ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 5, Episode 6

Very Good Friends (6 Apr. 1977)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama
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A sensitive young girl (Melissa Sue Anderson) gradually comes to terms with the accidental death of her younger sister. Based on the award-winning young adult novel by Constance Greene.

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Kate
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Joss
Sparky Marcus ...
Tootie
Pamela Nelson ...
Mother
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Father
Montana Smoyer ...
Mrs. Essig
William Lanteau ...
Mr. Essig
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Miss Pemberthy
John Carlyle ...
Minister
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Sheila
Steve Sherman ...
Sam
Joshua Davis ...
Harry
Kelly Britt ...
Store Clerk
Allan Lurie ...
Mr. Watchs
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A sensitive young girl (Melissa Sue Anderson) gradually comes to terms with the accidental death of her younger sister. Based on the award-winning young adult novel by Constance Greene.

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The Death of a Child Through the Eyes of a Child
27 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

How well I remember this After School Special. Katy Kurtzman, as younger sister Joss, accidentally fell out of a treehouse and didn't survive.

Clearly as a child, I looked to Melissa Sue Anderson and Sparky Marcus to explain to me what was going on. Apparently, everything was very chaotic as everyone tried to come to grips with what occurred, but it was Anderson sitting on the steps with Marcus at the end that I remember best.

Typical After School Special? Maybe so, but this was one of those programs I would have sworn I must have imagined if I hadn't recalled that it was Mary Ingalls and the little boy from The Bad News Bears tv show and WKRP in Cincinnati and the Freaky Friday movie who appeared in this.

Truthfully, it seemed a bit heavy for a kid, but perhaps that is because I didn't have to experience anything like this as a child.

Still wouldn't mind seeing the After School Specials again somewhere, especially these early ones.


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