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Episode 2_12: Battle of the Network Stars 1

For our season two finale, we finally take a look at perhaps the ultimate example of the Battle of the Network Shows era, our namesake, Battle of the Network Stars. In this first-ever Battle from 1976, Robert Conrad, Telly Savalas, and Gabe Kaplan lead teams from NBC, CBS, and ABC in athletic competitions for bragging rights and a sizeable prize. Celebrities, Howard Cosell, controversy, swimsuits, short shorts, Speedos, mustaches, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat! This one has it...

Duration: 01:08:00

Episode 2_11: "Face the Music" and "$ale of the Century"

This week, we dive into the world of game shows with a look at the syndicated "Face the Music" and NBC's fast-paced "$ale of the Century." Plus, an all-new TV Guide Game! Will one of us go home with a brand-new car?!

Duration: 01:15:26

Episode 2_10: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe "Castle of Heroes"

In this episode, we take another look at the animated toy tie-in phenomenon of the mid eighties with the granddaddy of them all He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Skeletor's "friend" Monteague, a toad-like wizard, unleashes Hannibal and Black Beard on Eternia in a plot to recruit He-Man into his army and, um, take over the universe or something. Listen. He drank a bunch of martinis with his pinky before he hatched the plan. He probably doesn't even understand it. Will Monteague...

Duration: 01:01:58

Episode 2_9: Wonder Woman "Disco Devil"

This week in a crass attempt to cash in on the Wonder Woman movie, we take a look at the 1970s TV show and Lynda Carter's definitive performance as the Amazon princess. This one features some of our favorite discussion topics: superheroes, seventies fashion, unique guest stars, and disco. Wonder Woman has to stop an espionage ring using telepathy to steal state secrets, but she also has to survive going to a disco.

Duration: 01:07:37

Episode 2_8: Mork and Mindy "Mixed Emotions"

In 1978, aliens walked among us in the form of Robin Williams in his breakout role as Mork from Ork. In "Mixed Emotions," a little encouragement and a kiss from Mindy (Pam Dawber) release Mork's emotions all at once. They overwhelm in a flurry of comic activity. We discuss this and more, including the complexities of Orkan anatomy, the shape of Jay Thomas' face, and Conrads.

Duration: 00:59:55

Episode 2_7: Search "The Murrow Disappearance"

This week, we introduce you to one of the shows that inspired the podcast. In Search, private security agents use a high-tech approach to solve problems. "The Murrow Disappearance" features Hugh O'Brian, one of three rotating lead actors, as suave, unflappable Hugh Lockwood plus a crew of technicians led by the grouchy Burgess Meredith and the sassy Angel Tompkins. Plus, we say the word "cool," like, 300 times.

Duration: 00:58:13

Episode 2_6: Silver Spoons "Me and Mr. T" and "Twelve Angry Kids"

This week, we look at two episodes of classic eighties sitcom Silver Spoons. First, Ricky (Ricky Schroder) struggles to fit in at his new school and deal with a bully named Ox. Ricky's dad Edward (Joel Higgins) doesn't help matters by hiring a bodyguard for Ricky...Mr. T (Mr. T). After a different incident, Ox sues Ricky, and Ricky requests a jury of his peers--kids. Plus, the BOTNS return of Erin Gray and the BOTNS debut of Leonard Lightfoot!

Duration: 01:32:06

Episode 2_5: Run, Joe, Run "Homecoming"

Loyal listener Amy recommended this Saturday-morning drama about an Army-trained German shepherd on the run for a crime he didn't commit! Kristy McNichol guests as a girl who takes in Joe against her father's wishes. Plus, "What We'd Like to See"!

Duration: 00:56:47

Episode 2_4: The Golden Girls "Ladies of the Evening"

Tickets to the world premiere and after party for Mr. Burt Reynolds' latest movie land the Golden Girls in exactly the wrong place--jail...for prostitution. Will they get out in time to meet Burt and the rest of the Burt Pack? Will Rose ever get over losing Butter Queen? Will Burt lead a game of Win, Lose, or Draw? It all depends on the kindness of Sophia! Uh-oh.

Duration: 00:56:13

Episode 2_3: Real People, season 6, episode 1

This week, we talk about early reality show Real People, featuring hosts Sarah Purcell, Skip Stephenson, Byron Allen, Bill Rafferty, and Peter Billingsley plus a whole bunch of real people. Topics in the the show include arm wrestling, rodeos, and guppies. Topics in the podcast include Byron Allen's interviewing skills, a live "mishap" in Sarah Purcell's later career, and the show's attitude towards Peter Billingsley. We also confirm whether or not Rick and Mike are, in fact, real people.

