Looking for this show I saw once in the early 90s and never saw again. I know this is sort of a weird one, but what 80s/90s coming of age TV show had a best friend character who had a bowl cut and glasses, always ate peanut butter and sprouts sandwiches, and used the catchphrase, "Holly Cow!"?
The single episode of this unusual show that I saw years ago had the following plot from what I could recall:
A grade school aged boy embarrasses himself at school in front of a girl he likes, so he pretends to be sick to not have to go to school the next day. When he's home sick, he decides he is going to commit suicide by asking for ginger-ale so he can slip in some stuff from a chemistry set that he thinks will accomplish this. His best friend camps out in front of his house to see if he will actually do it(who has a bowl cut and glasses, uses the catchphrase, "holly cow" frequently, and eats peanut butter and Brussel sprout sandwiches out of a cooler he brought).
Anyway, nothing happens when he drinks the ginger-ale because the stuff he put in turns out to be harmless. His dad, who is sort of a Patrick Duffy type, figures out whats going on and remarks that he tried the same thing when he was his age with the same result. I know it really weird. lol
Ive been looking for this for years. I’m not certain if it was a one off special or an episode of a tv show, but it had to have been made in the 80s with the absolute latest being the early 90s.
I was just thinking about it, and there's the possibility it could have been religious. It kind of had that vibe of one of those family shows/movies produced by a religious institution but in plot doesn't have to do with religious subject matter literally (like Buttercream Gang, or Just Like Dad for example)
Was it on a basic cable channel or premium offering?
Definitely basic cable/network. My dad didn't want to pay for the premium channels so we only had movie/premium channels for the first couple years we had cable, and I definitely saw this long after that.