suffering from bulimia. So vomit breath was a distinct possibility.
 
2013-03-18 03:52:03 PM
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surprised to not find trudy and her jellybean holder
 
2013-03-18 03:56:03 PM

TrollingForColumbine: [s3.vidimg.popscreen.com image 398x224]
surprised to not find trudy and her jellybean holder


Jesus, The Facts of Life was full of awkward "very special episodes"... especially involving Tootie. Tootie went completely insane over Jermaine Jackson, tried to start a black power group, nearly became a child porn model, was almost lured into a life of child prostitution

...and how can we forget the character that put the "special" into "very special episode"

www.catsafterme.com
 
2013-03-18 04:08:06 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: The downside of having an open mouth kiss with Malorie Justine Bateman was that -at the time, she was suffering from bulimia. So vomit breath was a distinct possibility.

 
2013-03-18 04:21:13 PM

Sybarite: That dude that played Uncle Arthur on Family Ties is one of those actors who seems like he's done one episode of everything. I remember when he was even on the ST: TNG where Picard had to go all John McClane aboard the Enterpirse when everyone else is away.


i dont think tom hanks was ever on star trek
 
2013-03-18 04:30:10 PM
Wow. I had forgotten how morbid and completely farking weird Little House on the Prairie was.
 
2013-03-18 04:33:26 PM
Didn't Little House have a whole thing with Albert being addicted to morphine and swapping out the Doc's stash?
 
2013-03-18 04:37:19 PM
How can you forget any of these episodes?  One time, Theo Huxtable was just holding a joint for his friend.
And don't forget Alex Keaton going through his therapy session when his friend died in a car accident.
Even Kate and Ali had a sex episode.  I think Viki that Small Wonder robot was kidnapped and put in a donkey show.

Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's
 
2013-03-18 04:38:17 PM
Talk about your weird uncles how about that '70s era SNL sketch with Buck Henry trying to fark his lttle girl nieces, played by Radner and Newman. Any evident laughter from the audience was of the nervous titter sort.
 
2013-03-18 04:44:08 PM

Nana's Vibrator: How can you forget any of these episodes?  One time, Theo Huxtable was just holding a joint for his friend.
And don't forget Alex Keaton going through his therapy session when his friend died in a car accident.
Even Kate and Ali had a sex episode.  I think Viki that Small Wonder robot was kidnapped and put in a donkey show.

Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's


I blame cocaine.
 
2013-03-18 04:44:46 PM
Remember when Monroe on Too Close For Comfort was raped?  The laugh-track made it funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-gw2_SCjtk
 
2013-03-18 04:46:32 PM

Nana's Vibrator: How can you forget any of these episodes?  One time, Theo Huxtable was just holding a joint for his friend.
And don't forget Alex Keaton going through his therapy session when his friend died in a car accident.
Even Kate and Ali had a sex episode.  I think Viki that Small Wonder robot was kidnapped and put in a donkey show.

Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's


Not quite the 80s, but there was that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Will's dad came back, promised to go on a road trip with him over the summer, then ditched him again at the last second. Last 5 minutes were pretty heavy.
 
2013-03-18 04:47:22 PM

Kangaroo_Ralph: Remember when Monroe on Too Close For Comfort was raped?  The laugh-track made it funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-gw2_SCjtk


As the episode argued, he's a guy... guys can't be raped!
 
2013-03-18 04:47:22 PM
Many All in the Family episodes couldn't be aired on network TV in 2013.
 
2013-03-18 04:48:29 PM

ChrisDe: Many All in the Family episodes couldn't be aired on network TV in 2013.


And they get a heavy editing for Syndication, even beyond the usual 3-4 minutes cut out to make room for commercials.
 
2013-03-18 04:48:30 PM

FunkOut: Wow. I had forgotten how morbid and completely farking weird Little House on the Prairie was.