Duration: 00:55:39

Episode 2_2: Magnum P.I. "J. Digger Doyle"

Quintessential eighties private investigator Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) might have met his match in J. Digger Doyle (TV's Erin Gray), but what kind of match--romantic, professional, nefarious, or all three? He also has to protect Robin Masters (voice of Orson Welles), navigate his prickly relationship with Higgins (Jonathan Hillerman), and negotiate with pals T.C. (Roger Mosley) and Rick (Larry Manetti). All in a day's work for a man and his 'stache!

Duration: 01:11:04

Episode 2_1: Diff'rent Strokes "The Adoption" Parts 1 and 2

Season two begins with a look at a special two-part Diff'rent Strokes. The time has arrived for Mr. Drummond to officially adopt Arnold and Willis, but a con man played by the great Whitman Mayo (Sanford and Son's Grady) has different ideas. What will happen, how does Mrs. Garrett feel about all of this, and--more importantly--what's the bathroom situation in the Drummond household?!

Duration: 00:55:59

Season One Awards Show

The glitz, the glamour, the guffaws! Rick and Mike roll out the red carpet, welcome the stars, and paint the town as they take a look back at season one with the first ever Batty Awards! Who will win? Only they and a random number generator know, but you can find out in this episode! Plus, an UPDATE on season two.

Duration: 01:15:54

Holiday Special

In our first ever Holiday Special, we try to unpack the complex mythos of Rankin-Bass' The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold, then make a heartwarming visit to the Keane family in A Family Circus Christmas. Plus a holiday-themed "TV Guide Game." A note to our listeners loyal and new. This marks the end of season one, but we'll return in January with a look back on season one and details on season two. Stay tuned and happy holidays!

Duration: 01:52:06

Episode 12: CHiPs "Roller Disco" Parts I and II

This week, we look at a two-part episode of late '70s, early '80s feel-good show CHiPs and posit the idea that it might be the quintessential show of the era. In just two hours, John (Larry Wilcox) and Ponch (Erik Estrada have to help out a troubled rock star and his manager, stop a duo bent on sparking car accidents, foil a roller-skating gang of thieves, keep a roller-skating kid on the right side of the rink, and most importantly recruit stars for a charity roller disco! Can they do any...

Duration: 01:18:34

Episode 11: The Facts of Life "Starstruck" and "The Four Musketeers"

This week, we discuss The Facts of Life...the TV show. In "Starstruck," number-one Jermaine Jackson fan Tootie gets a chance to meet him, but in order to do so, she'll have to let down her friends. Will it be worth it, and will he accept her papier mache likeness of him? Then in "The Four Musketeers," cramped quarters and temperature and water issues lead to conflict between the girls. Will they go their separate ways, or will Mrs. Garrett find a way to broker peace with a twinkle in her...

Duration: 01:02:02

Episode 10: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero "Twenty Questions"

This week, we take a look at one of the quintessential 1980s toy tie-in cartoons G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. In "Twenty Questions," pesky journalist Hector Ramirez weasels his way onto the Joe base to expose the truth behind the elite military team's operation and waste of taxpayer dollars. How will the Joes deal with this new threat? By pawning him off on Shipwreck of course! Also, one of us says something stupid. Yooooo Joe!

Duration: 01:16:22

Episode 9: The Muppet Show "Steve Martin"

This week, we look at bona fide classic The Muppet Show. Special Guest Steve Martin shows up only to learn of a scheduling SNAFU. The Muppets have also planned on holding open auditions. Don't worry, though, a miffed Steve finds a way to get in on the act in between singing vegetables, aliens, rivals for our favorites, a surprise dance routine, a human cannonball, and more!

Duration: 00:51:26

Episode 8: In Search Of "Amelia Earhart" and "The Loch Ness Monster"

This week, we probably take a look at what might be the definitive 1970s docuseries In Search Of. Through diligent research, authoritative interviews, and on-site camerawork, host Leonard Nimoy and crew dig deep into the mysteries of Amelia Earhart and the Loch Ness Monster and come up with--well, you be the judge. In all probability, we might offer are own opinions. Also, "What We'd Like To See!"

Duration: 00:44:25

Episode 7: The Six Million Dollar Man "Death Probe Parts I and II"

Listener Andrew Reinhard requested we discuss this two-part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man that terrified him as a child...and haunts him to this day. Can the Bionic Man defeat a crashed Russian Venus probe bent on destroying Wyoming? Can we get through the final climactic Bionic Man in helicopter vs. Death Probe scene? What do we think of the Bionic Man's mustache? We can give you the answers because we have the technology!

Duration: 00:54:42

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