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ABC After School Specials

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abcaft4Sixty minute specials, both dramatic and documentary, for young people, ABC After School Specials were broadcast on occasional weekday afternoons.

After School Specials aired for more than 20 years providing a regular dose of drama to pre-teens and teens during the school year in the hours after school and before dinner.

The specials were TV movies that explored the angst and problems that real kids experienced.

abcafterschool_035They were little morality plays that while not being preachy, showed that actions have consequences.

Shows included;

Last Of The Curlews (4/10/72) An ecology-oriented cartoon from Hanna-Barbera studios.

Rookie Of The Year (3/10/73) An Emmy Award-winner starring Jodie Foster.

Cyrano (6/3/74) A Hanna-Barbera cartoon with the voices of Jose Ferrer, Joan Van Ark and Kurt Kasznar

Winning & Losing (6/11/74) A documentary about the 1974 South Dakota Senate race.

Santiago’s America (19/2/75) With Ruben Figueroa (filmed in Spanish Harlem).

The Secret Life Of TK Dearing (23/4/75) with Jodie Foster as TK and Eduard Franz as Grandfather.

Me & Dad’s New Wife (18/2/76) With Kristy McNichol as Nina. Unbearable pre-teen nonsense about a young girl getting back at her remarried dad by humiliating his new wife at school (the new Mrs. is the girl’s English teacher). Unstimulating, uneventful level and boring. For Kristy fans, the youngster has a good crying scene at the school dance!

Mighty Moose & The Quarterback Kid (1/12/76) With Brandon Cruz as Benny Singleton, Alex Karras as Alex ‘Moose’ Novak, and Dave Madden as Coach Puckett.

My Mom’s Having A Baby (16/2/77) Starred Dr Lendon Smith (as himself) and Shane Sinutko. Told in flashback to his baby brother, nine-year-old Petey Evans (Sinutko) explains the way he was born, the impact it had on his life, and how real-life Obstetrician Dr. Lendon Smith helped him deal with it. Considered controversial at the time for videotaping a live birth, this ABC After School Special was later praised for its honest explanation of how babies are born.

Schoolboy Father (14/10/80) with Rob Lowe.

Stoned (12/11/80) with Scott Baio.

The Woman Who Willed A Miracle (9/2/83) starring Cloris Leachman and Leif Green.

I Want To Go Home (13/2/85) with Lindsay Crouse, Seth Greene and Maddie Corman.

Just A Regular Kid: An AIDS Story (9/10/87) featuring Christian Hoff.

Taking A Stand (19/1/89) starring Timothy Collins.

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