ABC Weekend Special

ABC Weekend Special is a weekly 30-minute American television anthology series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997 which featured a wide variety of stories that were both live-action and animated. Similar to both ABC Afterschool Special and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, 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.

ABC Weekend Specials
Main title card
GenreSaturday morning anthology
StarringCap'n O. G. Readmore
Theme music composerTommy Leonetti (1977–90)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons17
No. of episodes132
Production
Running time30 min.
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1977 (1977-09-10) 
August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
Chronology
Related shows

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

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

1981–1984: Willie Tyler and his dummy 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

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 1970s and 1980s, 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

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)

Four episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
1Valentine's Second Chance1977.Jan.29ABC Circle FilmsA 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).
2The Haunted Trailer1977.Mar.26Sharon (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.
3My Dear Uncle Sherlock1977.Apr.16A 12-year-old amateur sleuth (Robbie Rist) teams with his detective uncle (Royal Dano) to find the culprit who robbed a wealthy old recluse.
4Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine1977.Apr.30Homer, 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)

14 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
5The Winged Colt1977.Sep.10ABC Circle Films(Part 1) 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.
61977.Sep.17(Part 2) Uncle Coot refuses to believe the colt can fly, but Charles is convinced that it will.
71977.Sep.24(Part 3) 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.
8The Ransom of Red Chief1977.Oct.22Two 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.
9Portrait of Grandpa Doc1977.Nov.05Phoenix FilmsA young artist (Bruce Davison) prepares a tribute to his loving grandfather (Melvyn Douglas), a man who encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
10Trouble River1977.Nov.12Martin Tahse Productions(Part 1) A young boy (Michael LeClair) and his grandmother (Nora Denney) ride a makeshift raft down a dangerous river to escape from a group of renegades.
111977.Nov.19(Part 2)
12Tales of the Nunundaga1977.Nov.2620th Century Fox(Part 1)
131977.Dec.03(Part 2)
14The Escape of a One-Ton Pet1978.Jan.07Tomorrow Entertainment(Part 1)
151978.Jan.14(Part 2)
161978.Jan.21(Part 3)
17Soup and Me1978.Feb.04ABC Circle FilmsThe 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.
18The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy1978.May.06Ruby-SpearsPetey 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)

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
19The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody1978.Sep.09Learning Corporation of AmericaJoanna 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.
20The Contest Kid and the Big Prize1978.Sep.16ABC Circle FilmsHarvey 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.
21If I'm Lost, How Come I Found You?1978.Sep.30(Part 1)
221978.Oct.07(Part 2)
23The $1,000 Bill1978.Oct.28An insecure insurance salesman (Donny Most) asserts his independence by telling off his boss and quitting his job when he finds a large amount of cash and later discovers he possesses counterfeit 1,000 dollar bills.
24Little Lulu1978.Nov.04Little Lulu (Lauri Hendler), the mischievous little girl with big goals, and her friends crusade for women's rights when the boys object to the fact that their summer camp, Camp Whackadoo, has become co-ed.
25Soup for President1978.Nov.18Soup (Christian Berrigan) runs for school president against Janice Riker (Mary Margaret Patts), the toughest kid in school.
26Weep No More, My Lady1979.Feb.10Ruby-SpearsSkeeter (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.
27The Horse That Played Centerfield1979.Feb.24(Part 1) The N.Y. Goats baseball team have not 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.
281979.Mar.03(Part 2) 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.
29The Baby with Four Fathers1979.Mar.31D'Angelo/Bullock/Allen ProductionsIn 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.
30The Puppy's Great Adventure1979.May.12Ruby-SpearsPetey (voiced by Bryan Scott) is determined to prove he is an individual when his new owner is adopted by parents who do not like dogs.

Season 3 (1979–1980)

