Scenes From Nostalgic Sitcoms That Would Be "Cancelled" Today

By Sarah Norman | September 19, 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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 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.

Shape Up


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In this episode of Full House, DJ decides to go on a crash diet and pushes herself too hard with exercise in the lead up to Kimmy's upcoming pool party. Stephanie notices her unhealthy behavior, and DJ asks her to keep it on the DL. However, during a family trip to the gym, DJ collapses, and her secret is revealed. While the episode attempted to address the sensitive topic of anorexia,  it didn't fully explore the nuances of the issue. Instead, it resolved the problem within the episode, which undercuts the seriousness of DJ's issue.