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Really Dark '80s TV Moments

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'80s TV wasn't just Thundercats, Domino's Pizza commercials, and Facts of Life. Remember the very special episodes of your favorite '80s shows? The ones that got pretty dark and quite possibly left you with lifelong nightmares? We're here to dig up some of your saddest TV memories.
Nothing about war is really funny. And yet, for 11 seasons, the ongoing story of an Army hospital during the Korean War not only managed to be full of laughs, but also deeply meaningful, which probably explains why MASH stayed on television for more than a decade.
But it couldn't be all be doctor jokes and cross-dressing conscientous objectors, and MASH had plenty of serious, dramatic moments. The dark and last episode of MASH was arguably the darkest moment of the series. Airing in February 1983, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" centers in part around leading character Hawkeye recovering from a mental breakdown. In the pinnacle scene of horror, Hawkeye is flashing back to the source of his mental anguish - he's on a bus, the enemy is nearby, and the passengers have to kill the lights and remain silent or risk discovery.
But there's a woman on the bus who has a chicken, and the chicken won't stop making noise. Hawkeye tells her to shut the chicken up and she does, by smothering it, in order to protect the entire bus of refugees from being found. But we learn that it wasn't actually a chicken, like his fractured memory was trying to convince him. And it's horrific.
Watch the video for more Really Dark '80s TV Moments!
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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen | 0:17
Doris in Wonderland | 1:28
Farewell, Mr. Hooper | 2:25
Home Again | 3:33
A, My Name is Alex | 4:29
Hate Mongers | 5:22
Goodbyeee | 6:56
Turn Turn Turn | 8:14
The Sad Story of Henry | 9:02
Cherie Lifesaver | 10:00

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Grunge
Grunge Il y a mois
What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?
rem mer
rem mer Il y a 4 jours
Grunge Little House on the Prairie where the girl Albert had a crush on gets raped and impregnated by a pedophile
Frank
Frank Il y a 6 jours
@MzBittersweet I saw that episode of Too Close For Comfort with Monroe getting raped on Antenna TV around 3-4 years ago.
Kristine Maitland
Kristine Maitland Il y a 7 jours
@Samuel Glass damn, Damn, DAMN!!! Esther Rolle should have gotten an Emmy for that performance.
Kristine Maitland
Kristine Maitland Il y a 7 jours
Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood predates Sesame Street in dealing with death. It went hardcore by explaining the murder of Bobby Kennedy. " what does assassination mean? " Daniel the Tiger asks Lady A. The look on her face speaks volumes.
Oh Snap!!!
Oh Snap!!! Il y a 8 jours
@Bonus Baby my parents always liked watching All in the Family when I was a kid. I hated it because of the way Archie treated people. Even as a small kid I felt bad for Edith. I still remember feeling sick in my gut when it would come on because she looked just like my grandma, who I just adored so much. I still don't like that show.
Frank Black
Frank Black Il y a heure
Yea MASH wins.
B
B Il y a 8 heures
That Little House episode traumatized me when I was a kid. When that kid threw up during the withdrawal sequence, it grossed me out & I couldn’t shake it off for days.
BLASTGAMER18
BLASTGAMER18 Il y a 12 heures
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Patrick Andre
Patrick Andre Il y a 13 heures
I remember that kid in the fridge
WarlegganFangirl1984
Morphine addicted cowboys?! 🤣
Luther Smithers
Luther Smithers Il y a jour
I remember an episode of Punky Brewster where her dog Brandon got hit by a car. They were at the animal hospital, and she was talking to this old lady, who brought her dog in for something. Brandon lived and the old lady's dog passed away. She was crying and showing a lot of guilt because "her dog died so Brandon could live." Gets me in the feels every time I remember it.
אריאל גולני
O,MG SHIT
LEGION 4wermany
LEGION 4wermany Il y a jour
I was a little kid when the punky Brewster trapped in the refrigerator episode aired...it absolutely, terrified me.
