Really Dark '80s TV Moments

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Grunge - 5 months ago
What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?
Ben's Beard
Ben's Beard - 18 days ago
The Greatest Enemy - the Robin Of Sherwood S2 finale. Such a great way to write a character out of a series but so sad.
Dr. M. H.
Dr. M. H. - 24 days ago
@Melissa Mckinney why
Dr. M. H.
Dr. M. H. - 24 days ago
@tracy Smith i remember the episode of FOL where Joe guy raped. I was a kid but the oddity of the tough chick getting raped instead of one of the others was what struck me the most.
Thirsty cadaver
Thirsty cadaver - Month ago
I found the M*A*S*H episode, where Hot Lips friend is an alcoholic and she gets the dt's in the mess tent, pretty realistic
Jordan Rumsey
Jordan Rumsey - 17 hours ago
When I saw Home Again Part 2 as the cover of this video i was like "YESSSS MY FAVORITE EPISODE OF LHOTP EVER ALONG WITH LOOK BACK TO YESTERDAY!!!"
TheMAORIRULE - 8 days ago
When they cancelled good night kiwi in NZ
Lisa Kobar
Lisa Kobar - 16 days ago
Weird-most of these were from 1983!
Rotting Corpse
Rotting Corpse - 16 days ago
The M.A.S.H. baby episode hit me hard damn
Craig Fazekas
Craig Fazekas - 17 days ago
The What's Happening !! episode where Rerun loses all of Ike's money betting on football games, 'cause Dwayne picked the teams based on their helmets ?.... 😎
Sewlittletimetosew - 17 days ago
The last episode of the original Magnum PI, when Tom Selleck asks "Did you see the sun rise?"
TheGuardian - 18 days ago
Don't be so ironic...this Punky Brewster episode has a very important point what youngsters should learn when they're kids----never left your friends behind---
Ben's Beard
Ben's Beard - 18 days ago
The Blake's 7 finale traumatised me for a loong time. Still hard to watch today.
Nightbreeze - 18 days ago
The moment that always bothered me was the Highway to Heaven episode Alone. A homeless boy has a cat as his only friend. The cat dies in a fire.
radiodarkhorse - 18 days ago
The Equallizer episode 'Last Call' was a dark episode too
Maclunkey - 20 days ago
I remember the Thomas the Tank Engine story and of course in the UK, the ending of Blackadder Goes Forth is usually voted the best ending of a TV series on polls, because of the poignancy.
Tracy S
Tracy S - 21 day ago
Ugh, I miss Michael Landon.
Southsideman - 22 days ago
I loved Family Ties and dont really remember that episode; but i respect to no end they tried to use their platform to warn of drunk driving! BRAVO!
Thomas Godwin
Thomas Godwin - 22 days ago
How could you not include different strokes bycicle man?
Saint Martins
Saint Martins - 23 days ago
The darkest & most disturbing thing that happened on TV was during the 1989 Grammy Awards show when Jethro Tull beat Metallica for best Heavy Metal album. #NeverForget
Dr. M. H.
Dr. M. H. - 24 days ago
In the thumbnail, i thought Michael Landon was strangling the other guy! 😄😄😄😄
Blon Belemi
Blon Belemi - 24 days ago
What about all the ads for Donald J. Trump?
Roger Bannister
Roger Bannister - 26 days ago
You do Captain Blackadder a disservice ,he did not panic nor did he despair.
Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas - 26 days ago
The Geraldo race brawl started when the white supremacist calls the black guy an Uncle Tom. That's when the black guy gets up and approaches him. It's ironic because the black guy was actually a conservative pundit who was known for his feuds with people like Farakhan and Sharpton.
Guardiane - 27 days ago
wow, I had no idea about a lot of these episodes. The Thomas episode especially made me laugh but only because it's so horrible I can't believe it lol. What lesson was being taught there? It's also funny because I watched that show a lot as a kid and I don't remember that episode at all. Ah, I miss the 80's sometimes.
Darcy Brummett
Darcy Brummett - 27 days ago
8:30 “...too much like a same sex couple?” They were police partners, not “those” kind of partners. What was wrong with them?
Kompa Tevez
Kompa Tevez - 29 days ago
1:14 Geezus H. Kryst! Never knew that about MASH... beyond traumatizing!! 💔💔💔
Jock McStrapon
Jock McStrapon - Month ago
Cagney and Lacey also had the domestic violence storyline.
Grange Hill and Zamo's heroin addiction storyline.
Just say no kid's!
I know this is early 90s, but this storyline has always stuck with me, because it's the worst mass killing of characters in a show. Emmerdale Farm killed off some of it's characters, when a plane crashed into the village of Emmerdale. So not only did you have the characters but the passengers and crew as well.
Jaime Perez
Jaime Perez - Month ago
It was Hollywood propaganda at it’s best,that’s why it lasted long
Daxons2009 - Month ago
Prisoner Cell Block H... much of it.
Nola breaking poor Paddy's neck, Mouse getting burned alive, poor Joan Ferguson's tragic dogs (one was poisoned and she stabbed the other to death while on acid), Rita the Beater having terminal cancer. Tragic.

That Thomas episode is wack. I found the look on the Fat Controller's face quite evil. I wonder if he has regrets about that, with hindsight and all that.
Appolo Geticks
Appolo Geticks - Month ago
Um, not everyone in the 1890's was a cowboy...
