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ABC Weekend Specials
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Genre Saturday morning anthology
Starring Cap'n O. G. Readmore
Theme music composer Tommy Leonetti (1977–90)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 17
No. of episodes 132
Production
Running time 30 min.
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10) – August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
Chronology
Related shows

ABC Weekend Special is a weekly 30-minute American television anthology series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997. It featured a wide variety of stories that were both live-action and animated. Similar to both the ABC Afterschool Special and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie that had started five years previous, the ABC Weekend Special differed in that it was primarily aimed at younger viewers following ABC's Saturday-morning cartoon lineup, whereas the ABC Afterschool Special was known for its somewhat more serious, and often dramatic storylines dealing with issues concerning a slightly older teen and pre-teen audience. With the debut of the ABC Weekend Special, some of the early ABC Afterschool Specials that had been targeted towards younger viewers were subsequently repackaged and re-run instead as ABC Weekend Specials.

Presenters/Hosts[edit]

1979–1981: Michael Young served as host of the series for two seasons.

1981–1984: Willie Tyler and his puppet Lester took over as the new hosts of the series, appearing in an opening segment introducing that week's episode as well as an ending segment wrapping up the show and often recommending the book that that week's episode had been based on.

1984–1989: The puppet character Cap'n O.G. Readmore took over as host of the series, along with Jon "Bowzer" Bauman. The character also starred in five animated episodes of the show, as well appearing in animated Saturday morning PSAs encouraging children to "read more".

Title sequence[edit]

During the series' tenure on Saturday Mornings, ABC Weekend Specials had three main opening title sequence packages, all of which included storybook/literary elements and characters in varying forms.


January 29, 1977–August 1990
The Pop-Up Book

The original opening, designed and animated by Rick Reinert Studios, consisted of a stack of books on a library desk accompanied by a rhythmic disco theme tune in the background. A larger book in the middle of the display (with the show's title printed on the cover) magically opens, with the ABC logo printed on the first page. Various figures from literature and intertitles pop up from out of the book. The intertitles read Children's Novels for Television and Short Story Specials respectively. The series title "blossoms" into view at the end of the intro.

This was the longest running umbrella sequence in the show's broadcast history.


September 1990–September 1994
Reading is Magic

With a new decade comes a new visual sequence and theme song. For this package, Weekend Specials combined computer animation with live action elements as neighborhood kids discover the wonders of reading with a turn of a page and a little bit of magic. When the enchanted books are open, the readers become part of the story... from cowboys to undersea explorers to cave kids. One of the books (with the series title printed on the cover) magically grows and flips open, with Cap'n O.G. Readmore ushering the readers for fun and adventure.

This opener was animated by San Diego-based American Film Technologies, with key animation by comic book artist Terrie Smith.


September 1994–August 30, 1997
Adventures in Reading

During the mid-1990s, the graphics package was again updated. This CGI opener takes place back at the library, where we pan through a row of books. The camera stops at a book with the ABC Circle signature printed on the side. The logo then magically pops out and grows arms and legs and leaps to a book on a nearby desk. It opens the book and dives into an array of worlds and universes inhabited by letters! The Circle figure fights off combatants at a medieval castle, swings a vine in the jungle and flies through the solar system in its spacecraft. The Circle figure ends its journey on the front cover of a book with the show's title beside it.


Closing Credits

The closing sequence varied over the years. In the '70s and '80s, a short version of the theme played as a bookmark floats into view, gently landing in the closing Pop-Up Book. An intertitle fades in: Recommended by the National Education Association. The latter title was used until c. 1983.

List of episodes[edit]

Listed by original airdate, however many of the episodes were put into heavy rotation, continuing to air in reruns for years after their original airdate.

