Scenes From Nostalgic Sitcoms That Would Be "Cancelled" Today

By Sarah Norman | August 25, 2023

Jessie's Song

Step back in time with us as we delve into the television moments from the '60s, '70s, and '80s that pushed the boundaries and left audiences both amused and shocked. These were the days when TV was breaking new ground and navigating the fine line between humor and controversy. From Lucy daring to discuss her pregnancy on screen when it was considered taboo, to an episode of Cheers causing an unexpected stir in a fight against world hunger, and even a not-so-constructive take on disabilities in an episode of the Facts of Life.

For many of us, these moments hold a special place in our hearts, as we witnessed them unfold live on television. Join us as we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, exploring these fascinating and sometimes inappropriate moments from TV's past. So, without further ado, let's dive in and continue reading to uncover the intriguing tales behind these iconic TV moments.

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(NBC)

 In a memorable episode of Saved by the Bell, called "Jessie's Song," Jessie Spano faces problems with caffeine pill addiction due to the stress of high school geometry. One of the most unforgettable moments occurs when Zack confronts Jessie about her issue right before she is supposed to perform at the Max. This leads Jessie to sing a frantic version of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" before breaking down in tears. It's telling that this episode is more remembered as a funny meme than as an in depth look at addiction.

Her Cups Runneth Over

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(Fox)

The episode "Her Cups Runneth Over" of the show Married With Children first aired on FOX on January 8, 1989. In the episode, Al Bundy and his neighbor Steve Rhoades go to a lingerie store to find Peggy's favorite bra. The two men get up to all manner of saucy hijinks in the store, which was par for the course with the series. A woman named Terry Rakolta from Michigan saw the episode and got very upset. She started a boycott of the show by writing to companies that advertised during Married with Children and asking them to pull their advertisements.

Some companies did cut their ties to the show, and FOX asked the creators of Married... to tone down its content. Surprisingly, all the attention from the boycott actually made more people watch the show, and its ratings soared. The sponsors eventually returned, and Married with Children continued for eight more seasons, gradually returning to its original raunchy style.