Serious moments in sitcoms are not uncommon, but sometimes they take a dark turn that is startling. Sitcoms by definition are usually funny, happy, and lighthearted. But they are also supposed to imitate real life, so amusing shows have sometimes dipped their toes into serious issues, and even the goofiest characters get serious.
Depressing storylines often resolve themselves quickly and even happily, but the darkest sitcom moments and "very special episodes" are a reminder that real life can be scary.
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