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



  • What were some dark TV moments that caught you off guard?

    • Grunge Little House on the Prairie where the girl Albert had a crush on gets raped and impregnated by a pedophile

      rem merrem mer3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @MzBittersweet I saw that episode of Too Close For Comfort with Monroe getting raped on Antenna TV around 3-4 years ago.

      FrankFrank5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Samuel Glass damn, Damn, DAMN!!! Esther Rolle should have gotten an Emmy for that performance.

      Kristine MaitlandKristine Maitland6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood predates Sesame Street in dealing with death. It went hardcore by explaining the murder of Bobby Kennedy. " what does assassination mean? " Daniel the Tiger asks Lady A. The look on her face speaks volumes.

      Kristine MaitlandKristine Maitland6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Bonus Baby my parents always liked watching All in the Family when I was a kid. I hated it because of the way Archie treated people. Even as a small kid I felt bad for Edith. I still remember feeling sick in my gut when it would come on because she looked just like my grandma, who I just adored so much. I still don't like that show.

      Oh Snap!!!Oh Snap!!!7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Morphine addicted cowboys?! 🤣

    WarlegganFangirl1984WarlegganFangirl19848 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember an episode of Punky Brewster where her dog Brandon got hit by a car. They were at the animal hospital, and she was talking to this old lady, who brought her dog in for something. Brandon lived and the old lady's dog passed away. She was crying and showing a lot of guilt because "her dog died so Brandon could live." Gets me in the feels every time I remember it.

    Luther SmithersLuther Smithers11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    אריאל גולניאריאל גולני12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I was a little kid when the punky Brewster trapped in the refrigerator episode absolutely, terrified me.

    LEGION 4wermanyLEGION 4wermany23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Punky Brewster.... not this episode but the one where Punky goes into the cave where Brandon turns into a skeleton and the gigantic spider eats Alan. I literally have this episode taped from the tv. Written across the front of the tape - Punky B Scary Tape Do Not Watch. Also, my other favorite 80s show was kinda dark - Rags to Riches.

  • that BlackAdder wasn't from the 80s.

    propjam2propjam22 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • It was. It was made in 1989.

      WarlegganFangirl1984WarlegganFangirl19848 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I thought it was going to be little house on the prairie where it burns down.

    JoeCnNdJoeCnNd2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No Different Strokes? You had the one with child molester, the Bicycle Man that tried to rape Dudley, the one were the guy kidnaps Sam and threatens to kill his parents, and the Hitchhikers episode where Arnold and Kimberly get kidnapped.

    Shackille Uh'DealShackille Uh'Deal2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My best friend and I were playing with a box that his new fridge came in. I climbed in it and he sat on the opening for 10 minutes not letting me out. That punky brewster episode kept playing in my head. Now I'm claustrophobic. Thanks Timmy!! Bastard....

    501Bloo501Bloo2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) was 74. His death was in no way “untimely.”

    DarkRider69DarkRider692 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Most of the Toronto Maple Leafs games in the 80s.

    Dave smithDave smith3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "The Facts of Life" (especially the first 5 seasons), had its very dramatic moments. Especially the episode "Teacher's Pet" from Season 4.

    scottjulie27scottjulie273 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Other that the M A S H episode there was nothing here that was " D A R K". There must be at least a dozen truly dark moments that you missed. Hit reset.

    Tim HallasTim Hallas3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You chose Geraldo over the "Different Strokes" kidnapping/ child molesting episode? Mmmmkay.

    Lance UppercutLance Uppercut4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • After consulting with child psychologists to deliver the news in the least traumatising way possible... ...they went ahead and delivered the news in the most traumatising way possible.

    97channel97channel4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Almost every episode with Bill Bixby in The Incredible Hulk left me crying. I think I was maybe 8?10? And loved that man so much because I felt so sorry for him. That scene with his wife driving away in the back of the death 😭

    Valerie StormValerie Storm4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember a Facts of Life episode when a girl committed suicide after winning an election for class president.

    David BeauchampDavid Beauchamp4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The episode of The Chipmunks where they adopt a stray kitten called Cookie Chomper the Third, who dies after being run over by a car. I didn't know how to deal with that as a kid!

    Krzyzstof PolecatKrzyzstof Polecat5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • cagney was a hottie

    Elder scrolledElder scrolled5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 9:30 that’s so wrong.

    Nathan CruzNathan Cruz6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just the fact that Full House was produced gave me nightmares.

    Phils MGBPhils MGB6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I knew refrigerators were dangerous thanks to that Punky episode. I still remember it vividly.

    Kaderin WrothKaderin Wroth7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How about an episode of The Facts Of Life. Kimberly begged Mrs. Garret to take her to a Jermaine Jackson concert. Kimberly made a sculpture of Jermaine's head bringing it backstage as a tribute gift. The security thought it was a bomb, soaked it in water, destroying the sculpture. Hilarious if you asked me.

    stan broniszewskistan broniszewski7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We didn't think we were being scarred by t.v. because it was just real life.....and most t.v. was like this anyway. Being latchkey kids and being able to ride our bikes 5 miles from home taught us to be independent. Some things were worse back then for sure but thank God we didn't have social media

    J KJ K7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Another sad moment is when Chief Carl Kanisky died in Gimmie A Break.