Short Story Specials (1977)[edit]

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
1 Valentine's Second Chance 1977.Jan.29 ABC Circle Films A safecracker (Ken Berry) receives a second chance at freedom when he risks arrest to open a time-locked safe to save the life of a young boy named Joe Willie (Sean Marshall).
2 The Haunted Trailer 1977.Mar.26 ABC Circle Films Sharon (Lauren Tewes) and Mickey (Monie Ellis) are teenage sisters who discover that their motor home is haunted by four pesky male ghosts and join forces in their efforts to rid their home of the unwanted guests.
3 My Dear Uncle Sherlock 1977.Apr.16 ABC Circle Films A 12-year-old amateur sleuth (Robbie Rist) teams with his detective uncle (Royal Dano) to find the culprit who robbed a wealthy old recluse.
4 Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine 1977.Apr.30 ABC Circle Films Homer, a mechanically-inclined young boy (Michael LeClair), invents an automatic doughnut making machine to help save his uncle's (David Doyle) faltering coffee shop.

Season 1 (1977–1978)[edit]

14 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
5 The Winged Colt 1977.Sep.10 ABC Circle Films Uncle Coot, a former movie stuntman and ranch owner (Slim Pickens) and his nephew Charles (Ike Eisenmann) become the owners of a colt born with wings.
6 1977.Sep.17 Uncle Coot refuses to believe the colt can fly, but Charles is convinced that it will.
7 1977.Sep.24 When the winged colt disappears again, Charles goes in pursuit and runs into an old hermit (Keenan Wynn) who claims he has seen Comet fly.
8 The Ransom of Red Chief 1977.Oct.22 ABC Circle Films Two inept con men (Jack Elam and Strother Martin) kidnap a financier's son – a mischievous boy who calls himself Red Chief (Patrick Petersen) – and request a large ransom for his return, but the boy turns the tables on his captors.
9 Portrait of Grandpa Doc 1977.Nov.05 Phoenix Films A young artist (Bruce Davison) prepares a tribute to his loving grandfather (Melvyn Douglas), a man who encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
10 Trouble River 1977.Nov.12 Martin Tahse Productions
11 1977.Nov.19
12 Tales of the Nunundaga 1977.Nov.26 20th Century Fox
13 1977.Dec.03
14 The Escape of a One-Ton Pet 1978.Jan.07 Tomorrow Entertainment
15 1978.Jan.14
16 1978.Jan.21
17 Soup and Me 1978.Feb.04 ABC Circle Films The misadventures of two friends, Soup (Christian Berrigan) and Rob (Shane Sinutko) during one October day: skinny dipping in a chilly pond, dressing up as girls to avoid a bully and destroying a Halloween party with an out-of-control baby carriage carrying a giant pumpkin.
18 The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy 1978.May.06 Ruby-Spears Petey the puppy (voiced by Todd Turquand) goes through a series of harrowing adventures as he sets out to the city to adopt a boy of his own.

Season 2 (1978–1979)[edit]

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
19 The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody 1978.Sep.09 Learning Corporation of America Joanna Peabody (Star-Shemah) is granted seven wishes by Aunt Thelma, a wise fairy-godmother (Butterfly McQueen) who appears on Joanna's TV screen. Joanna squanders a few wishes before she learns the value of sharing.
20 The Contest Kid and the Big Prize 1978.Sep.16 ABC Circle Films Harvey Small, a 12-year-old boy (Patrick Petersen) enters a contest and wins first prize: the services of a butler named Hawkins (John Williams) for one month.
21 If I'm Lost, How Come I Found You? 1978.Sep.30 ABC Circle Films
22 1978.Oct.07
23 The $1000 Bill 1978.Oct.28 ABC Circle Films An insecure insurance salesman (Donny Most) asserts his independence by telling off his boss and quitting his job when he finds a large sum of cash and later discovers he possesses counterfeit one thousand dollar bills.
24 Little Lulu 1978.Nov.04 ABC Circle Films Little Lulu (Lauri Hendler), the mischievous little girl with big goals, and her girlfriends crusade for women's rights when the boys object to the fact that their summer camp, Whackadoo, has become co-ed.
25 Soup for President 1978.Nov.18 ABC Circle Films Soup (Christian Berrigan) runs for school president against Janice Riker (Mary Margaret Patts), the toughest kid in school.
26 Weep No More, My Lady 1979.Feb.10 Ruby-Spears Skeeter (voiced by Jeremy Lawrence), a young Mississippi boy, adopts a courageous dog named My Lady and together they challenge the dangers of a scary swamp when they are both held prisoner by a vengeful man.
27 The Horse That Played Centerfield 1979.Feb.24 Ruby-Spears The N.Y. Goats baseball team haven't won a game yet, but manager Casey Balloo (voiced by John Erwin) has a brainstorm – he sends in Oscar, a horse who is very good at catching oranges – to catch flys in center field and figures that the team's playing will improve. Oscar manages to lead the Goats to victory.
28 1979.Mar.03 With Oscar as a permanent team member, the Goats make it to the World Series. When the Goats win the first three games, Oscar is suddenly "horsenapped" and everyone sets out on a wild hunt to rescue him before the series is lost.
29 The Baby with Four Fathers 1979.Mar.31 D'Angelo/Bullock/Allen Productions In 1946 New York City, four 11-year-old boys (Al Billera, Patrick Piccininni, Albert Ferrara, Eric Gurry) encounter problems when they find an abandoned baby girl and decide to "adopt" her.
30 The Puppy's Great Adventure 1979.May.12 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Bryan Scott) is determined to prove he is an individual when his new owner is adopted by parents who don't like dogs.

