YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO READ THIS ITEM

YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO READ THIS ITEM

Of all the foibles of the great American sitcom, few, if any, have proven as cringe-inducingly awesome as the "very special episode," in which our favorite lovable characters are suddenly bitch-smacked by some dramatic crisis -- usually, if it was the '80s and Nancy Reagan happened to have a free half-hour on her schedule, involving drugs. The crack pop-culture historians at Cinefamily promise a wide variety of melodramatic thrills with their three-hour program TV Tuesday: A Very Special Episode. The programmers are keeping secret exactly which series and episodes are on the bill to preserve the suspense, but they promise "death scenes, abrupt four-minute stretches played uncomfortably straight (with no laugh track), cast members getting backhanded across the room by drunken guest stars, prostitution, Fellini-esque surreal dream sequences and more!" To say we can't wait would be an understatement.
Tue., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2010