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  • 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.
Tonight (Friday, August 18, 2017) at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premieres the "Fractured America: Extremism in the Streets" episode of 20/20. This past weekend a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent leading to three lives lost and 19 people injured - including the death of a young woman, Heather Heyer. This tragedy that has sparked a national conversation and outrage is a stark example of a tipping point in America fueled by a contentious political climate. For the past six months, "20/20" has been following some extremist groups, including ones based on hate and intolerance. They are white nationalists and white supremacists who have begun to act more openly, better organize and commit acts of bigotry in cities and towns across the nation. Correspondent Tom Llamas spoke with Richard Spencer and Matthew Heimbach, leaders of two far-right movements, and cameras followed them through several intense rallies and events. The hour report also features organizations on the far left, including the Anarchism and Anti-Fascist (Antifa) groups that have made it their mission to stop hate speech, which they consider to be a form of violence, by protesting and in some cases disrupting public events, speeches or rallies that white nationalists organize. Critics charge that Antifa members are restricting free speech. While some members of these groups do resort to violence themselves, they claim they are acting to protect the rights of minorities that are under threat. The report also includes interviews with outspoken Antifa members Lacy MacAuley and Daryle Lamont Jenkins.