If you don’t remember anything dark happening in Full House, you’re probably suppressing the horror of everything that could go wrong in the terrifying world of ’90s TV shows. Death, disease, and sci-fi satanic visits were the least of your worries in 1990s primetime.
Once the historical catastrophe was averted, he’d leap to someone else, say his famous “Oh boy” catchphrase, and begin the next adventure.
Along the way, he was aided by his best friend, Al, a hologram from the future.
Due to its time travel format, Quantum Leap jumped freely between many genres. In one haunted house episode, Sam leaps into the body of a horror novelist. While he’s usually there to save lives, he’s unable to prevent people from dying all around him. But then, it’s also revealed that Sam’s holographic buddy Al has been possessed by the Devil… who then tries to murder Sam. It gets intense, but don’t worry. Because it’s Quantum Leap, things turn out okay in the end. The show even throws in a fun Stephen King reference.
The heart of Roseanne was always the working-class relationship between the title character and her husband, Dan. That is, until the final season, where a surprise lottery win turns the family into millionaires, leading to bizarre wealthy celebrity hijinks. The series finale hits viewers with the biggest plot twist of the series: the whole last season was a novel written by Roseanne, who never won the lottery at all.
Apparently, Roseanne’s fiction writing habit is her way of coping with the loss of Dan, who had actually died of a heart attack in the previous season.
In about two minutes, the entire run of show goes from comedy to tragedy.
For what it’s worth, the 2018 Roseanne revival showed Dan to still be alive. Of course, then Roseanne herself was written off the show due to her own questionable comments. That’s a different kind of dark.
Watch the video to see more of the darkest episodes from ’90s TV shows.
‘The Boogieman’ – Quantum Leap | 0:15
‘Into that Good Night’ – Roseanne | 1:15
‘The Opera’ – Seinfeld | 2:04
‘Slow Tango in South Seattle’ – Frasier | 2:49
‘The One with the Ick Factor’ – Friends | 3:45
’72 Hours’ – The Golden Girls | 4:37
‘Shape Up’ – Full House | 5:27
‘None for the Road’ – Clueless | 6:19
‘The Next Fifty Years’ – Beverly Hills, 90210 | 7:12
‘Cult Fiction’ – Boy Meets World | 7:50
‘The Longest Day’ – Home Improvement | 8:32
‘Jessie’s Song’ – Saved By the Bell | 9:12