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Episode 43: Ryan Hoss / Super Mario Bros: The Movie

On this episode, I'm joined by special guest Ryan Hoss, founder of the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive, to discuss the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros: The Movie. Released in 1993 just weeks before Jurassic Park gobbled up all comers, the Nintendo video game adaptation (the first video game movie ever!) -- starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the titular brothers -- didn't make much of a mark at the box office, but nonetheless remains an object of both derision and fascination in...


Episode 42: Glenn Greenberg / Remembering Stan Lee

Comic book legend Stan Lee passed away earlier today, and an entire era ended with him. I sat down with my friend, former Marvel Comics editor Glenn Greenberg, for an in-depth chat about the late comic book legend, looking at how "Stan the Man" changed the comic industry and the world with his foresight into crafting iconic characters that would continue to inspire and entertain decades after their introduction. We also delve into his complicated history with his various co-creators and try...


Episode 41: Arnold T. Blumberg / Night of the Living Dead

As this episode drops it's the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and important horror films of all time, director George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The creepy classic not only led the late Mr. Romero to sequelize himself over the next several decades with Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and more, but everything from The Walking Dead to Shaun of the Dead to 28 Days Later owes some piece of its success to what Romero and writer John Russo managed to pull off with no...


Episode 40: Mark Altman / Battlestar Galactica

My returning guest for this episode is author Mark A. Altman, whose new book So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica is in stores now, and who joins me to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Battlestar Galactica franchise, which premiered on this day in 1978 on the ABC TV network. Listen in as Mark and I discuss the original show's creation by Glen A. Larson, its quick cancellation, its quick revival followed by an even quicker...


Episode 39: Mark O'Connell / Watching Skies

My guest this month is author Mark O'Connell, who joins me all the way from the U.K. for the full hour to discuss his great new book, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg, and Us. It's a fun and far-ranging conversation that touches on James Bond, Star Wars, the Spielberg output of the 1980s, and so much more as we dive deep into the Nostalgia Theater that shaped not only both of us, but entire generations of future film buffs! As always, you can listen to the show via the embed below, or...


Episode 38: Steven Weber / Wings

For the latest Nostalgia Theater show, I was honored to be joined for the hour by veteran actor Steven Weber for a fond look back at his time as snarky pilot Brian Hackett on the seminal '90s sitcom Wings. In addition, he also reflected on his turn stepping into Jack Nicholson's shoes in the TV remake of Stephen King's The Shining, playing TV exec Jack Rudolph on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and so much more! It's a humorous and engaging conversation full of the...


Episode 37: Mike Reiss / The Simpsons

I'm joined by my MovieFilm co-pilot Brian Hall for this very special crossover episode of the Nostalgia Theater show, featuring our conversation with longtime Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss about his new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. If you've listened to our show for any lenghth of time, you know who important The Simpsons is for both of us, so we hope you'll enjoy hearing this interview as much we enjoyed...


Episode 36: The Incredible Hulk 10th Anniversary Commentary Track

Today marks ten years since the release of Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk! The Edward Norton starrer directed by Louis Leterrier sometimes feels like an unloved afterthought in the otherwise hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a huge Hulk fan for most of my life I've always felt that was a bit unfair. Luckily, I'm not alone in that assessment, and here to help mark this movie's decade anniversary is my friend, frequent co-host, and Hulk comic book writer Glenn Greenberg...


Episode 35: Phoef Sutton / Cheers

For this month's Nostalgia Theater I mark twenty-five years since Cheers -- one of the greatest TV show of all time -- left the airwaves. I was in junior high at the time, but I remember well how anticipated it was. A legitimate cultural event that prompted joy and sadness in equal measure. And in the intervening quarter-century the show has remained as beloved as it was during its initial run. My guest for this episode is legendary writer/producer Phoef Sutton, who was with the show for...


Episode 34: Mark Hughes / Superman's 80th Anniversary

On the latest Nostalgia Theater show I was fortunate to be joined by Mark Hughes, film critic, Forbes contributor, and Superman super-fan, for a celebration of the Man of Steel's big 80th anniversary just in time for the momentous 1000th issue of Action Comics to hit store shelves! Mark and I reminisce about our shared affinity for this most iconic of superheroes, offer our opinions on the different depictions of Superman onscreen, and give our thoughts on his various comic book iterations....


