ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
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The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody 

Joanna Peabody is granted 7 wishes by "Aunt Thelma", a wise fairy-godmother who appears on Joanna's TV screen. Joanna squanders a few wishes before she learns the value of sharing.

Director:

Stephen H. Foreman (as Stephen Foreman)

Writers:

Stephen H. Foreman (as Stephen Foreman), Genevieve Gray (book)
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Episode cast overview:
Butterfly McQueen ... Aunt Thelma
Star-Shemah Bobatoon Star-Shemah Bobatoon ... Joanna Peabody (as Star-Shemah)
Garrett Morris ... Frank
Starletta DuPois ... Mother
Rhetta Greene Rhetta Greene ... Duvelle (as Loretta Greene)
Angelo Hunter Angelo Hunter ... Bubba
Deborah Malone Deborah Malone ... Malta June
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... Mrs. Mulberry (as Sandra Phillips)
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Joanna Peabody is granted 7 wishes by "Aunt Thelma", a wise fairy-godmother who appears on Joanna's TV screen. Joanna squanders a few wishes before she learns the value of sharing.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color
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An ignored children's classic
27 November 2008 | by jcravens42See all my reviews

One of my favorite ABC Afterschool Specials of all time, there is so much that makes this production sparkle. The wonderful story by Stephen H. Foreman does something that was very rare at this time: it made a television magical (whatever happened to this writer?). Butterfly McQueen is a delight to watch (and listen to!) in a role that she was made for. As a kid, I identified a lot with the character of Joanna Peabody, and marveled at the idea of having those seven wishes -- this episode stuck with me for months.

This is a production that Rod Serling would have been proud of, with both fantastic/supernatural elements and a very important moral message, all presented in a fun, entertaining way. Why "The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody" hasn't become a classic on TV and shown regularly, I just don't understand.


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