After school special

The American Broadcasting Company coined the term after school special in 1972[1] with a series of television films, usually dealing with controversial or socially relevant issues, that were generally broadcast in the late afternoon and meant to be viewed by school-age children, particularly teenagers.[2] The specials were generally broadcast four to six times during the school year, pre-empting local programming that would usually follow the network schedule in the late afternoon hours.

DVD release for Martin Tahse's After School Specials from 1979 to 1980


CBS distributed its own productions as the CBS Afternoon Playhouse (later known as CBS Schoolbreak Special). It also had a program called Famous Classic Tales, which aired Australian cartoons that were adapted from literature books (similar to Family Classic Tales). NBC had afterschool programs under the umbrella title Special Treat. ABC had the ABC Afterschool Special; similar programs included The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie and the ABC Weekend Special.


The cult TV show Strangers with Candy and its 2005 feature film adaptation, featuring Amy Sedaris as a fortysomething ex-con prostitute junkie, spoofs afterschool special conventions.[3]

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  1. ^ "Retroland | ABC Afterschool Special". Retroland, Inc. 2004-07-16. Archived from the original on 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
  2. ^ Traumatic Episodes: A History of the ABC Afterschool Special | Mental Floss
  3. ^ Strangers With Candy|AV Club

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