Stop Ruining My Childhood!

ABC Afterschool Specials… and Capri Sun

September 22, 2022

ABC Afterschool Special was a television anthology series that aired on ABC from1972, to 1997. Younger Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and even "Elder" Millennials might remember coming home to these very special programs created for teens. 

First, we revisit an afterschool drink, Capri Sun! We learn about the origins of the foil-pouched drink and then dive into the fascinating history of the Afterschool Special, which started on ABC and was quickly replicated by CBS and NBC in a fight for teenage viewers!

Steve recalls thinking the specials were ridiculous, Megan remembers everyone in middle school talking about them, and then we recap "Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy" and "It's No Crush, I'm in Love."

Did we love the shows? Did we hate them? Did we think the entire concept was ridiculous? Tune in to find out!


Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions related to drugs, alcohol, abuse, and sexual assault. If these are topics you'd rather not hear discussed, please skip this one and tune in next week. 


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