Main Plot Points:
- Enjoy 10 of the most touching and poignant moments from your favorite shows that taught us lessons and made us laugh. From lying to drugs and more serious issues, this collection features the Very Special Episodes to watch and talk about with your family.
What We Thought:
- The younger generation has no idea what it means, but to us slightly older folk, the “Very Special Episode” meant we were going to see something we didn’t always get.
- That’s what makes this collection in TV Guide Spotlight: TV’s Greatest Very Special Episodes so great. It brings back memories, but also shows how great TV was back then and how terrible it is now.
- In this set you get episodes of The Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Maude, That 70’s Show, Good Times, Roseanne, What’s Happening, The Facts of Life, Party of Five and Diff’rent Strokes. I had seen most of them, but had missed a few.
- Probably the most shocking thing is that abortion was even talked about in the 1970s. Maude tackles that topic and I wasn’t expecting it. Good Times was the same decade and that had STDs, but abortion seems super taboo for back then.
- Other issues include suicide (The Facts of Life), drugs (Roseanne), booze (The Jeffersons) and abortion again (Party of Five).
- In today’s age of shock TV, a character doing drugs, having unprotected sex or even killing someone is expected. That wasn’t always the case. Maybe once a year a topic would come up, you had a “special episode” and learned something. TV’s Greatest Very Special Episodes is a great reminder of that.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Bill Cosby
- Scott Wolf
Recommended if You Like:
- 1970s TV shows
- 1980s TV shows
- 1990s TV shows