Shocking Episodes of Popular TV Shows

When you watch a comedy show, chances are that you are looking for some easy laughs and a good time. After all, the whole reason we watch comedy in the first place is so that we can stop worrying about the world and just turn our brains off for a little while. However, in the golden age of television, the 1970s to be precise, a lot of immensely popular comedy shows aired episodes that were very different from their usual fare. These episodes were referred to as “Very Special Episodes” and they were famous for having content that was of a very serious nature.

The reasons behind these episodes varied. They were often aired with some kind of political agenda in mind, with the creator of the show trying to push a certain kind of ideology. Often they were just meant to help society in some way with the creators or studio executives trying to use their influence to make the world a better place. Often these episodes were aired to commemorate a cast member that had passed away. Whatever the case had been, these episodes often had shocking subject matter. Here are some examples that stand out quite a bit.

Saved By The Bell

Saved by the Bell was a show that was aimed at teenagers. Hence, the episode that showed a character getting addicted to drugs while trying to excel at school was a very important one for the time.


You generally wouldn’t think that a show about a working class family that was set in the 90s would tackle issues like homosexuality, but Roseanne is just one of those groundbreaking shows that frequently did things like this in spite of what people might have thought.

The Golden Girls

This sitcom about a group of elderly friends won many hearts but it did a lot of good as well. The primary reason this sitcom received so much attention for its special episode is because it tackled one of its characters possibly having AIDS!

Growing Pains

A special episode about drinking is rather predictable, but Growing Pains went one better by showing people that they could talk about it in a constructive manner. The show talked about drunk driving especially, and how toxic it could be for the people around you, not to mention how much danger it could put people in.

Too Close For Comfort

This show did not get very famous during its time but it did manage to tackle the pressing issue of assault, specifically how men can be assaulted by women. This episode shed light on this issue and talked about it in a way that made a lot of people take it more seriously.


This heartwarming show was never afraid to talk about controversial topics. This show’s very special episode talked about abortion, focusing on a woman’s choice during the 70s which really was quite progressive for the time.