Everyone knows drugs are "bad." The wrong chemicals in the wrong brain at the wrong time can cause otherwise perfectly well-adjusted, law-abiding, compassionate people to commit acts of insanity, or indulge in disturbing pastimes like cannibalism. Yet no matter how insane certain drugs might make you act, the airwaves are rife with inaccurate portrayals of drugs on TV, most likely thanks to the centuries-long love affair between capitalist exploitation and protestant repression that so uniquely marks American culture. Welcome to a list of TV shows that exaggerated drug use in the most outlandish ways possible, making it impossible not to laugh or simply roll your eyes.
Speaking of absurd TV drug trips, who could forget "very special episodes," the perfect encapsulation of "family" television's ham-fisted moralizing, which reached peak surrealism in the 1980s. Very special episodes were made to teach viewers lessons on important social issues like drug and alcohol use, violence, self-harm, racial prejudice, and pretty much anything else controversial. From the grotesque womb of this condescending succubus were birthed some of the most over-the-top drug trips on TV.
Though very special episodes provided the world with some of the best, most over-the-top drug experiences on television, they're far from the only sinners. Television continues to prove that writing real yet strong storylines involving drugs is difficult to do. So get out your mirror and razor blade, because it's time to get crunk on some DARE ish.
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