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10 Shows That Weren't Afraid To Get Real With Their Audiences, Even When It Broke Our Hearts

There were a lot of people telling us not to watch too much TV when we were young. I always remember that my Grammie would tell me that if I watched too much TV my eyes would go cross-eyed. But the thing is, watching TV was how we learned a lot of our really big lessons! Growing up in a small town before the internet existed, I tended to miss out on a lot of the big issues that our world had. I was in the self-contained bubble and while it was a nice and safe place to grow up

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Murder Charges, Drug Addiction, Bankruptcy - The Tragic Lives Of The 'Diff’rent Strokes' Child Stars

The hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes helped to popularize the "very special episodes" about serious topics that were so memorable from our childhoods.But drug abuse and crime weren't just subjects explored on the show, they also featured in the lives of the actors who starred in Diff'rent Strokes. It turns being a child star in Hollywood isn't as glamorous as we imagined.Todd Bridges - Willis JacksonfanpopBridges, who played the older of the two adopted brothers on the show, came from a family of actors, and started working in show business from a young age.Sadly, misfortune seemed to follow