Season 3 (1979–1980)[edit]

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
31 The Big Hex of Little Lulu 1979.Sep.15 ABC Circle Films Little Lulu (Lauri Hendler) uses a fortune teller, pickle ice cream and her active imagination in a scheme to convince her friend Tubby (Kevin King Cooper) to donate money for uniforms for the neighborhood hockey team.
32 The Contest Kid Strikes Again 1979.Sep.22 ABC Circle Films Harvey the contest kid (Patrick Petersen) wins a flock of chickens and uses them to help his friend Hawkins (Alan Napier) out of a financial predicament.
33 The Girl with ESP 1979.Oct.20 ABC Circle Films Laura Hoffman (Rachel Longaker), a seemingly average young girl, suddenly finds her world turned upside down when she discovers she can envision events a few minutes into the future.
34 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe 1979.Nov.03 ABC Circle Films The ghost of a 17th-century sorcerer gets 12-year-old James Harrison (Shane Sinutko) into trouble when the boy refuses to become his apprentice.
35 1979.Nov.10 Irish handyman Bert Ellison (Garrett O'Connor) volunteers to help James lure the ghost of Thomas Kempe back to its resting place.
36 The Incredible Detectives 1979.Nov.17 Ruby-Spears A trio of pets – Reggie, an English bulldog (voiced by Laurie Main); Madame Cheng, a Siamese cat (voiced by Marlene Aragon); and Hennessy, a black crow (voiced by Frank Welker) – join forces to rescue their kidnapped master.
37 The Revenge of Red Chief 1979.Dec.15 ABC Circle Films Two drifters (Jack Elam and Noah Beery Jr.) again face Red Chief (Patrick Petersen), the boy who enjoys being kidnapped, who becomes a part of their scheme to sell a fake rain-making machine to a drought-stricken town.
38 The Puppy's Amazing Rescue 1980.Jan.26 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Bryan Scott) and Dolly (voiced by Nancy McKeon) have to outwit poachers, a hungry bear and a hawk to rescue their humans from an avalanche while celebrating Tommy's birthday at his parents' mountain cabin.
39 The Gold Bug 1980.Feb.02 Highgate Pictures A young boy (Anthony Michael Hall) joins an ex-slave (Geoffrey Holder) and a treasure hunter (Roberts Blossom) in a wild search for Captain Kidd's buried gold.
40 1980.Feb.09 A young boy (Anthony Michael Hall) joins an ex-slave (Geoffrey Holder) and a treasure hunter (Roberts Blossom) in a wild search for Captain Kidd's buried gold.
41 The Trouble with Miss Switch 1980.Feb.16 Ruby-Spears Rupert Brown (voiced by Eric Taslitz) and Amelia Daley (voiced by Nancy McKeon) are classmates who discover that their substitute teacher, Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo), is a witch complete with a magical talking cat named Bathsheba (voiced by June Foray).
42 1980.Feb.23 Miss Switch and Bathsheba fly to Witch Mountain with Rupert and Amelia in their plan to stop the wicked witch Saturna (voiced by June Foray), who has condemned Miss Switch and taken control of the Witches' Council.

