ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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Daddy, I'm Their Mama Now 

12-year-old girl assumes responsibility for her two little brothers, after the passing of their mother.


Jeff Bleckner


Betsy Byars (novel), Durrell Royce Crays


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Episode cast overview:
Mallie Jackson Mallie Jackson ... Retta Rollins
Trey Wilson ... Shorty Rollins
Betty Beaird Betty Beaird ... Brenadelle
Jason Lively ... Johnny Rollins
Jason Hervey ... Roy Rollins
Eric Taslitz Eric Taslitz ... Arthur
Ted Gehring ... Colonel
Daryn Sipes Daryn Sipes ... Girl
Daniel Selby


12-year-old girl assumes responsibility for her two little brothers, after the passing of their mother.

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3 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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The Night Swimmers See more »

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Awww! Look how cute little Jason Hervey was! Decent After School Special
12 July 2005 | by mamamiasweetpeachesSee all my reviews

I saw this recently because I have the AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL box set. It is about a man who is a second rate Country Western singer. His wife died recently. He has three children, all named after Country singers (Loretta, Johnny and Roy). The girl, "Retta" is now a Mom figure for the boys. Sure enough they're all "Why don't you just mind your own business and leave us alone?" not realizing that watching them IS her business. Of course cooking, cleaning and chasing two boys around is no picnic, especially for a twelve year old girl who has a lot on her plate and no time for friends and a childhood of her own. The casting here is great. Remember the older obnoxious brother on THE WONDER YEARS (Jason Hervey)? He's a sweet little boy chomping down on peanut butter and banana sandwiches in this! And the older brother is Jason Lively from European VACATION and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS! He's the older brother who tip toes about trying to have his own adventures. This movie has two titles. One is DADDY I'M THEIR MOMMA NOW and the other is THE NIGHT SWIMMERS, because the kids like to sneak into a neighbor's yard and swim in his pool at night and live the life of luxury. While they swim Dad is at the local Honky Tonk playing the only two songs he knows: both about being widowed! (About the third time he launches into his schtick about his "poor wife dying...Thank God I still got my kids" his whole band, including a put-upon spinster girlfriend, look like they're ready to just get up and quit! At the end (after an accident I won't give away here) Dad realizes that the kids need a little more attention and a little more time just being kids. Good but not great.

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