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Ever watch a serious episode of a funny sitcom and wonder – "What were they thinking?!?" We sure as hell did! Join us each week as we watch and discuss the "Very Special" episodes of your favorite sitcoms from the 80s and 90s and tear them apart (and maybe learn a lesson or two in the process)! The Best Men: Chris, David, Jose, and Peter get their funny on with new weekly content – for your listening pleasure. Welcome to Very Special Television.
 
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“The Bicycle Man: Part 2” February 12, 1983We’re joined by friend of the show Mike Limata to finish out the Tragedy of The Bicycle Man: Part 2. We last left Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Dudley (Shavar Ross) in the clutches of the vile Bicycle Store owner Mr. Horton (Gordon Jump). Little does Horton know that Mr. Drummond (Conrad Bain) has secretly gon…
 
Diff'rent StrokesThe Bicycle Man: Part 1 - February 5, 1983We hemmed and hawed and dragged our feet until we could drag no longer. We watched The Bicycle Man: Part 1 and I think I need a drink. This "classic" episode of Diff'rent Strokes is one that we here at VSTV get asked about regularly so we reviewed it just for you. For the unfamiliar, Diff'r…
 
The Drew Carey ShowA Very Special Drew - May 17, 2000Remember The Drew Carey Show? It was like a less attractive, less glamorous Friends. Some would argue less funny. We here at VSTV would like to take this time to prove that hypothesis. In the year 2000 the folks over at The Drew Carey Show took it upon themselves to skewer this little theme of "v…
 
Walker Texas RangerLucas Part 2 - October 18, 1997We’re finally back with part two of this wack-job of an episode. We’re joined by our favorite Texan Jennifer Mrazek to review the second half of Walker Texas Ranger episode Lucas - otherwise known as the one where the kid from Sixth Sense has AIDS. In case you were wondering, this episode is just as…
 
Lucas: Part 1 October 11, 1997We've watched some doozies over the past two seasons but this episode, by far, ranks among the most hilariously over the top spectacles we've had the pleasure of reviewing. We watched Walker Texas Ranger with VSTV AllStar Jordan Vena and we are all better people for it. This episode opens the way some of the best 80's …
 
Samantha’s Growing Up - January 8, 1985We’ve attempted to answer the age old question once, but we’re back to dig a little deeper to try and find out... Who’s the Boss? It looks like Samanther (Alyssa Milano) is growing up and Tony (Tony Danza) has to man up and buy her a training brassiere. Angeler (Judith Light) buys Sam a fancy dress for Sam’s 1…
 
You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato (Parts 1 & 2), September 21, 1992It’s the summer of re-boot-mania and Very Special Television is getting in on the action. We spent some time with the very funny Kelly Hardy to watch 90’s workplace political satire, Murphy Brown. If you’re not familiar, Murphy Brown followed the news team at FYI, a fictional news progr…
 
“High Anxiety” March 25, 1989We’re spending a little more time on the lanai and revisiting the Golden Girls, this time with friends of the show Rob Heintz and Kelly Hardy. In this weeks installment we see ever-cheerful Rose, played by America's Nan Betty White, finally lose her cool. Sophia (Estelle Getty) drops some pills down the sink and Rose is…
 
Dawson's Creek “Reunited” May 12, 1999We’re joined by very special guest, and friend of the podcast, the very funny Jessica Boyle to watch quintessential 90’s teen-angst drama Dawson’s Creek. This weeks episode finds Andie (Meredith Monroe) seeing ghostly images of her dead brother Tim (Scott Denny) around Capeside. Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is strugg…
 
“Beer Bad” November 2, 1999We’re joined by most excellent friend of the podcast Autumn Brannon to watch the infamous Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode Beer Bad. In case during the early 2000’s you were living under a rock, in a drunken haze or a... millennial - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her fast-talking teen pals were tasked with saving thei…
 
Blossom “Meat” (January 24th, 1994)This week, friend of the show Jeff Adams joins us to watch a bonkers episode of Blossom. As you know Blossom was the 90’s smash sitcom about the exploits of a precocious teenager, Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) and her bumbling, but well-intentioned family. Do you remember the time when Blossom and her father went “…
 
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” November 3, 1997Comedian Steven Eulenberg joined us to watch 7th Heaven and all of us ungodly heathens are better for it. This saccharine sweet family drama revolves around the Camden family and their wholesome / boring adventures navigating late 90s turmoil. This weeks episode finds younger son Simon (David Gallagher)…
 
