Scenes From Nostalgic Sitcoms That Would Be "Cancelled" Today

By Sarah Norman | October 11, 2023

Cousin Geri

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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.