Hey Aunt and Unk:
FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS was always a main staple of Saturday mornings, with good ole’ Albert becoming the moralistic voice of reason countering the bad decisions of his cronies.
“You shouldn’t pick on little Ginny, just because she’s deaf! Hey Hey Hey!”
But somewhere down the line, there was an episode where they just happened to wind up in a stolen car, and were given a tour of a Philadelphia prison in an attempt to be SCARED STRAIGHT by the police. I’m not kidding. I had read a post earlier this year about a gun violence FAT ALBERT episode. I would wager this came from the same “unsyndicated, no holds barred” season.
Does anyone remember how out of place and unsettling this was? Granted there was no profanity, but it was certainly not something for a 6 year old, and I doubt teenagers were the target audience of the show.
I remember my sister and I transfixed by this prison house of horrors as depicted in a trustworthy happy cartoon, listening to the cacklings and howls of the pedophiles and psychopaths.
When the psycho inmate lusts over Albert, “Mmm… give me the BIG one..” like he’s some kind of plump New Year’s ham, I think it sealed the deal that we were going to keep on the straight and narrow.
So I supposed it worked, Mr. COSBY; thanks for the nightmares!
All the best,