A gifted pianist (Nicole Burleson) realizes her true potential after receiving a C average from her professor (Kate Jackson). Also: a man learns a lesson in trust from a teenager; a reformed criminal chooses between living a lie and disclosing his past. Bruce Weitz, Blake Sashoff, Kevin McCarthy, Jay Underwood, Rosemary Forsyth.
A workaholic father (Richard Kline) is presented with an award that makes him realize he's been neglecting his son. Also: a man's 40th birthday is ruined by his brother; a couple disapprove of their daughter's boyfriend because of his physical appearance. Joe Penny, Julia Duffy, Jerry Levine.
A father and son (Kevin Dobson, Zachery Ty Bryan) who've been unable to communicate share a meaningful meal; a woman (Alexandra Paul) finds a note in a bottle and thinks she's found “the perfect man”; a mother of teens enrolls in college.
A black student gets support from his white classmates when their teacher (Linda Blair) informs them that the amusement park they're planning a trip to doesn't permit blacks. Later, a boy encourages his grandpa to learn to read. Chris Demetral, Arye Gross.
In “A Letter to Suzie,” a young man (Ralph Macchio) learns an important lesson about priorities from a man at a diner. Also: a girl breaks a promise to help an anorexic friend; a man in a wheelchair saves a young boy from drowning. Robin Givens, Peter Michael Goetz, Adrienne Wilkinson, Cylk Cozart, Jeffrey Noah, Todd Allen, Meredith Bishop.
A physician (Rick Rossovich) returns home and learns how his father (Ernest Borgnine) helped a down-on-his-luck man many years earlier. Also: a couple goes to a chapel to elope; a teacher shows an outcast student that she cares. Jayne Brook, Barry Pearl, Michael Jeter, Chad Allen, Lauren Birkell, Louise Latham.
A violinist (Hedy Burress) who intentionally doesn't invite her father to a recital learns that “rich or poor, your family is everything”; a career counselor reaches a tough teen by standing up to him; a tutor (Nora Dunn) uses her pupil's interest in auto mechanics to teach him math principals. Matt Clark, Margaret Emery, Paul Popowich, Richard Cummings Jr., Marcello Thedford.
A widow (Marion Ross) dreams about a past Valentine's Day with her late husband after opening a gift intended for her neighbor. Also: a boy tries to get his family to act more refined to impress a wealthy friend; a girl sends her boyfriend a Dear John letter. Beth Howland, Liz Torres, Robyn Lively.
A bitter man (Philip Casnoff), recently disabled in a car accident, learns an important lesson from a stranger and a little girl. Also: a rabbi counsels a woman about to be married for the second time; a ballerina is injured while showing off. Susan Blakely, Joe Bologna, Tracey Gold, Maura Vincent.
In this Christmas-themed episode, a couple who can't afford to buy holiday gifts make something special for each of their daughters. Also: a shopkeeper (John Schuck) teaches his son that the season isn't about profits. Stephanie Zimbalist, Edward Albert, Sally Kirkland, Julie Hagerty.
A woman (Sheena Easton) confronts her husband about their crumbling marriage; a man returns to his home town to confess to his involvement in an act of vandalism during his high-school days. Sheriff: Mac Davis. Paul: David Naughton. Steve: Thomas Ian Nicholas. Mrs. Patterson: Conchata Ferrell.
In this Thanksgiving-themed episode, segments involve a grown son who gives his father (Ralph Waite) a special gift; a waitress (Brett Butler) who helps a needy co-worker; and a young girl who persuades her grandfather to end a feud. James Eckhouse, Susan Ruttan, R.G. Armstrong, Nicole Freeman.
A town holds a public hearing to decide the fate of a girl orphaned after a deadly fire; a woman meets the real man of her dreams after a blind date goes awry; a practical joke changes a soldier's life forever. Andrew Clay Silverstein, Joe Piscopo, William Windom, Rebecca Klinger, Lori Rom, Todd Babcock.
In “Blind Date with Belinda,” two high-school freshmen (Bradley Pierce, Adam Wylie) earn an upperclassman's respect. Also: a man (Edward Asner) writes his wife a poem; a woman thanks a former teacher for saving her life; a young girl makes her father realize the importance of a goodnight kiss. Gary Cole, Renee Olstead, William Atherton, Maura Russo, Lucy Butler.
In “The Green Boots,” a custodian persuades a young girl to stand up for herself after she's accused of lying by her teacher (Shelley Long). Also: an elderly man (Mickey Rooney) looks for a family to take care of his dog; a couple fear that their dog may hinder their chances of adopting a boy. Michele Greene, Tony Denison, Wendie Josepher, Ann DeSalvo.
A high-school coach (Stacy Keach) teaches one of his players that different people have different talents; a tomboy is invited to her first dance; a couple fear that their dog may hinder their chances of adopting a boy. Michele Greene, Tony Denison.
A deaf boy and his translator (Marlee Matlin) use show-and-tell time to teach an important lesson; a widower (David Dukes) tries to tell his teenage son how much he loves him; an American soldier (Max Perlich) comes face-to-face with the enemy on Christmas Eve.
The head of a big corporation learns that “Behind Every Great Man Is a Great Woman”; a young boy teaches two soldiers (Brian Gross, Dule Hill) to appreciate their moms; and a social worker helps people on welfare fulfill their dreams. Host: Michael Tucker.
In “Nightwatch,” a soldier (Kevin Dillon) is summoned to the hospital to comfort his dying father (Rod Steiger). Other stories involve an adopted boy who feels he's treated unfairly; a boy looking in a park for God; and a couple struggling to rekindle passion in their marriage. Host: Michael Tucker.
Chris Hanson (Anthony Michael Hall) takes a job dressing as a clown for sick children in the hospital. One sick child makes him choose between hospital rules and his personal beliefs, a decision that shakes him to his soul.
A high-school coach (Carl Weathers) helps a young athlete (Scott Bailey) overcome his heartbreak; a woman with mastectomy scars learns to heal emotionally. Also: a dying father (Gordon Clapp) shares a last dance with his estranged son; a determined man finds a lost wallet and reunites its owner with his long-lost love.
A little girl on the beach teaches a woman (Roxanne Hart) how to find joy in life; a janitor (Aries Spears) at a radio station gets his big break at being a DJ. Also: the administrator of a prestigious school gets a boost from a kid pretending to be Superman. Teri Garr, Shirley Knight, Kathy Kinney, Harold Gould.