    Fred EFred E7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • MacGyver Killzone, need I saw more?

    John MannJohn Mann8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Other "Dark TV Moments" of the 80's Subject Matter.... Mister Rogers Neighborhood - Political Assassination, Racism & Global Hatred Violence.... Different Strokes - Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Child Molestation & Bigotry.... All in the Family - Spousal Physical Emotional Abuse.... Good Times - Physical Child Abuse & Gang Violence.... Maude - Abortion.... The Golden Girls - STDs.... A Different World - College Campus Rape, Slavery, Blackness, Self-Hate, HIV & Colorism.... The Cosby Show - Teenage Highschool Pregnancy & Black Education Importance....

    Justin FigginsJustin Figgins9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The smothered baby scene was copied from an old movie from the 40's. Can't recall the name, but had to do with a Nazi occupied European country.

    Ms. SonshineMs. Sonshine9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Anybody remember little ceasars pizza double pizza, you bought a pizza and got 1 free!!! Pizza, pizza!!!☺

    mr. 100 ups in 60 godmr. 100 ups in 60 god10 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Or Dominos Pizza. Your pizza delivered hot and fresh to your doorstep within thirty minutes or it's free. Drivers were actually getting into car accidents with their own cars, all for the sake of a lousy eight dollar pizza.

      stan broniszewskistan broniszewski7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Day After.....about WW3. Seeing people being vaporized..... my heart was beating so fast I thought it would explode.

    capnovancapnovan10 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I had nightmares for a long time after watching that.

      Judi DipilloJudi Dipillo4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I never could consume enough...'Titanic' tragedies are sorta my niche! From the Beverly Hills Supper Club to the Shark attacked beaches of a 1916 "Shore," I'm there like "Frost on Nixon!" ;-) TY for the #Epic upload! #My3LbOpinion

    Einsteinz ViceEinsteinz Vice11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember this. Around the end of the 70s stuff started to get morose. Every TV show had a divorce, a death, a drug addict, etc. People who should have gotten together didn't. Stuff like that. It was either that or dumb-ass comedy. Now we are immersed in nihilism. It's shows about people sleeping around (Grey's Anatomy) or people doing stupid ass stuff for 10, 000 dollars.

    Sam FarnsworthSam Farnsworth11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • More stuff from the 60's 70's and 80's

    walkofShanewalkofShane11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How about every single episode of Small Wonder. I was a kid and the storyline totally creeped me out about the dad.

    Oh Snap!!!Oh Snap!!!11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Natalie getting raped by Snake on the Facts of Life didn't make the cut?

    TheChinatownkidTheChinatownkid11 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Fred E There was a fucked up episode of Little House on the Prairie where a dude wearing a mask rapes Albert's girlfriend, I don't remember if it was her own father... some fucked up people used to write for that show.

      TheChinatownkidTheChinatownkid7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Or when Carol Seaver's boyfriend dies after getting into a car accident.

      Fred EFred E7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Would the "Gimme a Break!" episode called "Baby of the Family" count? Samantha puts Joey in blackface and he doesn't understand that blackface is degrading toward African-Americans.

    eee-eee-clap-clapeee-eee-clap-clap12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember that episode of punky Brewster I watched it when it came on TV… Another show that had an episode that terrified me was the Webster… Which is usually a nice cute show but this is the episode where his mom and dad are taking part in a toy drive for Christmas or something so that poor kids can have Poisen… Well Webster saw a chemistry set in the offerings and he took it and then ended up burning up his apartment by catching his closet on fire… It was a huge fire! And it scared me to death and I’m still scared of fire After that episode was done… My folks would not let me watch it if it came on and a rerun ever again because of how upset it made me after that episode was done… My folks would not let me watch it if it came on and a rerun ever again because of how upset it made me to this

    Jenny KennedyJenny Kennedy12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Hawk Eye still gives me goosebumps after all these years :( Awful.

    Adam WarrenAdam Warren12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great video. I don't get the tragedy of Geraldo. A few today Russian shows are just like that.

    Steffen SchuchardtSteffen Schuchardt12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 80's were the worst years for woody allen and co.

    Harith Anti BullyHarith Anti Bully12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Friday the 13th: The Series. Third season episode "Hate on Your Dial", 1989. Dark as they come, even for the horror genre.

    NutritionFacts1979NutritionFacts197912 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wasn't "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" called "Shinning Time Station" in the 80's? It definitely was in the USA.

    moonwalker 9705moonwalker 970512 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • moonwalker 9705moonwalker 970512 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Different Strokes with the pedophile. That was pretty damn disturbing.

    Beshara SalehBeshara Saleh12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember when Mr. Hooper died

    Kristin MárieKristin Márie12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • In Family Ties, Tom Hanks played Uncle Ned with such an addiction to alcohol that they found him in the pantry drinking vanilla extract.

