Many TV shows have a Halloween/meant-to-be-scary special episode. Most in fact. I love theme episodes. I think they’re fun and when done right, sets apart good TV shows from great TV shows. When writers can incorporate the current story line into something completely different it shows the strength and quality of the writers.
Thinking through the most memorable “scary” episodes, I immediately think of the Boy Meets World episode – “And Then There was Shawn.” It’s by far the my favorite theme episode of any show. And I know it is for many others.
[Full disclose – it wasn’t aired around Halloween time (it was aired in February), but it was the shows only attempt at a “scary” episode.]
I grew up on Boy Meets World, and thankfully this past year the show has returned to mainstream pop culture for a little while. This particular episode, from season 5, focuses on one character’s (Shawn) difficulty in witnessing two other character’s (Cory and Topanga) breakup. In doing so Shawn dreams of killing off all his friends as he blames himself for their breakup. It’s campy, and ridiculous, and pure fun, and simultaneously calls out many horror film classics. A little bit like the entire show as a whole.
When I asked my little brother, Andrew, if he remembered this episode, he said that it scared him so badly the first time he left the room while we were watching and couldn’t watch it until a few years later. (He was like, 8 years old.) My memory is seeing Ben Savage squeal and run away like a little girl.
What are other memorable scary episodes from TV shows? Do any bring up nostalgic feelings like this one does for me?
And if any one would like to, you can watch the full episode here.