USA (Sat., Aug. 18, 11 A.M. ET)
Produced and hosted by a former Dance Fever dancer who calls herself Jennifer (she doesn’t use a last name), this episode of Youthquake looks at how AIDS affects teenagers. Specifically, most of the absorbing half-hour consists of segments from an interview Jennifer did with a now deceased 19-year-old. Steve Murrell, who says “I never thought it could happen to me.”
We watch as the disease ravages his face and body in its final stages. When Murrell, a self-described heterosexually active former runaway, discusses his pain, both physical and emotional, you feel it. Kids with an it-can’t-happen-to-me attitude should be forced to watch. It won’t hurt adults to watch this one either.