History VerySpecialEpisode / WesternAnimation

20th Nov '16 2:01:36 PM StFan
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* VentureBrothers did a parody of one. Interestingly, the parody didn't come from the issue not being taken seriously, or the issue being something unimportant, but rather the issue being something so awkward most shows wouldn't talk about it: testicular torsion. At the end of the episode everyone looks extremely awkward as they're made to talk to the camera about a serious medical condition affecting male genitals.

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* VentureBrothers ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' did a parody of one. Interestingly, the parody didn't doesn't come from the issue not being taken seriously, or the issue being something unimportant, but rather the issue being something so awkward most shows wouldn't talk about it: testicular torsion. At the end of the episode everyone looks extremely awkward as they're made to talk to the camera about a serious medical condition affecting male genitals.
15th Nov '16 4:35:23 PM Unicorndance
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** "The Great [=MacGrady=]" has the kids finding out lunchlady Mrs. [=MacGrady=] has been diagnosed with cancer. It was dedicated to its writer, Leah Ryan, who passed away from the disease, to the point where Mrs. [=MacGrady=]'s name was changed to Leah (it was usually Sarah) for the episode. Sadly, the episode rarely airs anymore as Lance Armstrong guest-starred in the episode, and after the doping scandal that cost him all of his Tour de France titles...

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** "The Great [=MacGrady=]" has the kids finding out lunchlady Mrs. [=MacGrady=] has been diagnosed with cancer. It was dedicated to its writer, Leah Ryan, who passed away from the disease, to the point where Mrs. [=MacGrady=]'s name was changed to Leah (it was usually Sarah) for the episode. Sadly, the episode rarely airs anymore as Lance Armstrong guest-starred in the episode, and after the doping scandal that cost him all of his Tour de France titles... However, the cancer actually goes away quite fast.
** In "Binky Goes Nuts," it is revealed Binky is allergic to peanuts. His mom was very worried.
** "Buster's Breathless": Buster finds out he has asthma.



* If you count toilet-training episodes as such:
** ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' had one about stopping whatever you are doing to use the bathroom.
** ''Nina Needs to Go!'' is an entire show about toilet training...albeit with an increasingly idiotic series of events and horrible cases of AesopAmnesia.
** Another Disney Junior short series, ''Shane's Kindergarten Countdown'', had an episode about this.



* While not in the same vein as most other VSE, ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' had one episode where the gang deals with a headless skateborder ghost. As they're putting the clues together, they discover a cache of drugs which earns disapproving tones from Velma and Scooby (Velma says the word "drugs" with plenty of venom in her voice while Scooby responds "Drugs? RUCK!") In the end, they find out that the ghost was a former skateboarding champ who had been disgraced for using drugs.

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* While not in the same vein as most other VSE, ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' had one episode where the gang deals with a headless skateborder ghost. As they're putting the clues together, they discover a cache of [[DrugsAreBad drugs which earns disapproving tones from Velma and Scooby Scooby]] (Velma says the word "drugs" with plenty of venom in her voice while Scooby responds "Drugs? RUCK!") YUCK!") In the end, they find out that the ghost was a former skateboarding champ who had been disgraced for using drugs.
6th Nov '16 3:47:56 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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** One infamous episode titled "Bleep" featured DW learning a "swear" word and accidentally causing other kids in her class to say it. Rather than explaining that certain words may be considered offensive or rude, DW's mother basically says "It means I want to hurt your feelings". Not helped that the swear word is never given any context as to its meaning.

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** One infamous episode titled "Bleep" featured DW learning a "swear" word and accidentally causing other kids in her class to say it. Rather than explaining that certain words may be considered offensive or rude, DW's mother basically says "It means I want to hurt your feelings". Not helped that the swear word is never given any context as to its meaning. (Granted, the beginning of the episode did explain how and why the bleep is used, so the episode was probably more of a demonstration of how the bleep is used than a VSE about swearing. The production team probably focused more on the bleeping.)
27th Oct '16 5:26:09 PM twilicorn
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* Unlike most VSE, ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} 's "The Misery Chick" is about exploring grief from a teenager's perspective instead of a child's one. In the episode, a previous quarterback is praised as a hero despite being a egotistical {{Jerkass}}. Right after Jane and Daria joke about him dying, he actually ''is'' killed by [[DeathByIrony his own goal post]]. Daria's classmates and teacher, viewing her as "the misery chick", come to her for advice on how to deal with their varying feelings on the tragedy, which Daria gets fed up with. Jane then goes out of her way to avoid her when she starts feeling that Daria isn't taking his death seriously. Finally, Daria explains believing that the world has its losses as well it's gains doesn't make her miserable, just "not like them", and that even though he was a jerk, it's still horrible that he had to die. At the end of the episode, Daria advises a guilt-striken Sandi to "find some other way to feel, then you won't feel sad."

