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.
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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 Hace 10 meses
What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?
Devinopolis Hace un mes
That one girl who commited suicide on The Facts of Life.
Ben's Beard
Ben's Beard Hace 6 meses
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. Hace 6 meses
@Melissa Mckinney why
Dr. M. H.
Dr. M. H. Hace 6 meses
@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 Hace 6 meses
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
Kevin Briner
Kevin Briner Hace 23 días
I was 6 in 1983 I must have blocked out Mr. Hooper's death. 🤷‍♂️
Michael Jones
Michael Jones Hace un mes
Here's one that will shock a lot of us as kids. The Transformers episode when spike became an Autobot that episode creeped me out as a kid. To see Spike go mad screaming I'M A MONSTER!!!! it was like a cartoon horror version of Dr my opinion.
Michael Jones
Michael Jones Hace un mes
I'm actually sitting here tearing up over The Seame Street episode.😭💔
lexie marie
lexie marie Hace un mes
It's the thomas episode that is the most harrowing i almost cried !!
Sadhbh Thomson
Sadhbh Thomson Hace 2 meses
What about St. Elsewhere? I mean a variety of things happened to the characters
Moon Man
Moon Man Hace 4 meses
quit talking through the whole thing dumbass
Dale Henderson
Dale Henderson Hace 5 meses
I remember a dark episode of "Family Matters" where cop Carl Winslow is upset because it is the one year anniversary of the death of a hostage in a robbery, which he attended. I remember a scene where Carl stands at the man's grave, and apologizes to him, when his widow comes to the gravesite, and Carl finds himself reassuring her, because she blames herself for sending her husband on the errand that got him killed.
Jordan Rumsey
Jordan Rumsey Hace 5 meses
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 Hace 5 meses
When they cancelled good night kiwi in NZ
Lisa Kobar
Lisa Kobar Hace 6 meses
Weird-most of these were from 1983!
Rotting Corpse
Rotting Corpse Hace 6 meses
The M.A.S.H. baby episode hit me hard damn
Craig Fazekas
Craig Fazekas Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
The last episode of the original Magnum PI, when Tom Selleck asks "Did you see the sun rise?"
TheGuardian Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
The Blake's 7 finale traumatised me for a loong time. Still hard to watch today.
Nightbreeze Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
The Equallizer episode 'Last Call' was a dark episode too
Maclunkey Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
Ugh, I miss Michael Landon.
Southsideman Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
How could you not include different strokes bycicle man?
Saint Martins
Saint Martins Hace 6 meses
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. Hace 6 meses
In the thumbnail, i thought Michael Landon was strangling the other guy! 😄😄😄😄
Blon Belemi
Blon Belemi Hace 6 meses
What about all the ads for Donald J. Trump?
Roger Bannister
Roger Bannister Hace 6 meses
You do Captain Blackadder a disservice ,he did not panic nor did he despair.
Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
1:14 Geezus H. Kryst! Never knew that about MASH... beyond traumatizing!! 💔💔💔
Mad as Max
Mad as Max Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
It was Hollywood propaganda at it’s best,that’s why it lasted long
Daxons2009 Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
Um, not everyone in the 1890's was a cowboy...
James Whipple
James Whipple Hace 6 meses
Oops, on Full House..😚
James Whipple
James Whipple Hace 6 meses
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 Hace 6 meses
"And the trend continues today" anti cop bias much? You guys are constantly doing this. How about showing some responsibility
Rachel Crisp
Rachel Crisp Hace 6 meses
duke silver I was thinking the same thing
Raven Tzu
Raven Tzu Hace 6 meses
The shield when the gang bangers make cop blow them while being filmed, which later came out.
Eugene K
Eugene K Hace 6 meses
Best punky brewster episode!
Lisa Zurek
Lisa Zurek Hace 6 meses
When TV had substance.
Stephanie Nelson
Stephanie Nelson Hace 6 meses
I watched that Family Ties episode over and over again. I loved it. Not sure how I'd feel now.
Beezer1225 Hace 6 meses
GG Allin was on an episode of Geraldo?!! Whose great idea was that?
Rebekah Lee
Rebekah Lee Hace 6 meses
I am 28 freaking years old and I still cry when I see Big Bird realize Mr Hooper isn’t coming back 😭
sr71ablackbird Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
And Geraldo is a Trumptard.
Jenni M
Jenni M Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
Didn’t Albert from Little House die from leukemia?
Don J.
Don J. Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
Might explain why that generation is so earnest and angst ridden! 😉
LaraCroftEyes1 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
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 Hace 7 meses
Hey the 80s was hard but told u the truth today it's all lies
Missy Woodham
Missy Woodham Hace 7 meses
5:49 Oh god.. GG Allin.
Donna Manning
Donna Manning Hace 7 meses
Very important omission was All in the Family, which had several dark, serious moments.
Arty Cajun
Arty Cajun Hace 7 meses
No one mentions Hugh Laurie in the Black Adder segment..... hmmmm
The CULTSHOW Hace 7 meses
Henry’s little train face will haunt me forever.
Matthew Schiavi
Matthew Schiavi Hace 7 meses
Hello? Anyone remember The Day After???
Lorie Ashwood
Lorie Ashwood Hace 7 meses
Little House was the king of dark episodes
Crosis of Borg
Crosis of Borg Hace 7 meses
So how is Punky Brewster an orphan if her parents abandoned her? You need to edit better.
Gody X
Gody X Hace 7 meses
Depends on how you look at it but a lot of the "accidental " police shootings aren't accidents...smh...
Paul Lannister
Paul Lannister Hace 8 meses
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 Hace 8 meses
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!
chris herring
chris herring Hace 8 meses
malorey on family ties gets molested by ...i think an uncle
roger5173 Hace 8 meses
good thing hawkeye easnt in new york smothering babies in new york is perfectly acceptable
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