ElleCee62978
ElleCee62978 Il y a 2 jours
Punky Brewster.... not this episode but the one where Punky goes into the cave where Brandon turns into a skeleton and the gigantic spider eats Alan. I literally have this episode taped from the tv. Written across the front of the tape - Punky B Scary Tape Do Not Watch. Also, my other favorite 80s show was kinda dark - Rags to Riches.
propjam2
propjam2 Il y a 3 jours
that BlackAdder wasn't from the 80s.
WarlegganFangirl1984
It was. It was made in 1989.
JoeCnNd
JoeCnNd Il y a 3 jours
I thought it was going to be little house on the prairie where it burns down.
Shackille Uh'Deal
Shackille Uh'Deal Il y a 3 jours
No Different Strokes? You had the one with child molester, the Bicycle Man that tried to rape Dudley, the one were the guy kidnaps Sam and threatens to kill his parents, and the Hitchhikers episode where Arnold and Kimberly get kidnapped.
501Bloo
501Bloo Il y a 3 jours
My best friend and I were playing with a box that his new fridge came in. I climbed in it and he sat on the opening for 10 minutes not letting me out. That punky brewster episode kept playing in my head. Now I'm claustrophobic. Thanks Timmy!! Bastard....
DarkRider69
DarkRider69 Il y a 3 jours
Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) was 74. His death was in no way “untimely.”
Dave smith
Dave smith Il y a 4 jours
Most of the Toronto Maple Leafs games in the 80s.
scottjulie27
scottjulie27 Il y a 4 jours
"The Facts of Life" (especially the first 5 seasons), had its very dramatic moments. Especially the episode "Teacher's Pet" from Season 4.
Tim Hallas
Tim Hallas Il y a 4 jours
Other that the M A S H episode there was nothing here that was " D A R K". There must be at least a dozen truly dark moments that you missed. Hit reset.
Lance Uppercut
Lance Uppercut Il y a 5 jours
You chose Geraldo over the "Different Strokes" kidnapping/ child molesting episode? Mmmmkay.
97channel
97channel Il y a 5 jours
After consulting with child psychologists to deliver the news in the least traumatising way possible... ...they went ahead and delivered the news in the most traumatising way possible.
Valerie Storm
Valerie Storm Il y a 5 jours
Almost every episode with Bill Bixby in The Incredible Hulk left me crying. I think I was maybe 8?10? And loved that man so much because I felt so sorry for him. That scene with his wife driving away in the back of the bus...to death 😭
David Beauchamp
David Beauchamp Il y a 5 jours
I remember a Facts of Life episode when a girl committed suicide after winning an election for class president.
Krzyzstof Polecat
Krzyzstof Polecat Il y a 6 jours
The episode of The Chipmunks where they adopt a stray kitten called Cookie Chomper the Third, who dies after being run over by a car. I didn't know how to deal with that as a kid!
Elder scrolled
Elder scrolled Il y a 6 jours
cagney was a hottie
Nathan Cruz
Nathan Cruz Il y a 7 jours
9:30 that’s so wrong.
Phils MGB
Phils MGB Il y a 7 jours
Just the fact that Full House was produced gave me nightmares.
Kaderin Wroth
Kaderin Wroth Il y a 8 jours
I knew refrigerators were dangerous thanks to that Punky episode. I still remember it vividly.
stan broniszewski
stan broniszewski Il y a 8 jours
How about an episode of The Facts Of Life. Kimberly begged Mrs. Garret to take her to a Jermaine Jackson concert. Kimberly made a sculpture of Jermaine's head bringing it backstage as a tribute gift. The security thought it was a bomb, soaked it in water, destroying the sculpture. Hilarious if you asked me.
J K
J K Il y a 8 jours
We didn't think we were being scarred by t.v. because it was just real life.....and most t.v. was like this anyway. Being latchkey kids and being able to ride our bikes 5 miles from home taught us to be independent. Some things were worse back then for sure but thank God we didn't have social media
Fred E
Fred E Il y a 8 jours
Another sad moment is when Chief Carl Kanisky died in Gimmie A Break.
