April 19, 1980 (1980-04-19) – January 23, 1996 (1996-01-23)
CBS Schoolbreak Special is an American anthology series for teenagers that aired on CBS from April 1980 to January 1996. The series began under the title CBS Afternoon Playhouse, and was changed during the 1984 - 85 season. The concept was very similar to ABC's Afterschool Special.
Under its original name, the Afternoon Playhouse aired a handful of made-for-TV films, the most notable of which was the 1983 release of "Revenge of the Nerd" . The TV special was often mistaken for the film of a similar name which premiered one year later in 1984.
The story of Geraldine Oxley, a cognitively deficent 12 year-old girl whose parents remove her from the institution where she's been raised in order to give her a normal-as-possible home life. Christopher Collet (Sleepaway Camp, Firstborn, Right to Kill?) stars as her older brother.
The true story of high-school hockey-coach Bob Anastas. After losing two of his finest players (including William Zabka of The Karate Kid fame) to alcohol-related car crashes, Anastas gets their teammates — and the players' families — to prevent more tragedies by forming Students Against Driving Drunk. Co-starring Nicky Katt (cousin of William), Timothy Gibbs, and Don Dubbins (from the movie The D.I.).
The Exchange Student
Teenager from India comes to the US to live with her American 'sister'.
The Day the Senior Class Got Married
Students are paired off in a make-believe marriage class, so they can learn how money problems can affect a marriage. Based on the novel by Gloria D. Miklowitz.
Racial discrimination is examined when a high-school teacher assigns his students to play "The Color Game", thus dividing the youngsters into different social classes. Based on the same-titled novel by Gloria D. Miklowitz; co-starring Marcelino Sanchez.
Spouses' conflicting opinions on nuclear weapons-policy jeopardize not only the husband (Martin Sheen)'s impending business deal, but their relationships with each other and their kids. Co-starring Lukas Haas and Amy Green.
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book
Uncomfortable with racist language in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", a high school student and his parents attempt to get the book removed from the school's library. Starring Jonathan Crombie of Anne of Green Gables fame. Special appearance by Anne Meara.
What If I'm Gay?
The popular and macho captain of his high-school soccer team is forced to confront his homosexuality, after his buddies discover a male-pornography magazine in his bedroom. Co-starring a pre-Beverly Hills, 90210Gabrielle Carteris.
Not to be confused with the Paul Verhoeven movie of the same title. Seeking the respect of his star athlete-father, teenage computer-wiz Joey (Peter Billingsley) uses steroids to make his high school track and field team...and to win Heidi (Nicole Eggert), the class knockout, as his girlfriend. But soon those "roids" take their toll, both on Joey's social life and on his scholastic status...and, ultimately, on his body as well. Co-starring Adrienne Barbeau (as Joey's mom), Vince Vaughn (a frequent collaborator with Billingsley, as his best friend) and football great Lyle Alzado (a real-life steroid victim, who died two years later). Co-scripted and directed by Joanna Lee (she was "Tanna the Alien" in the cult classic Plan 9 From Outer Space), with a music score by TV host John Tesh.
After a woman announces plans to move their family to another state, her 16-year-old daughter (Tammy Lauren) - the title character - seeks legal emancipation so she won't have to leave the school and friends she's had for so many years. Ultimately, Lizzie gets what she fought for...but wins much more than she counted on.
Two youngsters cry censorship when their school demands that they edit out "inappropriate" portions of their student film. Co-starring Steve Guttenberg (who also directed) and John Savage.
Big Boys Don't Cry
High-school wrestler Tony suspects - correctly - that his younger brother is being molested by their uncle Paul (Robert Pine of CHiPs fame). For Tony, this causes painful memories of his own sexual abuse as a child by Paul...which all but destroys Tony's life, when his parents refuse to believe him and his wrestling coach doesn't care. Co-starring Mario Lopez as a fellow wrestler (and the only person who's sympathetic to Tony's plight).
Crosses on the Lawn
A community begins to take sides when an affirmative action program is introduced.
Season 11 (October 12, 1993 - April 12, 1994)
Three teens (one portrayed by Peter Billingsley) are arrested for defacing a Jewish temple. The indomitable rabbi (Hal Linden) - who prides himself on never writing anybody off, and on never blowing his cool (except, he admits, when the Mets lose) - persuades the judge (Steven Gilborn) to give the boys 25 hours of Holocaust/Judaism "Tolerance" education...which the rabbi himself will teach. Based on a true story.
My Summer as a Girl
Desperate for a summer job, a teenage boy masquerades as a girl (a la Tootsie) to land a chambermaid job at a swanky hotel.
What About Your Friends
A unique look at the senior year successes - and failures - of three high school girlfriends (one of them portrayed by Lark Voorhies of Saved By the Bell fame) as they prepare for college.
Kids Killing Kids
Four separate stories are dramatized showing the tragic consequences when teens use guns to solve their problems, and how they can solve the same problem without guns.