The Most Scandalous TGIF Actor Scandals

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If you grew up in the '90s and watched a lot of TV, the TGIF lineup on ABC was something you looked forward to all week. The familiarity and charm of those Friday night shows had a way of making families feel at home. It's somewhat ironic, then, that the family-friendly lineup was populated by people with very dark and allegedly scandalous lifestyles. In retrospect, the TGIF lineup is like the raw material for a David Lynch movie - beautiful on the surface, yet rotten at the core. 

The TGIF scandals that followed the finales of shows like Full House and Family Matters are shocking not only because they involve child actors with substance abuse issues, but also because they take away from the memories of the audience's childhood. Throw on some NKOTB and prepare to have your world rocked by these '90s scandals.


  • In 2012, Bridget Hardy accused former Family Matters star Jaleel White of domestic abuse in papers filed during a custody dispute over their daughter. She claimed he pushed her into a toilet so violently it broke.

    White was never questioned or charged by the police in the incident, but the controversy wasn't in keeping with his family-friendly TGIF image. 

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    Sabrina The Teenage Witch's Special Night Out

    During an interview with Oprah in 2013, Melissa Joan Hart admitted that she got a little wild when she first started making good money. The night before a Maxim shoot, she decided to go to a party at the Playboy Mansion, where things escalated quickly.

    Hart partied all night and enjoyed herself in several very interesting ways. Nobody tell Zelda about this. 


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  • Girl Meets... Issues
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    In December 2007, Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga on the coming-of-age series Boy Meets World, was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach. The warrant was issued by Los Angeles County after Topanga didn't show up to court after the charges were filed against her.

    What would Mr. Feeny think?

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    Stephanie Tanner Dealt With Substance Use

    After ending her run on Full House in 1995, Jodie Sweetin's life took a drastically bad turn. Sweetin dealt with serious substance use issues until she got sober. In a reminiscence about fellow Full House star Candace Cameron's wedding, Sweetin said"I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. That first drink gave me the self confidence I had been searching for my whole life. But that set the pattern of the kind of drinking that I would do." 

    Sweetin says she's been sober since 2008. 


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    Was Laura Winslow Caught Up In A Public Official's Scandal?

    In 2012, former Washington, DC, Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. went to prison for stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns. Of that money, $25,000 was supposed to be used by a youth arts program run by Kellie Williams, who played Laura Winslow on Family Matters.

    No definitive proof of her involvement exists, but suspicions circulated.  

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    Aunt Becky Is Arrested For Racketeering

    Lori Loughlin, otherwise known as Aunt Becky from Full House, was arrested in March 2019 and charged with racketeering to get her daughters into the University of Southern California. Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 in what authorities are calling the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted." 

    The actress is among several high-profile parents - including Felicity Huffman - who are charged with bribing and falsifying exams and athletics records in order for their children to procure admission into several high-profile American universities.

    659 votes