20/20 (1978– )

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Among the most recognized and revered television newsmagazines, "20/20" was ABC's answer to CBS's "60 Minutes." Though some stories were humorous, light-hearted and sometimes frivolous features, the meat of "20/20's" programming was investigative reporting many times exposing corporate, medical, educational and governmental wrongdoing, incompetence and criminal negligence and reports on news events of the week from (often) different angles than was seen on the nightly news. Oftentimes, co-host Walters interviewed a prominent celebrity, politician or other newsmaker (among her most famous interviews included her fearless interview of feared Libyan dictator Muhammar Qaddafi; and her inspirational story of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was interviewed shortly after the Persian Gulf War had ended). The show's regular cast of contributors filed the reports, with the most prolific including John Stossel (who once had his nose broken while interviewing a World Wrestling Federation wrestler), ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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In 1998, ABC News combined "20/20" with Primetime (1989) to compete with Dateline NBC (1992) which aired four days a week at the time. The new editions were called "20/20 Monday", "20/20 Wednesday", "20/20 Friday", "20/20 Sunday", and _"20/20 Downtown" (2000)_. In 2000, ABC News returned "20/20" and "Primetime" to their original forms but kept "20/20 Downtown" as a spin-off. See more »

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Himself - Co-Anchor: I'm Hugh Downs
Herself - Correspondent: And I'm Barbra Walters and this is 20/20.
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One of the Quintessential Television News Shows
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I first started watching this show after the TGIF line-up with Family Matters, Step by Step (A show I hated) and some others that were on that line-up. This was a good show, still is, but I have not watched it in many years. When I watched it Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters were the chief stars of the show, and they were very good.

There were and probably still are very interesting segments on this show, some about politics, some about social issues, some human interest stories, all of them are very good. This is far better then that stupid Dateline NBC, which NBC seemed to use almost solely as a filler for bad nights, a show to make up for bad nights, I think that show was on at one point four nights a week.

This is a solid show, was on Thursday for a long time, but it now on Friday. This will definitely rank among one of the best news shows ever on television but definitely not as good as Sixty minutes. Some of my favorite segments talked about how people lie, on a day to day basis, another discussed a very controversial Christmas video produces by a local western Republican Party, and another had a woman whose children were living with her, and was telling them their father did not love them, when in fact the father desperately wanted to talk to them. This is good stuff, and if you have nothing better to watch on a Friday night, this won't be too bad.


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