very special episode

[ ver-ee spesh-uhl ep-uh-sohd ]
/ ˈvɛr i ˈspɛʃ əl ˈɛp əˌsoʊd /

noun

an episode of a television series that deals with a serious issue, usually something controversial or socially difficult to talk about: When I’m unwinding with a favorite sitcom from the 80s, the last thing I want to see is a very special episode about teenage alcoholism.

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Origin of very special episode

First recorded in 1940–45 as a term used in art history; its current sense first appeared in 1980–85 and was used in television program advertising
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