If you grew up in the '90s and watched a lot 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 line up were populated by people with very dark, scandalous lifestyles. In retrospect, the TGIF line up is like the raw material for a David Lynch movie -- beautiful on the surface, 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 on drugs, but also because they pervert 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 ex-boyfriend, baby daddy, and former Family Matters star Jaleel White of domestic abuse. She claims he pushed her into a toilet so violently the porcelain smashed, an action White purportedly admitted to under oath. Really, Urkel? Come on, man.
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During an interview with Oprah in 2013, Melissa Joan Hart admitted that she got a little wild when she first started making that TGIF 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, took ecstasy, made out with a girl in a limo on her way home. Nobody tell Zelda about this.
Michael Hughley Might Have Killed Someone
In 2012, Dee Jay Daniels, the cute kid who played Michael on The Hughleys, was picked up by the police in connection to an incident in 2011, during which he allegedly stabbed a man to death in a nightclub in Stockton, California. Later that year, Daniels was acquitted of murder by a jury, after DL Hughley, star of The Hughleys, testified as a character witness in the case.
Brittany Murphy's Mysterious Death
Brittany Murphy, maybe the most famous person to come out of the mid-'90s TGIF lineup, tragically passed away in 2009, at the age of 32. Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, planned to sue Warner Bros., for wrongful death. Monjack claimed Murphy died of a heart attack brought on by stress when Warner Bros., terminated a contract.
Monjack never saw the lawsuit through, because he also died just a few months later from similar causes to Murphy. Both were attributed to pneumonia and anemia, exacerbated, in Murphy's case, but a number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs she was taking.