James Whipple
James Whipple - Month ago
Oops, on Full House..😚
James Whipple
James Whipple - Month ago
I'm part Greek, so the episode where Jesse's Papouli ( Grandfather) passed away, & Michelle was so sad because Papouli was going to show her school class how to Greek dance. It was so sad.. 🇬🇷🇬🇷
duke silver
duke silver - Month ago
"And the trend continues today" anti cop bias much? You guys are constantly doing this. How about showing some responsibility
Rachel Crisp
Rachel Crisp - Month ago
duke silver I was thinking the same thing
Raven Tzu
Raven Tzu - Month ago
The shield when the gang bangers make cop blow them while being filmed, which later came out.
Eugene K
Eugene K - Month ago
Best punky brewster episode!
Lisa Zurek
Lisa Zurek - Month ago
When TV had substance.
Stephanie Nelson
Stephanie Nelson - Month ago
I watched that Family Ties episode over and over again. I loved it. Not sure how I'd feel now.
beezer1225 - Month ago
GG Allin was on an episode of Geraldo?!!
Whose great idea was that?
Rebekah Lee
Rebekah Lee - Month ago
I am 28 freaking years old and I still cry when I see Big Bird realize Mr Hooper isn’t coming back 😭
sr71ablackbird - Month ago
well, mash was somewhat true to life, a few of the shows were based on actual incidents one of the shows that they did create were actual experiences that happened during the vietnam war. take for instance, the show of `abyssinia henry'. (where henry dies) was based on where a plane that was carrying children had crashed into the sea.
Heather Morgan
Heather Morgan - Month ago
How could you pick the Punky Brewster episode where Cherie got stuck in the fridge over the episode post-Challenger explosion? I mean, we were already traumatized because we all watched it live on TV while in school, only to have to re-live it a few days later. Real death trumps fake near-death, Grunge.
Vakaria - Month ago
Darkest for me: St Elsewhere, when Boomer was raped. I had never known that could happen to men until that episode. That episode honestly, actually, changed the way I viewed the world.
Sharon Sporleder
Sharon Sporleder - Month ago
And Geraldo is a Trumptard.
Jenni M
Jenni M - Month ago
I remember that Punky Brewster episode and think about it all the time, and yes it was absolutely traumatizing as a child.
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse - Month ago
Didn’t Albert from Little House die from leukemia?
Don J.
Don J. - Month ago
The last one strikes home with me. My older sister and I were accidentally locked in one of those fridges when we were 6 & 4 by my younger sister. It was on the back porch and we were playing in it. Luckily the my mother and her friend heard us screaming. I’ll never forget those few minutes for the rest of my life and that was 46 yrs. ago.
thexxit - Month ago
I feel like this one is shitting on these very special episodes. Besides Geraldo - who is a shit head and 100% deserves his face bashed in and the Thomas Tank engine weird episode - dark moments are real and nothing is all laughs. Escapism is easy. I feel like it's important to remind people - esp kids - that real life has some sad things mixed in with the fun.
Val Hollylee
Val Hollylee - Month ago
That episode of LHotP at the end Laura tells the audience that Albert went on to become a doctor but he later died from leukaemia! Don't you hate bad continuity?😉😁
Val Hollylee
Val Hollylee - Month ago
Might explain why that generation is so earnest and angst ridden! 😉
LaraCroftEyes1 - Month ago
For Punky the girl who Punky's friend name is cherry and Punky never knew her father and that her mother abandons her at the grocery store.
Melissa H
Melissa H - Month ago
Growing pains when Matthew Perry’s character dies in the hospital moments after the audience is told he will be just fine- he was a minor character and Tracey golds characters boyfriend/ sorry I’m bad with names.
froggy8030 - Month ago
You guys Stateside didn't have the child haunting Totties Doll House a show based around Victorian looking dolls and their lives in the doll house. In one episode the child of the house Apple is actually pushed into the fire by a spiteful adult doll!!
Joey Owens
Joey Owens - Month ago
It was When TheBoy in PunkyBrewster Turned into a Demon.
That Shit Freaked Me Out, when I was Like 7.
If DemonKids in ChildrensTelevision isn't a "Dark Moment", the List isn't Dark Enough.
Marilyn M
Marilyn M - Month ago
Hey the 80s was hard but told u the truth today it's all lies
Missy Woodham
Missy Woodham - Month ago
5:49 Oh god.. GG Allin.
Donna Manning
Donna Manning - Month ago
Very important omission was All in the Family, which had several dark, serious moments.
Arty Cajun
Arty Cajun - Month ago
No one mentions Hugh Laurie in the Black Adder segment..... hmmmm
The CULTSHOW - 2 months ago
Henry’s little train face will haunt me forever.
Matthew Schiavi
Matthew Schiavi - 2 months ago
Hello? Anyone remember The Day After???
Lorie Ashwood
Lorie Ashwood - 2 months ago
Little House was the king of dark episodes
Crosis of Borg
Crosis of Borg - 2 months ago
So how is Punky Brewster an orphan if her parents abandoned her? You need to edit better.
Gody X
Gody X - 2 months ago
Depends on how you look at it but a lot of the "accidental " police shootings aren't accidents...smh...
Paul Lannister
Paul Lannister - 2 months ago
Lol do as your parents tell you or they brick you in. I need to show my nephew's that episode 😅
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