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1. Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

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A 46-year-old ex-drug addict returns to high school as a freshman.

Creators: Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, Mitch Rouse | Stars: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Greg Hollimon

2. Introducing... Janet (1983 TV Movie)

PG | 48 min | Comedy

3.4
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Janet is an over-weight girl who has a knack for making the other children in school laugh...by making fun of her own weight. In seeing the other kids reaction, she feels that she might ... See full summary »

Writers: Nada Harcourt, Michael Glassbourg | Directors: Glen Salzman, Rebecca Yates | Stars: Lynne Deragon, Adah Glassbourg, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Helene Udy

3. The Wave (1981 TV Short)

44 min | Short, Drama

7.1
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An experiment in an American High School where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story.

Writers: Johnny Dawkins, Ron Jones | Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran

4. Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, Family, Sport

7.1
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A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

Writers: Jeri Taylor, Sydney Julien | Director: Gwen Arner | Stars: Patty Duke, Nancy McKeon, Lance Guest, Sean Astin

5. Islands (1984 TV Movie)

55 min | Drama

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Writers: Kenneth August, Susan Leeds | Director: René Bonnière | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Ingrid Veninger, Jim Bearden, Paul Bradley

6. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: 15 and Getting Straight (1989)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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Drug addiction treatment center for teenagers where the counselors are ex-addicts themselves.

Writer: Joanna Lee | Director: Joanna Lee | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Corey Feldman, Dante Basco, Monica Calhoun

7. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Desperate Exit (1986)

48 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Teenager is stunned when his best friend commits suicide, and is left with one unanswered question - Why?

Writers: Eve Bunting, Linda Elstad | Director: Martin Tahse | Stars: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Rob Stone, Nadia DeLeye, Allison Balson

8. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
Episode: A Different Twist (1984)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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Writers: Diane Dixon, Elizabeth Levy | Director: Mark Cullingham | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Allison Smith, Brian Bloom, Pam Potillo

9. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Family Again (1988)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.5
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A family comes to grips with their own grief after the eldest daughter is killed.

Writer: Camille Thomasson | Director: Camille Thomasson | Stars: Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Tonya Crowe, Rob Stone

10. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Family of Strangers (1980)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Widower with two daughters marries a widow with one daughter, creating a blended family.

Writers: Len Jenkin, Jeffrey Kindley | Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Danny Aiello, Maria Tucci, Lauri Hendler, Laura Dean

11. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Home Run for Love (1978)

Unrated | 45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In 1947, a young white boy and an elderly black man enjoy a warm and wonderful friendship based on their mutual love of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson.

Writers: Barbara Cohen, Arthur Heinemann | Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Ronnie Scribner, Charles Lampkin, Anne Gee Byrd, Felicity Huffman

12. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Matter of Time (1981)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Teen Lisl Gilbert (Karlene Crockett) finds inner strength when she learns her mother (Rosemary Forsyth) is dying of cancer.

Writer: Paul W. Cooper | Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Karlene Crockett, Rosemary Forsyth, Kate Zentall, Wayne Heffley

13. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Movie Star's Daughter (1979)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Shy teen enrolls in a new school and doesn't make friends easily. Then overnight everyone wants to be her friend, once it is discovered that her father is a famous movie star.

Writer: Jeffrey Kindley | Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Trini Alvarado, Frank Converse, Marcia Rodd, Laura Dean

14. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Question About Sex (1990)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Teenage girl who advocates sex education at her school finds herself butting heads with her mother who is seeking a spot on the school board.

Writers: Courtney Flavin, Beth Thompson, Tracey Thompson | Director: Tom Skerritt | Stars: Tracey Gold, Cindy Pickett, Kristin Dattilo, Derek Rydall

15. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Special Gift (1979)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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14-year-old basketball player wants to be a ballet dancer, and is worried about what his friends and family will think.

Writers: Durrell Royce Crays, Marcia L. Simon | Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Steve Austin, Bill Sorrells, Alice Hirson, Deirdre Sheehan

16. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Town's Revenge (1989)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Teenager tries to convince the town to farm without the use of pesticides, and finds many in the town resistant to change.

Writer: Bruce Harmon | Director: Helen Whitney | Stars: Keith Coogan, Elizabeth Franz, Brian Smiar, Donna Haley

17. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: A Very Delicate Matter (1982)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.5
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Teenage girl is shocked when a former boyfriend tells her he has gonorrhea. Not only does she get tested, she must tell her current boyfriend to get tested as well.

Writer: Marisa Gioffre | Director: Claude Kerven | Stars: Lori-Nan Engler, Zach Galligan, Marta Kober, John Didrichsen

18. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Alexander (1973)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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The story of a retired clown and his undying love for children.

Writers: Jan Hartman, Larry Spiegel | Director: Mel Ferber | Stars: Red Buttons, Jodie Foster, Kerry MacLane, Robbie Rist

19. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: All That Glitters (1990)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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A group of high school students learn about ethics and the seduction of power when they start a cookie company for a class project.

