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Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  25
Camera setup  Single-camera
Final episode date  1 July 1997
Number of episodes  154
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Genre  Anthology
Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  154
First episode date  14 October 1972
Number of seasons  25
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Network  American Broadcasting Company
Cast  Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Jorja Fox, Philip Bosco, Uta Hagen
Similar  CBS Schoolbreak Special, ABC Weekend Special, Fantasy Island, American Playhouse, Lifestories: Families in Crisis

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The ABC Afterschool Special is an American television anthology series that aired on ABC from October 14, 1972 to July 1, 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.


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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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In 1993, TV Guide named the series the best kids' show of the 1980s.

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