ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 13, Episode 1

Summer Switch (19 Sep. 1984)

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Father and son magically switch personalities with comical results.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margo Skinner ...
Stepahnie Marshak
Knowl Johnson ...
Duck Levine
Captain Splasher Wilking
Blake Brocksmith ...
Brian Hitzigger
Sam Stoneburner ...
Ty Donovan
Sloane Shelton ...
Pegotty Horn
Helen Harrelson ...
Betty Lou
Travis Swords ...
Tony Crane
William Metzo ...
Richard DeVirgillio
John Leonard ...
Terry Mallison


The switch is on! Summer Switch - a charming and very funny tale which proves that "trading places" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Comedian Robert Klein stars as Bill Andrews, a film executive who dreads his upcoming meeting with the studio's new president. His son Ben, on the other hand, longs to get out of going to Camp Soonawissakit, which his father loved as a child. And when the two of them exclaim "I'd give anything to be in his shoes," they magically switch bodies. But what is fun at first soon turns into a disaster for both father and son. And after a short time, both realize they were much happier as themselves. The miraculous switch back provides them with a newfound understanding of themselves...and each other. Written by Jil Chastain <>

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19 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Follows Freaky Friday (1976) See more »

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24 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was an "ABC Afterschool Special", or "CBS Schoolbreak Special", or NBC, or one of those, about a father & son switching places while the son is in sleepaway camp. It was also actually a sequel to "Freaky Friday", in which the MOTHER & DAUGHTER were the ones who switched places. Another sequel was also one of those ABC, or CBS, or NBC whatever specials entitled, "A Billion For Boris", about a TV that has the next day's programming and the kids use it to tell the future. Real cute. Both "Freaky" & "Billion" were based on Mary Rodgers books.

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