Writer: D.J. MacHale | Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: Tovah Feldshuh, Marc Price, Dondre Whitfield, Nile Lanning

20. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: All the Kids Do It (1984)

49 min | Drama, Family, Romance

5.8
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A teenage boy (played by Baio) suffers the consequences of drinking and driving.

Writer: Paul W. Cooper | Director: Henry Winkler | Stars: Scott Baio, George Dzundza, Jeremy Licht, Frances Lee McCain

21. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: American Eyes (1990)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

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Korean boy, who has been adopted by an American family, decides to attend a Korean-American summer camp to learn more about his heritage.

Writers: Cynthia A. Cherbak, Elizabeth Hansen, Herb Stein | Director: Herb Stein | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Brian Krause, David Ogden Stiers, Concetta Tomei

22. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Amy & the Angel (1982)

Not Rated | 45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Amy, a depressed seventeen year old high school girl, is visited by her guardian angel Oliver after wishing she had never been born. Oliver shows Amy how important she is to the people in her life.

Writers: Bruce Harmon, Harold Peters | Director: Ralph Rosenblum | Stars: Helen Slater, Albert Macklin, James Earl Jones, Gail Strickland

23. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Are You My Mother? (1986)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Teenage girl is stunned to discover that her mother is not deceased, but mentally ill living in an institution.

Writer: Jeanne Betancourt | Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Michael York, Beth Miller, Belinda Balaski, Sheree North

24. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: Babies Having Babies (1986)

56 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.6
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Five pregnant teenage girls meet up at a group counseling session and begin to discuss their situation and feelings amongst each other.

Writers: Kathryn Montgomery, Jeffrey Auerbach | Director: Martin Sheen | Stars: Akosua Busia, Renée Estevez, Lori Loughlin, Claudia Wells

25. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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13-year-old boy has problems reading, which his teachers attribute to laziness. It is later discovered that he has Dyslexia.

Writers: Arthur Heinemann, Franklin Thompson | Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Madge Sinclair, River Phoenix, Judy Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix

26. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Between Two Loves (1982)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.4
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Teen violinist is torn between her musical career and her boyfriend.

Writers: Paul W. Cooper, Sandra Peden Miller | Director: Robert C. Thompson | Stars: Karlene Crockett, Lance Guest, Barbara Tarbuck, Robert Reed

27. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Blind Sunday (1976)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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In an effort to understand his blind girlfriend, a teenage boy decides to spend an entire Sunday blindfolded.

Writers: Arthur Barron, Fred Pressburger | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Jewel Blanch, Betty Beaird, Robert Ridgely

28. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: But He Loves Me (1991)

Drama, Family, Romance

3.0
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Teenage girl starts dating the most popular boy in school and for a while everything is wonderful, until he start being violent towards her.

Writer: Betty G. Birney | Director: Strathford Hamilton | Stars: Kelli Williams, Donovan Leitch Jr., Douglas Barr, Season Hubley

29. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: But It's Not My Fault (1983)

45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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A 16-year-old boy (Warlock) ends up in juvenile hall after trying to "prove" himself to his peers.

Writers: Ray Cunneff, Sydney Julien, Jeri Taylor | Director: Victor Lobl | Stars: Billy Warlock, Jay Varela, Ray Anthony Williams, Michael Carmine

30. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Can a Guy Say No? (1986)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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17-year-old boy finds looks can be deceiving when he becomes friends with the prettiest girl in school. Despite her beauty, he finds a very unhappy girl with a low self-esteem.

Writers: Judy Engles, Todd Strasser | Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Steve Antin, Heather Langenkamp, Christa Denton, Khrystyne Haje

31. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
Episode: Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King (1992)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Writers: Shannon Gilligan, Marc Scott Zicree | Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, Chad Allen, Charles Haid, Pat Morita

32. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale (1985)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A contemporary remake of "Cinderella" aimed at a pre-teen audience, for an ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Afterschool Special.

Writer: Jeffrey Kindley | Director: Lee Grant | Stars: Pearl Bailey, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Grey, Kelly Wolf

33. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Class Act: A Teacher's Story (1987)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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Rich businessman decides to return to teaching after working in the stock market. He inherits a class of under-achievers and sets out to make them winners.

Writer: Mardee Kravit | Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Ron Leibman, Lisa Vidal, Thomas Davis Jr., Kelly Neal

34. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: Contract for Life: The S.A.D.D. Story (1984)

46 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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True story of high school hockey coach Bob Anastas. After losing two of his all-star hockey players, he gets the students to prevent more tragedies by forming Students Against Drunk Driving.

