Afterschool Special

1972, TV Show

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Seeing the TV-movie Moms on ...

Question: Seeing the TV-movie Moms on Strike got me thinking (no small feat). Wasn't there an Afterschool Special back in the '80s that dealt with the same subject? If memory serves, Yeardley Smith played the daughter.


Answer: Memory does indeed serve, Rhonda. Matter of fact, that 1984 Afterschool Special was called... Mom's on Strike.

Based on Stephanie S. Tolan's book The Great Skinner Strike, it starred Mary Kay Place (folk singer Loretta on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as a put-upon housewife whose husband and kids refused to help out around the house. When pitching a fit didn't get any results, she pitched a tent in the front yard and began picketing for more respect. After Dad (Stephen Keep) made the mistake of dumping the chores on his two daughters (Ms. Smith, who would later become an animation l read more

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Premiered: 1972, on ABC
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Premise: An acclaimed series of daytime specials for young people that explores a range of topical issues, including sex, substance abuse, race relations and divorce. Its numerous Emmys include 1973's `Rookie of the Year' (which featured Jodie Foster), 1977's `My Mom's Having a Baby' and 1987's `Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story.'

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