1) They usually occur on sitcoms, and if sitcom-watchers wanted drama, they'd watch dramas. Stick to one-dimensional comedy and leave drama to the professionals.
2) They're about as subtle as an elephant on ice skates, always jamming some lame-ass, obvious moral down our throats (Smoking is bad! Don't show the mailman your pecker!)
3) Sitcom actors are even less equipped to do drama than they are to do comedy. It's like asking Dom DeLuise to swim the English Channel.
4) I don't need a life lesson from Gary Coleman or Tootie or The Fonz or the writers of "Major Dad."
5) Often, "very special" episode = shark jump. Meaning, this show now officially sucks and will continue to suck even harder with every sucky episode.
Ok, on to the post. From Best Week Ever:
"One of the many sitcom trademarks are “Very Special Episodes“, where writers dropped the comedy in order to address the more serious issues plaguing the American community at large. And while the tradition continues today, it goes without saying that no “very special episodes” are specialler than those from the 1970s and 80s, a time when political correctness did not exist, but “kidnapping” and “rape” and “The Doobie Brothers” sure did."
9. Silver Spoons, “Me and Mr. T”
What Hulu Says: Edward hires Mr. T. to teach Ricky how to defend himself.What We Say: OMFG SILVER SPOONS IS ON HULU?!?! sdlkfjslkdfjsldkjfskj! At 7:40, dreams come true when Mr. T rolls in looking FLY AS HALE. This is easily one of the best videos that exists online and in our memories.
8. What’s Happening, “Doobie Or Not Doobie”.
What Hulu Says: The bootleggers force the guys into tape recording the concert but while everyone is jumping around, the tape recorder falls out from under Rerun’s coat and right in full view of The Doobie Brothers.What We Say: The Doobie Brothers have been ripping off black music their entire career. It’s about time Rerun got something out of it!
7. The Partridge Family, “Road Song”.
What Hulu Says: The Partridge family becomes involved with a young, runaway girl.What We Say: We’re preeeeetty sure this Grandpa character molested her? (chin scratching…) Either way, we believe this is the first documented use of the old timey catch phrase “Go Suck An Egg!”
4. Welcome Back Kotter, “WHODUNNIT”
What Hulu Says: Rosalie is sick of the Sweathogs making up rumors about her being “easy,” so she tells them she is pregnant and that one of them is the father to force them to come clean about their “fun dates.”What We Say: Gives special meaning to the whole “Up your nose with a rubber hose.” (Wait, what?) And how did people not demand a Sex and the City-style Welcome Back Kotter movie is beyond us. ps Rosalie is a slootskie.
3. The Facts of Life, “Fear Strikes Back”
What Hulu Says: The ugliness of sexual violation rocks the Eastland School when “unlikely” target Natalie (Mindy Cohn) is assaulted on her way home from a campus party.What We Say: One of the few episodes on this list to give us real, human chills. On the bright side, 5:10 features Natalie’s classic “Charlie Chaplin” impression. And you know what they say about girl’s in Hitler staches… they’re asking for it.
2. Who’s The Boss, “Samantha’s Growing”
What Hulu Says: Tony’s daughter, Sam, slips into womanhood.What We Say: What little girl wouldn’t want to go bra shopping with Tony Danza? Watch this clip for the best “Cross Your Heart” joke you’ll ever hear. Also, that Mona… what a sassy bitch.
See the rest here at BestWeekEver.tv.