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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Apr 20, 2016
"Holy amazing guest, Batman!" 

We're joined by NPR critic, author, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist, and one of our favorite voices on culture, Glen Weldon, to discuss his new book, The Caped Crusade: Batman & The Rise of Nerd Culture, and the two major TV series featuring the not-always-so Dark Knight.  How did the character change from the comic page to the TV screen with the garish campiness of the live action series that ran on ABC in the mid-1960s? Did fans reclaim their hero with the darkly faithful animated series that aired on Fox in the 1990s? Tune in to find out!
On this episode:
Batman (1966): 
"The Bookworm Turns/As Gotham Burns" (S1 Eps. 29-30)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992):  
"Heart of Ice" (S1 E14)
"The Joker's Favor"  (S1 E22)
"Legends of the Dark Knight"  (S4 E19)


The Bookworm -- turning!

Glen Weldon 

The Real Comic Book Origins of the Batman '66 TV Series

The AV Club picks the 10 campiest Batman episodes

Complex picks the 25 best eps of The Animated Series


Don't forget to check out Glen's book! You can get it FREE with a 30-day Audible Trial!

Apr 6, 2016

Grab your six shooters and your ten gallon, 'cause the TV Museum's finally tackling a Western! We take a look at one of the 28 (yes, really!) primetime shows set in the Old West that aired in 1958: The Rifleman.

Listen in to hear about star Chuck Connors's bizarre and varied pro sports career, find out which Rat Packer made not one but two guest appearances on the show, and learn where to go when you just can't afford enough salt to get through the winter.

Note: We apologize if you hear a little audio crackle in this ep. Just imagine we're all sitting around a camp fire, shootin' the breeze....

Mentioned in the exhibit and worth a look:

Inside the Box podcast talks about the Dumont Network

AV Club's The Rifleman Roundtable

The Encyclopedia of TV on westerns

FCC Chair Newton Minnow on the "vast wasteland" of TV

A look at the special effects challenges of The Ordeal

The Rifleman's casualty list on

The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra


We are sponsored again by Audible and hope you'll take advantage of a FREE 30-DAY TRIAL so you can check out one of the following audio books:

John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West by Jeff Guinn

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Just go to today!








Apr 1, 2016

CBS-TV has closed a deal with Uber that will put Tony Danza back in the role of boxer/cabbie Tony Banta, the character he brought to life on celebrated sitcom Taxi--but with a new economy twist.


The "requel" series will follow Danza during his days and nights behind the wheel of the black Nissan Altima sedan he has to pay for and maintain himself as a driver for the tech and transportation industry upstart.  Instead of featuring a large ensemble cast congregating in a dispatch office, the series will center on Danza as a solitary Uber contractor.  

Danza will not be the only star in the cast, however:  He will be joined by Dame Maggie Smith, who is lending her vocal talents to the role of the navigational assistant application who keeps Banta company.

Alright, alright -- enough.  Happy April Fools' Day from The TV Museum Podcast! But, if you're reading this, perhaps you'll stick around and check out our show! 

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