Behind the Laughter: Insights from the Golden Age of Sitcoms

By Sarah Norman | May 6, 2024

Lisa Bonet Was Fired From 'The Cosby Show' For Getting Pregnant

If you were a fan of sitcoms in the 1980s, then you may have thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite shows and their stars. But behind the scenes, there were stories of drama, conflict, and fascinating moments that you never got to see on the screen. From Full House to Night Court, Moonlighting to Family Matters, Dallas to Dynasty, and The Golden Girls, this gallery takes a deep dive into the stories and secrets of the stars of these beloved shows. Get ready to discover the behind-the-scenes drama that made these shows must-see TV, and learn about the juicy tidbits that even the most die-hard fans may not know. Keep reading to uncover the hidden stories of your favorite sitcom stars from the 1980s.

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According to actress Debbie Allen, however, The Cosby Show was full of drama. Most notably, Allen stated that Lisa Bonet, who played Denise, was pushed out of the cast of The Cosby Show after getting pregnant. It's not clear what the issue would have been with Bonet's character being pregnant - or if the production didn't just want to shoot around her growing bod, but it shows the petty ways that stars can treat one another on a hit show.

Jodie Sweetin From 'Full House' Had A Hard Time Adjusting To Normal Life

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Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner on Full House, has faced significant challenges throughout her life. Sweetin began playing the role at just five years old, and when the show ended during her early teenage years, she struggled to adjust to life outside of the industry.

At the age of 14, Sweetin started drinking and eventually became addicted to methamphetamines. However, she turned her life around in 2008 after becoming a parent and has been sober since then. Sweetin credits her recovery for her ability to create a successful life and embrace her return to show business.