History DrugsAreBad / LiveActionTV

13th Dec '15 5:46:39 PM ChesterPolarbear
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* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace: One of the last episodes, "Bunker Madness," sees Stephanie experiment with marijuana to "fit in." Later, Archie's blood pressure takes another increase afterhe catches two of Stephanie's friends smoking marijuana cigarettes in the house.

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* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace: ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'': One of the last episodes, "Bunker Madness," sees Stephanie experiment with marijuana to "fit in." Later, Archie's blood pressure takes another increase afterhe catches two of Stephanie's friends smoking marijuana cigarettes in the house.
13th Dec '15 5:46:10 PM ChesterPolarbear
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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': This 1960s show handled this with all the finesse of a sledgehammer to the face. There was the couple who was so busy getting high that they let their daughter drown in a bathtub. There was "Blue Boy" who dosed on LSD and buried his head in the dirt while "[[HollywoodNatives painted up like an Indian]] and after chewing the bark off a tree. Sgt. Friday also told us about the guy who dropped acid and pulled his own eyes out so he could "get a better look", about the teenagers in San Jose who [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/lsdsun.asp went blind from staring into the sun while on an LSD trip]] and lectures a group of people on how marijuana irreparably destroys your judgment, but alcohol doesn't.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': This 1960s show handled this with all the finesse of a sledgehammer to the face. There was the couple who was so busy getting high that they let their daughter drown in a bathtub. There was "Blue Boy" who dosed on LSD and buried his head in the dirt while "[[HollywoodNatives painted up like an Indian]] Indian]]" and after chewing the bark off a tree. Sgt. Friday also told us about the guy who dropped acid and pulled his own eyes out so he could "get a better look", about the teenagers in San Jose who [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/lsdsun.asp went blind from staring into the sun while on an LSD trip]] and lectures a group of people on how marijuana irreparably destroys your judgment, but alcohol doesn't.
2nd Dec '15 5:24:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Intervention}}'': May be the strongest argument ever made against drugs. Or the not-so-awesomeness of having a serious disease; ''Intervention'' certainly doesn't really moralize about their choices and covers more on the aspect of people having a serious disease and how their drug use is more of a symptom of that disease than the actual cause.

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* ''{{Intervention}}'': ''Series/{{Intervention}}'': May be the strongest argument ever made against drugs. Or the not-so-awesomeness of having a serious disease; ''Intervention'' certainly doesn't really moralize about their choices and covers more on the aspect of people having a serious disease and how their drug use is more of a symptom of that disease than the actual cause.
16th Nov '15 1:04:12 PM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace: One of the last episodes, "Bunker Madness," sees Stephanie experiment with marijuana to "fit in." Later, Archie's blood pressure takes another increase afterhe catches two of Stephanie's friends smoking marijuana cigarettes in the house.
11th Nov '15 2:57:35 AM erforce
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* Averted in ''Series/TheDefenders'' episode "Fires of the Mind", first aired in 1965. Creator/DonaldPleasance plays the Leary Expy here, on trial for murder after one of his students suicided. Instead of "drugs are bad", the Arnold Manoff screenplay showed both sides. The older lawyer is so disgusted that he quits the case; the younger lawyer, his son, tries LSD to see what it's like and testifies that he had a positive experience.

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* Averted in ''Series/TheDefenders'' episode "Fires of the Mind", first aired in 1965. Creator/DonaldPleasance Creator/DonaldPleasence plays the Leary Expy here, on trial for murder after one of his students suicided. Instead of "drugs are bad", the Arnold Manoff screenplay showed both sides. The older lawyer is so disgusted that he quits the case; the younger lawyer, his son, tries LSD to see what it's like and testifies that he had a positive experience.
29th Oct '15 10:55:23 AM ChesterPolarbear
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** This trope is played straight in "All That Glitters" after Samantha takes Ecstasy and has sex with Richard and says to him "I love you":
-->'''Samantha:''': I was in love with the taxi driver, the doorman, his sweater!
-->'''Carrie:''' But you only said it to said it to Richard.
-->'''Samantha:''' I am never taking X again. It's a dangerous drug!
30th Sep '15 7:26:37 PM cosmo359
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* Parodied late on in ''Series/NightAndDay'', when Ryan Harper begins selling confectionary to fellow school pupils. One is even seen snorting sherbet in the toilets.
12th Sep '15 11:35:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''NoahsArc'': Played in with in a counterintuitive way in the movie. When Brandy crashes Noah's wedding we get to see her enjoy a variety of drugs, and its all PlayedForLaughs with no real consequences. On the other hand, Alex's addiction to caffeine pills is taken seriously by Noah, and that's where the DrugsAreBad aesop is played out.

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* ''NoahsArc'': ''Series/NoahsArc'': Played in with in a counterintuitive way in the movie. When Brandy crashes Noah's wedding we get to see her enjoy a variety of drugs, and its all PlayedForLaughs with no real consequences. On the other hand, Alex's addiction to caffeine pills is taken seriously by Noah, and that's where the DrugsAreBad aesop is played out.
20th Aug '15 9:51:13 AM MarkLungo
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* The U.S. government paid TV networks to make sure that anyone using drugs was portrayed as a loser. ''{{ER}}'', ''BeverlyHills90210'', ''Chicago Hope'', ''TheDrewCareyShow'', ''SeventhHeaven'' and other shows had their scripts reviewed by the government and changes made so the network could pocket some cash.
** This started with the Nixon Admin. in the 1960s, as related by HarlanEllison among others.

