PBS (ended 1983)


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Every episode of this teen-targetted PBS drama delivered a new challenge for the Powerhouse gang: a group of teens (Jennifer, Lolo, Kevin, Pepper and Tony) who hung out at a community center run by Brenda Gaines. In the process of solving each episodes problem, important life lessons were learned all around. The show tackled similar issues to the famous "Afterschool Special" series. Major life issues such as alcoholism, anti-semitism, kidnapping, communicable diseases, government corruption and even worker outplacement were covered making this show surprisingly grown-up for what looked like a PBS kids show. The show also memorably featured a series of "un-commercials". Appearing at the same time breaks where a regular TV commercial might appear, these custom made public service announcements promoted such things as healthy eating and exercise. A common tagline of the ads was "don't just sit there, do something."