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20/20 is a popular television series that focuses on non-fiction topics ranging from human interest to politics. The series began in 1976 and has been running ever since. Its popularity is evidenced by its astounding ratings. Its ratings are down a little over the past two years, but are still over five million.

The show has had a total of eight presenters. Perhaps the most well known of these eight presenters was Barbara Walters. She was the presenter of 20/20 when the show covered an interview of the President of the United States Bill Clinton's former mistress Monica Lewinsky. That episode had ratings of 70 million. Following Barbara Walters was the also immensely popular Diane Sawyer, who was the show's anchor from 1998-2000. Correspondents have included names like Carl Sagan and Geraldo Rivera.

20/20 focuses on investigative journalism. They cover some of the most pressing topics in the world. However, they have also branched out into entertainment topics and popular culture topics, as have most news series. 20/20 also picks up obscure topics and brings them to the forefront of news. Examples include underreported medical conditions and unknown living conditions in various parts of the world -- including the United States.

Most 20/20 episodes include in-depth news stories. However, 20/20 also does even more in-depth special one and two-hour episodes. These traverse a wide range of topics from transgenderism to crime stories. The series is still currently running and is headed by Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo. This year (2012) marks the show's 34th season.

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on ABC
42 Seasons, 491 Episodes
January 15, 2010
Documentary & Biography, News
Cast: David Muir, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach
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20/20 Full Episode Guide

  • An investigation into why the United States was unprepared for COVID-19, how government and administration officials failed and missed the warning signs, and what the country needs to do to reopen.

  • Remembering the television pioneer, his life and his legacy as the legendary host of the Live morning franchise for 28 years.

  • In 2017, authorities reopen the investigation into the 1983 murder of a young Black man in Georgia.

  • Julius Jones, who was convicted in the shooting death of an Oklahoma businessman at 19 years old, tells his version of events, claiming he is innocent, from death row.

  • New details regarding the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime companion of the disgraced financier, and hear from the women who survived his crimes.

  • A man nearly gets away with murder.

  • The sting operation to catch a south Florida woman in a murder-for-hire plot is filmed for a reality-TV series; interviews with the woman's lawyer, and the would-be victim, her ex-husband.

  • Marni Yang's petition for a new trial.

  • Healthcare workers fight COVID-19.

  • Decades after two barrels containing the bodies of a woman and three children were discovered in New Hampshire's Bear Brook State Park, a podcast renews interest in the cold case and helps lead to authorities solving it.

  • Communities across US take drastic measures to slow spread of coronavirus; How prepared are we to test for the novel coronavirus; The 'new normal' of the coronavirus

  • The night a marijuana dispensary owner was kidnapped, tortured and maimed; Cortney Shegerian is the bait in a police plan to arrest Hossein Nayeri; Hossein Nayeri appeals to the jury in his own trial.

  • The extraordinary chain of events that led to a COVID-19 global health crisis.

  • The stars of the hit show look back at the best pitches, the biggest fights, and of course, the greatest money makers and those making the greatest impact with their businesses.

  • Details surrounding the Jodi Arias murder case, including excerpts from Arias' personal journal and victim Travis Alexander's blog, and new interviews with Alexander's friends and family.

  • A look at the elaborate plan Edward Shin hatched to cover up the murder of his business partner Christopher Smith.

  • A couple preparing to sell their yacht to move closer to family - when they vanished forever. Investigators found that complete strangers to the couple were responsible.

  • The story of Pamela and Gregg Smart, Gregg's death, and the trial that convicted his wife of accomplice to first-degree murder, among other charges. Close to three decades later, Pamela maintains her innocence.

  • An examination of the scandals that rocked Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's "PTL" empire, including the theme park Heritage USA.

  • A look at Lou Pearlman, former manager of *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and O-Town, and his past that includes ponzi schemes and swindling investors and banks out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Thirty years after she learned she was switched at birth, Kimberly Mays reveals details about her tough childhood and her struggle with her identity.

  • Beth Holloway takes her first extensive trip back to Aruba in nearly ten years after her daughter, Natalee Holloway, disappeared while on vacation there almost 15 years ago.

  • A suspect's girlfriend goes under cover.

  • Buttafuoco family members reflect.

  • Payton Leutner recovers from an attack.

  • The life and death of Dorothy Stratten.

  • A divorced law professor is found shot.

  • Sole Survivor; Daughter of Kansas woman who went missing found alive 15 years later; John Robinson, the conman; John Robinson goes to trial for three murders in Kansas

  • Performers Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn open up about the infamous career-ending tiger attack that happened 16 years ago, their storied career and the legacy of their Las Vegas residency.

  • Detectives solve a murder decades later.