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* The U.S. government paid TV networks to make sure that anyone using drugs was portrayed as a loser. ''{{ER}}'', ''BeverlyHills90210'', ''Chicago Hope'', ''TheDrewCareyShow'', ''SeventhHeaven'' ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', ''Series/ChicagoHope'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' and other shows had their scripts reviewed by the government and changes made so the network could pocket some cash.
** This started with the Nixon Admin. in the 1960s, as related by HarlanEllison Creaotr/HarlanEllison among others.



* ''HawaiiFiveO'' brought us "Up Tight", the sad tale of a young woman who jumped off a cliff and the Timothy Leary {{Expy}} (Ed Flanders) who gave her the stuff... said to be "speed" all the way through the episode, but it was clearly acid. Also from this show, "Two Doves & Mr. Heron", which isn't about drugs per se, but a friend of the "two doves" dies of an overdose.
* ''TheNameOfTheGame'' had "High on a Rainbow", featuring a deadly shootout with stoned school kids, a cafe used as a drug supply center, and a MushroomSamba.
* ''MarcusWelbyMD'' had "Homecoming", about someone having flashbacks after having been "addicted" to LSD.
* In ''TheYoungLawyers'' episode "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs", Aaron bails out a former fiancee who's become a badly deteriorated heroin addict. Writer HarlanEllison says [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Vvk62LWyY&list=PLmGQ2g_6CPErlvg14OMw2r1wZUp4-Jh2L the episode as you saw it]] had so much important parts cut or rewritten that it was a farce compared to his original hellish tragedy. (His version is reprinted in ''The Glass Teat'' volume 2.)

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* ''HawaiiFiveO'' ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' brought us "Up Tight", the sad tale of a young woman who jumped off a cliff and the Timothy Leary {{Expy}} (Ed Flanders) who gave her the stuff... said to be "speed" all the way through the episode, but it was clearly acid. Also from this show, "Two Doves & Mr. Heron", which isn't about drugs per se, but a friend of the "two doves" dies of an overdose.
* ''TheNameOfTheGame'' ''Series/TheNameOfTheGame'' had "High on a Rainbow", featuring a deadly shootout with stoned school kids, a cafe used as a drug supply center, and a MushroomSamba.
* ''MarcusWelbyMD'' ''Series/MarcusWelbyMD'' had "Homecoming", about someone having flashbacks after having been "addicted" to LSD.
* In ''TheYoungLawyers'' ''Series/TheYoungLawyers'' episode "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs", Aaron bails out a former fiancee who's become a badly deteriorated heroin addict. Writer HarlanEllison Creator/HarlanEllison says [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Vvk62LWyY&list=PLmGQ2g_6CPErlvg14OMw2r1wZUp4-Jh2L the episode as you saw it]] had so much many important parts cut or rewritten that it was a farce compared to his original hellish tragedy. (His version is reprinted in ''The Glass Teat'' volume 2.)
20th Aug '15 9:49:26 AM MarkLungo
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* In the ''{{Mannix}}'' episode "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5MTJv63wgg Warning: Live Blueberries]]", the Leary Expy is Prof. Wilson (Phil Leeds), who runs a meditation center where people "turn on". The blonde chick of the week is shown pleading with a friend to return with her to "the center of the earth" to experience "the taste of blue and the colors of twelve." (Yes, that's [[NeilYoung the Buffalo Springfield]] playing in the nightclub scene.)

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* In the ''{{Mannix}}'' ''Series/{{Mannix}}'' episode "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5MTJv63wgg Warning: Live Blueberries]]", the Leary Expy is Prof. Wilson (Phil Leeds), who runs a meditation center where people "turn on". The blonde chick of the week is shown pleading with a friend to return with her to "the center of the earth" to experience "the taste of blue and the colors of twelve." (Yes, that's [[NeilYoung [[Music/NeilYoung the Buffalo Springfield]] playing in the nightclub scene.)



* Averted in ''Series/TheDefenders'' episode "Fires of the Mind", first aired in 1965. Donald Pleasance plays the Leary Expy here, on trial for murder after one of his students suicided. Instead of "drugs are bad", the Arnold Manoff screenplay showed both sides. The older lawyer is so disgusted that he quits the case; the younger lawyer, his son, tries LSD to see what it's like and testifies that he had a positive experience.

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* Averted in ''Series/TheDefenders'' episode "Fires of the Mind", first aired in 1965. Donald Pleasance Creator/DonaldPleasance plays the Leary Expy here, on trial for murder after one of his students suicided. Instead of "drugs are bad", the Arnold Manoff screenplay showed both sides. The older lawyer is so disgusted that he quits the case; the younger lawyer, his son, tries LSD to see what it's like and testifies that he had a positive experience.
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