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The Best Episodes of ABC Afterschool Special

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ABC Afterschool Special featured stories about tough topics and family issues in an entertaining format. The best episodes of ABC Afterschool Special follow kids dealing with everything from bullying to divorcing parents. Some good episodes of ABC Afterschool Special even feature actors and actresses like Joaquin Phoenix and Jodie Foster before they were famous.

What are the best episodes of ABC Afterschool Special? The very first episode from 1972, “Last of the Curlews,” found a father and son discussing the ethics of hunting an Eskimo curlew. “Rookie of the Year,” starring Jodie Foster, followed a girl joining her brother's all male baseball team.

“The Bridge of Adam Rush” is another good episode from ABC Afterschool Special as is “Me & Dad's New Wife,” which features a 12-year-old girl dealing with her new stepmother.

Do you have a favorite ABC Afterschool Special episode? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

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  • The Woman Who Willed a Miracle1
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    The Woman Who Willed a Miracle

    Feb 09 1983
    The Woman Who Willed a Miracle, is an ABC Afterschool Special starring Cloris Leachman, M....  more
  • Last of the Curlews2
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    Last of the Curlews

    Oct 04 1972

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number1

  • Follow the North Star3
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    Follow the North Star

    Nov 01 1972

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number2

  • Santiago's Ark4
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    Santiago's Ark

    Dec 06 1972

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number3

  • William5
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    William

    Jan 03 1973

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number4

  • The Incredible, Indelible Magical, Physical Mystery Trip6
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    The Incredible, Indelible Magical, Physical Mystery Trip

    Feb 07 1973

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number5

  • Alexander7
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    Alexander

    Apr 04 1973

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 1

    Episode Number6

  • Rookie of the Year8
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    Rookie of the Year

    Oct 03 1973

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number1

  • My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel9
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    My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel

    Nov 28 1973

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number2

    Divorce, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The youngster - whose father has been...
  • Pssst! Hammerman's After You10
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    Pssst! Hammerman's After You

    Jan 16 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number3

    A small-for-his-age sixth-grade student and his wild attempts to flee a bully after word gets...
  • Cyrano11
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    Cyrano

    Mar 06 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number4

  • The Runaways12
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    The Runaways

    Mar 27 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number5

  • The Magical Mystery Trip Through Little Red's Head13
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    The Magical Mystery Trip Through Little Red's Head

    May 15 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number6

  • The Crazy Comedy Concert14
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    The Crazy Comedy Concert

    Jun 05 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 2

    Episode Number7

  • Sara's Summer of the Swans15
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    Sara's Summer of the Swans

    Oct 02 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number1

  • The Bridge of Adam Rush16
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    The Bridge of Adam Rush

    Oct 23 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number2

  • Winning and Losing: Diary of a Campaign17
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    Winning and Losing: Diary of a Campaign

    Nov 06 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number3

  • The Toothpaste Millionaire18
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    The Toothpaste Millionaire

    Nov 27 1974

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number4

  • The Skating Rink19
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    The Skating Rink

    Feb 05 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number5

  • Santiago's America20
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    Santiago's America

    Feb 19 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number6

  • The Secret Life of T.K. Dearing21
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    The Secret Life of T.K. Dearing

    Apr 27 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 3

    Episode Number7

  • It Must Be Love ('Cause I Feel So Dumb)22
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    It Must Be Love ('Cause I Feel So Dumb)

    Oct 08 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 4

    Episode Number1

  • The Fawn Story23
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    The Fawn Story

    Oct 22 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 4

    Episode Number2

    Fawn Story is a 1975 episode of the ABC Afterschool Special, directed by Larry Elikann....  more
  • The Shaman's Last Raid24
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    The Shaman's Last Raid

    Nov 19 1975

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 4

    Episode Number3

  • The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon25
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    The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon

    Feb 04 1976

    SeasonThe ABC Afterschool Special - Season 4

    Episode Number4

    This cute story centers around an insecure 6th grader, Duffy Moon (played by Ike Eisenmann),...