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Very Special Episodes That Defined My Childhood

What I learned from 80s and 90s family television

Photo of Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain and Gary Coleman from Diff’rent Strokes, 1978.
Diff’rent Strokes cast, 1978. Photo by NBC TV/Getty Images.

A very special episode is an episode from a TV series that deals with a serious social issue. Pretty much every TV show I watched as a kid in the 80s and 90s featured at least one very special episode. I found some of them jarring when they disrupted my favourite comedies. I found some of them…

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