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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.

Season 38 of 20/20 premiered 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.

The 39th season 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.

20/20 returned for its 41st season 41 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.

Season 42 of 20/20 premiered on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC, with David Muir and Amy Robach returning as anchors. The two-hour season opener features the first prime-time interview with Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn in over a decade. The famous duo, known in households across the world as Siegfried & Roy, open up about the infamous career-ending tiger attack that happened 16 years ago and nearly killed Roy; the recent allegations that the accident resulted from Roy's mistake on stage, which the pair denies, saying that the tiger was trying to help Roy after he suffered a stroke; and their storied career and the legacy of their Las Vegas residency. Correspondent Deborah Robert reports. Plus, the program features new interviews with Curtis Rowe, the stagehand who recounts the harrowing story of how he helped save Roy's life by plugging wounds with his fingers while waiting for paramedics; Kenneth Feld, longtime Siegfried & Roy producer; and Criss Angel, Lance Burton, and Penn & Teller, iconic Las Vegas magicians who reflect on Siegfried & Roy's Vegas residency. 20/20 also takes a look back at the illustrious careers of Siegfried & Roy, featuring footage from the ABC News archives including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas' iconic interviews with the pair over the years.

On Thursday, October 16, 2020 from 9-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the 43rd season of 20/20, anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. The new season opens with "John Lennon: His Life -- Legacy -- Last Days," a two-hour episode that tells the story of Lennon's life, final days and lasting legacy through the eyes of close friends and colleagues, and rarely seen footage from the ABC News archives. The program includes new interviews with Bob Gruen, legendary rock 'n' roll photographer who took the iconic photo of Lennon in his "New York City" T-shirt; Jack Douglas, producer of Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" album; and Elliot Mintz, close friend and Hollywood publicist. The two-hour program also includes the last interview Lennon did the day he died and interviews with the radio reporters who conducted it.

20/20 returned for its 44th season on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC, with David Muir and Amy Robach continuing to anchor. The two-hour season opener, "Chippendales Murder," dives deep into the dark history of greed, paranoia and murder behind the rise of male exotic dance troupe Chippendales, which became an international cultural phenomenon in the 80s and 90s. By creating Chippendales, Steve Banerjee found the success and fortune he always craved -- but his ambition was insatiable. 20/20 documents the harrowing stories of how Banerjee conspired to eliminate those who he believed got in his way, including the shocking murder-for-hire plots against close business associates and a competing male dance troupe, and an alleged blackmail operation against an aggrieved patron of the club who sued the organization for racial discrimination. 20/20 also reports on how, over the course of 15 years, Banerjee's obsession with wealth and control ultimately led to his own demise. The two-hour program features never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with Scott Garriola, a retired FBI special agent, who played a major role in catching and arresting Banerjee; Read Scot, a former Chippendales dancer who opens up about being the target in a thwarted murder-for-hire plot; and Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and host of "Welcome To Your Fantasy," a popular podcast on Chippendales. The special also includes interviews with former Chippendales dancers, producers and employees; Banerjee's business associates; and family and friends of those impacted.

On Friday, September 23, 2022 from 9-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the 45th season of 20/20. For three decades, Leo Schofield has been serving life in prison since his young wife Michelle Schofield's brutal stabbing. Despite no physical evidence linking him to the murder -- and significant developments in the case since his conviction, including the identification of fingerprints and a so-called confession from another man to the "Bone Valley" podcast hosts -- Leo remains imprisoned with little hope for freedom. The Season 45 premiere poses this question: is Leo in prison for the crime of another man? The two-hour program features 20/20 co-anchor Amy Robach's exclusive TV interview with Leo Schofield from prison, where he discusses trying to clear his name, and interviews with Leo's current wife, Crissie Carter Schofield, who he met while in prison, and daughter Ashely Schofield -- both of whom have made it their mission to fight for his freedom. This episode also features exclusive access to Lava for Good's upcoming podcast "Bone Valley" hosted by Gilbert King, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, as well as an exclusive interview with King regarding his 3 1/2-year investigation into the Schofield case. Additional exclusive interviews include Jerry Hill, former Florida state attorney; retired Capt. Synda Maynard, Crissie's friend who inadvertently helped get a break in the case; Judge Scott Cupp, who brought the case to King's attention for the podcast; Jessie Saum, Michelle Schofield's brother; Michell Truax, Michelle Schofield's best friend; and Jason Flom, creator and host of the "Wrongful Conviction" podcast franchise, CEO of Lava for Good and a founding board member of the Innocence Project.

Season 46 of 20/20 debuted on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC. Newly named co-anchor Deborah Roberts joins co-anchor David Muir. The two-hour season premiere, "Happily Never After," features the shocking story of the October 2020 murder of Dallas-based American Airlines director Jamie Faith. Faith was shot seven times by a masked gunman at close range in front of his wife, Jennifer, while taking their dog on a daily morning walk. At first, authorities have little evidence to go on other than a mysterious black pickup truck fleeing the scene. Was it a robbery gone wrong, an act of revenge, or could there be something even more sinister at play? In a case that shocked even the most seasoned detectives, the episode follows the investigation uncovering a double life, a grieving widow with something to hide, and one big lie that no one saw coming. GMA3 co-anchor and ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim reports.
"Disney 100: A Century of Dreams -- A Special Edition of 20/20" debuted on Thursday, December 14, 2023 on ABC from 9-11pm ET/PT. The documentary special event commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most beloved entertainment companies in the world. The documentary takes viewers on a magical journey that started in 1923, featuring a century of stories and experiences that will touch the hearts of audiences everywhere. From the creation of the Disney Brothers Studio to modern beloved brands such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox, the core DNA of Disney remains the same: storytelling, creativity, innovation and optimism. The special is a celebration of the countless Disney creators, telling the story behind the story that will astonish even the biggest Disney superfans, and viewers will be treated to an inside look at an all-new Disney attraction.

The documentary chronicles all facets of the storied company -- from animation to parks to television to music -- spotlighting those who have played essential roles in Disney's history. Starting with the creation of the iconic character Mickey Mouse and unspooling the story of how Walt Disney's quest to make the very first feature-length animated film, SNOW WHITE, nearly bankrupted the young studio, viewers will learn how unbridled determination and imagination became the cornerstones of the Walt Disney Company.

The special features interviews with Disney CEO Bob Iger, the legendary stars of Disney's critically acclaimed hit musical fantasy film MARY POPPINS Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and Walt Disney's grandsons Chris Miller and Walter Miller. Award-winning musical collaborators -- including songwriter Richard Sherman of the prolific Sherman Brothers, legendary recording artist Elton John, composer Alan Menken and singer/songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda -- discuss the powerful role of music in Disney's storytelling. Stars from Disney's animated feature films -- including Idina Menzel (Elsa, FROZEN and FROZEN 2), Jodi Benson (Ariel, THE LITTLE MERMAID), Paige O'Hara (Belle, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Ariana DeBose (Asha, WISH) -- talk about voicing the animated musicals. Additional appearances include journalists Chris Connelly and Kelley L. Carter, Katy Perry, Chris Evans, John Stamos, MICKEY MOUSE CLUB actor Josh Ackerman, Disney Channel star Christy Carlson Romano, Disney Legends, experts and more.