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A television movie (also called a TV film, television film, TV movie, telefilm, telemovie, made-for-television film, direct-to-TV film, movie of the week, feature-length drama, single drama, or original movie) is a movie that is made for and first shown on a television network. Unlike theatrical movies, which are first seen in movie theaters, television movies are first seen on television.
One of the most well-known television movies is The Day After, which was seen by over 100 million people when it was first shown on ABC on November 20, 1983. The movie is about the United States after a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. When the movie was first shown, it caused a lot of controversy and discussion because of what it was about and what it showed.
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