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* Unlike most VSE, ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} 's ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''[='=]s "The Misery Chick" is about exploring grief from a teenager's perspective instead of a child's one. In the episode, a previous quarterback is praised as a hero despite being a egotistical {{Jerkass}}. Right after Jane and Daria joke about him dying, he actually ''is'' killed by [[DeathByIrony his own goal post]]. Daria's classmates and teacher, viewing her as "the misery chick", come to her for advice on how to deal with their varying feelings on the tragedy, which Daria gets fed up with. Jane then goes out of her way to avoid her when she starts feeling that Daria isn't taking his death seriously. Finally, Daria explains believing that the world has its losses as well it's gains doesn't make her miserable, just "not like them", and that even though he was a jerk, it's still horrible that he had to die. At the end of the episode, Daria advises a guilt-striken guilt-stricken Sandi to "find some other way to feel, then you won't feel sad."
31st Aug '16 3:42:19 PM ironicusername
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* Unlike most VSE, ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} 's "The Misery Chick" is about exploring grief from a teenager's perspective instead of a child's one. In the episode, a previous quarterback is praised as a hero despite being a egotistical {{Jerkass}}. Right after Jane and Daria joke about him dying, he actually ''is'' killed by [[DeathByIrony his own goal post]]. Daria's classmates and teacher, viewing her as "the misery chick", come to her for advice on how to deal with their varying feelings on the tragedy, which Daria gets fed up with. Jane then goes out of her way to avoid her when she starts feeling that Daria isn't taking his death seriously. Finally, Daria explains believing that the world has its losses as well it's gains doesn't make her miserable, just "not like them", and that even though he was a jerk, it's still horrible that he had to die. At the end of the episode, Daria advises a guilt-striken Sandi to "find some other way to feel, then you won't feel sad."
1st Aug '16 10:35:28 AM twilicorn
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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' has a few:
** "Braap Braap Pew Pew". Diane, after finding out she was pregnant the previous episode, decides she's not ready to have a child and decides to get an abortion and tweets about her decision to a friend. Unfortunately Diane is in charge of ghost-tweeting for TeenIdol Sextina Aquafina, causing the public to believe that the latter is getting an abortion instead.
** "Hank After Dark" deals with abuse, [[RippedFromTheHeadlines specifically the cases against Bill Cosby and David Letterman]] in the form of similar allegations against the minor character Hank Hippaopolous, who ends up being a KarmaHoudini.
17th Jul '16 12:57:26 AM BNSF1995
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** ''Nina Needs to Go!'' is an entire show about toilet training.

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** ''Nina Needs to Go!'' is an entire show about toilet training.training...albeit with an increasingly idiotic series of events and horrible cases of AesopAmnesia.
17th Jul '16 12:46:36 AM BNSF1995
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** "The Great [=MacGrady=]" has the kids finding out lunchlady Mrs. [=MacGrady=] has been diagnosed with cancer. It was dedicated to its writer, Leah Ryan, who passed away from the disease, to the point where Mrs. [=MacGrady=]'s name was changed to Leah (it was usually Sarah) for the episode.

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** "The Great [=MacGrady=]" has the kids finding out lunchlady Mrs. [=MacGrady=] has been diagnosed with cancer. It was dedicated to its writer, Leah Ryan, who passed away from the disease, to the point where Mrs. [=MacGrady=]'s name was changed to Leah (it was usually Sarah) for the episode. Sadly, the episode rarely airs anymore as Lance Armstrong guest-starred in the episode, and after the doping scandal that cost him all of his Tour de France titles...
15th Jul '16 11:50:52 AM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is one big Very Special Show, telling children to not cause pollution (despite rarely going into ''why'' people polluted in the first place). However, it had many particular episodes that focused on more down to earth problems that children, teenagers and young adults may face. One of these was a drug episode "Mind Pollution" where [[LongLostUncleAesop Linka's cousin]] gets addicted to a designer drug called "Bliss" created by Verminous Skumm (who appeared to specialize in "pollution of the body" in the show, so to speak). Another episode was about AIDS, involving Skumm spreading lies about a young AIDS sufferer such as the virus could be contracted just through casual contact (it also had implications that the AIDS sufferer was gay and in love with his friend, who was defending him from being bullied). The former episode is at least somewhat notable for breaking the NeverSayDie rule by showing Linka's cousin die from throwing himself out the window and bleeding profusely.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is one big Very Special Show, telling children to not cause pollution (despite rarely going into ''why'' people polluted in the first place). However, it had many particular episodes that focused on more down to earth problems that children, teenagers and young adults may face. One of these was a drug episode "Mind Pollution" where [[LongLostUncleAesop Linka's cousin]] cousin Boris]] gets addicted to a designer drug called "Bliss" created by Verminous Skumm (who appeared to specialize in "pollution of the body" in the show, so to speak). Another episode was about AIDS, involving Skumm spreading lies about a young AIDS sufferer such as the virus could be contracted just through casual contact (it also had implications that the AIDS sufferer was gay and in love with his friend, who was defending him from being bullied). The former episode is at least somewhat notable for breaking the NeverSayDie rule by showing Linka's cousin die from throwing himself out the window and bleeding profusely.



