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Melissa Sue Anderson in Very Good Friends (1977)
It's weird to see Anderson without a prairie dress. This special has a dual purpose: pro-grieving together and anti-tree climbing.
Rob Lowe in Schoolboy Father (1980)
In this supernatural thriller, babies follow Rob Lowe everywhere, and he needs repeated confirmation that pregnancy lasts for nine months. Teen Lowe is reunited with his summer love when she takes an ad out in the paper to announce the birth of their baby. (This was to annoy her dad, which probably worked spectacularly).
Scott Baio in Stoned (1980)
Parents, it's very easy to tell if your child is into drugs. Have they ditched their button down and glasses? They might be a stoner. Luckily, you'll know they've gone back to their straightedge ways when their wardrobe returns to normal.
Sean Astin in Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981)
There's nothing funny about child abuse, but everything's funny about early-80s fashion. Sean Astin (a.k.a. the best friend a hobbit could ask for) plays the part of an abused child, opposite his real-life mom, Patty Duke. This is probably where his therapy sessions would start.