Season 4 (1980–1981)[edit]

8 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
43 Scruffy 1980.Oct.04 Ruby-Spears Scruffy (voiced by Nancy McKeon) is a lovable puppy struggling to survive in an unfamiliar world where she loses loved ones, battles fiendish foes and learns the value of loyal friends.
44 1980.Oct.11 Scruffy – frightened and freezing – returns alone to the big city and finds an affectionate new master, a ragged but regal Shakespearean street performer named Tibbles (voiced by Hans Conried).
45 1980.Oct.18 Scruffy meets a tough bulldog named Butch (voiced by Michael Bell) who takes her to join his family of strays who have set up a canine commune in an abandoned station wagon.
46 Arthur the Kid 1981.Jan.03 ABC Circle Films Three bumbling outlaws (Marvin Kaplan, Graham Jarvis, Charles Hyman) who advertise in the Medicine Bow Gazette for a "boss" have their careers redirected when a spunky 10-year-old named Arthur (Dennis Dimster) applies for the job.
47 Zack and the Magic Factory 1981.Jan.10 ABC Circle Films Two young people, Zack and Jenny (Jim Gatherum and Olivia Barash), combine their talents to operate a magic shop.
48 1981.Jan.17 Zack uses a little magic to save his aunt's (Jane Withers) magic-making factory from the wrecking ball.
49 Mayday! Mayday! 1981.Jan.24 ABC Circle Films Lou Parker (Don Fenwick) is forced to make a crash landing in the high Sierras in the small plane carrying his family. With Lou trapped in the wreckage and his wife Janice (Hersha Parady) immobilized by a broken leg, young Allison (Heather McAdam) and Mark Parker (Brad Savage) set out alone to find help.
50 1981.Jan.31 The prospects of rescue become increasingly dim as Allison and Mark struggle to elude a pack of wild dogs and encounter a rattlesnake ready to strike.

Season 5 (1981–1982)[edit]

6 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
51 The Puppy Saves the Circus 1981.Sep.12 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Sparky Marcus), after suffering a memory loss, finds fame as a performer which saves the fortunes of a struggling family circus.
52 The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 1981.Sep.19 ABC Circle Films A modern adaptation of the short story by Mark Twain about a young scoundrel (Billy Jacoby) who plots to win a frog jumping contest at all costs.
53 Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit 1982.Jan.09 Ruby-Spears After a family adopts an abandoned baby rabbit, Bunnicula, mysterious happenings lead the family cat Chester (voiced by Howard Morris) and dog Harold (voiced by Jack Carter) to suspect their new peer is a vampire.
54 Miss Switch to the Rescue 1982.Jan.16 Ruby-Spears When Amelia (voiced by Nancy McKeon) is kidnapped by Mordo the Warlock (voiced by Hans Conried), Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo) returns in the guise of a substitute teacher to help Rupert (voiced by Eric Taslitz) rescue his friend.
55 1982.Jan.23 Amelia and Rupert learn from Miss Switch's magic book that the real power behind this diabolical plot is the wicked witch Saturna (voiced by June Foray). As Saturna vows to get her revenge, Amelia begins to fade away and then vanishes – a disappearance Miss Switch knows will be permanent unless Amelia is rescued by nightfall.
56 The Joke's on Mr. Little 1982.Feb.06 ABC Circle Films An unusual teacher (Richard Sanders) uses a little creativity to out-trick an inventive pair of pranksters.