John Mann
John Mann Il y a 9 jours
MacGyver Killzone, need I saw more?
Justin Figgins
Justin Figgins Il y a 10 jours
Other "Dark TV Moments" of the 80's Subject Matter.... Mister Rogers Neighborhood - Political Assassination, Racism & Global Hatred Violence.... Different Strokes - Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Child Molestation & Bigotry.... All in the Family - Spousal Physical Emotional Abuse.... Good Times - Physical Child Abuse & Gang Violence.... Maude - Abortion.... The Golden Girls - STDs.... A Different World - College Campus Rape, Slavery, Blackness, Self-Hate, HIV & Colorism.... The Cosby Show - Teenage Highschool Pregnancy & Black Education Importance....
Ms. Sonshine
Ms. Sonshine Il y a 10 jours
The smothered baby scene was copied from an old movie from the 40's. Can't recall the name, but had to do with a Nazi occupied European country.
mr. 100 ups in 60 god
mr. 100 ups in 60 god Il y a 11 jours
Anybody remember little ceasars pizza double pizza, you bought a pizza and got 1 free!!! Pizza, pizza!!!☺
stan broniszewski
stan broniszewski Il y a 8 jours
Or Dominos Pizza. Your pizza delivered hot and fresh to your doorstep within thirty minutes or it's free. Drivers were actually getting into car accidents with their own cars, all for the sake of a lousy eight dollar pizza.
capnovan
capnovan Il y a 11 jours
The Day After.....about WW3. Seeing people being vaporized..... my heart was beating so fast I thought it would explode.
Judi Dipillo
Judi Dipillo Il y a jour
I had nightmares for a long time after watching that.
Einsteinz Vice
Einsteinz Vice Il y a 12 jours
I never could consume enough...'Titanic' tragedies are sorta my niche! From the Beverly Hills Supper Club to the Shark attacked beaches of a 1916 "Shore," I'm there like "Frost on Nixon!" ;-) TY for the #Epic upload! #My3LbOpinion
Sam Farnsworth
Sam Farnsworth Il y a 12 jours
I remember this. Around the end of the 70s stuff started to get morose. Every TV show had a divorce, a death, a drug addict, etc. People who should have gotten together didn't. Stuff like that. It was either that or dumb-ass comedy. Now we are immersed in nihilism. It's shows about people sleeping around (Grey's Anatomy) or people doing stupid ass stuff for 10, 000 dollars.
walkofShane
walkofShane Il y a 12 jours
More stuff from the 60's 70's and 80's archive.org/details/@kayamanth?and%5B%5D=mediatype%3A%22movies%22&sort=titleSorter
Oh Snap!!!
Oh Snap!!! Il y a 12 jours
How about every single episode of Small Wonder. I was a kid and the storyline totally creeped me out about the dad.
TheChinatownkid
TheChinatownkid Il y a 12 jours
Natalie getting raped by Snake on the Facts of Life didn't make the cut?
TheChinatownkid
TheChinatownkid Il y a 8 jours
@Fred E There was a fucked up episode of Little House on the Prairie where a dude wearing a mask rapes Albert's girlfriend, I don't remember if it was her own father... some fucked up people used to write for that show.
Fred E
Fred E Il y a 8 jours
Or when Carol Seaver's boyfriend dies after getting into a car accident.
eee-eee-clap-clap
eee-eee-clap-clap Il y a 12 jours
Would the "Gimme a Break!" episode called "Baby of the Family" count? Samantha puts Joey in blackface and he doesn't understand that blackface is degrading toward African-Americans.