Episode 33: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Commentary Track

And we're back with the latest Nostalgia Theater Commentary Trek! My friend Glenn Greenberg, writer of many Star Trek books and comics, is my co-pilot once again as we talk through one of hte most divisive Star Trek adventures ever put onscreen, 1989's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. As always, you'll hear personal histories with this sequel, with plenty of trivia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes sprinkled in as we watch William Shatner's sole directing effort in the Star Trek movie...


Episode 32: Brian C. Baer / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Brian C. Baer, author of the new book How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen for a fun and engaging conversation about the 1980s action figure phenomenon from Mattel that was so integral to so many childhoods. Brian shares the origins of his own He-Man fandom, and then delves into the origins of the toyline, the iconic animated series, and even the ill-fated 1987 motion picture, as well as making some predictions...


Episode 31: Mike Farrell / M*A*S*H

Attention all personnel! Today marks exactly 35 years to the day that the classic TV series M*A*S*H aired its final episode on CBS. The two-hour event remains the highest rated TV episode of all time, and to celebrate the occasion I'm honored to be joined by none other than Captain BJ Hunnicutt himse, Mike Farrell, for a fun hour of reminiscing about his most iconic role, the impact of the show this many decades later, as well as his past and present political activism! This one was an...


Episode 30: Eric & Julia Lewald / X-Men: The Animated Series

25 years ago last October, the Fox network debuted the X-Men animated series as part of its Saturday morning lineup. Along with Batman: The Animated Series, which had premiered two months earlier, this was really a turning point in terms of how action and adventure shows were presented for animation, and it was a real leap forward for complex, serialized storytelling, which had basically been unheard of in American animation outside of imported shows like Robotech in the mid-’80s. And while...


Episode 29: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Commentary Track

The Nostalgia Theater show is back with a new Commentary Trek! My friend Glenn Greenberg, writer of many Star Trek books and comics, joins me on the 31st anniversary of the release of 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Like always, listen in for our own personal histories with this sequel and lots of fun trivia and behind-the-scenes stories. We're two thirds of the way through the classic Trek movies, but there's two more missions to go! Click below to listen, or subscribe at iTunes,...


Episode 28: Danny Bilson / The Flash (1990)

For this episode I'm joined by special guest Danny Bilson, a movie and TV veteran who's probably best known for being co-creator (along with Paul DeMeo) of the 1990 version of The Flash, which aired for one season on CBS, and co-writer of the 1991 feature film The Rocketeer. Danny was gracious enough to join me for a fun and freewheeling conversation about the ins-and-outs of the industry as we covered the Flash's too-brief first TV run and its ignominious cancellation. We also talked about...


Episode 27: Mark A. Altman / Star Trek: The Next Generation

Today marks thirty years to the day that TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation first premiered in syndication. The sequel series was a risky venture by Paramount, but three decades later, it’s fair to say that Captain Picard, Commander Data, and the other crewmembers of the Enterprise-D are at least as beloved as their legendary predecessors. Why did The Next Generation work almost despite itself? I discuss that question and more with my special guest, Mark A. Altman. In addition to working...


Episode 26: Rob Kelly / M*A*S*H

Attention all personnel! Today marks exactly 45 years to the day that the classic TV series M*A*S*H first premiered on CBS. Based on the novel by Richard Hooker and the 1970 feature film directed by Robert Altman, the boundary-busting sitcom had an impressive eleven season run, redefining what television was capable of, and leaving the air with a finale that remains to this day the highest rated episode of any TV show ever. Not a bad legacy, and it provided quite the springboard for...


Episode 25: Caseen Gaines / The Dark Crystal

Thirty-five years ago this December, directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz first took audiences into the mystical land of Thra, home of The Dark Crystal. While the ambitious puppet-centric feature didn't quite land with audiences at the time, its mix of effects and fantasy have turned it into a cult artifact in the decades since. For this episode, I'm joined by special guest is Caseen Gaines, author of the beautiful new tome The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, for a fun chat about the...


Episode 24: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Commentary Track

Back for another Commentary Trek continues! This time I'm rejoined by my friend Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek comics, for the third feature voyage for original Star Trek crew, 1984's Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. As always, you can hear our own personal histories with this installment, plus plenty of trivia and behind-the-scenes factoids. As always, we had a blast with this one, and we're alread planning ahead for The Voyage Home!...