Watch a Very Special Supercut of "Very Special Episodes" from the '80s and '90s (VIDEO)

I caught Alec Baldwin in a public service announcement on NBC the other day, and at the end of it, that familiar ‘90s catchphrase, “The More You Know,” splashed across the screen, followed by its glittering comet of enlightenment. To be honest, I don’t even remember what the wise, old Alec was teaching me. What stuck with me instead was the nostalgia it elicited for the PSAs of my youth. They were called “One to Grow On” back then, and primetime NBC stars from everything from Knight Rider to The A-Team to The Golden Girls would appear during breaks in our Saturday morning cartoons to teach us all how to be better human beings. And then there were the VSEs, or Very Special Episodes, dedicated to touchy subjects like drugs, drugs, and, uh, drugs. Oh, and teenage prostitution! (Fans of The Facts of Life know what I’m talking about.) Someone has compiled some of the best (and worst) of those VSEs in the supercut below. How many of these have you seen? Did the video miss any of your favorites? Will Gleeks 20 years from now think back fondly to the drinking-and-barfing or love-your-nose episodes? Let us know!

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There's no hope with dope!
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Ahh the good 'ol days! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Good times!
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geez I forgot how hilarious and lame those Saved By The Bell drug specials used to be. They don't make em like that anymore :(
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I remember that Captain Planet episode where the kid died at the end. I think at that time it was the very first time I saw someone die in a cartoon.
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and then came South Park :)
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To be fair Dinosaurs commented on the VSEs at the end of one of it's shows. Although many of it's episodes dealt with serious topics in a humorous manner. But it always bugged me that a supposed situation comedy decided to deal with serous material; it's just not funny and we don't need the preaching.



Many of these special episodes often educated kids on how to do the wrong things. The Afterschool specials were particularly bad for this.



Meanwhile the actors go off and have wild sex and drug parties.

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California Dreams episode with the gun always sticks in my mind. basically anything by that Peter Engel(?) would have the moralistic episode at least once a season.
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I think all of these episodes did more to encourage drug use than stop it.
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I remember an episode of Growing Pains where Kirk Cameron came on at the end and lectured people about drinking. It was pretty patronising and made me stop watching the show.



There was even a drugs episode of Little House on the Prairie! Good grief. Where whatsisname found morphine I will never know.
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Yeah I watched those episodes of Save by The Bell (both episodes), Family Matters, Full House (Which I think was a good one), Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Very well done and great acting in both episodes), Home Improvement (both episodes), Family Ties (Tom Hanks was wonderful in it), The Cosby Show, Boy Meets World and Beverly Hills 90210.
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lol degrassi that show and all its fake drama. i have to say i can't remember quite a few of these though since its been so long and alot of them have so many seasons you just tend to mush them all together. family matters did a much better job on other things imo. way to go brad always being the trouble maker. though pot is probably the least to be concerned about out of any drugs. even though i hated 7th heaven with a passion they did do an amazing job with the anti drinking and driving eps. definitly could scare a kid off drinking if that happend to them. also oh the irony of the middle sister from full house being in the anti smoking. surprised the chalke cheats clip from doug isnt in this.
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Where was Growing Pains drunk driver (Matthew Perry)? Blossom's alcoholic brother? DJ's eating disorder episode? (Full House)
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I always thought the Home Improvement Brad/pot episode was hilarious, mainly because of Tim Allen's cocaine/alcohol issues. Way to go after a real threat.
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Time allen is a nark. He was busted with something around a kilo of cocaine and got out of it with no prison time, before he was rich and famous. People do 10+ years for that, unless they run their mouth....
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Where is Seinfeld?
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What episode(s)?
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