I'm guessing it's the episode where the girl that Albert likes iss raped by the local blacksmith. She keeps it secret because she fears (correctly) that he asshole father will blame her. Ends up pregnant. Angry dad accuses Albert. Rapist blacksmith tries to rape her again but they both end up falling to their death. Fun for the whole family.

** clicks link **

Yup.
 
2013-03-18 04:50:11 PM

ImperialHazman: Didn't Little House have a whole thing with Albert being addicted to morphine and swapping out the Doc's stash?


Not to mention Albert convulsing and puking his brains out in front of Charles.  I still consider this episode one the most horrifying things I've seen on any TV show.

Does morphine withdrawal really hit that hard IRL?
 
2013-03-18 04:52:18 PM

snoproblem: ImperialHazman: Didn't Little House have a whole thing with Albert being addicted to morphine and swapping out the Doc's stash?

Not to mention Albert convulsing and puking his brains out in front of Charles.  I still consider this episode one the most horrifying things I've seen on any TV show.

Does morphine withdrawal really hit that hard IRL?


Morphine is an opiate, like heroin.

Have you ever heard any uplifting heroin withdrawal stories?
 
2013-03-18 04:52:24 PM

Car_Ramrod: Nana's Vibrator: How can you forget any of these episodes?  One time, Theo Huxtable was just holding a joint for his friend.
And don't forget Alex Keaton going through his therapy session when his friend died in a car accident.
Even Kate and Ali had a sex episode.  I think Viki that Small Wonder robot was kidnapped and put in a donkey show.

Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's

Not quite the 80s, but there was that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Will's dad came back, promised to go on a road trip with him over the summer, then ditched him again at the last second. Last 5 minutes were pretty heavy.


Fresh Prince had an episode when Will got drunk and fell asleep in a cemetery and meets ghosts who teach him a lesson about drinking.  One of them was a kid that was killed by a drunk driver.  Serious Prince of Bel Air.
 
2013-03-18 04:55:33 PM

FirstNationalBastard: snoproblem: ImperialHazman: Didn't Little House have a whole thing with Albert being addicted to morphine and swapping out the Doc's stash?

Not to mention Albert convulsing and puking his brains out in front of Charles.  I still consider this episode one the most horrifying things I've seen on any TV show.

Does morphine withdrawal really hit that hard IRL?

Morphine is an opiate, like heroin.

Have you ever heard any uplifting heroin withdrawal stories?


I had some serious gut-wrenching heaves for 2 days when I was taken off of morphine.  That was after about 2-3 days on a drip.  I wouldn't recommend morphine or heroin unless you think you're going to change the world musically.
 
2013-03-18 04:57:08 PM
www.sitcomsonline.com

Oh Mallory
 
2013-03-18 04:57:26 PM
Fifteen-year-old Sylvia Webb is being raised by a puritanical father who believes she's inherently evil just because she hit puberty earlier than her classmates. He forces her to bind her burgeoning bosom and is outraged to find the neighborhood boys peeping at her while she dresses. Poor Sylvia eventually is attacked by the Stalker Blacksmith and ends up "with child." Albert Ingalls, who professes to love her though he's only 14 himself and his voice hasn't finished changing, and wants to marry her. Before the star-crossed teens can elope, though, Sylvia suffers a fatal fall from a hayloft


Wow.  very uplifting and positive.
 
2013-03-18 04:57:57 PM

Nana's Vibrator: Car_Ramrod: Nana's Vibrator: How can you forget any of these episodes?  One time, Theo Huxtable was just holding a joint for his friend.
And don't forget Alex Keaton going through his therapy session when his friend died in a car accident.
Even Kate and Ali had a sex episode.  I think Viki that Small Wonder robot was kidnapped and put in a donkey show.

Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's

Not quite the 80s, but there was that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Will's dad came back, promised to go on a road trip with him over the summer, then ditched him again at the last second. Last 5 minutes were pretty heavy.

Fresh Prince had an episode when Will got drunk and fell asleep in a cemetery and meets ghosts who teach him a lesson about drinking.  One of them was a kid that was killed by a drunk driver.  Serious Prince of Bel Air.


