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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...


Episode 36: 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...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


Episode 23: John Trumbull / Batman: The Animated Series

In just a few short months, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series hits its big quarter-century anniversary. In order to mark the occasion, I’m joined by John Trumbull — author of an expansive oral history of the series for Back Issue! magazine featuring interviews with most of the key creatives — for a fun and free-ranging conversation including John’s conversations with Bruce Timm, etc. about the animated Batman’s journey to the screen, how the series changed the playing field for all...


Commentary Track: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

It’s a special episode of the Nostalgia Theater Podcast! After we had such a good time with our special 50th anniversary Star Trek episode last summer, I’m joined once more by frequent friend-of-the-show Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek comics, for what we hope will be the first in a series of commentary tracks talking through the original Trek feature films. First up, 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This is a polarizing pic even...


Episode 19: Jim Beard & RIch Handley / Planet of the Apes

For my latest Nostalgia Theater show I’m honored to be joined by authors Jim Beard & Rich Handley as they discuss their new short fiction anthology Planet of the Apes: Tales From the Forbidden Zone, which collects stories by some of the leading lights in sci-fi writing as they imagine new worlds within the multitudinous franchise. They discuss their own lifetime love of Planet of the Apes, how the book came about, and give a rundown of what readers can expect in the new tome. As longtime...


Episode 12 - Adam Nimoy / For the Love of Spock

It’s Star Trek Month at Nostalgia Theater, as we celebrate fifty years of one of the greatest TV shows — and franchises — of all time! My special guest this episode is director Adam Nimoy, son of the legendary Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock himself — to discuss his emotional new documentary For the Love of Spock, which pays tribute to the late, great Mr. Nimoy as well as his iconic character, examining the world’s relationship with Spock and Adam’s relationship with his dad. The film features...


Episode 7: Ten Years Without The West Wing

This past Saturday marked ten years since Aaron Sorkin’s seminal seriesThe West Wingleft the airwaves on NBC. Starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, and many more, the sparkling drama is one of the most honored shows in television history, remains one of my all-time favorites, and I still miss it this many years later. And so, to mark a decade without The West Wing, I turned to my good friend and fellow Wing-nutZainab F. Chaudaryto share our fond memories of the...


Episode 6: IDW Publishing’s Chris Ryall on Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and More!

For this episode of the show, I’m joined by Chris Ryall, editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing. As the current purveyor of comic book adventures of high profile licenses like Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so much more, IDW has become the go-to place to find Nostalgia Theater favorites on the comic shelf. Chris discusses the process by which IDW has been able to amass such an amazing roster of top drawer titles from topflight talent, and he...