    Tami AugustsonTami Augustson12 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @stan broniszewski I guess they didn't have any cough syrup. Wasn't uncle Ned also on the run from the FBI? Was that the same episode?

      FrankFrank3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Drinking vanilla extract for the alcohol? Well, at least he never had to worry about bad breath.

      stan broniszewskistan broniszewski7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • girl in fridge is Maxine from Family Matters?

    Retro RobbieRetro Robbie13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Omg, that Mash thing.

    BrianBrian13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • the family ties episode with uncle ned played by tom hanks, where he's a raging alcoholic and starts downing jars of cherries and vanilla extract to get a buzz then hits alex... would have been good if they'd brought that back for the drunk driving storyline - a relapse from rehab perhaps as it can and does happen.

    ALAL13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I rather TV be about those dark moments and shows instead of just pushing the gay agenda now every show gay agenda I like to see what video are you going to make it 30 years from now

    Sly SteveSly Steve13 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Sly Steve Of the 109 most popular film releases from the major studios in 2017, only 14 films (12.8 % overall) contained any characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. This is a significant decrease of 5.6 percentage points and down nine films from the previous year (2016).

      san damianosan damiano11 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @san damiano I do not comply it's not even that I care that there's gay people in movies or TV it's just every single movie or TV show

      Sly SteveSly Steve11 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Sly Steve They’re here, they’re queer, GET USED TO IT.

      san damianosan damiano11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thinking back, the "very special episodes" in 80s sitcoms were laughably ridiculous and fed into the fear-de-jour of paranoid 80s moms. But my favorites for sheer extremity: Mr. Belvedere: Wesley gets child molested by his camp councilor. Different Strokes: Arnold and Dudley get molested; Dudley is drugged and almost gets raped. Different Strokes: Arnold and Kimberly get kidnapped and Kimberly almost gets murdered.

    savvysearchsavvysearch13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember that Punky Brewster episode.

    Vickie GodfreyVickie Godfrey14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • About blackadder. In the UK where blackadder was written and made the poppy is the symbol of remember a certain for those who passed away in war. The Royal British Legion sell paper poppy badges to wear on remembrance Sunday.

    FcutdladyFcutdlady14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • This is true in the USA as well...Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) pass out paper poppies on Memorial Day, with the "In Flander's Field" poem.

      meandmy2phansmeandmy2phans8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • One thing about that Little House episode was that it was certainly the first time projectile vomiting was graphically shown on a TV show. THAT was certainly startling. Also weird was Little House's last episode where the whole town of Walnut Grove literally blows itself up for....reasons, I'm sure.

    byron pbyron p14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 1983 was the year 👹HE👺 came home.

    La OndaLa Onda14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A lot of shows they forgot that had dark scene. The old man molesting Dugley on DS. Penny's mother burning her with iron on GT.

    SARISS80SARISS8014 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • BTW, if anyone hasn't seen Blackadder, especially "Goes Forth" please find a way to see it.

    The Blue MorphoThe Blue Morpho14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Oh God, no, not the Black Adder WW1 ending. Imma cry my eyes out.....

    The Blue MorphoThe Blue Morpho14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Death of Optimums Prime.

    Ed FindlayEd Findlay14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • God, Alan Alda gets on my nerves.

    Todd CraigTodd Craig14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No 21 Jump Street?! What kind of member berries are you? It was basically one after school special after another. The saddest part were the "Vietnam" episodes as it was "real" in that actor Dustin Nguyen really was a refugee from that horrible affair.

    David WDavid W14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I loved hill street blues so much!! We will never see a cop show like that again. Mr Hoopers death happen I was in high school but still watched it. That by far, was my favorite LHOTP ep. I thought Albert got hooked due to a football injury.

    notgrillo collector/ gamernotgrillo collector/ gamer14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Notice who started the violence in the Geraldo show.

    Helle FyreHelle Fyre15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Xena, getting beheaded☹️

    wesley rodgerswesley rodgers15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Gosh, I remember that MASH one. (Not when it first played. I'm 18.) That one was just AWFUL! :''(

    Laura RebekahLaura Rebekah15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • All in the family, when Edith dies. Good times, when James dies. The Jeffersons, the Day MLK was killed.

    Roger GonzalezRoger Gonzalez15 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I still cry when James dies. I loved that family.

      Salty BreezeSalty Breeze12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Geraldo has always been a self centered opportunistic, exploitive, moron. And he's still around today! How does he get away with it?

    Roger GonzalezRoger Gonzalez15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'll never forget seeing Albert addicted to Morphine on "Little House on the Prairie". It really showed me the horror of drug addiction when I was a kid. A very important episode in my opinion.

    ValkonnenValkonnen15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "One girl suffocates and NEARLY DIES" Apparently you don't know the definition of "Suffocate" - "die or cause to die from lack of air or inability to breathe."

    • I noticed that too

      Tami AugustsonTami Augustson12 วันที่ผ่านมา
Really Dark '80s TV Moments