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
31The Big Hex of Little Lulu1979.Sep.15ABC Circle FilmsLittle Lulu (Lauri Hendler) uses a fortune teller, pickle-flavored 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.
32The Contest Kid Strikes Again1979.Sep.22Harvey 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.
33The Girl with ESP1979.Oct.20Laura 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.
34The Ghost of Thomas Kempe1979.Nov.03(Part 1) 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.
351979.Nov.10(Part 2) Irish handyman Bert Ellison (Garrett O'Connor) volunteers to help James lure the ghost of Thomas Kempe back to its resting place.
36The Incredible Detectives1979.Nov.17Ruby-SpearsA trio of pets – Reggie, a bulldog (voiced by Laurie Main); Madame Cheng, a Siamese cat (voiced by Marlene Aragon); and Hennessy, a crow (voiced by Frank Welker) – join forces to rescue their kidnapped master.
37The Revenge of Red Chief1979.Dec.15ABC Circle FilmsTwo 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.
38The Puppy's Amazing Rescue1980.Jan.26Ruby-SpearsPetey (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.
39The Gold Bug1980.Feb.02Highgate PicturesA 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.
401980.Feb.09
41The Trouble with Miss Switch1980.Feb.16Ruby-Spears(Part 1) Rupert Brown (voiced by Eric Taslitz) and Amelia Daley (voiced by Nancy McKeon) are classmates who discover that their teacher, Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo), is a witch with a magical talking cat named Bathsheba (voiced by June Foray).
421980.Feb.23(Part 2) 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)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
43Scruffy1980.Oct.04Ruby-Spears(Part 1) 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.
441980.Oct.11(Part 2) 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).
451980.Oct.18(Part 3) 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.
46Arthur the Kid1981.Jan.03ABC Circle FilmsThree 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.
47Zack and the Magic Factory1981.Jan.10(Part 1) Zack and Jenny (Jim Gatherum and Olivia Barash) are two young people who combine their talents to operate a magic shop.
481981.Jan.17(Part 2) Zack uses a little magic to save his aunt's (Jane Withers) magic-making factory from the wrecking ball.
49Mayday! Mayday!1981.Jan.24(Part 1) Lou Parker (Don Fenwick) and his family are forced to make a crash landing in the High Sierras. With both parents trapped in the plane's wreckage, young Allison (Heather McAdam) and Mark (Brad Savage) set out alone to find help.
501981.Jan.31(Part 2) 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)

Six episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
51The Puppy Saves the Circus1981.Sep.12Ruby-SpearsPetey (voiced by Sparky Marcus), after suffering a memory loss, finds fame as a performer, which saves the fortunes of a struggling family circus.
52The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County1981.Sep.19ABC Circle FilmsA 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.
53Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit1982.Jan.09Ruby-SpearsAfter 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.
54Miss Switch to the Rescue1982.Jan.16(Part 1) When Amelia (voiced by Nancy McKeon) is kidnapped by Mordo the warlock (voiced by Hans Conried), Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo) returns to help Rupert (voiced by Eric Taslitz) rescue his friend.
551982.Jan.23(Part 2) Saturna the wicked witch (voiced by June Foray) is the real power behind this diabolical plot. Amelia begins to fade away and vanishes – a disappearance Miss Switch knows will be permanent, unless Amelia is rescued by nightfall.
56The Joke's on Mr. Little1982.Feb.06ABC Circle FilmsAn unusual school teacher (Richard Sanders) uses a little creativity to out-trick an inventive pair of pranksters (K.C. Martel and Georg Olden).

Season 6 (1983)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
57The Haunted Mansion Mystery1983.Jan.08Scholastic Productions(Part 1) Angel Wilson (Tristine Skyler) and her neighbor Billy (Christian Slater) embark on a quest to investigate the mystery surrounding an old mansion haunted by an old miser.
581983.Jan.15(Part 2)
59The Red Room Riddle1983.Feb.05HightideTwo 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.
60Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless1983.Feb.12ABC Circle Films(Part 1)
611983.Feb.19(Part 2)
62All the Money in the World1983.Mar.19A 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.
63The Secret World of Og1983.Apr.30Hanna-Barbera(Part 1) 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, which is inhabited by small green people.
641983.May.07(Part 2) 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).
651983.May.14(Part 3) The children attempt to escape in a straw boat from an angry mob of Og people.

Season 7 (1984)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
66Cougar!1984.Jan.07ABC Circle Films(Part 1) A young boy, Albie (Matthew Vipond) and his sister Sarah (Kim Hauser), stranded on an island, are confronted by a hungry cougar and a pair of kidnappers.
671984.Jan.14(Part 2) Albie and Sarah see their hopes for rescue dim when they are approached by two evildoers (Angus MacInnes and Wayne Best).
681984.Jan.21(Part 3) Albie and Sarah triumph over their kidnappers, the elements of the wild and a raging river.
69The Dog Days of Arthur Cane1984.Feb.18Martin Tahse Productions(Part 1) A full moon and an amulet are responsible for the transformation of selfish teenager Arthur Cane (Ross Harris) into a shaggy dog.
701984.Feb.25(Part 2) Arthur, who has been transformed into a dog, gets a new outlook when he befriends a blind guitarist (John Scott Clough).
71A Different Twist1984.Mar.10Scholastic ProductionsWhen 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.
72The Amazing Bunjee Venture1984.Mar.24Hanna-Barbera(Part 1) 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 pterosaur by a lovable, orange-haired creature with an inflatable trunk named Bunjee (voiced by Frank Welker).
731984.Mar.31(Part 2) Karen and Andy return to the modern world with Bunjee, who is hardly ready for civilization and soon a couple of Bunjee eggs hatch into pure prehistoric pandemonium.
74Bad Cat1984.Apr.14Ruby-SpearsBad Cat (voiced by Bart Braverman) is a lively cat who sets out to prove that a feline does not need to be tough to have class.

