ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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My Mother Was Never a Kid 

In 1981, a teenage girl named Victoria Martin is convinced that her mother doesn't understand the younger generation. After she bangs her head, Victoria is sent back in time to 1944 and meets her mother as a teenager.


Robert Fuest


Jeffrey Kindley (screenplay), Francine Pascal (novel)




Episode cast overview:
Rachel Longaker Rachel Longaker ... Cici
Mary-Beth Manning ... Victoria Martin
Holland Taylor ... Felicia Martin
Jane Lowry Jane Lowry ... Esther Drew
Elizabeth Ward Elizabeth Ward ... Nina Martin
Carol Morley Carol Morley ... Mrs. Serrada
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Old Lady (as Nancy Beattie)
Gale Myron Gale Myron ... Steffi
Judith Grimley Judith Grimley ... Betty
Vincent Murray ... Steve
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Store Manager
Joe Cosentino Joe Cosentino ... Ted Davis


Thirteen-year-old Victoria thinks her mother doesn't understand her. When she's swept back in time to the 1940s, she meets another girl named Cici. Through Cici, Victoria discovers she and her mother aren't so different after all. Written by Anonymous

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18 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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Aired as an ABC Afterschool Special. A 30-minute version was also released. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A trip back in time leaves an impression on a now, grown girl
4 October 2008 | by littlecommandoSee all my reviews

To this day I have never been able to erase this Afterschool Special from my memory. I was just randomly searching by the only thing I could remember, which was that the girl's name was CiCi. This episode in particular was extremely well shot. The costumes stand out in my mind, and I see that they won a Daytime Emmy for wardrobe. Along with this one, there were many other After School Specials that were just as memorable. Like the one about the grandmother who had special powers? It's shows like these that we could really use in this place we find ourselves in now. Maybe they will re-air them? I can only hope that, at the very least, that the Afterschool Special Series, will grace us all on DVD. Could we be so lucky??

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