ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
The title is a reference to this series of one-off, teen-oriented melodramas aired during the 70s, 80s, and early-90s.
Wilson mentions that he saw an Afterschool Special on PCS (Parental Conflict Syndrome).
Skippy remarks that Slappy sounds "like an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Referenced by Freakazoid
Freakazoid says, "I saw this once on an 'Afterschool Special.'"
referenced by Maya
Mike: "Is this an 'Afterschool Special'?"
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."
Annie: "Oh please... what Afterschool Special did you fall out of?"
Referenced by Pinky
Fez talks about it.
Tommy says that people would be much more open minded about Merton's party if life was like an "Afterschool Special".
Rocko assumes Alpha-Alpha's promise of a lack of initiation is a prank reminiscent of these specials
Principal Skinner asks Mrs. Krabappel if she's "ready for a little 'Afterschool Special.'"
Paris says, "It was an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Referenced by Leonard
Lorelai and Rory discuss the "It's Not Benny's Fault" episode of "Afterschool Specials."
Referred to in dialogue.
House says, "Have you ever seen an 'Afterschool Special'?"
Referenced by Earl
the narrator says that Malvo's being banned from school is like if BET made an Afterschool Special
Lucas says, "Have you never seen an 'Afterschool Special'?"
Skeeter says, "I didn't know we were doing an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Referenced by House
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."
Peter says, "We're a regular 'Afterschool Special.'"
Christy says "Trust" is a hair better than an Afterschool Special about the subject
Patrick says, "My life is an 'Afterschool Special.'"
Troy says, "Jeff would have known that if he wasn't too cool for 'Afterschool Specials.'"
Coach Penn says, "We ain't runnin' an 'Afterschool Special' here."
correct response in "Pre-Amble" category
Tom: "This feels like an 'Afterschool Special' about alcoholism."
The series is a parody of after-school specials.
Spoofed in the "Sex and Peer Pressure at Valley High" segment, which is billed as an "Afterschool Special"
Miley (Vanessa Bayer) appears in an "Afterschool Special" spoof on "The Miley Cyrus Show."