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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.

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.
On Monday, November 14, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "The Shot: Race for the Vaccine," a one-hour special edition of 20/20. As the number of COVID-19 cases climbs precipitously and deaths surpass 270,000 in the United States alone, promising news of vaccines is surfacing, finally giving millions of Americans hope for a better future and a return to normalcy. ABC News will air a primetime documentary that takes an inside look at how officials expect to deliver a safe and effective vaccine for the deadly coronavirus in record time, the quest to save lives and the nearly year-long journey that started just days after discovery of the virus in Wuhan. The one-hour special edition of 20/20 explores the questions many people are asking, arguing over and worrying about on safety, access and timing.

The special reports on the science behind the vaccines that are closest to receiving authorization; details of the trials and results; the near misses, the roadblocks and serendipity along the way; personal stories and behind-the-scenes footage of the scientists leading the charge; and the brave volunteers who participated in the trials. Experts say that 70% of the world population may need to take a vaccine if there is any hope of taming the pandemic. The documentary reports on the logistical and scientific challenges that health officials, the military, labs, and drug and shipping companies from different countries face in coordinating a global effort without parallel since the end of World War II.

The special features interviews with leading experts and officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor; Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner; Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, the NIH's lead researcher on the coronavirus vaccine project; Dr. Barney Graham, deputy director of the NIH's Vaccine Research Center and chief of the virus research lab; Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the independent panel advising the FDA on vaccine authorizations and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisory board co-chair; Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines; Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; General Gustave Perna, the COO of Operation Warp Speed; and philanthropist Bill Gates.