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The ABC Afterschool Special is an American television anthology series that aired on ABC from 1972 to 1997, usually in the late afternoon on week days. Most episodes were dramatically presented situations, often controversial, of interest to children and teenagers. Several episodes were either in animated form or presented as documentaries. Topics included illiteracy, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. The series won 51 Daytime Emmy Awards during its 25-year run.

In 2004 and 2005, BCI Eclipse and Sunset Home Visual Entertainment issued six DVD collections of episodes from the series that had been produced by Martin Tahse, each collection containing four episodes. A boxed set, in the shape of a school bus, was also released containing all of the DVD releases, with a detailed information booklet of all the specials on the set and including an extra DVD of two specials that had previously not been released on DVD. The DVDs are currently out of print.

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Series Cast

  1. Lance Kerwin as Ezzie, Buzz, Adam Rush, and Peter Finley

    Lance Kerwin

    Ezzie, Buzz, Adam Rush, Peter Finley

    4 Episodes

  2. Vicky Dawson as Jen, Laura, and Lisa

    Vicky Dawson

    Jen, Laura, Lisa

    3 Episodes

  3. Stephen Keep Mills

    Michael Skinner, Mr. Eller

    3 Episodes

  4. Sparky Marcus

    Young Tuck, Tootie

    2 Episodes

  5. Eric Scott as David and Eric

    Eric Scott

    David, Eric

    2 Episodes

  6. Ike Eisenmann as Joey Grant and Larry (voice)

    Ike Eisenmann

    Joey Grant, Larry (voice)

    2 Episodes

  7. Jennifer Grey as Laura Eller and Carol Schwartz

    Jennifer Grey

    Laura Eller, Carol Schwartz

    2 Episodes

  8. Mara Hobel

    Rose Ann Ginetti, Vanessa

    2 Episodes

  9. Kim Richards as Minnow and Missey

    Kim Richards

    Minnow, Missey

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 24

1996 | 2 Episodes

Season 24 of ABC Afterschool Special premiered on September 12, 1996.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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