"ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

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 Adam Rush / ... (5 episodes, 1974-1976)
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 Marla Clayton / ... (5 episodes, 1992-1996)
Mara Hobel ...
 Sarah Charney / ... (5 episodes, 1980-1992)
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 Boots McAfee / ... (5 episodes, 1976-1982)
Betty Beaird ...
 Brenadelle / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1982)
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 Billie Silverman / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1996)
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 Dalton / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1979)
Jean De Baer ...
 Dr. Hayden / ... (4 episodes, 1983-1995)
Sparky Marcus ...
 Brian Varner / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1977)
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 Herself - Host / ... (4 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Carlie Higgins / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
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 Sharon Lee / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
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 Karen Anderson / ... (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
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 Spinner (3 episodes, 1992)
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 Carrie Mills / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1987)
Moosie Drier ...
 David / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1983)
Rachel Longaker ...
 Kelly / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Diane Dravecki (3 episodes, 1992)
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 Alison / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1984)
Marisol Massey ...
 Theresa Lopez (3 episodes, 1992)
Vicky Dawson ...
 Jen / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1982)
Peter Brandon ...
 Father / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Esther Greene / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 David / ... (3 episodes, 1983-1986)
Tara Talboy ...
 Karen Faraday / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Laurence Haddon ...
 Hollis' Father / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jarrod Johnson ...
 Oscar / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Drew Gordon (3 episodes, 1992)
Jack Manning ...
 Mr. Herschel / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1981)
Claudio Martínez ...
 Bobby / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1978)
Doney Oatman ...
 Mary / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1977)
Michael Link ...
 Alvin / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
Carol Worthington ...
 Math Teacher / ... (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Quan Kim Thanh (3 episodes, 1992)
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 Alison Watson / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1988)
Michael Miller ...
 Angela's Brother / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1982)
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 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1986-1994)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1986-1994)
Reuben Figueroa ...
 Santiago (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
Lendon Smith ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Alexandria 'Alex' Benton / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Alicia Marin / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Karlene Crockett ...
 Lisl Gilbert / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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 Ari Jacobs / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1990)
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 Eric Nelson / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Minnow / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1977)
Christian Juttner ...
 Hollis / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 Jack Melon / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Roxanne / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1994)
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 Anna / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1986)
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 Miss Tomas / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1984)
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 Amy Cassidy / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
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 Dominic Ginetti / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Christine Langner ...
 Maria Torres / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Frank Morrow / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Calvin Brundage / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
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 Dolores Beckwith / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Pete / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Mary Reed / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1996)
Carmen Maya ...
 Santiago's Mother (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Professor Latouche / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1978)
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 Doug Henshaw / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
Rob Stone ...
 Chris / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Gloria Rodriguez / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Boyd / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ned Wilson ...
 Coach Shafer / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Priscilla Morrill ...
 Aunt Willie / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Eric Scott ...
 David / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Elizabeth Ward ...
 Jane Richardson / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Alice Kelly / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1995)
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 Santiago's Father (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Charles Elderberry / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Coach / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
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 Aunt Helen / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
Alex Colon ...
 Carlos (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
Barbara Andres ...
 Mrs. Lee / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jane Connell ...
 Aunt Peggy / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
Walter Brooke ...
 Mr. Mason (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Jessica / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Carol Schwartz / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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 Michael Skinner / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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 Joe Grant (Father) / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1986)
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 First Cadet / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1979)
Tierre Turner ...
 Jerry / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Sharon Spelman ...
 Mrs. Elderberry / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1986)
Kate Zentall ...
 Samantha Canby (2 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Helen Henderson / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1987)
Pam Potillo ...
 Kate / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Mother / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1987)
Cindy Eilbacher ...
 Elva Grimes / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Alma Beltran ...
 Jed's Neighbor / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1986)
Kristina Sorenson ...
 Gretchen Lake (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Mr. Carter / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Robby Pols / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1992)
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 Elly Robinson / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1995)
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 Mr. Sands (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
Marcus Ticotin ...
 Stevie (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 C.C. / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
Shannon Terhune ...
 Cindy Franks / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kari Michaelsen ...
 Fran Davies / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
Sally Kemp ...
 Janet / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Fran Bennett ...
 Nurse Etting / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1989)
Eric D. Wallace ...
 Freddie Ellis (2 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Janet Eller / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Kevin Casio (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 David Hanna (2 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Louise's Father / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jo Lynn Sciarro ...
 BJ / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
Peg Stewart ...
 Esther Sherrigan (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Mrs. Adams (2 episodes, 1982-1990)
Ted Gehring ...
 Colonel / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Dr. Edwards / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
Nadia DeLeye ...
 Dominique (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 Doctor / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Jo Delancey / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Glenn / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jason Andrews ...
 Chris Walsh / ... (2 episodes, 1990)
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 Mr. Lee / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1983)
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 Dr. Bancroft / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1981)
Rex Robbins ...
 Mr. Brundage / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1985)
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 Bill Waters / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Celia / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1991)
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 Jefffrey Cranston / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Librarian / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1990)
John Carlyle ...
 Minister (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
James MacKrell ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Amy DeMayo ...
 Carolyn / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Marlen / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1993)
Zero Hubbard ...
 Keith Williams / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1989)
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 Lucy Bard (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jacque Lynn Colton ...
 Mrs. Fulton / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Bu ...
 Clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Lee Kessler ...
 Jill / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1979)
Benny Medina ...
 Bob / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
William Lanteau ...
 Mr. Essig (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Glen Mattson / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1996)
Al Eisenmann ...
 George / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1979)
Peggy Rea ...
 Mrs. Atwater / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jeannie Linero
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 Katie / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1989)
Shelly Juttner ...
 Kate (2 episodes, 1974)
Kevin McCarley ...
 Peaches / ... (2 episodes, 1974)
Lois Hall ...
 Mrs. Rogers / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Stella / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
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 Anne Charney (2 episodes, 1992)
William Wise ...
 Chuck Charney (2 episodes, 1992)
Robert Lussier ...
 Stumpy (2 episodes, 1974-1978)
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 Mrs. Toby / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tommy Crebbs ...
 Andrew Varner (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Fredricks / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Dana / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1995)
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 Dr. Montoya / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1995)
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 Coach (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Nile Lanning ...
 Katherine / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
Helene Nelson ...
 Estelle / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
Alma Cuervo ...
 Dr. Riccardo / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Gene Crane ...
 Father Ruelle / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 Jake / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1996)
Lark Geib ...
 Girl Scout #1 / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
Allan Lurie ...
 Bus Driver / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Jerry / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1985)
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 Pharmacies (2 episodes, 1980-1988)
Peter Haas ...
 Clem (2 episodes, 1974)
Tim Maier ...
 Danny Kohl / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Mr. Stone (2 episodes, 1990)
Sky Berdahl ...
 Bruce Sherman / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1994)
Harold Pruett ...
 Gary Watson / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1988)
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 Jill Gerard / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
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 Student (2 episodes, 1981-1985)
Nancy Kandal ...
 Customer (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 Cecile / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rusty Gilligan ...
 Student (2 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Arnie Hack (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
Cheryl 'Salt' James ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
Christopher Martin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
Deidre 'Spinderella' Roper ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
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"ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

