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Referenced in 

21 Jump Street: After School Special (1987) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference to this series of one-off, teen-oriented melodramas aired during the 70s, 80s, and early-90s.
Hot Shots! (1991)
Wilson mentions that he saw an Afterschool Special on PCS (Parental Conflict Syndrome).
Animaniacs: Lookit the Fuzzy Heads/No Face Like Home (1994) (TV Episode)
Skippy remarks that Slappy sounds "like an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Freakazoid!: Five Day Forecast/Dance of Doom/Hand Man (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Freakazoid
Freakazoid!: A Matter of Love (1996) (TV Episode)
Freakazoid says, "I saw this once on an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Just Shoot Me!: Back Issues (1997) (TV Episode)
referenced by Maya
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Is this an 'Afterschool Special'?"
King of the Hill: Husky Bobby (1997) (TV Episode)
Hank says to Bobby "Yeah, yeah, we both saw that after-school special, but I'm not an alcoholic and you're not an ice skater."
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Cold Sesame Noodles (1997) (TV Episode)
Annie: "Oh please... what Afterschool Special did you fall out of?"
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain: Squeeze Play (1999) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Pinky
That '70s Show: Water Tower (1999) (TV Episode)
Fez talks about it.
Big Wolf on Campus: The Exor-Sis (1999) (TV Episode)
Tommy says that people would be much more open minded about Merton's party if life was like an "Afterschool Special".
Undergrads: Party (2001) (TV Episode)
Rocko assumes Alpha-Alpha's promise of a lack of initiation is a prank reminiscent of these specials
The Simpsons: Special Edna (2003) (TV Episode)
Principal Skinner asks Mrs. Krabappel if she's "ready for a little 'Afterschool Special.'"
Gilmore Girls: The Big One (2003) (TV Episode)
Paris says, "It was an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Malcolm in the Middle: Future Malcolm (2003) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Leonard
Gilmore Girls: The Festival of Living Art (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorelai and Rory discuss the "It's Not Benny's Fault" episode of "Afterschool Specials."
Pepper Dennis: Pepper Dennis Behind Bars (2006) (TV Episode)
Referred to in dialogue.
House: One Day, One Room (2007) (TV Episode)
House says, "Have you ever seen an 'Afterschool Special'?"
My Name Is Earl: My Name Is Inmate #28301-016: Part 1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Earl
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Ex-Cons (2008) (TV Episode)
the narrator says that Malvo's being banned from school is like if BET made an Afterschool Special
House: Not Cancer (2008) (TV Episode)
Lucas says, "Have you never seen an 'Afterschool Special'?"
Bedtime Stories (2008)
Skeeter says, "I didn't know we were doing an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Supernatural: After School Special (2009) (TV Episode)
title reference
House: Saviors (2009) (TV Episode)
Referenced by House
Community: Physical Education (2010) (TV Episode)
Jeff says, "We've all seen enough 'Afterschool Specials' - 'Fat Albert' (pointing to Shirley and Troy) - to know that Abed only needs to be himself."
White Collar: Copycat Caffrey (2010) (TV Episode)
Peter says, "We're a regular 'Afterschool Special.'"
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.13 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy says "Trust" is a hair better than an Afterschool Special about the subject
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Patrick says, "My life is an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Community: Paranormal Parentage (2013) (TV Episode)
Troy says, "Jeff would have known that if he wasn't too cool for 'Afterschool Specials.'"
Draft Day (2014)
Coach Penn says, "We ain't runnin' an 'Afterschool Special' here."
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.92 (2017) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Pre-Amble" category
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Atlantic Rim (2018) (TV Episode)
Tom: "This feels like an 'Afterschool Special' about alcoholism."

Spoofed in 

Strangers with Candy (1999) (TV Series)
The series is a parody of after-school specials.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV Special)
Spoofed in the "Sex and Peer Pressure at Valley High" segment, which is billed as an "Afterschool Special"
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
Miley (Vanessa Bayer) appears in an "Afterschool Special" spoof on "The Miley Cyrus Show."

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