Season 8 (1984–1985)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
75Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost1984.Dec.08Brookfield Productions(Part 1) Henry Hamilton (Steve Nevil) is a ghost who has graduated from Spiritual Specter University and gets his first haunting assignment.
761984.Dec.15(Part 2) Henry Hamilton teaches members of a modern-day family to believe in themselves and in their dreams.
77The Bollo Caper1985.Feb.02Rick Reinert ProductionsBollo (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.
78The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf1985.Feb.23Scholastic Productions(Part 1) Walt Cribbens (Knowl Johnson) is a teenager who transforms into a wolf-boy form for two minutes at a time and has no idea why he is a werewolf; he decides to seek answers with the help of his best friend Cindy (Julia Reardon).
791985.Mar.02(Part 2) Walt and Cindy's quest is complicated by a series of local robberies that throw suspicion on Walt.
80The Return of the Bunjee1985.Apr.06Hanna-Barbera(Part 1) Bunjee (voiced by Frank Welker), Karen (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and Andy (voiced by Robbie Lee) must use the time machine once again and set out on an adventure to find a mother for the Bunjee babies.
811985.Apr.13(Part 2) Bunjee, Karen and Andy are transported back to medieval times where they must go through the obstacle of facing off against a malevolent sorceress and a three-headed dragon; eventually, they find a mother who also becomes Bunjee's mate named Bunjana and the kids return home to modern times.
82The Velveteen Rabbit1985.Apr.20Robert (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 rabbit.

Season 9 (1985)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
83The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn1985.Sep.07ABC Circle FilmsConstance "Con" Sawyer (Drew Barrymore) and "Huckle" Mary Finn (Brandy Ward) are featured in a female version of Mark Twain's classic tales of youthful innocence and adventure.
841985.Sep.14
85Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset1985.Oct.05Highgate PicturesJeeter 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.
86Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Jack and the Beanstalk1985.Oct.12ABC EntertainmentCap'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 same characters. Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) challenges Cap'n O. G. to take his place in the story.
87Pippi Longstocking1985.Nov.02ABC Circle Films(Part 1)
881985.Nov.09(Part 2)
89Columbus Circle1985.Nov.23Highgate PicturesFive children, members of the Columbus Circle Club, attempt to play a practical joke on a new, snobbish neighbor (Ron Parady).
90The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin1985.Nov.30DIC Entertainment(Part 1) Teddy Ruxpin (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.
911985.Dec.07(Part 2) 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)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
92Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde1986.Sep.13ABC EntertainmentCap'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.
93The Day the Kids Took Over1986.Sep.20Highgate Pictures(Part 1) Mayor Van Winkle (Lou Jacobi) awakens following a fall and discovers that children have taken over society.
941986.Sep.27(Part 2) Mayor Van Winkle, who is now in a society where kids act like adults, learns an important lesson about the rights of children.
95Liberty and the Littles1986.Oct.18DIC Entertainment(Part 1) Tom and Lucy Little (voiced by David Wagner and Bettina Bush) get involved in a dangerous adventure when they crash-land on Liberty Island.
961986.Oct.25(Part 2) Tom and Lucy discover that their French ancestors, Les Petite Littles, are being persecuted by an evil general on Liberty Island.
971986.Nov.01(Part 3) Pere Egalitaire (voiced by Jim Morgan) may be Tom and Lucy's only hope in convincing the French Littles that they are not demons.
98The Mouse and the Motorcycle1986.Nov.08Churchill Films(Part 1) 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.
991986.Nov.15(Part 2) 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.
100Santabear's First Christmas1986.Nov.22Rabbit Ears ProductionsSanta 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)

Four episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
101Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Red Riding Hood1988.Apr.02ABC EntertainmentCap'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.
102Here Come the Littles1988.Apr.23DIC Entertainment(Part 1) Henry Bigg (voiced by Jimmy Keegan) goes to live with his greedy and heartless Uncle Augustus (voiced by Hal Smith) while his parents are lost in Africa; living in the crevices of the house are Tom and Lucy Little (voiced by Donavan Freberg and Bettina Bush) who soon discover that Augustus enslaves Henry and is planning on replacing his nephew's house with a shopping mall.
1031988.Apr.30(Part 2) Augustus sees Grandpa and Dinky Little (voiced by Alvy Moore and Robert David Hall) and, mistaking them for toys, he locks them in a desk drawer; inside the drawer, Dinky and Grandpa discover that Augustus forged the documents in order to become Henry's legal guardian, as well as to steal and redevelop the Biggs' property.
1041988.May.07(Part 3) After a series of adventures, Henry and the Littles find evidence of Augustus' plot to steal Henry's home; Augustus is arrested, the house is saved and Henry prepares to meet his rediscovered parents at the airport.

