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5 TV Shows That Addressed Breast Cancer

As stigma around talking about breast cancer publically faded away, the topic started to make its way onto our television sets. Here are five shows that addressed breast cancer.

 

Playing House

An amazing comedy written by best friends about best friends, its third season chronicled a breast cancer diagnosis for Emma (Jessica St. Clair) that’s actually based on St. Clair’s real-life diagnosis. Breast cancer wasn’t just addressed honestly, it was addressed with humor.

Playing House | Season 3 Interview: Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham

Go behind-the-scenes of PLAYING HOUSE with real life best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. " Subscribe to Playing House on YouTube: http://po.st/GCOurb Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) have shared countless adventures raising Maggie's daughter Charlotte together in their hometown of Pinebrook.

 

Parenthood

The Bravermans are legendary for making fans ugly cry, and one of the ugliest cry-worthy plots in the NBC series came when Kristina was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Parenthood's Monica Potter Reflects on the Breast-Cancer Story Line That "Struck a Nerve"

Parenthood's Monica Potter took home the best supporting actress in a drama series award tonight at the Critics' Choice Television Awards after a season that hit especially close to home. Monica, who had a breast-cancer scare last year, portrayed her character Kristina's battle with the disease this year on the drama.

 

Sex and The City

Samantha’s breast cancer was first discovered when she was getting a breast implant consultation. In typical Samantha fashion, she handled it all in style. Who could forget when she took off her wig while giving a speech at a breast cancer benefit? (Warning: NSFW language ahead.)

Sex and the City - Samantha at the breast cancer benefit

Samantha is chosen to speak at a benefit for breast cancer research.

 

All In The Family

This iconic series was one of the first shows (if not the first show) that featured a plot that talked about breast cancer.

Jean Stapleton discusses Edith's breast cancer scare on "All in the Family"

For her full interview, see http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/jean-stapleton

 

Beverly Hills, 90210

The iconic teen drama wasn’t afraid to tackle important topics right out the gate, and in episode 18 of season one, Brenda goes through a breast cancer scare with the SATs looming.

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Biopsy

Brenda gets a biopsy to find out if her lump is cancerous or not.