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Ep. 28: Happy Days - "Richie Almost Dies" with special guest Matt Sharp - Pt.2

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 episode review. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to rate us 5 Stars! www.facebook.com/VERYSPECIALTELEVISION/...

Duration: 01:07:52

Ep. 28: Happy Days - "Richie Almost Dies" with special guest Matt Sharp - Pt.1

Happy Days "Richie Almost Dies” (31 January, 1978) Richie (Ron Howard) convinces his parents he's man enough to ride a motorcycle like Fonzie (Henry Winkler) by throwing a tantrum and literally acting like a baby. Lo and behold, Rich gets into a wreck. While Lori Beth (Lynda Goodfriend) is thrown into a pillow factory, Richie takes the brunt of the injury and ends up in a coma. The 50's-era docs are doing all they can so they send the gang home where Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) sings...

Duration: 00:56:26

Ep. 27: Friends - "The One Hundredth" with special guest Loren Fishbein

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 if Frank wouldn’t mind letting old Phoebes keep one of the babies. Meanwhile Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are still...

Duration: 01:11:27

Ep. 26: Designing Funerals (Designing Women - Killing All the Right People)

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) is taking on the local conservative School Marm and must debate in favor of sex education in schools. Mary Jo argues sex ed is not just...

Duration: 01:07:01

Ep. 25: Could I be Bleeding Anymore Internally?(Growing Pains - Second Chance)

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… I wish I could say the same for young Sandy. A car accident on his way home lands Sandy in the hospital. Carol vows never to touch the sauce...

Duration: 01:03:08

Ep. 24: Big Momma's House (Mama's Family - The Sins of the Mother)

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 front of the entire congregation. In episode 24 of Very Special Television we get treated to an impression of a character created by Carol...

Duration: 01:02:43

Ep. 23: (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse)

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 Lou fess up when Lou inevitably backs out on the trip. Will dismisses Lou but breaks down to Uncle Phil in a closing moment that rates at least...

Duration: 01:08:04

Ep. 22: Rosetan Barnold (Roseanne - A Stash from the Past)

Roseanne “A Stash from the Past” (5 October, 1993) Roseanne finds a stash in David’s 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, and Jackie decide to partake in the forgotten stash and proceed to make us laugh… and make us think. On this episode of Very Special Television we find out if 41 is too old to get high, we wax nostalgic about overdosing on pot and discuss the accuracy of “high-acting”...

Duration: 01:12:17

Ep. 21: A Colombian Slater (Saved ByThe Bell - No Hope With Dope)

Saved by the Bell “No Hope With Dope” (30 November, 1991) Hollywood Hunk Johnny Dakota drops by Bayside scouting a location for an anti-drug PSA… starring himself! Zack 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. At a Hollywood showbiz party Johnny turns out to be a major hypocrite and offers Kelly a stick of marijuana!! Listen as we break down The Max and their shoddy business model, Zack’s...

Duration: 01:11:03

Ep. 20: Annie are you OK? (Punky Brewster - Cherry Lifesaver)

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 Brewster “Cherie Lifesaver.” Need I say more? During an ill-fated game of hide and seek, Cherie (Cherie Johnson) makes the worst decision of...

Duration: 01:03:33

Ep. 19: She Was Born a Rhea... (Cheers - Cliff's Rocky Moment)

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 shove. Meanwhile Sam (Ted Danson) is upset at Diane (Shelley Long) for using inane (intellectual) methods for picking winners in the football...

Duration: 01:03:56

Ep. 18: Mary Cake (Full House - Shape Up)

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 heart-to-heart making D.J. promise to continue eating. D.J. being frustrated with her measly weight loss of half a pound in 2 days leads to a...

Duration: 01:22:12

Ep. 17: Pizza II (Blossom - Hunger)

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 Joey (Joey Lawrence) gets a job delivering pizza and gets seduced by local cougar "Mrs. Robinson" (Stephanie Beacham) and yes, they named the...

Duration: 01:15:22

Ep. 16: Recruit the Toot (The Facts of Life - Runaway)

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 see and plentiful lycra body suits. It's a good thing Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) and the Girls, Girls GIIIIIIIRLS arrive just in time to take...

Duration: 01:02:22

Ep. 15: Night Corn at Bite Court (Night Court - Best of Friends)

Night Court “Best of Friends” (7, November 1985) We watched Night Court and I don’t think you will OBJECT to the hilariousness that ensues. Dan (John Larroquette) is stoked because his best buddy from college is coming to visit. But Dan gets more (or less?) than he bargained for when former ladykiller Chip arrives as none other than Charlene (Jim Bailey)! Dan spends the rest of the episode making dick jokes while Charlene attempts to keep her cool and save their friendship. It's episode 14...

Duration: 00:59:04

Ep. 14: Return of the Mac (Boy Meets World - Cult Fiction)

Boy Meets World "Cult Fiction" (25, April 1997) Its time to start thinking about applying to college and Shawn (Rider Strong) has zero ambition - to the shagrin of Mr. Turner (Anthony Tyler Quinn). Aimless and looking for a friend, Sherri (Tamara Mello) turns him on to The Centre- which is totally not a veiled reference to Scientology. It's a fight for Shawns soul only the likes of Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) can win. Episode 14 of Very Special Television is here and we find out if Mr....

Duration: 01:13:06

Ep. 13: Duffy's Request (Step By Step - One Truck, Al Dente)

Step By Step "One Truck, Al Dente” (10, February 1995) Al (Christine Lakin) needs time behind the wheel and Frank (Patrick Duffy) has no time for her, on account of the miracle baby Carol (Suzanne Somers) is carrying. JT (Brandon Call) reluctantly offers his help and Al smashes the truck in the driveway. Rather than fess up to Frank, they decide to bondo that baby up with hilarious results. Also Dana (Staci Keenan) has her wisdom teeth removed and her pain killers endow her with a wicked...

Duration: 00:59:26

Ep. 12: Dannon Tanner - (Full House - Just Say No Way)

Full House "Just Say No Way" (30 March, 1990) The 8th Grade dance is upon us and somehow all of the planning has been placed on the narrow shoulders of two 13 year olds. DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) are secretly planning the "backwards dance" while they should be studying. Uncle Jessie (John Stamos) gets bamboozled into playing the dance with the school marching band as backup and DJ's date Kevin (Scott Curtis) sneaks out to drink beer with some local street toughs....

Duration: 01:04:09

Ep. 11: Belly Button Dentata (ALF - Tequila)

ALF "Tequila" (28 March, 1988) OH you read that right - we watched ALF! In this episode, it's time for Kate's (Anne Schedeen) yearly reunion with her college gal pals. Successful lawyer and even more successful "booze hag" Maura (Dorothy Lyman) crashes at the Tanner's pad and thinks shes hallucinating when she runs into ALF (Paul Fusco) during a drunken stupor. ALF and Kate join forces to make Maura face her demons. On this edition of Very Special Television we analyze the casts hatred of...

Duration: 01:06:49

Ep. 10: Whatchu talkin' bout, Phyllis? (Different Strokes - Street Smarts)

Diff'rent Strokes "Street Smarts" (23 March, 1985) It's New York City in the 80's and you know what that means - everyone is getting mugged! Arnold (Gary Coleman) tries to minimize the fact that he was mugged on the way home from school by a faceless street tough but the memory is still keeping him up all night. Sam (Danny Cooksey) outs Arnold to Mr. D (Conrad Bain) who finds a kitchen knife hidden in Arnold's school supplies! We find out the depths of Arnolds trauma when during a safety...

Duration: 01:12:22

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