Really Dark '80s TV Moments

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  • Published on Jul 13, 2019
  • '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.
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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  4 months ago +40

    What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?

    • Ben's Beard
      Ben's Beard 12 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. 18 days ago

      @Melissa Mckinney why

    • Dr. M. H.
      Dr. M. H. 18 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 29 days ago +1

      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

  • TheMAORIRULE
    TheMAORIRULE 2 days ago

    When they cancelled good night kiwi in NZ

  • Lisa Kobar
    Lisa Kobar 10 days ago

    Weird-most of these were from 1983!

  • Rotting Corpse
    Rotting Corpse 10 days ago

    The M.A.S.H. baby episode hit me hard damn

  • Craig Fazekas
    Craig Fazekas 11 days ago +1

    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
    Sewlittletimetosew 11 days ago +1

    The last episode of the original Magnum PI, when Tom Selleck asks "Did you see the sun rise?"

  • TheGuardian
    TheGuardian 12 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 12 days ago

    The Blake's 7 finale traumatised me for a loong time. Still hard to watch today.

  • Nightbreeze
    Nightbreeze 13 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
    radiodarkhorse 13 days ago

    The Equallizer episode 'Last Call' was a dark episode too

  • Maclunkey
    Maclunkey 14 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 15 days ago

    Ugh, I miss Michael Landon.

  • Southsideman
    Southsideman 16 days ago +2

    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 16 days ago +1

    How could you not include different strokes bycicle man?

  • Saint Martins
    Saint Martins 18 days ago +3

    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. 18 days ago

    In the thumbnail, i thought Michael Landon was strangling the other guy! 😄😄😄😄

  • Blon Belemi
    Blon Belemi 19 days ago +1

    What about all the ads for Donald J. Trump?

  • Roger Bannister
    Roger Bannister 20 days ago

    You do Captain Blackadder a disservice ,he did not panic nor did he despair.

  • Robert Thomas
    Robert Thomas 20 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
    Guardiane 21 day 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 21 day 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 23 days ago

    1:14 Geezus H. Kryst! Never knew that about MASH... beyond traumatizing!! 💔💔💔

  • Jock McStrapon
    Jock McStrapon 26 days 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 26 days ago

    It was Hollywood propaganda at it’s best,that’s why it lasted long

  • Daxons2009
    Daxons2009 27 days 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 27 days ago

    Um, not everyone in the 1890's was a cowboy...

  • James Whipple
    James Whipple 28 days ago

    Oops, on Full House..😚

  • James Whipple
    James Whipple 28 days 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 28 days ago +2

    "And the trend continues today" anti cop bias much? You guys are constantly doing this. How about showing some responsibility

    • Rachel Crisp
      Rachel Crisp 26 days ago +1

      duke silver I was thinking the same thing

  • Raven Tzu
    Raven Tzu 29 days 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 +1

    I watched that Family Ties episode over and over again. I loved it. Not sure how I'd feel now.

  • beezer1225
    beezer1225 Month ago

    GG Allin was on an episode of Geraldo?!!
    Whose great idea was that?

  • Rebekah Lee
    Rebekah Lee Month ago +1

    I am 28 freaking years old and I still cry when I see Big Bird realize Mr Hooper isn’t coming back 😭

  • sr71ablackbird
    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
    Vakaria Month ago +1

    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
    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
    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 +1

    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
    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 +2

    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 +3

    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
    The CULTSHOW Month ago

    Henry’s little train face will haunt me forever.

  • Matthew Schiavi
    Matthew Schiavi Month ago

    Hello? Anyone remember The Day After???

  • Lorie Ashwood
    Lorie Ashwood Month ago

    Little House was the king of dark episodes

  • Crosis of Borg
    Crosis of Borg Month ago +1

    So how is Punky Brewster an orphan if her parents abandoned her? You need to edit better.

  • Gody X
    Gody X Month 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 😅

  • chris herring
    chris herring 2 months ago

    yeah! the 80s tv fuck our minds but that all lead up to us believing every thing news says is real. they were just preparing us to believe anything!