The ABC Afterschool Special

The ABC Afterschool Special is an American television anthology series that aired 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.

Show Info

Airs on: United States ABC (1972 - 1997)
Schedule: Thursdays at 17:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama Comedy Adventure

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Previous Episode

Miracle at Trapper Creek

Episode 25x04; Jul 1, 1997

Underprivileged and troubled teens join the Trapper Creek Jobs Corp in Montana to learn a trade, work in the wilderness and achieve a solid work ethic.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
25x04: Miracle at Trapper CreekJul 1, 1997
24x02: Me and My HormonesOct 24, 1996
24x01: Too Soon for JeffSep 12, 1996
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