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Tread Perilously

Jun 23, 2022

Tread Perilously's month of reactionary PSA television continues with the 1982 TV movie Desperate Lives.

When high school guidance counselor Eileen Phillips spots 10th Grader Scott Cameron stoned to high heaven on their first day of school, she decides to get serious about the drug problem on campus. But the school...


Jun 16, 2022

Tread Perilously's month of reactionary PSA television continues with an ABC Afterschool Special called "The Day My Kid Went Punk."

When dweeby band nerd Terry Warren gets a summer job as a day camp counselor at a mountain resort, he takes the opportunity to rethink his image. Trading in his terrible glasses for...


Jun 9, 2022

Tread Perilously begins a month of television reacting poorly to social trends with the 1967 episode of Dragnet called "The LSD Story."

When Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner, Officer Frank Gannon, take a call concerning a young man with a painted face "eating the bark off trees" at a nearby park, they make their first...


May 26, 2022

Tread Perilously's Backdoor Pilot month concludes with The Brady Bunch's one and only attempt to sell another show -- an episode called "Kelly's Kids."

When Mike and Carol's friends, Ken and Kathy Kelly, move in a few doors down, they announce they are adopting a son, Matt. After his first night home in their new home,...


May 19, 2022

Tread Perilously's Backdoor Pilot month continues with an episode of Who's The Boss? called "Charmed Lives."

Angela heads out to San Francisco to deal with the Vionelli Foods account. She thinks she's found the perfect "Princess" Vionelli in the form of Joyce Columbus (special guest star Fran Drescher). But when Mr....