Jenny Kennedy
Jenny Kennedy Il y a 13 jours
I remember that episode of punky Brewster I watched it when it came on TV… Another show that had an episode that terrified me was the Webster… Which is usually a nice cute show but this is the episode where his mom and dad are taking part in a toy drive for Christmas or something so that poor kids can have Poisen… Well Webster saw a chemistry set in the offerings and he took it and then ended up burning up his apartment by catching his closet on fire… It was a huge fire! And it scared me to death and I’m still scared of fire After that episode was done… My folks would not let me watch it if it came on and a rerun ever again because of how upset it made me after that episode was done… My folks would not let me watch it if it came on and a rerun ever again because of how upset it made me to this
Adam Warren
Adam Warren Il y a 13 jours
The Hawk Eye still gives me goosebumps after all these years :( Awful.
Steffen Schuchardt
Steffen Schuchardt Il y a 13 jours
Great video. I don't get the tragedy of Geraldo. A few today Russian shows are just like that.
Harith Anti Bully
Harith Anti Bully Il y a 13 jours
80's were the worst years for woody allen and co.
NutritionFacts1979
NutritionFacts1979 Il y a 13 jours
Friday the 13th: The Series. Third season episode "Hate on Your Dial", 1989. Dark as they come, even for the horror genre.
moonwalker 9705
moonwalker 9705 Il y a 13 jours
Wasn't "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" called "Shinning Time Station" in the 80's? It definitely was in the USA.
Beshara Saleh
Beshara Saleh Il y a 13 jours
Different Strokes with the pedophile. That was pretty damn disturbing.
Kristin Márie
Kristin Márie Il y a 13 jours
I remember when Mr. Hooper died
Tami Augustson
Tami Augustson Il y a 13 jours
In Family Ties, Tom Hanks played Uncle Ned with such an addiction to alcohol that they found him in the pantry drinking vanilla extract.
Frank
Frank Il y a 4 jours
@stan broniszewski I guess they didn't have any cough syrup. Wasn't uncle Ned also on the run from the FBI? Was that the same episode?
stan broniszewski
stan broniszewski Il y a 8 jours
Drinking vanilla extract for the alcohol? Well, at least he never had to worry about bad breath.
Retro Robbie
Retro Robbie Il y a 14 jours
girl in fridge is Maxine from Family Matters?
Brian
Brian Il y a 14 jours
Omg, that Mash thing.
AL
AL Il y a 14 jours
the family ties episode with uncle ned played by tom hanks, where he's a raging alcoholic and starts downing jars of cherries and vanilla extract to get a buzz then hits alex... would have been good if they'd brought that back for the drunk driving storyline - a relapse from rehab perhaps as it can and does happen.
Sly Steve
Sly Steve Il y a 14 jours
I rather TV be about those dark moments and shows instead of just pushing the gay agenda now every show gay agenda I like to see what video are you going to make it 30 years from now
san damiano
san damiano Il y a 12 jours
Sly Steve Of the 109 most popular film releases from the major studios in 2017, only 14 films (12.8 % overall) contained any characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. This is a significant decrease of 5.6 percentage points and down nine films from the previous year (2016).
Sly Steve
Sly Steve Il y a 12 jours
@san damiano I do not comply it's not even that I care that there's gay people in movies or TV it's just every single movie or TV show
san damiano
san damiano Il y a 12 jours
Sly Steve They’re here, they’re queer, GET USED TO IT.
savvysearch
savvysearch Il y a 14 jours
Thinking back, the "very special episodes" in 80s sitcoms were laughably ridiculous and fed into the fear-de-jour of paranoid 80s moms. But my favorites for sheer extremity: Mr. Belvedere: Wesley gets child molested by his camp councilor. Different Strokes: Arnold and Dudley get molested; Dudley is drugged and almost gets raped. Different Strokes: Arnold and Kimberly get kidnapped and Kimberly almost gets murdered.
Vickie Godfrey
Vickie Godfrey Il y a 14 jours
I remember that Punky Brewster episode.