* Though ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Super Mario World]]''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld 's animated adaptation]] lasted just thirteen episodes, four of them can be considered Very Special.

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* Though ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Super Mario World]]''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld 's animated adaptation]] lasted just thirteen episodes, four of them can be considered Very Special.
10th Jul '16 11:48:11 AM Pichu-kun
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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in one episode where Blossom ends up being the perpetrator of a crime (namely, stealing a rare and expensive golf club set for the Professor). The episode title, "A Very Special Blossom," alludes to the Mayim Bialik sitcom ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' on NBC, where practically every other episode was a "A very special ''Blossom''."

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in one episode where Blossom ends up being the perpetrator of a crime (namely, stealing a rare and expensive golf club set for the Professor). The episode title, "A Very Special Blossom," alludes to the Mayim Bialik sitcom ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' on NBC, where practically every other episode was a "A very special ''Blossom''."



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' had several. Jem's love for talking about "faith and love and brotherly love" is even mocked by Pizzazz in one song.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' had several. Jem's love for talking about "faith and love and brotherly love" is even mocked by Pizzazz in one song.song:



** "Roxy Rumbles" is thick on its aesop about how reading and literacy are awesome in laid thick. Despite this it's a fan-favorite because it doubles as a [[VillainEpisode Roxy-centric episode]]. We learn Roxy is illiterate (something foreshadowed but not obvious until you rewatch the episodes) and she abandons the band after Jetta and Pizzazz mock her for it. Roxy finds a lottery ticket that is a winner and she becomes a millionaire. She leaves the band, changes her wardrobe, and runs back to her hometown of Philadelphia to show all the people who thought she wouldn't accomplish anything in her life otherwise. To her disappointment Jem And The Holograms are in town on a tour promoting literacy. Roxy tries to outshine Jem by throwing a carnival with free food however it bombs in her face. Because Roxy couldn't read contracts she ends up losing all of her money, in addition to taxes for the lottery and the carnival fees. When Eric and her bandmates find her they remind her she has a contract and couldn't leave even if she wanted to. In the end Ba Nee, a foster girl The Holograms take care of, gives her a book for beginning readers and despite Jetta mocking her it ends on the bright note Roxy is finally learning to read.

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** "Roxy Rumbles" is thick on its aesop about how [[ReadingIsCoolAesop reading and literacy are awesome awesome]] in laid thick. Despite this it's a fan-favorite because it doubles as a [[VillainEpisode Roxy-centric episode]]. We learn Roxy is illiterate (something foreshadowed {{foreshadow|ing}}ed but not obvious until you rewatch the episodes) and she abandons the band after Jetta and Pizzazz mock her for it. Roxy finds a lottery ticket that is a winner and she becomes a millionaire. She leaves the band, changes her wardrobe, and runs back to her hometown of Philadelphia to show all the people who thought she wouldn't accomplish anything in her life otherwise. To her disappointment Jem And The Holograms are in town on a tour promoting literacy. Roxy tries to outshine Jem by throwing a carnival with free food however it bombs in her face. Because Roxy couldn't read contracts she ends up losing all of her money, in addition to taxes for the lottery and the carnival fees. When Eric and her bandmates find her they remind her she has a contract and couldn't leave even if she wanted to. In the end Ba Nee, a foster girl The Holograms take care of, gives her a book for beginning readers and despite Jetta mocking her it ends on the bright note Roxy is finally learning to read.read.
** The episode is not themed around him but one episode has a boy with an {{Abusive Parent|s}} (who according to WordOfGod is also an AlcoholicParent) being kicked out of his house. He meets with a few of the Starlight Girls who have [[TheRunaway runaway]]. After the girls return home, the boy is told to get help instead of living by himself on the streets.
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