Today, on a very special episode of video dump, we bring you the best TV substance abuse freak-outs. You remember back in the day when your favorite family sitcoms decided to put aside their usual shenanigans and tackle the issue of drugs and alcohol? It was all meant to “open the lines of communication” between kids and parents because nothing breaks the uncomfortable tension of serious talks like watching Alex P. Keaton take diet pills and “lose control” by… studying. Ironically, these super serious episodes usually ended up being seriously funny.
Here’s a few of the best “very special episode” freak-outs that helped us say “nope to dope,” because we were too busy picking ourselves up off the floor from laughing.
FAMILY TIES: DRUNK UNCLE NED
SAVED BY THE BELL: JESSIE SPANO CAFFEINE FREAK-OUT!
FAMILY TIES: ALEX KEATON DEMANDS DRUGS FROM MALLORY
FRESH PRINCE: CARLTON TAKES SPEED
FAMILY MATTERS: STEVE URKEL GETS DRUNK
COSBY SHOW: VANESSA GETS DRUNK
GROWING PAINS: CAROL’S BOYFRIEND DIES