Season 6 (1983)[edit]

9 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
57 The Haunted Mansion Mystery (Part 1) 1983.Jan.08 Scholastic Productions A young girl, Angel Wilson, moves into an old mansion, the neighbor Billy (Christian Slater) helps her investigate a local legend that it is haunted.
58 The Haunted Mansion Mystery (Part 2) 1983.Jan.15 Scholastic Productions
59 The Red Room Riddle 1983.Feb.05 Hightide Two youngsters (Billy Jacoby and Nicholas Gilbert) are trapped in an eerie haunted mansion by a ghost (Christian Hoff) who tells them that to escape, they must solve the riddle of the red room.
60 Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless (Part 1) 1983.Feb.12 ABC Circle Films
61 Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless (Part 2) 1983.Feb.19 ABC Circle Films
62 All the Money in the World 1983.Mar.19 ABC Circle Films A 13-year-old boy (Nyles Harris) gets three wishes from a leprechaun (Dick Beals), and wishes for all the money in the world. He then learns about the real-life ramifications of such a wish.
63 The Secret World of Og (Part 1) 1983.Apr.30 Hanna-Barbera Australia Five young siblings – Penny, Pamela, Peter, Patsy and Pollywog (voiced by Marissa Mendenhall, Noelle North, Josh Rodine, Brittany Wilson and Julie McWhirter) – journey to the underground magical and mysterious world of Og inhabited by small green people.
64 The Secret World of Og (Part 2) 1983.May.07 Hanna-Barbera Australia The children and their pets continue their journey through Og. Penny and Pollywog are jailed by Og's little green town sheriff (voiced by Hamilton Camp).
65 The Secret World of Og (Part 3) 1983.May.14 Hanna-Barbera Australia The children attempt to escape in a straw boat from an angry mob of Og people.

Season 7 (1984)[edit]

9 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
66 Cougar! (Part 1) 1984.Jan.07 ABC Circle Films
67 Cougar! (Part 2) 1984.Jan.14 ABC Circle Films
68 Cougar! (Part 3) 1984.Jan.21 ABC Circle Films
69 The Dog Days of Arthur Cane (Part 1) 1984.Feb.18 Martin Tahse Productions A full moon and an amulet are responsible for the transformation of selfish teenager Arthur Cane (Ross Harris) into a shaggy dog.
70 The Dog Days of Arthur Cane (Part 2) 1984.Feb.25 Martin Tahse Productions Arthur, who has been transformed into a dog, gets a new outlook when he befriends a blind guitarist (John Scott Clough).
71 A Different Twist 1984.Mar.10 Scholastic Productions When movie star Phil Grey (Peter Gallagher) does a production of Oliver with boys only, 12-year-old Christi (Allison Smith) disguises herself as a boy to get into the show.
72 The Amazing Bunjee Venture (Part 1) 1984.Mar.24 Hanna-Barbera Australia Karen (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and Andy (voiced by Robbie Lee) are accidentally transported back to the year 100,000,000 B.C. in their father's time machine. Trapped in the age of dinosaurs, the kids confront surly cavemen and are also rescued from a pterodactyl by a lovable, orange-haired creature with an inflatable trunk named Bunjee (voiced by Frank Welker).
73 The Amazing Bunjee Venture (Part 2) 1984.Mar.31 Hanna-Barbera Australia Karen and Andy return back to the modern world with Bunjee, who is hardly ready for civilization and soon a couple of Bunjee eggs hatch into pure prehistoric pandemonium.
74 Bad Cat 1984.Apr.14 Ruby-Spears Bad Cat (voiced by Bart Braverman) is a lively cat who sets out to prove that a feline doesn't need to be tough to have class.

Season 8 (1984–1985)[edit]

8 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
75 Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost (Part 1) 1984.Dec.08 Brookfield Productions
76 Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost (Part 2) 1984.Dec.15 Brookfield Productions
77 The Bollo Caper 1985.Feb.02 Rick Reinert Productions Bollo (voiced by Michael Bell), a leopard brought to New York to be made into a fur coat, manages to escape to Washington to try to get Congress to declare him an endangered species.
78 The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf (Part 1) 1985.Feb.23 Scholastic Productions
79 The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf (Part 2) 1985.Mar.02 Scholastic Productions
80 The Return of the Bunjee (Part 1) 1985.Apr.06 Hanna-Barbera Australia
81 The Return of the Bunjee (Part 2) 1985.Apr.13 Hanna-Barbera Australia
82 The Velveteen Rabbit 1985.Apr.20 Hanna-Barbera Australia Robert (voiced by Josh Rodine) is convinced that his toy rabbit is real. When he contracts scarlet fever, the rabbit is considered the cause of the illness and ordered to be burned. He is saved from "death" by a fairy who turns him into a real live rabbit.

