Really Dark '80s TV Moments

'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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#TV #1980s
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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  • What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?

    GrungeGrunge5 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • The Greatest Enemy - the Robin Of Sherwood S2 finale. Such a great way to write a character out of a series but so sad.

      Ben's BeardBen's Beard15 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Melissa Mckinney why

      Dr. M. H.Dr. M. H.21 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @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.

      Dr. M. H.Dr. M. H.21 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • 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

      Thirsty cadaverThirsty cadaverหลายเดือนก่อน
  • When they cancelled good night kiwi in NZ

    TheMAORIRULETheMAORIRULE5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Weird-most of these were from 1983!

    Lisa KobarLisa Kobar12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The M.A.S.H. baby episode hit me hard damn

    Rotting CorpseRotting Corpse13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 ?.... 😎

    Craig FazekasCraig Fazekas14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The last episode of the original Magnum PI, when Tom Selleck asks "Did you see the sun rise?"

    SewlittletimetosewSewlittletimetosew14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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---

    TheGuardianTheGuardian15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Blake's 7 finale traumatised me for a loong time. Still hard to watch today.

    Ben's BeardBen's Beard15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    NightbreezeNightbreeze15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Equallizer episode 'Last Call' was a dark episode too

    radiodarkhorseradiodarkhorse15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    MaclunkeyMaclunkey17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ugh, I miss Michael Landon.

    Tracy STracy S18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    SouthsidemanSouthsideman19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How could you not include different strokes bycicle man?

    Thomas GodwinThomas Godwin19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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

    Saint MartinsSaint Martins20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • In the thumbnail, i thought Michael Landon was strangling the other guy! 😄😄😄😄

    Dr. M. H.Dr. M. H.21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What about all the ads for Donald J. Trump?

    Blon BelemiBlon Belemi21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You do Captain Blackadder a disservice ,he did not panic nor did he despair.

    Roger BannisterRoger Bannister23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Robert ThomasRobert Thomas23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    GuardianeGuardiane24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 8:30 “...too much like a same sex couple?” They were police partners, not “those” kind of partners. What was wrong with them?

    Darcy BrummettDarcy Brummett24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 1:14 Geezus H. Kryst! Never knew that about MASH... beyond traumatizing!! 💔💔💔

    Kompa TevezKompa Tevez26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Jock McStraponJock McStrapon29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It was Hollywood propaganda at it’s best,that’s why it lasted long

    Jaime PerezJaime Perez29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Daxons2009Daxons2009หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Um, not everyone in the 1890's was a cowboy...

    Appolo GeticksAppolo Geticksหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Oops, on Full House..😚

    James WhippleJames Whippleหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.. 🇬🇷🇬🇷

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

    duke silverduke silverหลายเดือนก่อน
    • duke silver I was thinking the same thing

      Rachel CrispRachel Crisp29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The shield when the gang bangers make cop blow them while being filmed, which later came out.

    Raven TzuRaven Tzuหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Best punky brewster episode!

    Eugene KEugene Kหลายเดือนก่อน
  • When TV had substance.

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

    Stephanie NelsonStephanie Nelsonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • GG Allin was on an episode of Geraldo?!! Whose great idea was that?

    beezer1225beezer1225หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I am 28 freaking years old and I still cry when I see Big Bird realize Mr Hooper isn’t coming back 😭

    Rebekah LeeRebekah Leeหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    sr71ablackbirdsr71ablackbirdหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    Heather MorganHeather Morganหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    VakariaVakariaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • And Geraldo is a Trumptard.

    Sharon SporlederSharon Sporlederหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I remember that Punky Brewster episode and think about it all the time, and yes it was absolutely traumatizing as a child.

    Jenni MJenni Mหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Didn’t Albert from Little House die from leukemia?

    Mickey MouseMickey Mouseหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    Don J.Don J.หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    thexxitthexxitหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 HollyleeVal Hollyleeหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Might explain why that generation is so earnest and angst ridden! 😉

    Val HollyleeVal Hollyleeหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    LaraCroftEyes1LaraCroftEyes1หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    Melissa HMelissa Hหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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!!

    froggy8030froggy8030หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    Joey OwensJoey Owensหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hey the 80s was hard but told u the truth today it's all lies

    Marilyn MMarilyn Mหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 5:49 Oh god.. GG Allin.

    Missy WoodhamMissy Woodhamหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Very important omission was All in the Family, which had several dark, serious moments.

    Donna ManningDonna Manningหลายเดือนก่อน
  • No one mentions Hugh Laurie in the Black Adder segment..... hmmmm

    Arty CajunArty Cajunหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Henry’s little train face will haunt me forever.

    The CULTSHOWThe CULTSHOWหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hello? Anyone remember The Day After???

    Matthew SchiaviMatthew Schiaviหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Little House was the king of dark episodes

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

    Crosis of BorgCrosis of Borg2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Depends on how you look at it but a lot of the "accidental " police shootings aren't accidents...smh...

    Gody XGody X2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Lol do as your parents tell you or they brick you in. I need to show my nephew's that episode 😅

    Paul LannisterPaul Lannister2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 herringchris herring2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • malorey on family ties gets molested by ...i think an uncle

    chris herringchris herring2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • good thing hawkeye easnt in new york smothering babies in new york is perfectly acceptable

    roger5173roger51732 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I knew how to half ass do CPR from that episode of punky!

    Amberlin McHughAmberlin McHugh2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • When my mom was a little girl, she got to meet Mr Hooper at an autograph signing

    Urbro DooliUrbro Dooli2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • It should have been skippy!

    smarterthanyoussmarterthanyous2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Diff'rent Strokes when Arnold and his friend get molested, Alf's final episode when he got caught by the feds, and MASH when Henry Blake's plane is shot down.

    Oliver KlosovOliver Klosov2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I so remember the Mr. Hooper death episode, it was done well.

    Denise ChristieDenise Christie2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I couldn't stand MASH in the later years, Alan Alda just completely ruined it for me. He seemed to be a needy person where every single episode was about him, hence why alot of the great ones left the series. :(

    Denise ChristieDenise Christie2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • the field in Black Adder represented Flanders Field-where poppies grow between the crosses row on row,written by a canadian soldier. Today it's a vetrens cemetary

    Kathleen McconahaKathleen Mcconaha2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • "she smothered her own baby" Was this based off a true story? If it was not, then i think it is a bit racist for american writers to portray a Korean woman in this manner.

    lucabodenlucaboden2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • It is melodramatic hogwash in my opinion. It seems only white people like Mash.

      lucabodenlucaboden13 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • This had nothing to do with race at all it was about him telling her to quiet it down but his memory it was not a baby. He caused her to kill the baby that was the storyline and it broke him down. It cod happen to anyone.

      sherry Ballesterosherry Ballestero13 วันที่ผ่านมา
Really Dark '80s TV Moments