I remember an episode where Will gets shot by some thug and Carlton buys a gun to retaliate.
 
2013-03-18 04:58:06 PM
As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
 
2013-03-18 04:58:53 PM

rickythepenguin: Fifteen-year-old Sylvia Webb is being raised by a puritanical father who believes she's inherently evil just because she hit puberty earlier than her classmates. He forces her to bind her burgeoning bosom and is outraged to find the neighborhood boys peeping at her while she dresses. Poor Sylvia eventually is attacked by the Stalker Blacksmith and ends up "with child." Albert Ingalls, who professes to love her though he's only 14 himself and his voice hasn't finished changing, and wants to marry her. Before the star-crossed teens can elope, though, Sylvia suffers a fatal fall from a hayloft


Wow.  very uplifting and positive.


I believe Michael Landon followed that episode up with an episode of Highway To Heaven where a rape victim was stoned to death while Jesus smiled.
 
2013-03-18 04:59:25 PM
The Diff'rent Strokes episode suffered from the casting -- most people knew good ol' befuddled Mister Carlson and were all "Don't worry, Venus Flytrap will arrive just in time to save Dudley"
 
2013-03-18 05:03:48 PM

Nana's Vibrator: Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's


Anyone else finding this comment and the user name funny?
 
2013-03-18 05:08:35 PM

FirstNationalBastard: rickythepenguin: Fifteen-year-old Sylvia Webb is being raised by a puritanical father who believes she's inherently evil just because she hit puberty earlier than her classmates. He forces her to bind her burgeoning bosom and is outraged to find the neighborhood boys peeping at her while she dresses. Poor Sylvia eventually is attacked by the Stalker Blacksmith and ends up "with child." Albert Ingalls, who professes to love her though he's only 14 himself and his voice hasn't finished changing, and wants to marry her. Before the star-crossed teens can elope, though, Sylvia suffers a fatal fall from a hayloft


Wow.  very uplifting and positive.

I believe Michael Landon followed that episode up with an episode of Highway To Heaven where a rape victim was stoned to death while Jesus smiled.


I do remember Charles Ingalls telling the 14-year-old rape victim that her pregnancy was a gift from God.
 
2013-03-18 05:11:06 PM
So, to recap:

1. gay pedophilia
2. elder rape
3. straight statutory rape
4. old-timey fridges
5. straight gang-rape of a man
6. straight statutory rape, impregnation, and murder
7. child abduction
8. terminal pediatric cancer
9. alcoholism
10. gay pedophilia
11. alcoholism
12. uppers

I hate to say it, but almost suffocating inside an old-timey fridge doesn't seem so Very Special compared to the rest. Now, if Henry had gotten drunk and tried to have group sex with Punky and the gang inside that dangerous old fridge, that'd be a different story.
 
2013-03-18 05:11:27 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Nana's Vibrator: Sitcoms were serious times in the 80's

Anyone else finding this comment and the user name funny?


Hey.  You go back to...there.  Newb.
 
2013-03-18 05:11:58 PM
The Mr. Belvedere when Wesley's friend has AIDS.
The Diffrent Strokes when Nancy Reagan debuted "Just Say No".
The Family Ties when Alex is addicted to speed.
 
2013-03-18 05:14:24 PM

semiotix: 6. straight statutory rape, impregnation, and murder


It was rape-rape.

He stalked her and attacked her when she was walking home alone through the forest after school. He was even wearing a mask when he did it.
 
2013-03-18 05:14:45 PM
DAMMIT no one ever lists the Diff'rent Strokes episode where Willis and his girl have to confront the possibility of sweet, sweet lurrrrvemaking.

/the only thing i recall is the way he said "make looovvvve"
 
2013-03-18 05:15:20 PM
I was always kind of fond of "Fresh Prince gets shot in the ass by two urban youths, Michael Jackson Jr responds by getting a gun".
 