Fcutdlady
Fcutdlady Il y a 14 jours
About blackadder. In the UK where blackadder was written and made the poppy is the symbol of remember a certain for those who passed away in war. The Royal British Legion sell paper poppy badges to wear on remembrance Sunday.
meandmy2phans
meandmy2phans Il y a 9 jours
This is true in the USA as well...Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) pass out paper poppies on Memorial Day, with the "In Flander's Field" poem.
byron p
byron p Il y a 15 jours
One thing about that Little House episode was that it was certainly the first time projectile vomiting was graphically shown on a TV show. THAT was certainly startling. Also weird was Little House's last episode where the whole town of Walnut Grove literally blows itself up for....reasons, I'm sure.
La Onda
La Onda Il y a 15 jours
1983 was the year 👹HE👺 came home.
SARISS80
SARISS80 Il y a 15 jours
A lot of shows they forgot that had dark scene. The old man molesting Dugley on DS. Penny's mother burning her with iron on GT.
The Blue Morpho
The Blue Morpho Il y a 15 jours
BTW, if anyone hasn't seen Blackadder, especially "Goes Forth" please find a way to see it.
The Blue Morpho
The Blue Morpho Il y a 15 jours
Oh God, no, not the Black Adder WW1 ending. Imma cry my eyes out.....
Ed Findlay
Ed Findlay Il y a 15 jours
Death of Optimums Prime.
Todd Craig
Todd Craig Il y a 15 jours
God, Alan Alda gets on my nerves.
David W
David W Il y a 15 jours
No 21 Jump Street?! What kind of member berries are you? It was basically one after school special after another. The saddest part were the "Vietnam" episodes as it was "real" in that actor Dustin Nguyen really was a refugee from that horrible affair.
notgrillo collector/ gamer
I loved hill street blues so much!! We will never see a cop show like that again. Mr Hoopers death happen I was in high school but still watched it. That by far, was my favorite LHOTP ep. I thought Albert got hooked due to a football injury.
Helle Fyre
Helle Fyre Il y a 16 jours
Notice who started the violence in the Geraldo show.
wesley rodgers
wesley rodgers Il y a 16 jours
Xena, getting beheaded☹️
Laura Rebekah
Laura Rebekah Il y a 16 jours
Gosh, I remember that MASH one. (Not when it first played. I'm 18.) That one was just AWFUL! :''(
Roger Gonzalez
Roger Gonzalez Il y a 16 jours
All in the family, when Edith dies. Good times, when James dies. The Jeffersons, the Day MLK was killed.
Salty Breeze
Salty Breeze Il y a 13 jours
I still cry when James dies. I loved that family.
Roger Gonzalez
Roger Gonzalez Il y a 16 jours
Geraldo has always been a self centered opportunistic, exploitive, moron. And he's still around today! How does he get away with it?
Valkonnen
Valkonnen Il y a 16 jours
I'll never forget seeing Albert addicted to Morphine on "Little House on the Prairie". It really showed me the horror of drug addiction when I was a kid. A very important episode in my opinion.
HUUUUUURRRR
HUUUUUURRRR Il y a 16 jours
"One girl suffocates and NEARLY DIES" Apparently you don't know the definition of "Suffocate" - "die or cause to die from lack of air or inability to breathe."
Tami Augustson
Tami Augustson Il y a 13 jours
I noticed that too
TMUHome
TMUHome Il y a 16 jours
Wouldn't have minded the farewell MASH so much, except that they dipped into, "Hawkeye is going nuts, we must dig deep to heal him" story line about 4 other times before that.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Il y a 16 jours
83 was a tough year for tv
clubredken
clubredken Il y a 16 jours
What about the Fresh Prince of Belair when Louis does the Carleton dance. And Will Smith catches him. And then every celebrity golf tournament after that guy does the Carleton dance after every birdie. It's a scar that will never heal.
dave4248
dave4248 Il y a 17 jours
4:54 If that aired today twitter would explode not about the content but the friends non PC baseball cap (Cheif Wahoo)
paul baker
paul baker Il y a 17 jours
When Jimmy Saville fixed it for that girl to milk a cow blinfolded
Daimos Z
Daimos Z Il y a 17 jours
You realize the very next episode after Henry gets bricked up has him let out to save the day.
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