“Thank God It’s Friday” February 10, 1987Returning VSTV all-star Scott Youngbauer is back to watch this weeks episode. We sat through Growing Pains episode titled Thank God It’s Friday and I still don’t know how that titled relates. Mike (Kirk Cameron) and his buddies are trying to figure out something to do with their night when they run across on…
 
“The Cheese Stands Alone” October 23, 1991We’re joined by the awesome Ben Nelson and Whitney Barncord to watch 90’s classic Doogie Howser, M.D. In this weeks episode, America’s favorite squeaky voiced teen M.D. (Neil Patrick Harris) and tiny Italian stereotype Vinnie (Max Casella) are on a mission to get Vinnie some tail. When Janine (Lucy Boryer) …
 
"Wesley's Friend" January 31, 1986We're joined by friend of the show Nick Perry for an episode handpicked from VSTV superfan Danny Meyers, we watched the classic Mr. Belvedere episode "Wesley's Friend." Wesley (Brice Beckham) gets bumped up from President Taft to Honest Abe Lincoln in the school President's Day Pageant when his titular friend Danny…
 
Strangers on the Net March 4, 1998Jordan Vena lends us his voice this week as we watched Smart Guy. This late 90s WB entry deals with the titular “smart guy” T.J. (Tahj Mowry) and his adventures as a genius 10 year old navigating the waters of high school. In this episode T.J. nearly gets his “smart guy”card revoked as he and his friend Karen (Ceri…
 
“If You Can’t Be With The One You Love...” March 6, 1998We’re joined by friend of the podcast Shane Leary to watch the much requested, too-hot-for-TV Boy Meets World causal-alcoholism episode. Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are broken up and their codependency is in full effect. Corey gets himself liquored up and brings Shawn (Rid…
 
Kate and Allie w/ Michael Morgan“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” October 15, 1987This week we’re joined by the very funny Michael Morgan to review the classic 1980’s Mom-Com Kate and Allie. Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin star as the titular Kate and Allie, two best friend divorcees who combine their mom powers and move in together to raise their…
 
“Joey’s Train “ September 14, 1985It’s just family this week - the special guest is you the listener! We watched Gimme Break starring Nell Carter as Nell the sassy live-in housekeeper/surrogate mother to the Kanisky clan. The Chief (Dolph Sweet) just died and no one has moved on fully yet - Nell least of which. Joey (Joey Lawrence) receives a birth…
 
Home Improvement w/ Jeff Miller“The Longest Day” April 2, 1996We’re joined by Jeff Miller (Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Trip Testers) to watch the classic Home Improvement episode where the Taylors take a break from all the power-tool related humor to give American families what they really wanted in 1990’s ABC sitcoms - realism. That’s right - its the…
 
Perfect Strangers"Karate Kids" November 11, 1987You didn’t ask for it but you got it anyway - we watched Perfect Strangers and we’re no longer strangers to big laughs! Very Special Television welcomes friend of the show, the very funny David Grimes to watch the very dated 80’s odd-couple Perfect Strangers. Everyone loves a hilarious foreigner with …
 
The Hogan Family“Bad Timing” February 8, 1987VSTV is joined this week by Comic and 80’s sitcom memory archive Tim Murdock (@TimMurdock) to review long-lost 80's treasure, The Hogan Family. This Russian nesting doll of a family sitcom follows the titular Hogan Family led by matriarch Valerie (Valerie Harper) as she navigates working motherhood. Toda…
 
It’s time to take another trip to Bel-Air and review The Fresh Prince - this time we’re joined by the very funny Kelsey Rodgers (@kelsington). Will (Will Smith) owes Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) some dough so they head to the ATM in the wee hours of the night, even though Will should know better. As happens whenever anyone visits an ATM in L.A. county…
 
Beverly Hills 90210 “U4EA” November 14, 1991The wait is over, Season 2 is finally upon us. The guys are joined by longtime friend of the podcast J. Lyn Johnston to review the legendary 90’s hit Beverly Hills 90210. This classic “drugs are bad” episode finds Brandon (Jason Priestly), Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and the gang finding their way to an “und…
 
Saved by the Bell "Home for Christmas" Part 1 - December 7, 1991 & Part 2 - December 14, 1991It's a Christmas Miracle! Very Special Television proudly presents Episode 40 featuring us - it's just family this time. For our first season Finale we've decided to take you back to where it all started and watched the Saved by the Bell episodes "Home for …
 