Season 9 (1985)[edit]

9 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
83 The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (Part 1) 1985.Sep.07 ABC Circle Films
84 The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (Part 2) 1985.Sep.14 ABC Circle Films
85 Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset 1985.Oct.05 Highgate Pictures Jeeter Mason (Kim Hauser) is a 10-year-old girl who possesses a magic moon rock (voiced by Nancy Walker) that speaks to her through a radio headset and allows her to use its powers to do anything.
86 Cap'n O.G. Readmore's Jack and the Beanstalk 1985.Oct.12 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy, Lickety Page and Dog-Eared – are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting in an alley next to the public library. When members of the Book Club start to poke fun at some of the characters from their favorite fairy tales, the bookshelves part and Cap'n O.G. is confiscated by those some characters. Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) challenges Cap'n O.G. to take his place in the story.
87 Pippi Longstocking (Part 1) 1985.Nov.02 ABC Circle Films
88 Pippi Longstocking (Part 2) 1985.Nov.09 ABC Circle Films
89 Columbus Circle 1985.Nov.23 Highgate Pictures Five children, members of the Columbus Circle Club, attempt to play a practical joke on a new, snobbish neighbor (Ron Parady).
90 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (Part 1) 1985.Nov.30 DIC Entertainment Teddy Ruxpin, the lovable Illiop (voiced by Phil Baron), leaves his home on the island of Rillonia with his best friend Grubby (voiced by Will Ryan) to follow an ancient map which leads him to find a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo.
91 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (Part 2) 1985.Dec.07 DIC Entertainment Teddy and Grubby get caught up in an adventure involving a prince, a princess and all kinds of villains as they search for a treasure.

Season 10 (1986)[edit]

9 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
92 Cap'n O.G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1986.Sep.13 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting on a rainy, eerie night. They select the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and when the book is opened, Lickety Page is kidnapped into the story and Cap'n O.G. follows to rescue him.
93 The Day the Kids Took Over (Part 1) 1986.Sep.20 Highgate Pictures Mayor Van Winkle (Lou Jacobi) awakens following a fall and discovers that children have taken over society.
94 The Day the Kids Took Over (Part 2) 1986.Sep.27 Highgate Pictures Mayor Van Winkle, who is now in a society where kids act like adults, learns an important lesson about the rights of children.
95 Liberty and the Littles (Part 1) 1986.Oct.18 DIC Entertainment Tom and Lucy Little (voiced by David Wagner and Bettina Bush) get involved in a dangerous adventure when they crash-land on Liberty Island.
96 Liberty and the Littles (Part 2) 1986.Oct.25 DIC Entertainment Tom and Lucy discover that their French ancestors, Les Petite Littles, are being persecuted by an evil general on Liberty Island.
97 Liberty and the Littles (Part 3) 1986.Nov.01 DIC Entertainment Pere Egalitaire (voiced by Jim Morgan) may be Tom and Lucy's only hope in convincing the French Littles that they are not demons.
98 The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Part 1) 1986.Nov.08 Churchill Films Keith Gridley (Philip Walker) is a lonely young boy who meets Ralph, a tiny talkative mouse (voiced by Evan Richards) with a fondness for Keith's toy motorcycle. Ralph and Keith become best friends and the daring little mouse has the time of his life riding his motorcycle.
99 The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Part 2) 1986.Nov.15 Churchill Films Keith comes down with a bad fever and, even though his mouse family warns him of dangers like owls, cats and traps, a brave little Ralph sets out on his motorcycle to find the medicine that will save his human friend.
100 Santabear's First Christmas 1986.Nov.22 Rabbit Ears Productions Santa Claus appoints a young bear as his helper in delivering toys to the animals in the forest, and he becomes known as Santabear. (Narrated by Kelly McGillis)

Season 11 (1988)[edit]