Writer: Peter Silverman | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Stephen Macht, Timothy Gibbs, William Zabka, Robert Chestnut

35. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
Episode: Cougar! (1984)

74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Writers: Chester Aaron, Stephen H. Foreman | Director: Stephen H. Foreman | Stars: Matthew Vipond, Kim Hauser, Angus MacInnes, Wayne Best

36. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Cyrano (1974)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Long-nosed Cyrano de Begerac helps an army officer woo Roxanne, the woman he loves in this animated version of Edmond Rostand's play.

Writers: Harvey Bullock, Edmond Rostand, Leonard Spigelgass | Director: Charles A. Nichols | Stars: José Ferrer, Joan Van Ark, Jane Connell, Victor Garber

37. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Daddy, I'm Their Mama Now (1982)

26 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.0
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12-year-old girl assumes responsibility for her two little brothers, after the passing of their mother.

Writers: Betsy Byars, Durrell Royce Crays | Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Mallie Jackson, Trey Wilson, Betty Beaird, Jason Lively

38. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Date Rape (1988)

54 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Teenage girl is raped after accepting a date from the most popular boy in school.

Writers: Bruce Harmon, Donald MacDonald, David Perlmutter | Director: Jesús Salvador Treviño | Stars: Danielle von Zerneck, Reed Diamond, John Karlen, John Savage

39. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Dear Lovey Hart: I Am Desperate (1976)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Teenaged girl decides to start an advice column for her school newspaper.

Writers: Ellen Conford, Bob Rodgers | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Susan Lawrence, Meegan King, Barbara Timko, Elyssa Davalos

40. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Dinky Hocker (1979)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Overweight teenage girl is obsessed with food and can't stop eating. Only when she turns to a friend for help, does she start making changes in her eating habits.

Writers: Howard Rayfiel, Howard Rayfield | Director: Tom Blank | Stars: Wendie Jo Sperber, June Lockhart, Alan Oppenheimer, Jon Walmsley

41. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Divorced Kids' Blues (1987)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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15-year-old struggles through the politics of divorce as his parents split up.

Writer: Donald Margulies | Director: Art Wolff | Stars: Lauri Hendler, Ronee Blakley, Ken Sylk, Stephen Mailer

42. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Don't Touch (1985)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A teenager babysitting a young girl discovers that she is being molested by a family friend when harrowing memories of her own past molestation by her uncle come to the surface.

Writer: Jeanne Betancourt | Director: Beau Bridges | Stars: Kelly Wolf, Niki Scalera, Blair Brown, Lenny von Dohlen

43. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: First the Egg (1985)

87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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A group of high school students take part in a parenting class where their first assignment is to 'parent' an egg.

Writers: Marjorie Rosen, Louise Moeri | Director: Robert C. Thompson | Stars: Justine Bateman, Jimmy McNichol, Chris Hebert, Elizabeth Huddle

44. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Francesca, Baby (1976)

45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Semi-standard ABC Afterschool Special about Francesca James, a teenage daughter dealing with her alcoholic mother through the support group Ala-Teen.

Writers: Bob Rodgers, Joan Oppenheimer | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Carol Jones, Melendy Britt, Dennis Bowen, Tara Talboy

45. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story (1989)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.6
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A 15-year old school girl refuses to dissect a frog and sues her school district for not allowing her to do an alternative project.

Writers: Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet | Director: Harry Longstreet | Stars: Kerrie Keane, Ellen Dunning, Mitchell Laurance, Michael Greene

46. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: Gambler (1988)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.1
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17-year-old boy is addicted to gambling, and soon it starts to take over his life.

Writer: Barton Randall | Director: Roger Singer | Stars: Nicholas Kallsen, Jill Schoelen, Troy Winbush, George Dzundza

47. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Gaucho (1978)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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A young Puerto Rican New York boy thinks his mother wants to move back to her homeland, so he takes a job as an errand boy for a small-time hood to pay for the move back to her Caribbean homeland.

Writers: Gloria Gonzalez, Arthur Heinemann | Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Panchito Gómez, Alma Beltran, Phillip R. Allen, Ralph James Torres

48. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Getting Even: A Wimp's Revenge (1986)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Tired of being bullied at school, a boy start drawing a master scientist. He begins to imagine what it would be like, as the scientist, standing-up to the bullies at school.

Writers: David Hoffman, Leslie Daryl Zerg | Director: James Scott | Stars: Adolph Caesar, Jon Rothstein, Michael Storm, Marisa Berenson

49. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
Episode: God, the Universe & Hot Fudge Sundaes (1986)

51 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.4
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Teenage girl begins to question her religion after her sister is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Writers: Cynthia A. Cherbak, Norma Howe | Director: Leslie Hill | Stars: Roxana Zal, Millie Perkins, Jim Haynie, Melanie Gaffin

50. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents? (1983)

45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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Two teenage girls, one rich and one middle-class, become best friends over the summer.

Writers: Sheila Hayes, Chris Manheim | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Kari Michaelsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Marion Ross, Carol Lawrence