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Photo Credit:  ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua
  • Premiered: 
    June 6, 1978
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Current Events
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20/20 is a weekly primetime newsmagazine from ABC News that combines hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. Recent reports include: ''My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children,'' ''Scared Stiff: Worried in America,'' ''Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith,'' and ''Privilege in America: Who's Shutting You Out.'' Season 36 premiered on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, featuring a story about Michael Wohlschlaeger, who is a chiropractor suspected of killing one of his six wives. He has denied responsibility and has had the family's wrongful death suit dismissed, but her family has reportedly now convinced the Alabama Attorney General to re-open an investigation into her death. 20/20 returned for its 37th season on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Out of the Woods," David Muir reported on the story of a 12-year-old girl who survived being stabbed 19 times by two school friends inspired by the fictional internet figure Slender Man. What started out as a normal middle school sleepover took a horrifying turn when one 12-year-old girl was stabbed 19 times by her two best friends and left for dead in the Wisconsin woods. The girls' motive and the miraculous recovery of the survivor made headlines around the world since the May attack. Now, for the first time, the parents reveal to David the chilling details of the incredible sequence of events that, against all odds, led to their daughter's survival. Where and how did she get the strength to fight off death? Plus, David meets the 12-year-old girl who has transformed from victim to the ultimate survivor, recently returning to school just months after the brutal attack. 20/20 returned for its 38th season on September 11, 2015 on ABC, airing Fridays at 10pm ET/PT with the season opener, "Suzy Favor Hamilton: From Three-Time Olympian to Las Vegas Call Girl." Three-time Olympic athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton seemed to have it all: a highly decorated running career, numerous high-profile corporate sponsorships, a marriage to her college sweetheart, and a healthy young daughter. So what would lead her to a shocking double life as a high-priced Las Vegas prostitute? In her first broadcast interview tied to the release of her memoir "Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness," Suzy speaks exclusively to Elizabeth Vargas about the self-doubt she harbored for years and what fueled her high-risk behavior and secret life. Vargas also speaks to Hamilton's husband, Mark, who not only knew about her life as an escort but stood by her side. Season 39 of 20/20 premiered on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC. The two-hour season opener features Diane Sawyer's interview with Elizabeth Vargas on alcoholism and anxiety. Plus, the disappearance and murder of a soccer mom running an escort business. Season 40 of 20/20 premiered on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with a special episode featuring Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson and the next generation Jackson musical act 3T, Taryll, Taj and TJ Jackson, who speak about the murder of his ex-wife and their mother, Dee Dee Jackson. Season 41 of "20/20" premiered on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, featuring an exclusive interview with Abby Hernandez, a New Hampshire teen abducted in 2013. In October 2013, 14-year-old Abby Hernandez disappeared on her way home from school without a trace. Nine months later, the New Hampshire teen returned home with a harrowing story of kidnapping, captivity and unspeakable abuse. Mostly silent for nearly five years since she disappeared, Abby tells her story for the first time to ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts. She opens up about the difficult details of her abduction including being held for months in captivity by Nathaniel Kibby, who forced her to wear a shock collar and kept her prisoner inside a shipping container; and the psychological strategies she had to deploy in order to stay alive, including bonding with Kibby. Abby discusses her life now and how it has changed since her captivity. The hour includes the first on-camera interview with Lauren Munday, the woman who unknowingly aided Abby's release; exclusive interviews with Miranda Cloutier and Parish Dawe-Chadwick, Abby's best friends; and interviews with Zenya Hernandez, Abby's mother and officials involved with the case including New Hampshire Deputy Attorney General Jane Young, New Hampshire State Police Captain Joseph Ebert, Police Chief Chris Perley and Officer Eric Benjamin. Munday told authorities that Kibby had given her counterfeit money, which police say set off a chain of events that led to Abby's release after Munday told Kibby the police were coming for him. In the months following Abby's return home, parts of her story slowly came out through her lawyers who said she was "violently abducted" and spent months enduring "acts of unspeakable violence." In 2014, Abby came face-to-face with Kibby in court as he was arraigned on charges of kidnapping; and in 2016, Kibby plead guilty to sexual assault, criminal threatening, kidnapping, witness-tampering and assault, and received a prison sentence of 45 to 90 years.
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "The Real Rookies: A Special Edition of 20/20." Stories of late bloomers are not unheard of: Andrea Bocelli began his professional opera career at 34, Julia Child published her first cookbook at 49, and Vera Wang didn't become a designer until 40. A special edition of 20/20, anchored by Amy Robach, showcases the inspiring real-life stories of Americans who, despite challenges, took the leap of faith necessary to follow their dreams and start new careers later in life.

Twenty years ago, Wendy Caldwell quit her job with the Houston Police Department to raise her children as a stay-at-home mom. When her marriage fell apart at 52-years-old, Caldwell was in need of a job and decided to rejoin the force. However, in order to do so she had to once again graduate from the taxing police academy. Despite breaking her femur and competing against recruits half her age, Caldwell persevered and passed the rigorous training course. She is now successfully back on patrol after a two-decade hiatus and is the oldest person to graduate from the Houston Police Academy.

Jessica Vosk's job in finance came crashing to a halt when she suffered a panic attack following a promotion. Vosk decided to ignore the advice of most of her friends and family and quit her job to pursue her dream of acting. The risk paid off: She scored roles in the touring shows of "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Finding Neverland." This summer, Vosk, 34, made her debut in Broadway's "Wicked" as Elphaba.

Kevin Caron was a 40-year-old truck driver sick of the grueling drives. In his spare time, Caron started to make fountains out of steel for his friends and family. Word quickly spread about Caron's skill and soon he was sculpting steel artwork and had a gallery show, and eventually worked up the courage to quit his job. Today Caron is happier and sculpts large commissions for private collectors and public spaces throughout the country.

Kenyan-born Sam Chelanga became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and had a successful running career, becoming the top American finisher at the World Cross Country Championships just last year. Despite receiving a lucrative Nike sponsorship offer, Chelanga decided to leave running to serve his new country. With the support of his wife and two young sons, Chelanga is currently in Army basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.