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The TV Museum

A semi-monthly podcast revisiting classic television, one series at a time. Hosts Hannah and Jeffrey are your intrepid and informed tour guides through TV's back catalog as they take a fresh look at shows which have been off the air for at least 15 years and are available on a major streaming service.
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Dec 25, 2015

In this special bonus episode, guest hosts Sylvia (7) and Judith (4) take a look at Peabody's Improbable History

 

Learn more:

Full Segment List Courtesy of Wikipedia

Peabody's Improbable History at Toonpedia

Go visit the Paley Center to learn more about Jay Ward's work.

Dec 23, 2015

This week we combine two great tastes: Mary Tyler Moore, a comedy about a woman who can turn the world on with her smile, and that show's landmark hour-long spin-off, the newsroom drama Lou Grant.

Tune in to learn which Robocop star goose-stepped through an episode of Lou Grant, hear Cloris Leachman sing about social disease, and discover why Ron Burgundy's dog is named Baxter. 

Keep listening for an interview with Lou Grant himself, the great Ed Asner.

 

Episodes we watched:

The Mary Tyler Moore Show:

Pilot  “Love is All Around” 

S3 E16 "Lou’s Place"

S2 E1 “The Birds and..um..Bess”  

S2 E 23 "Some of my Best Friends Are Rhoda" 

S7 E 24 “The Last Show” 

Lou Grant:

Pilot - "Cophouse"

S3 E1 "Cop"

S1 E5 "Nazi"

 

Check out a photo from the interview on our Facebook page.

Highlights from Someone I Touched

Check out The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant on Hulu

 

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And thank you to the fabulous Minden, who composed our theme music. 

 

Dec 10, 2015

This week we brave the horrors of late 70s fashion to give you a review of a television show about radio:

Tune in to learn whatever happened to Dr. Johnny Fever, who the heck Ol' Lonely is, and how to make a career out of a sultry swimsuit photo.

Show links:

NPR calls WRKP the first show to take rock seriously

Nedra Volz IMDB

Vincent Schiavelli IMDB

Nov 25, 2015

This week we looked at a show whose reputation permeates pop culture but which we'd never actually seen. A show in which a sweet mullet, a roll of duck tape, and a phone number for the Boys' and Girls' Club will get you out of any sticky situation:

MACGYVER!

Pilot (9/29/85)

Partners (S2 E40 3/2/87)

Runners (S4 E77 3/13/89)

Tune in to learn the second best use for chocolate bars, how not to succeed in the world's oldest profession, and what the 80s Action Show Rule of Three is all about.

Get geeky:

MacGyver Online

Will there be a MacGyver remake?

The A.V. Club suggests 10 essential MacGyver eps

Emerald Point N.A.S. intro (it stands for Naval Air Station)

The Fall Guy theme song

Animotion's Obsession (co-written by Michael des Barres)

 

Nov 12, 2015

The Cast of The Wonder Years

Did you watch this seminal series gathered around the TV with your parents and siblings, slightly uncomfortable about your feelings for either Kevin or Winnie? We took a deep dive into a childhood favorite and watched six full episodes of the highly-decorated The Wonder Years:

Pilot

Swingers

My Father’s Office

Summer Song (S3 Ep 1)

Summer (S6 Ep 21)

Independence Day (S6 Ep 22)

 

Listen to find out what Kevin Arnold and Jason Voorhees have in common, learn whatever happened to Paul Saviano (spoiler: he's not Marilyn Manson), and contemplate whether the 60s are worthy of the unparalleled reverence they are accorded in popular culture.

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Oct 26, 2015

Hot Rod Herman

For our second foray into the archives we watched three episodes of the short-running but long-syndicated CBS gothic sitcom The Munsters:

THE FIRST ONE: "Munster Masquerade"

THE FAMOUS ONE: "Hot Rod Herman"

THE RANDO ONE: "Treasure of Mockingbird Lane"

Listen as we dive into the history and trivia of this quirky family comedy. Which cast member recorded a regrettable novelty song? What's the connection between The Munsters and Syfy's FaceOff? Just how much of an earworm is the theme song?

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For Munsterphiles:

Here Comes the Munster Koach

Whatever Happened to Eddie?

The psychology of Munsters viewers

The couple in Texas who built there own replica Munster Mansion (no really, they did)

Oct 22, 2015



"That twilighty show...about that zone."  -- Homer Simpson

We begin our first exhibit in the TV Museum with a look at the iconic CBS sci-fi anthology The Twilight Zone. This cult hit ran for five seasons and spawned various spin-offs, but is it worth revisiting? We watched three episodes to find out:

THE FIRST ONE: "Where is Everybody?"

THE FAMOUS ONE: "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"

THE RANDO ONE: "The Hunt"

Listen to the full show to learn more about notable "Hey! It's That Guy"s and whether there is raccoon hunting in the hereafter.

For a deeper dive, check out:

The Twilight Zone Podcast

The Twilight Zone imdb page

All 156 episodes available on CBS All-Access (subscription)

And thanks again to Minden for composing our awesome in-and-out music, "Something Small".

Oct 21, 2015

Welcome the to the TV Museum, where we review both famous and obscure shows of yesteryear to determine which deserve your precious couch time and which can be safely forgotten. Fire up your Roku and stay tuned -- our first "exhibit" drops this week.

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