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This is a very hazy recollection, and I was very young, so please bear with me. This was probably from the early up to mid 80's.

There is a particular child with other children. Not sure if it's an orphanage or a home. That child either misbehaves and is locked in a closet/small room or is accidentally locked in it.

It appears as if the world around them is routinely very dark and cloudy.

While the child is in the closet, a very rare instance of sunlight appears. The other children are very excited and run out to enjoy it. The child in the closet/room is forgotten during the excitement.

The child in the closet sees only a little light appear under the door.

At the end, the child's only exposure to this seemingly significant event is from that bit of light from underneath the door.

It may have been a commercial or part of a larger episode/show/movie.

Again, very hazy memory of this, but the images have stuck in my minds for decades.

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    See also scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1032/… (and its various linked duplicates), about the original short story. – Otis Mar 3 '18 at 2:39
  • @Otis. Thanks for the link. Those other people certainly remembered a lot more about the story than I did. I didn't realize they were on another planet. – gdeck Mar 3 '18 at 5:51
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That's a dramatization of Bradbury's story "All Summer in a Day".

From All Summer in a Day, Wikipedia:

The story is about a class of students on Venus, which, in this story, is a world of constant rainstorms, where the Sun is visible for only one hour every seven years. However, in the movie, the sun only came out for an hour every 9 years. (This story was written before Mariner 2 discovered that the surface temperature on Venus is higher than the boiling point of water.)

One of the children, Margot, moved to Venus from Earth five years earlier, and she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine, since the Sun shone regularly on Earth. She describes the Sun as "a penny", or "like a fire in the stove", and relays in a poem to the class that "I think the sun is a flower,That blooms for just one hour". The other children, being too young ever to have seen it themselves, do not believe her. The other students bully and ostracize her, and just before the sun comes out, they lock her in a closet down a tunnel.

As the Sun is about to appear, their teacher arrives to take the class outside to enjoy their one hour of sunshine and, in their astonishment and joy, they all forget about Margot. They run, play, skip, jump, and prance about, savoring every second of their newly found freedom. "It's much better than sun lamps!" one of them cries.

Suddenly, a girl catches a raindrop in her hands. Thunder sounds, and they start to pick as many flowers as they can before it starts pouring again and run back inside. At this point, one of them remembers Margot, who is still locked in the closet. Ashamed, they let her out of the closet, standing frozen, embarrassed over what they have done and unable to "meet each other's glances."

The all-knowing Wikipedia also says:

A 30-minute television adaptation, originally broadcast on the PBS' children's series WonderWorks in 1982. The ending is expanded to show the children atoning for their horrible act by giving Margot flowers that they picked while the Sun was out.[2] The director of photography was Robert Elswit, who went on to become an Academy Award winning cinematographer.

So it seems likely that is it.

Youtube has a full version (for however long it lasts):

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    YES!!!!!!! thank you so much!!!! That has been in my head, probably since 1982 when it was released. – gdeck Mar 2 '18 at 17:04

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