ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me 

Adolescent girl is ashamed to introduce her friends to her parents because they are deaf.


Larry Elikann


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Episode credited cast:
Rosanna Arquette ... Charlie Meredith
Priscilla Pointer ... Ruth Meredith
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Dan Meredith
Eric Scott ... David
Wendy Rastattar Wendy Rastattar ... Joyce
Noelle North ... Alice
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Martha
David Hollander ... Hughie
Victoria Shaw ... Mrs. Egan
Loretta Lottman Loretta Lottman ... Mrs. Wagner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Burns Steve Burns ... Student


Adolescent girl is ashamed to introduce her friends to her parents because they are deaf.

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5 April 1978 (USA) See more »

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Worth it for teenagers
18 April 2004 | by myschrecSee all my reviews

This Afterschool Special hit the target. Many teenagers are ashamed of their parents, for any number of reasons. Many teenagers think their parents are too strict. And many parents are uncertain how to raise a teenager. In this movie, the parents happen to be deaf -- and that adds another dimension to these issues of teenage and parental angst. The acting is believable. The kids are attractive -- and my teenage girls were able to identify with them. Rosanna Arquette is a gifted actress and this film displays her budding promise. Her facility in using sign language to communicate with her parents -- and even to scream at them -- was not only impressive -- it also added to the believability of their relationship, the frustration of parent-child communication in general, and her underlying love for her parents.

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