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 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 deficient 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 stars as her older brother.
The true story of high school hockey coach Bob Anastas. After losing two of his finest players 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, Timothy Gibbs, and Don Dubbins.
The Exchange Student
Teenager from India comes to the US to live with her American 'sister'.
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.
Ace Hits the Big Time
On his first day at Manhattan's Kennedy High, 16-year-old Horace "Ace" Hobart (Rob Stone) wears an eyepatch to class. Consequently, he's urged to join a gang of street youths who run the school, or do they? Co-starring James LeGros.
When a teenager is caught shoplifting, she decides to stand before a jury of her peers, rather than face judgement from a Juvenile Court. Co-starring Marcelino Sanchez and Moosie Drier.
In this Emmy Award-winning adaptation, 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. 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 Gabrielle Carteris.
A teenager is stunned to discover that he has contracted the AIDS virus after having a blood transfusion.
Season 5 (October 20, 1987 – April 19, 1988)
Detective Robb (James Earl Jones) investigates a club for teenage boys who take their "war game" fantasies into the real world.
Never Say Goodbye
After her grandmother is pronounced brain dead following a stroke, a teenage girl must make the painful decision whether to continue life support.
Home Sweet Homeless
After a series of bad luck, a single mother and her sons become homeless and are forced to live in their car. Co-starring Michael Faustino and Alfonso Ribeiro.
On leave from the army, a 19-year-old returns home to find that his kid younger is the leader of a gang. A gang that he once led himself.
Season 6 (October 18, 1988 – April 11, 1989)
No Means No
When Megan Wells (Dana Barron) becomes a date-rape victim, she and her brother Michael (Chad Lowe) must deal with the fallout, which has lasting effects on their relationship with each other, and with the opposite sex in general. Co-starring Tracy Wells and Lori Loughlin.
A 17-year-old becomes addicted to gambling, which soon takes over his life. Not to be confused with the James Caanmovie of the same title, despite similar subject matter. Co-starring George Dzundza.
Words to Live By
Two teenage boys are suspended from school after distributing an underground newspaper on campus. Starring Ricky Paull Goldin.
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 (as his best friend) and Lyle Alzado. Co-scripted and directed by Joanna Lee, with a music score by TV host John Tesh.
Lies of the Heart
Following a hit-and-run, wealthy high school seniors Jordan Crane (Christopher Rydell) and his best friend Kyle (Christopher Collet) are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. It doesn't get any easier when Jordan, who was driving, falls in love with his victim's financially struggling daughter, who has no idea (at first) that he's responsible. Also starring Tricia O'Neil as Jordan's mother; with Brooke Theiss and Vince Vaughn.
The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern
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.
But He Loves Me
When teenager Cassie O'Brian (Kelli Williams) hits it off with Charlie Tyler (Donovan Leitch), the most popular boy in her school, everything is wonderful, until he becomes violent towards her. Both take turns narrating this story. Co-starring Season Hubley and Robin Tunney.
Special featuring 50 things young people can do to save the earth.
Please, God, I'm Only Seventeen
Young Michael Leland is critically injured in an automobile accident, which teaches both his sister (Roxana Zal) and his best friend Steve (Stan Kirsch) never to take life for granted. Co-starring Randolph Mantooth and Talia Shire as Michael's parents.
Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love
Two teens from racially different background begin a relationship after witnessing the murder of a mutual friend.
Season 10 (October 20, 1992 – April 13, 1993)
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, accurately, that his younger brother is being molested by their uncle Paul (Robert Pine). 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 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) as they prepare for college.
Kids Killing Kids
Malcolm-Jamal Warner hosts this program, which depicts four separate stories showing the tragic consequences when teens use guns to solve their problems, and how they can solve the same problem without guns. Originally aired jointly as a prime time special by CBS and Fox in May 1994.