TV TUESDAYS: The Best of "A Very Special Episode..."

One of our favorite TV Tuesday events is back, with a return selection of the most heavily roasting sitcom episodes we’ve ever uncovered! It’s an all-too-familiar conceit: the commercial fades up, a somber piano line is struck, and in a low, austere rumble the announcer says “On a very special episode of…” Many a TV sitcom has been defined in our memories by their installments in which the lame monotony is broken by a confusing left turn into cheap, sappy dramatics: one of the ensemble cast gains a drug addiction, has a brush with death, experiences violence that hits close to home, and so on. Mostly, these episodes make one wretch with their saccharine lip service to the “cause of the week” — but then there are those rare occasions when, due to the intervention of the TV gods, things go off-the-cliff bat-shit crazy! Come see five of the very finest examples of what happens when a “very special episode” gets waaaaay too special, with death scenes, abrupt stretches played uncomfortably straight, cast members getting backhanded across the room by drunken guest stars, prostitution and more!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Best of A Very Special Episode…”!