Funny or Die, the online comedy channel that specializes in viral content, has one series in particular that has recently caught No Film School's eye: the "A Very Special Episode" series that looks back at episodes of old sitcoms that came with an "important, timely message."
You know the type of message they're talking about: a character getting involved with drugs, an episode about the dangers of sex, a young child who gets abused by a parent, etc. These were the explicitly more serious, outlier episodes of otherwise light comedic fare that populated our airwaves throughout the 1980s and 90s.
Given the season, the channel recently uploaded a hilarious Christmas episode pertaining to Boy Meets World titled Easy Street. In the episode, Shawn Hunter, a childhood friend of fellow teenager Cory Matthews, gets a dangerous job working for the mafia....kinda. The episode is meant to reenforce the dangers of working too hard while working for the "wrong kind of people," but it really paints a sanitized version of the risks involved. Given its pre-teen audience, this was to be expected.
Funny or Die has a Christmas field day with this episode, ripping into the absurdity and unspoken questions that run rampant throughout. It's a good lesson in writing for young audiences (the harshness of the story's edges must be dulled) while still attempting to reach some kind of zany seriousness (for a kid's show, there's a surprising number of jokes about murder in the episode). Take a look below.
Do you remember this episode of Boy Meets World? For more editions of A Very Special Episode, click here.