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Philosophy of Popular Culture

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This month's topic: The Very Special Episode (VSE). TV is there to entertain, but occasionally, it ventures into social issues: Maude gets an abortion, Arnold (Different Strokes) & Edith (All in the Family) almost molested, Murphy Brown has a baby as a single parent (and upsets Quayle), The Fonz gets a library card, etc. Did these effect public opinion or just annoy us all?

Interestingly the TV Guide list of Best VSE is almost identical to Huffington Post's The most Ridiculous VSE.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/06/20/the-top-10-very-special-episodes

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VerySpecialEpisode

http://mentalfloss.com/article/49456/12-very-special-very-special-episodes (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VerySpecialEpisode)

http://www.tvguide.com/PhotoGallery/Favorite-Special-Episodes-1061978/1062108 (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VerySpecialEpisode)

http://www.avclub.com/features/a-very-special-episode/ (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VerySpecialEpisode)