The Brady Bunch"Bobby's Hero" (2 February, 1973)Here's the story of a bunch of dudes watching old TV and making you laugh. Hopefully. We're joined by special guest Noah Green of the band The Pretty Flowers for episode 39 of Very Special Television and we reached way back into the vaults with the Brady Bunch episode Bobby's Hero. Young Bobby Brady (…
 
Family Matters"Stevil" (25 October, 1996)Hey weirdos. It's finally here - the much talked about cross-over episode with Keep It Weird!! We're proud to welcome as special guests the hosts of Keep it Weird podcast Ashley Casseday and Lauren Ogle. In the spirit of keeping things weird we watched one of the weirdest, spooky-ooky kooky 22 minutes of TV …
 
"Steroids to Heaven” (12 Februay, 1993)Episode 37 of Very Special Television welcomes special guest Craig Freeman to help us review Dinosaurs and boy did we need some help. It seems young Robbie (Jason Willinger, voice) can't quite get the girl dinosaur - especially when it comes to muscle-bound pea-brain Dolf (Sam McMurracy, voice). Enter pontific…
 
"Border Song” (16 Februay, 1987)We're joined by longtime friend of the podcast Jade Suazo (@JadeErinn) for episode 36 of Very Special Television. We took another trip to Melmac and revisited Alf with the episode "Border Song." We find Willie (Max Wright) harboring lost Mexican child Luis (Philip Gordon) in the Tanner home. Alf(Paul Fusco) has taken…
 
Charles In Charge“Still at Large” (29 April, 1989) Episode 35 of Very Special Television welcomes friend of the show Kyle Conkright to watch the Scott Baio classic Charles in Charge. Jamie (Nicole Eggert) is taking time off from school with a sprained ankle (as you do) and her favorite teacher Ms. Bowman (Sally Strutters) is dropping off all her mi…
 
Sister Kate"Violet's Friend" (5, November 1989)Friend of the show Carla Yacenda joins us to revisit the short-lived 1989 gem Sister Kate. This nazi-free "Sound of Music" navigates the tough waters of imaginary friends, the untimely passing of children and teen boys learning basic household skills. Violet (Alexaundria Simmons) won't stop going on ab…
 
Sabrina the Teenage Witch"A Halloween Story" (25, October 1996)Its Very Special Television's first Halloween episode and we decided to go with the spooky, the terrifying, the truly ghoulish 90's classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch. We're joined by Sabrina enthusiast Ingrid Haubert and learn that Halloween is to the world of witches (and wizards? Warl…
 
Three’s Company “Jack the Giant Killer” (14, April 1977) Its Episode 32 of Very Special Television and the guys are joined by comics Noel Taylor (NoelDavidTaylor.com) and Ingrid Haubert (@Nutelluv) to watch Three’s Company. Jack (John Ritter) chickens out against tough guy and winner of the Bluto from Popeye lookalike contest Jeff (Peter Palmer). R…
 
Entertainment writer Hiko Mitsuzuka joins the Very Special Television gang to discuss a classic episode of Roseanne. They watched season 5, episode 13 titled "Crime and Punishment." The recession of the early 90s hit Lanford pretty hard as we see Dan (John Goodman) and his down-on-their-luck buddies playing a game of extremely low-stakes poker. Amo…
 
Ellen “The Puppy Episode: Part 2” (30 April, 1997) It’s our thirtieth episode and we promise we won’t start test driving sports cars or getting hair plugs… yet. We welcomed special guest, Film Critic and pop culture devotee Scott Youngbauer to watch the classic coming-out episode of Ellen titled “The Puppy Episode.” Ellen the character (Ellen DeGen…
 
It’s a Living“A Very Special It’s a Living” (18 March, 1989) We’re joined by the very funny Amanda Kramer who brings some much needed lady business to Very Special Television! We watched the extremely 80’s sitcom It’s a Living - the show about the lives and loves of the waitresses at the glamorous rotating restaurant Above the Top high above the Bo…
 
Happy days “Richie Almost Dies” (31 January, 1978) Welcome back for Part 2 of our Happy Days episode with Special Guest Matt Sharp (The Rentals, Weezer). Thanks for coming back to finish up the episode - we’ve got a lot more great stories from Matt - collaborating with Spike Jonze, meeting the Fonz himself Henry Winkler and we finish the Happy Days…
 