Season 12 (1988–1989)

Five episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
105Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Puss in Boots1988.Sep.10ABC EntertainmentCap'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.
106Runaway Ralph1988.Oct.29Churchill Films(Part 1) 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).
1071988.Nov.05(Part 2) 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!
108P. J. Funnybunny1989.Feb.04Animation CottageA 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.
109The Monster Bed1989.Sep.09Marvel ProductionsA young boy (voiced by Brandon Crane) is mysteriously transported to a spot under a monster's bed.

Season 13 (1991)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
110Ralph S. Mouse1991.Feb.16Churchill Films(Part 1)
1111991.Feb.23(Part 2)
112Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great1991.Mar.23Tashmoo ProductionsSheila Tubman (Leah Foster) is a 10-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)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
113McGee and Me!: The Big Lie1992.Jan.25Focus on the FamilyAn 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.
114Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Chicken Little1992.Apr.18ABC EntertainmentCap'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 ABC Weekend Specials to feature Cap'n O. G. Readmore.
115The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten1992.May.02The 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)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
116McGee and Me!: Take Me Out of the Ball Game1992.Sep.12Focus on the FamilyNick 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 team's biggest and best player.
117Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream1992.Oct.31Hanna-BarberaA 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.
118Stanley and the Dinosaurs1992.Nov.07Churchill FilmsStanley (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.
119Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King1992.Dec.12Two young Americans (Soleil Moon Frye and Chad Allen) find adventures while searching for their missing uncle (Charles Haid) in Bangkok, Thailand.
1201992.Dec.19
121The Parsley Garden1993.Mar.27White SneakersDuring 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.
122The Legend of Lochnagar1993.Apr.24BBC ScotlandA 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].
123Commander Toad in Space1993.May.08Churchill FilmsJack (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)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
124P. J.'s Unfunnybunny Christmas1993.Dec.11Animation CottageP. J. Funnybunny (voiced by Troy Davidson) sets out to help sales at his father's toy store, ensuring that he will receive the Superblaster video game that he wants for 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.
125The Magic Flute1994.Apr.30Ruby-Spears(Part 1) 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.
1261994.May.07(Part 2) 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)

Six episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
127The Secret Garden1994.Nov.05Mike Young ProductionsA mischievous orphan (voiced by Anndi McAfee) and her sickly cousin find joy and magic in a neglected garden on a British estate.
128Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale1995.Feb.25Ruby-SpearsA brave boy named Temba (voiced by Jamil Walker Smith) ventures to find food and water for his drought-stricken 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.
129P. J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter1996.Mar.30Animation CottageP. J. Funnybunny (voiced by Jason Barnhill) attempts to plan an Easter parade and an Easter egg hunt, despite some unseasonably cold weather.
130The Magic Pearl1996.Aug.04ABC Entertainment(Part 1)
1311996.Aug.11(Part 2)
1321996.Aug.18(Part 3)

Other specials

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

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
1The Great Alaska Dog Sled Race1993.Mar.06
2Rhythm and Jam: Rhythm & Rap1993.Sep.18Greengrass Productions
3Rhythm and Jam: Melody & Harmony1993.Sep.25
4Kids on Ice: A Skating Adventure!1994.Feb.12ABC SportsA behind-the-scenes look at the United States Figure Skating Championships. [Hosted by Maria Sansone and Kristi Yamaguchi].
6Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense1994.Apr.02Paley/Price ProductionsA two-part special featuring a kids-eye view of banking which includes a look at an ATM's innards. [Hosted by Christopher Castile].
71994.Apr.09
5A Day at the Races1994.Jun.11
8Crash the Curiousaurus1995.Jan.14Kane ProductionsA dinosaur (Bruce Connolly) and two kids (Michael Shulman and Lauren Brooke Hunter) explore the American Museum of Natural History.
91995.Jan.21
10Wild Things: An Earth Day Special1995.Apr.22Kane ProductionsA special which explores the wonders of the animal kingdom and how people can help protect it. [Hosted by Jodie Sweetin, Jonathan Jackson, Marquise Wilson].
11The Secret of Lizard Woman1995.Nov.12Greengrass ProductionsA teenage boy (Bradley Joseph) searching for his uncle on a reservation discovers his own Native American heritage.
12Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock1996.Sep.14McCaffrey & McCall
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