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Series cast summary:
David Muir ...  Himself - Co-Host / ... 134 episodes, 2013-2018
Elizabeth Vargas ...  Herself - Co-Hostess / ... 134 episodes, 1999-2018
Barbara Walters ...  Herself - Host / ... 67 episodes, 1984-2017
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Among the most recognized and revered television newsmagazines, "20/20" was ABC's answer to CBS's "60 Minutes." Though some stories were humorous, light-hearted and sometimes frivolous features, the meat of "20/20's" programming was investigative reporting many times exposing corporate, medical, educational and governmental wrongdoing, incompetence and criminal negligence and reports on news events of the week from (often) different angles than was seen on the nightly news. Oftentimes, co-host Walters interviewed a prominent celebrity, politician or other newsmaker (among her most famous interviews included her fearless interview of feared Libyan dictator Muhammar Qaddafi; and her inspirational story of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was interviewed shortly after the Persian Gulf War had ended). The show's regular cast of contributors filed the reports, with the most prolific including John Stossel (who once had his nose broken while interviewing a World Wrestling Federation wrestler), ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Official Sites:

ABC News

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USA

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English

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6 June 1978 (USA) See more »

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ABC News 20/20 See more »

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In 1998, ABC News combined 20/20 (1978), with Primetime (1989) to compete with Dateline NBC (1992) which aired four days a week, then. The newest programs were titled "20/20 Monday", "20/20 Wednesday", "20/20 Friday", "20/20 Sunday", and Downtown (1999). (So there would be a program, would televise daily through out the seven day week. In 2000, ABC News returned 20/20 (1978) and Primetime (1989) to their previous hours. ABC kept its newest creation, Downtown (1999), as a spin-off, of 20/20 (1978). See more »

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Hugh Downs - Co-Anchor: I'm Hugh Downs
Barbara Walters - Correspondent: And I'm Barbara Walters and this is 20/20.
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The best one hour TV news program in TV history!
12 December 2006 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Over the years, when I can it has always been a tradition to watch "20/20" on ABC Friday nights at 10PM. This one hour news program has always been the most informative, and it features stories that touch your life, and the segments are often about the average American citizen just like you or me. Many of the stories aired are often controversial involving the law and crime, plus many reports are educational about your health and sex life and even sometimes they have celebrity reporting, but overall this program sticks to everyday common reporting. Plus the hosts, and reporting have always made this show A+ material, it was always great with legends Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs, now the torch has rightfully been passed to the fact finder John Stossel and the flashy Elizabeth Vargas. The myths, lies, and stupidity segments of Stossel's are just great, I love the way he proves the media powers and so-called experts wrong by his research and common wisdom. Overall "20/20" is a TV news legend that should continue to last many years more with great reporting like it always has.


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