4 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
101 Cap'n O.G. Readmore Meets Red Riding Hood 1988.Apr.02 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting. Cap'n O.G. makes the mistake of underestimating the value of a good villain and ends up meeting Little Red Riding Hood as the new Big Bad Wolf.
102 Here Come the Littles (Part 1) 1988.Apr.23 DIC Entertainment
103 Here Come the Littles (Part 2) 1988.Apr.30 DIC Entertainment
104 Here Come the Littles (Part 3) 1988.May.07 DIC Entertainment

Season 12 (1988–1989)[edit]

5 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
105 Cap'n O.G. Readmore's Puss in Boots 1988.Sep.10 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) who regales his library friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy and Lickety Page – with the humorous and witty tale of his great-great-great-great-grandfather, the legendary Puss in Boots.
106 Runaway Ralph (Part 1) 1988.Oct.29 Churchill Films Ralph the Mouse (voiced by John Matthews) is grounded by his Uncle Lester for not sharing his toy motorcycle. Ralph decides to run away from home on his motorbike and comes to a summer camp for children where he befriends a lonely young boy named Garfield (Fred Savage).
107 Runaway Ralph (Part 2) 1988.Nov.05 Churchill Films Garfield is accused of stealing another camper's watch and Ralph, determined to clear his friend's name, speeds off on his motorcycle and confronts the real watch-snatcher: a mean – and hungry – tom cat!
108 P.J. Funnybunny 1989.Feb.04 Animation Cottage A floppy-eared, irrepressible young rabbit named P.J. Funnybunny (voiced by Danny Cooksey) and his animal buddies seek to become celebrities by making contact with creatures from outer space.
109 The Monster Bed 1989.Sep.09 Marvel Productions A young boy (voiced by Brandon Crane) is mysteriously transported to a spot under a monster's bed.

Season 13 (1991)[edit]

3 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
110 Ralph S. Mouse (Part 1) 1991.Feb.16 Churchill Films
111 Ralph S. Mouse (Part 2) 1991.Feb.23 Churchill Films
112 Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great 1991.Mar.23 Tashmoo Productions Sheila Tubman (Leah Foster) is a ten-year-old girl who attempts to overcome her two greatest fears – dogs and swimming – when her mother (Sherryl Simms-Foster) enrolls her in a summer camp.

Season 14 (1992)[edit]

3 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
113 McGee and Me!: The Big Lie 1992.Jan.25 Focus on the Family An 11-year-old boy named Nick Martin (Joseph Dammann) and his family move into his grandmother's house. In an effort to make friends, Nick tells lies about an old man's house which leads to bullies wrecking the house and Nick is forced to clean it up as punishment. His father helps him learn an important lesson about lying, elders, fear, speaking up and bullying.
114 Cap'n O.G. Readmore Meets Chicken Little 1992.Apr.18 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) reads the story of Chicken Little to his fellow feline friends at their Friday Night Book Club where they gather.
Note: This is the last of the five animated ABC Weekend Specials to feature Cap'n O.G. Readmore.
115 The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten 1992.May.02 ABC Entertainment The Kingdom Chums – Essie, Christopher, Marvelous Mose, Little Miriam and Little David (voiced by Debby Boone, Tony Orlando, Billy Preston, Marilyn McCoo and Frankie Valli) – teach young children the meaning of the Original Top Ten: the Ten Commandments!

Season 15 (1992–1993)[edit]

