80's sitcom 'special' episodes

For those too young to remember, most of the big comedy sitcoms in the 80's had at least one episode touted as 'special' where something tragic would happen to one or several of the characters.

The one I remember the most was "Diff'rent Strokes" where Dudley got molested by the bike store guy. What was really fucked up was that they used the laugh track through most of the episode while there was fucked up shit going on, unbeknownst to poor Arnold and Dudley!

 

Name some more...

First one I thought of when I saw the thread title.

Here's some highlights

Saved By the Bell - Jessie Spano and the caffine pills

Growing Pains (2) - Carol Sever drinks and drives, and Chandler Bing dies

Roseanne (maybe this one was 90s) - Dan Connor has a heart attack

Family Ties


Alex's best friend Greg dies

Family Matters - the fam business was robbed by a gang or something. The son goes to find them but ends up getting the shit kicked out of him.

Dick Niaz -

Saved By the Bell - Jessie Spano and the caffine pills

Growing Pains (2) - Carol Sever drinks and drives, and Chandler Bing dies

Roseanne (maybe this one was 90s) - Dan Connor has a heart attack

I was going to mention the Growing Pains one but I only vaguely remember it. I didn't know she was the one driving. 

And of course the 'heart attack' shows. 

Fresh Prince, Family Ties etc ....

there was one where the kid was offered drugs in growing pains. It was during the 'just say no' time in the 80s, and they really tried to hammer the anti drug message home.

"Facts of Life"- someone tries to rape Natalie on Halloween. 

saved by the bell public service announcement about drugs episode

I'm so excited saved by bell

Roseanne - Dan kicks the shit out of Booker for beating Jackie.

There was a "Family Ties" where Alex was taking speed or something too.

There was a Saved by the Bell where the school had an oil spill and Zack tries to save a duck too. 

"Tonight on a very special Blossom ...."

WKRP in Cincinnati-People trampled at The Who concert.

The Seinfeld gang going to jail.

The lesson learned .. follow the good Samaritan law!!

64FordF100 - There was a "Family Ties" where Alex was taking speed or something too.

M*A*S*H - Charles takes amphetamines

Jack Skellington - 

Family Matters - the fam business was robbed by a gang or something. The son goes to find them but ends up getting the shit kicked out of him.



and i think urkel wound up wearing a wire and going undercover to get evidence on that gang.

Jack Skellington -

"Tonight on a very special Blossom ...."

Blossom's blossom blossoms! (by force in some guys back seat)