Episode 83: Athlete Cartoons

This week, join Jonathan as he celebrates the Mike Tyson Mysteries and all the previous athlete cartoons Tyson sends up each week. In this episode, Jonathan discusses 1977’s I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, Mr. T (1983-1986), and Pro Stars (1991). What is it about the athlete that makes us want to see him in a cartoon environment? Why do we so readily make nonsensical cartoon spinoffs of beloved television characters? These answers and more on today’s new episode.

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Episode 82: Encore Presentation of Episode 05: Depictions of ’60s Youth

This week, enjoy an encore presentation of episode 05 where Jonathan, Andrew and Steve discuss and have fun with depictions of 1960s youth culture on television including clips from The Monkees, Dragnet, and Star Trek: the Original Series. The trio also discuss growing up as a re-runs generation in the 1980s depicting culture from twenty years prior. Also the tension between depicting social change that had very real stakes in a muted, rounded-off sharp edges, Hollywood style. So, decide which Monkee is your favorite; brace yourself for a Joe Friday lecture, and get out your Vulcan lute, because it’s time for some Spock Rock! Here is the original episode blog page: http://www.tvhistorypod.com/?p=151

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Episode 81: Composer Jesse Frederick

This week join Jonathan as he explores the output of TV theme song composer Jesse Frederick and his frequent collaborator Bennett Salvay. What themes these Mille/Boyett productions embraced in order to get, and stay on the air? How these theme songs helped to sell these situations and emotions for uplifting, increasingly family-oriented programming.

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Episode 80: Shows That Changed Their Premises Mid-Season

This week join Jonathan as he has some light fun looking at shows that did a 180 in their premises either mid-season or between seasons: Nichols (NBC, 1971-1972); Going Places (ABC, 1990-1991); and Baywatch Nights (syndication, 1995-1997). A lighthearted look at the ridiculousness that ensues when such drastic changes are made to a program’s premise.

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Episode 79 – Why Is John Candy Forgotten?

This week join Jonathan as he asks the question why a performer so likable, versatile, and successful, seemingly so easily forgotten? Does the age when a performer passes, have an effect? Does the audiences’ interpretation about what makes the performer effective, play a role? Join Jonathan as he asks this question using the case study of actor and comedian John Candy (1950-1994).

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Episode 78 – Encore Presentation of Mr. Rogers (ep. 28)

This week join Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan on an encore presentation of our Mr. Rogers episode to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ debut (February 19, 1968). In this episode we discuss Fred Rogers as a counter-cultural figure. Can we view his choices regarding race and sexual preference as revolutionary? Pragmatic? or did he simply NOT do enough? Join us as we attempt to unwrap the relationship between Mr. Rogers, social issues, and his own personal spirituality. Here is the link to the original episode’s page featuring extra images and video. link

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Episode 77 – Jerry Seinfeld, A Way Too Early Historical Assessment

This week join Jonathan as he provides a way-too-early historical assessment of Jerry Seinfeld’s career. Using a lot of short clips, Jonathan ponders whether one day Seinfeld will suffer a similar fate to Harold Lloyd in the annals of history.

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Episode 76: Pop Music On TV

This week join Jonathan as he provides a broad introduction to presenting pop music on US television, in particular, some of the precursors to the explosive success of MTV beginning in August 1981.

NPR’s story on the first music video: link

Great fan site for the Video Concert Hall: link

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Episode 75: Encore Presentation of The Star Wars Holiday Special (Ep. 24)

We’re taking a break this week for the holidays! So, please enjoy this encore presentation of the podcast’s episode 24, where Andrew and Jonathan tackle The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) with special guest, Frank Bridges. Here is the link to the original episode’s page so you can check out additional images and videos: link

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Episode 74: When Budgets Are Slashed

This week join Jonathan as he briefly discusses three case studies for when budgets were severely slashed on classic television shows, and the effects this had on creativity (or lack thereof).

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This compilation of fight scenes is useful to quickly see the sparse sets during many of the wide shots used during these sequences.