8 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
116 McGee and Me!: Take Me Out of the Ball Game 1992.Sep.12 Focus on the Family Nick Martin (Joseph Dammann) is on a baseball team, the Braves, coached by his father. It is important to them to win the game against their biggest rival, the Dodgers. And they think it is in the bag this year because of Thurman Miller, the teams biggest and best player.
117 Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream 1992.Oct.31 Hanna-Barbera A batch of monsters are shrunken to pocket size by a freak accident. Carrie Raven (voiced by Dina Sherman), a horror author's daughter, finds the good monsters and together they battle the puny bad monsters, who have learned to grow temporarily when they hear a movie monster actress's scream.
118 Stanley and the Dinosaurs 1992.Nov.07 Churchill Films Stanley (voiced by Corey Burton) is a boy who dreams of times long past. While on a field trip at the museum, Stanley's mind travels to an alternative stone age where dinosaurs and cavemen roam.
119 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King (Part 1) 1992.Dec.12 Churchill Films
120 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King (Part 2) 1992.Dec.19 Churchill Films
121 The Parsley Garden 1993.Mar.27 White Sneakers During the Depression, a 10-year-old Armenian boy (Christopher Miranda) struggles with his sense of self and the extreme prejudice against immigrants in his community.
122 The Legend of Lochnagar 1993.Apr.24 BBC Scotland A scotsman leaves civilization to begin a new life in Lochnagar, a mysterious land in the Scottish mountains that is inhabited by a race of little people that plant the flowers for the country. (Written and narrated by Prince Charles)
123 Commander Toad in Space 1993.May.08 Churchill Films Jack (Corey Miller) is the human navigator of the S.S. Stella, a space ship of the Algeian High Command that is run by frog and turtle-like creatures – Commander Toad (voiced by James Murray) and his assistants: Doc (voiced by Bruce Lanoil), Lieutenant Lily (voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis) and The Admiral (voiced by Mark Hamill).

Season 16 (1993–1994)[edit]

3 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
124 P.J.'s Unfunnybunny Christmas 1993.Dec.11 Animation Cottage P.J. Funnybunny (voiced by Troy Davidson) sets out to help sales at his father's toy store, ensuring that he'll receive the Superblaster video game he wants to Christmas. With the help of his animal buddies, he masquerades as Santa Claus to encourage townsfolk to spend money at his father's toy store.
125 The Magic Flute (Part 1) 1994.Apr.30 Ruby-Spears Based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a young prince (voiced by Mark Hamill) is given a magical flute by the Queen of the Night (voiced by Samantha Eggar) to help him rescue her kidnapped daughter and return her to the Queen.
126 The Magic Flute (Part 2) 1994.May.07 Ruby-Spears The prince is captured by King Sarastro (voiced by Michael York) and both the prince and the young princess discover the truth of her past, and that the treachery of the Queen of the Night has serious consequences for the entire kingdom.

Season 17 (1994–1996)[edit]

6 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
127 The Secret Garden 1994.Nov.05 Mike Young Productions A mischievous orphan (voiced by Anndi McAfee) and her sickly cousin find joy and magic in a neglected garden on a British estate.
128 Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale 1995.Feb.25 Ruby-Spears A brave boy named Temba (voiced by Jamil Walker Smith) ventures to find food and water for his drought-striken village. But when he is given a set of magical bones, he uses them to gain riches for himself instead of sharing with his friends.
129 P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter 1996.Mar.30 Animation Cottage P.J. Funnybunny (voiced by Jason Barnhill) attempts to plan an Easter parade and an Easter egg hunt despite some unseasonably cold weather.
130 The Magic Pearl (Part 1) 1996.Aug.04 ABC Entertainment
131 The Magic Pearl (Part 2) 1996.Aug.11 ABC Entertainment
132 The Magic Pearl (Part 3) 1996.Aug.18 ABC Entertainment

Other specials[edit]

Occasionally, during the Weekend Specials timeslot, ABC aired a series of specials under the title ABC Saturday Morning Specials. Two ABC's Wide World of Sports for Kids specials were also produced in 1994.

List of other specials[edit]

  1. The Great Alaska Dog Sled Race — 1993.Mar.06
  2. Rhythm and Jam: Rhythm & Rap — 1993.Sep.18
  3. Rhythm and Jam: Melody & Harmony — 1993.Sep.25
  4. Kids on Ice: A Skating Adventure! — 1994.Feb.12
  5. A Day at the Races — 1994.Jun.11
  6. Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense (Part 1) — 1994.Apr.02
  7. Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense (Part 2) — 1994.Apr.09
  8. Crash the Curiousaurus (Part 1) — 1995.Jan.14
  9. Crash the Curiousaurus (Part 2) — 1995.Jan.21
  10. Wild Things: An Earth Day Special — 1995.Apr.22
  11. The Secret of Lizard Woman — 1995.Nov.12
  12. Back to School With Schoolhouse Rock — 1996.Sep.14

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