ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 3, Episode 1

Sara's Summer of the Swans (2 Oct. 1974)

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Teenage girl is forced to confront the problems involving her mentally challenged brother.

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Episode cast overview:
Heather Totten ...
Sara
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Joe (as Chris Knight)
Priscilla Morrill ...
Aunt Willie
Betty Ann Carr ...
Wanda
Doney Oatman ...
Mary
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Gretchen
Scott McCartor ...
Frank
Mike Tucker ...
First Bully
Kevin McCarley ...
Second Bully
Reed Diamond ...
Charlie
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Teenage girl is forced to confront the problems involving her mentally challenged brother.

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Probably about what you'd expect
26 June 2005 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

I got this because I wanted to see what Reed Diamond was like as a child. With "classic" Afterschool Specials released on DVD, it was easy to get. The show was pretty much like I thought it'd be: earnest, low-key, with simple moral and minor tension. The lead character is an extremely annoying teenage girl (that is to say, pretty realistic), but the actress takes a while to find her footing. The appearance of The Brady Bunch's Peter and Jan was probably the big draw (his part is far more important than hers). After you get used to the amateurish acting (par for the course in these kind of shows), it's really not bad. The story avoids too much melodrama and the point it makes isn't anything too earth-shattering.

In case you were wondering--Reed was cute as a button, and very good for a younger child actor (better than many of the older actors), but there's really nothing too obvious which you can see and say "I recognize who that is!" I'd have to see more intervening performances to see a progression.


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