History Series / AfterschoolSpecial

7th Apr '16 12:26:42 PM twilicorn
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* FunWithAcronyms: One special was about a girl whose boyfriend has a venereal disease. Its title was ''A Very Delicate Matter''. Website/PlatypusComix also suggested the alternate title ''A Super Totally Delicate Matter''.
28th Feb '16 1:37:31 PM MasoTey
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* HarmfulToHitchhikers: A 1983 ''ABC Afterschool Special'' called "Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy" was about a girl dealing with the aftermath of being raped while hitchhiking.
2nd Feb '16 4:21:59 PM MarchVee
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* [=AIDS=]: Unlike in sitcoms where it was TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed, several Afterschool Specials were very frank about the effects of AIDS on teen-agers.
2nd Feb '16 4:20:45 PM MarchVee
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* {{AIDS}}: Unlike in sitcoms where it was TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed, several Afterschool Specials were very frank about the effects of AIDS on teen-agers.

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* {{AIDS}}: [=AIDS=]: Unlike in sitcoms where it was TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed, several Afterschool Specials were very frank about the effects of AIDS on teen-agers.
14th Jan '16 6:52:15 AM Homemaderat
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Creator/{{ABC}} coined the phrase when it aired its first special -- Creator/HannaBarbera's "Last of the Curlews", a program about animal extinction -- in the fall of 1972. Roughly four to six specials aired per season during the school year (roughly, September to May), with repeats of previous seasons' specials providing additional airings. The last original ''Afterschool Special'' aired in 1997. The specials would pre-empt local programming (or, in the 1970s through mid-1980s, the regular network schedule when game shows still aired in mid-to-late afternoon).

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Creator/{{ABC}} coined the phrase when it aired its first special -- Creator/HannaBarbera's "Last of the Curlews", "WesternAnimation/TheLastOfTheCurlews", a program about animal extinction -- in the fall of 1972. Roughly four to six specials aired per season during the school year (roughly, September to May), with repeats of previous seasons' specials providing additional airings. The last original ''Afterschool Special'' aired in 1997. The specials would pre-empt local programming (or, in the 1970s through mid-1980s, the regular network schedule when game shows still aired in mid-to-late afternoon).
7th Dec '15 10:58:47 AM twilicorn
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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: ''Amy and the Angel'', with the twist being that [[spoiler:the Clarence had killed himself and was forced to roam the earth for years after, before being given a second chance.]]
15th Nov '15 10:00:42 AM bwburke94
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* {{AIDS}}: Unlike many sitcoms where it was TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed, several Afterschool Specials were very frank about the effects of AIDS on teen-agers.

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* {{AIDS}}: Unlike many in sitcoms where it was TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed, several Afterschool Specials were very frank about the effects of AIDS on teen-agers.



* DeathRow: A 1984 ''CBS Schoolbreak Special'' titled: "Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story," the true story of a death row inmate who went on a crime spree that ended with the murder of a pawn shop owner in view of his daughters. Evans agreed to be interviewed, with his comments providing a strong message to teen-agers about making good choices, choosing good people as friends and staying away from drugs. Evans was executed in the electric chair just days after his interview was recorded, with a re-enactment shown in the closing moments of the special.

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* DeathRow: A 1984 ''CBS Schoolbreak Special'' titled: "Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story," the true story of a death row inmate who went on a crime spree that ended with the murder of a pawn shop owner in view of his daughters. Evans agreed to be interviewed, with his comments providing a strong message to teen-agers teenagers about making good choices, choosing good people as friends and staying away from drugs. Evans was executed in the electric chair just days after his interview was recorded, with a re-enactment shown in the closing moments of the special.



* SwappedRoles: Usually involving people of different generations, the goal (as always) being both sides getting a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the other.



* SwappedRoles: Usually involving people of different generations, the goal (as always) being both sides getting a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the other.
13th May '15 5:25:10 AM IlGreven
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The success of the ''Afterschool Special'' led Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{NBC}} to air their own "afterschool specials." CBS began its own ''Schoolbreak Special'' in 1980 and continued until 1996, while NBC presented its own ''Special Treat'' from 1975 to 1986. In addition to its own ''Afterschool Special'', ABC aired a ''Weekend Special'' from 1977 to 1997, although these were far less heavy-handed and tended to be adaptations of children's stories.

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The success of the ''Afterschool Special'' led Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{NBC}} to air their own "afterschool specials." CBS began its own ''Schoolbreak Special'' in 1980 and continued until 1996, while NBC presented its own ''Special Treat'' from 1975 to 1986. In addition to its own ''Afterschool Special'', ABC aired a ''Weekend Special'' from 1977 to 1997, although these were far less heavy-handed and tended to be adaptations of children's stories.
stories. That series got its own mascot, Cap'n O.G. Readmore, a cat in a ship captain's outfit that encouraged kids to read.
9th Dec '14 6:09:27 AM Briguy52748
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* MissingMom[=] =] DisappearedDad: Several, including one where a non-custodial mother kidnaps her children and brainwashes them into believing their dad had died in a car accident. Another involved a young teen-ager who raised her younger siblings after both parents had died.

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* MissingMom[=] =] MissingMom and DisappearedDad: Several, including one where a non-custodial mother kidnaps her children and brainwashes them into believing their dad had died in a car accident. Another involved a young teen-ager who raised her younger siblings after both parents had died.
3rd Dec '14 5:59:18 PM dexterian120
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