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Part of the cultural fabric of America
5 February 2005 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a TV show passes into the cultural fabric of the country. The ABC Afterschool Special is one of those shows.

It aired for more than 20 years providing a monthly dose of drama to pre-teens and teens during the school year in the hours after school before dinner. The specials were TV movies that explored the angst and problems that real kids experienced. They were little morality plays that while not being preachy, showed that actions have consequences.

Some of the known young stars of the times appeared including some who are stars now. For many it was one of their first jobs in the industry and for others it was their way of contributing to the community.

Stars included Ben Affleck, Heather Langenkamp, Jane Kaczmarek, Brandon Cruz, Christopher Knight, Melissa Sue Anderson, Kristy McNichol, and Scott Baio, and my favorite Lance Kerwin.

My favorite was Lance Kerwin. He appeared in several of the specials including "Pssst! Hammerman's After You!" and "The Boy Who Drank Too Much" with Scott Baio. Those two shows are my favorite. Baio also was in several specials.

The series came to an end as Oprah Winfrey took over the time slot on many stations in the early 90's. A local station would keep more of the advertising money by airing syndicated programs like Winfrey's talk show, reruns of old TV shows, or the tabloid shows like Judge Judy. Just like the toy companies killed the Saturday morning cartoons, money became more important than the community. Whenever I get overcome with the dreck on between 4 and 6 PM I wax nostalgic for those specials.

The specials also added to our cultural lexicon. Whenever someone is getting overly dramatic or sentimental how often to hear a response like "This isn't an Afterschool Special." Some the specials have been collected on DVD but I would like to see the specials come back. The ABC Afterschool Special holds a special place in my heart along with Schoolhouse Rock and American Bandstand.


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