ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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The Great Love Experiment 

Teenagers lure a timid girl into a made-up experiment that gets her involved in affectionate ways.


Claudia Weill


Jeffrey Kindley


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Episode cast overview:
Tracy Pollan ... Jen Robbins
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Maude Harris
Peter Kowanko Peter Kowanko ... Dolph Krager (as Pete Kowanko)
Esai Morales ... Miguel Rados
Scott Renderer Scott Renderer ... Larry Meadows
Jennifer Grey ... Carol Schwartz (as Jenny Grey)
Donna Ingram-Young Donna Ingram-Young ... Mindy Duarte
Ron McLarty ... Mr. Harris
Manny Jacobs Manny Jacobs ... Steve Harris
Joey Dedio ... Anthony
John Bluthal


For their science project, a popular high school beauty and her friends try a benign human experiment. They befriend an "ugly duckling", make her up to look pretty, and witness the positive effects of their work. Written by Anthony Ventarola

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Return now to those glory days of afterschool TV specials!
25 November 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

Those hour-long Scholastic teenage specials were meant to motivate and entertain at the same time. Sort of made you wonder whether you were going to survive high school, right? It's a shame they've become a little hokey in recent times, though. Let's face it, our broadcasters will do anything to get huge ratings on JERRY SPRINGER and 5 o' clock newscasts! Nevertheless, this one is just like all the other "after school" TV movies / specials as they taught important lessons in teenage life. How they were known to raise the awareness level of society remains. Time has passed by and while the modern TV world has traded adolescent programming for reruns of FULL HOUSE, the videos are getting hard to find. I recommend this and other programs of this nature only to public schools and institutions (and I know I've seen plenty in my middle-high school days. The real deal movie junkies will leave this one alone, but if you're keeping track of who starred in what, do look for actress Jennifer Grey (DIRTY DANCING) in an early effort as a student.

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8 February 1984 (USA) See more »

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