Scenes From Nostalgic Sitcoms That Would Be "Cancelled" Today

By Sarah Norman | August 10, 2023

The Boys in the Bar

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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In the Cheers episode "The Boys in the Bar," Sam openly supports his former teammate who reveals he is gay. However, Norm and the group worry that the bar might be labeled as a "gay bar." Sam faces a dilemma as he worries about balancing the needs of his regular customers with potential new gay customers. It's not even that this episode wouldn't fly today, it's just that this type of storyline feels like old hat even for the 1980s. It's a bar, who cares about sexuality?

Jessie's Song


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 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.