2013-03-18 05:16:38 PM
They missed the Webster episode where Ben Vareen kidnapped Webster, I remember that one making me feel a little weird.
 
2013-03-18 05:17:01 PM

FunkOut: Wow. I had forgotten how morbid and completely farking weird Little House on the Prairie was.


Wasn't some depressing news show on after that?

That day sucked for tv.
 
2013-03-18 05:18:09 PM

Rapmaster2000: The Mr. Belvedere when Wesley's friend has AIDS.
The Diffrent Strokes when Nancy Reagan debuted "Just Say No".
The Family Ties when Alex is addicted to speed.


The Diff'rent Strokes episode with Nancy Reagen was total "narm".** The Onion wrote an article making fun of it.

And I preferred the Very Special episode of Family Ties where an alcoholic Tom Hanks punches Michael J Fox in the face.

/** - those unfamiliar with the term "narm" can look it up on tvtropes.com
//and say goodbye to productivity for the next couple of days.
 
2013-03-18 05:18:38 PM

gunga galunga: semiotix: 6. straight statutory rape, impregnation, and murder

It was rape-rape.

He stalked her and attacked her when she was walking home alone through the forest after school. He was even wearing a mask when he did it.


Ah, you're right. For that matter #3 was attempted sexual assault of a minor. I was just trying to distinguish between the prepubescent victims on the list, and the ones where (so a million internet comments have taught me) it's not pedophilia even though it's not legal. But yeah, Mallory and LHOP-girl were both not okay with it.

</Whoopi>
 
2013-03-18 05:19:24 PM

semiotix: So, to recap:

1. gay pedophilia
2. elder rape
3. straight statutory rape
4. old-timey fridges
5. straight gang-rape of a man
6. straight statutory rape, impregnation, and murder
7. child abduction
8. terminal pediatric cancer
9. alcoholism
10. gay pedophilia
11. alcoholism
12. uppers

I hate to say it, but almost suffocating inside an old-timey fridge doesn't seem so Very Special compared to the rest. Now, if Henry had gotten drunk and tried to have group sex with Punky and the gang inside that dangerous old fridge, that'd be a different story.


A lot of kids were dying in old fridges. It was pretty  big deal at the time.
 
2013-03-18 05:20:08 PM

StoPPeRmobile: FunkOut: Wow. I had forgotten how morbid and completely farking weird Little House on the Prairie was.

Wasn't some depressing news show on after that?

That day sucked for tv.


I remember when "Little House on the Prairie" started the summer day was over, parents were on their way home from work, and the evening news was up next. I hated that farking show.
 
2013-03-18 05:21:08 PM

TrainingWheelsNeeded: They missed the Webster episode where Ben Vareen kidnapsped Webster, I remember that one making me feel a little weird.


ftfm
 
2013-03-18 05:24:56 PM

gunga galunga: The Diff'rent Strokes episode with Nancy Reagen was total "narm".** The Onion wrote an article making fun of it.

And I preferred the Very Special episode of Family Ties where an alcoholic Tom Hanks punches Michael J Fox in the face.

/** - those unfamiliar with the term "narm" can look it up on tvtropes.com
//and say goodbye to productivity for the next couple of days.


FYI, its tvtropes.org not .com

The second part of your statement is rather correct.  And thank you for wasting the rest of my day ;)
 
2013-03-18 05:25:02 PM

FunkOut: Wow. I had forgotten how morbid and completely farking weird Little House on the Prairie was.


. . . and the rapist was dressed like a mime the first time we saw him.

My girl friend at the time was addicted to LHOP and we had to watch it every week.  This one had her sobbing curled up the fetal position the whole time.  When the girl died at the end, my gf ran to her room and didn't come out for hours.  For my part, if I'd been the least bit suicidal, I might have thought of slitting my wrists that night.

I still can't believe it got shown on network television.  Michael Landon must have had polaroids of someone at NBC.
 
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