Malina Savel

8 TV Shows That Take on Drugs and Addiction

Looking back, it makes sense that growing up I assumed alcoholism and addiction were problems reserved for “other people’s families.” After all, I was a child of the ‘70s, born and raised on Sesame Street and Frosted Flakes and primetime television. This is back when drinking and drugs were the stuff of “very special episodes” and ABC afterschool specials and b-story subplots, and one-off storylines that were basically a prompt for network public service announcements sponsored by nascent groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD). I remember Jason Robards staring into the camera and solemnly announcing, “I am an alcoholic.”

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