  • The Hustlers; A lifelong hustler discovers the strip club scene; Strip club workers' new hustle takes a dark turn; Doctor almost swindled out of $100,000 after three dates with woman

  • When a woman secretly records her husband's affair, she snaps and kills his girlfriend and herself.

  • In September 2015, Kelley Clayton is brutally murdered in her upstate New York home, in what turned out to be a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by her husband Thomas, who was well known in the community as a former minor league hockey star. Deborah Roberts reports details of the complex case that shocked the small town and documents the trials of Thomas and hit man Michael Beard, who were both convicted of first and second degree murder in connection to Kelley's death.

  • Teen Who Lost Leg, Fingers In Shark Attack Describes The Moment She Was Bitten; Creating 'The Handmaid's Tale,' A Show That Became A Symbol Of Real-Life Resistance

  • Trump on polls showing Biden ahead: 'I don't believe those polls; Trump on Mueller, immigration and putting his personal touch on Oval Office

  • The case of Martin MacNeill, whose wife Michele MacNeill was found unresponsive in her bathtub by her 6-year-old child. It took authorities five years to charge MacNeill, a wealthy doctor and father of eight, with murder.

  • A man kills his friend in order to steal his money.

  • On the evening of April 19, 1989, 28-year-old Trisha Meili was beaten, raped and left to die inside New York City's Central Park. The events that followed triggered a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of all involved, including the five African American and Hispanic teenagers who were convicted in the attack due to confessions they later said were coerced. Their verdicts were set aside after Matias Reyes confessed to and was convicted in the attack. Included: remarks from Meili.

  • Undercover Mother; A man convicted of murder has his conviction overturned by an appeals court and waits to see if a higher court agrees it should be overturned.

  • Last Defense; A mother on death row for the unthinkable. Now the court orders testing on crucial crime scene evidence.

  • A woman who believed she was conceived by an anonymous sperm donor discovers her biological father is actually her mother's former fertility doctor.

  • Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is shot point blank at the door of her Los Angeles home by her longtime stalker.

  • The Woman in the Suitcase; A 21-year-old Miami hotel guest has no memory of being attacked, raped and left for dead.

  • A man who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife is set free after spending less than eight years in prison.

  • A woman's infatuation with a married man who didn't want to be a father possibly motivated her to shoot her three young children, seriously injuring two and killing one.

  • The rise of Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes and her technology company Theranos, and their fall amid accusations of massive fraud.

  • A love triangle involving a divorced mother and two wealthy doctors ends in a successful murder-for-hire plot.

  • A man terrorizes a city for eight hours in 2016.

  • Serial killer Ted Bundy's past and crimes.

  • A New York woman convicted of murdering her second husband and attempting to murder her daughter.

  • Kerri Rawson discusses her experience growing up as the daughter of serial killer Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer; interviews with other people close to the case.

  • AP’s Jonathan Lemire, former US attorney Joyce Vance, MSNBC contributor Karine Jean-Pierre, The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes, and Donny Deutsch on how the president’s focus on the government shutdown has left policies and institutions crumbling

  • An examination of the scandals that rocked Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's "PTL" empire, including the theme park Heritage USA.

  • An interview with actor Robert Blake 14 years after he was acquitted of murdering his wife, a case that remains unsolved.

  • An investigation into the murder of Shanann Watts.

  • Looking back at the legacy of a president.

  • A woman denies killing her husband.

  • A daughter fights for justice after her mother was allegedly killed in husband's murder-for-hire plot.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at ``Mary Poppins Returns''; exclusive interviews with cast and crew.

  • A man disfigured during an attempted suicide shares his story following a life-changing transplant surgery.

  • Former first lady Michelle Obama talks about her new memoir, "Becoming."

  • The Man Behind The Mask; Former hockey star's young family shattered by wife's murder at home; Manhunt begins for brutal killer of mother of two; 7-year-old daughter becomes key eyewitness in attack on mom

  • An update on the Daron Wint arson-murder story.

  • An 11-year-old boy convicted of first-degree murder gets his conviction overturned after seven years in juvenile detention.

  • An exclusive sit-down interview with first lady Melania Trump.

  • DNA detective CeCe Moore's use of crime scene evidence and a genealogical website leads to an arrest in a cold case from 1992.

  • Audio detailing the night Prince nearly died from overdose on plane; Prince suddenly dies at Paisley Park from fentanyl overdose

  • Investigative reporting.

  • Interview with Elizabeth Thomas, who was taken at age 15 by her Tennessee high school teacher, resulting in a 38-day nationwide manhunt.

  • Shot in the Dark; A high school cheerleader and football player's tumultuous relationship; Teen found dead in her bed from a gunshot to her head; Today, convicted killer apologizes for shooting ex-girlfriend

  • Abby Hernandez discusses her abduction.

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