"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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 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
Rachel Longaker ...
 Kelly / ... 3 episodes, 1977-1981
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 Karen Anderson / ... 3 episodes, 1984-1985
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 Carrie Mills / ... 3 episodes, 1978-1987
Moosie Drier ...
 David / ... 3 episodes, 1974-1983
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 Diane Dravecki 3 episodes, 1992
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 Alison / ... 3 episodes, 1979-1984
Peter Brandon ...
 Father / ... 3 episodes, 1976-1977
Marisol Massey ...
 Theresa Lopez 3 episodes, 1992
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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 ...
 Agent Nolan / ... 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
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 Math Teacher / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Doney Oatman ...
Michael Link ...
 Alvin / ... 3 episodes, 1973-1975
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 Louise's Father / ... 3 episodes, 1976-1980
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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
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Lendon Smith ...
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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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 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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 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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Ned Wilson ...
 Coach Shafer / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1976
Priscilla Morrill ...
 Aunt Willie / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1977
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 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 ...
Barbara Andres ...
 Mrs. Lee / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Jane Connell ...
 Aunt Peggy / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1976
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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 ...
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 Mother / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1987
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 Elva Grimes / ... 2 episodes, 1975-1976
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 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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Marcus Ticotin ...
Shannon Terhune ...
 Cindy Franks / ... 2 episodes, 1978-1979
Kari Michaelsen ...
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 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
Jimmy McNichol ...
 David Hanna 2 episodes, 1976-1985
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 C.C. / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Jo Lynn Sciarro ...
Peg Stewart ...
 Esther Sherrigan 2 episodes, 1980-1981
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 Colonel / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Dr. Edwards / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1987
Nadia DeLeye ...
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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 ...
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 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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Jacque Lynn Colton ...
 Mrs. Fulton / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1978
Robert Bu ...
 Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1995-1996
Lee Kessler ...
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 Bob / ... 2 episodes, 1976
William Lanteau ...
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 Glen Mattson / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1996
Al Eisenmann ...
 George / ... 2 episodes, 1976-1979
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 Mrs. Atwater / ... 2 episodes, 1976-1979
Jeannie Linero
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 Katie / ... 2 episodes, 1979-1989
Shelly Juttner ...
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 Peaches / ... 2 episodes, 1974
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 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 ...
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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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 Dr. Montoya / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1995
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Nile Lanning ...
 Katherine / ... 2 episodes, 1988-1990
Helene Nelson ...
 Estelle / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1976
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 Dr. Riccardo / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Gene Crane ...
 Father Ruelle / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1987
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Allan Lurie ...
 Bus Driver / ... 2 episodes, 1977-1978
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 Jerry / ... 2 episodes, 1978-1985
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Peter Haas ...
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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Nancy Kandal ...
Lark Geib ...
 Girl Scout #1 / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1976
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 Cecile / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
Rusty Gilligan ...
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Cheryl 'Salt' James ...
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Spinderella ...
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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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