Happy Days"Richie Almost Dies” (31 January, 1978) Join us for Episode 28 of Very Special Television as we welcome Special Guest Matt Sharp (The Rentals, Weezer) who regales us with true stories of growing up on Happy Days, shooting the "Buddy Holly" video and meeting your idols. Richie (Ron Howard) convinces his parents he's man enough to ride a mo…
 
Friends“The One Hundredth” (8 October, 1998) The great experiment. Is Friends too good for us to review? The answer is no, no it isn’t. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is about to give birth to her brother Frank’s (Giovanni Ribisi) triplets. Phoebe gets a case of the old surrogacy-second-thoughts and asks Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) to test the waters and see i…
 
Designing Women“Killing All the Right People” (5 October, 1987) Julia (Dixie Carter) and the rest of the Sugerbaker Coven are tasked with designing the funeral of fellow interior designer a tragic gay trope Kendall (Tony Goldwyn). Young President Fitz is dying of AIDS and wants the girls to help him go out in style. Meanwhile Mary Jo (Annie Potts) …
 
Growing Pains“Second Chance” (12 April, 1989)Carol (Tracy Gold) finally lands a boyfriend in college boy Sandy (Matthew Perry). Sandy charms Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna kerns) and even Mike (Kirk Cameron) likes Sandy enough to cover for Carol when they go to an alcohol bar! Sandy and Carol have a cocktail but Carol is home safe and sound……
 
Mama's Family“Sins of the Mother” (9 January1988)Bubba (Allan Kayser) comes home after curfew and stinking of beer! Mama (Vicki Lawrence) overreacts and grounds him for six weeks - making Bubba miss his swim meet! Mama treats us to a flashback when she tells the story of Bubba's mother Eunice (Heather Kerr) getting drunk and embarrassing Mama in fr…
 
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse” (9 May, 1994) Will (Will Smith) is shooketh when deadbeat dad Lou (Ben Vereen) shows up to stalk him at work. Will decides to give his absentee dad a chance and decides to go on the road with Lou for a summer long trucking adventure. Uncle Phil (James Avery) is having none of it and makes L…
 
Roseanne“A Stash from the Past” (5 October, 1993) Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) finds a stash in David’s (Johnny Galecki) room and confronts him about it. The hidden stash turns out to be Roseanne’s weed they hid and forgot about oh so long ago. Roseanne, Dan (John Goodman), and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) decide to partake in the forgotten stash and procee…
 
Saved by the Bell“No Hope With Dope” (30 November, 1991) Hollywood Hunk Johnny Dakota (Eddie Garcia) drops by Bayside scouting a location for an anti-drug PSA… starring himself! Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and the gang horn their way into the PSA because Bayside only has 20 students and let’s face it – these kids are the best looking in the bunch. A…
 
Punky Brewster“Cherie Lifesaver” (19, January 1986) It’s Episode TWENTY of Very Special Television and we couldn’t have made it this far without you our loyal listeners!! To say thanks we decided to tackle one of the most requested episodes in our brief history. You asked for it and you got it - we tackled the most specialist of episodes with Punky…
 
Cheers "Cliff's Rocky Moment” (26, January 1984) It's bad news for loudmouth-mailman and Pixar Lucky Charm Cliff (John Ratzenberger) when a barfly Victor (Peter Iacangelo) takes a diskliking to him. Carla (Rhea Perlman) and the gang egg Cliffy on to standup to the Adult-Onset bullying even though no one stands behind their buddy when push comes to …
 
Full House “Shape Up” (09, August 1990) It’s Bikini Season as Kimmy Gibble’rs (Andrea Barber) 14th Birthday approaches and the festivities are scheduled to be a Pool Party! D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) is stressed to the max to look her best and takes on a radical diet of starving herself. Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) being a concerned sister has a hea…
 
Blossom "Hunger” (10, May 1993) Original Quirky Girl and Patron Saint of Coachella, Blossom (Mayim Bialik) is a little worried about the excessive workout habits of her best friend and stalwart hanger-on Six (Jenna von Oy). Blossom takes it upon herself to teach Six a lesson by arranging a hangout with local bulimic Julie (T.C. Warner). Meanwhile J…
 
The Facts of Life "Runaway” (24, February 1982) Things aren't looking too good for Tootie (Kim Fields) when she finds herself lost in NYC without her wallet and smack in the middle of Mike the Pimp's (Darrell Fetty) hos-den. Would-be Good Samaritan Kristy (Tammy Lauren) tries to lure Tootie home with promises of leg warmers as far as the eye can se…
 
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