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Hannah and Jeffrey take a look back at the show-about-a-show that helped put HBO on the path to original programming greatness. If you missed Larry Sanders the first time around, start streaming now to see why this single-camera comedy of embarrassment is arguably as influential as The Big S itself.* *Yes, we just made up that nickname for Seinfeld. Listen in to learn whose ear was torn by Rip Torn, what was the other successful Delta Burke vehicle of the mid-late 80s, and which star...

Duration: 00:43:04

Exhibit 23: STAR TREK (The Original Series)

Hannah and Jeffrey are finally taking on Star Trek! In this exhibit we cover (in semi-exhaustive detail) the folks behind the scenes and in front of the camera on TV's most influential sci-fi series. Beam in to learn which cast member's bar mitzvah prompted a return engagement, which star did unspeakable (fictional) things to Angie Dickinson, and who got career advice from MLK, Jr. himself. Keep listening to find out which TV legends (more than one!) had a hand in getting Star Trek to...

Duration: 01:20:14


Travel back with us to a time when men were men, the beach parking scene was laid back, and the cars were brown....1970s Los Angeles, where $200 a day (plus expenses) could get you the best private eye in town. Tune in as we assess the Rockford Files, a stalwart of syndication with a loyal following. Listen carefully and you'll learn ingenious tricks to avoid paying royalties, star James Garner's unfortunate birth name, and who had a battle of words with good ol' Newt Minow! Extra!...

Duration: 00:41:59

Exhibit 21: CHEERS

Sometimes you want one of the 80s' defining sitcoms! In this Season Two opener of the Museum, we turn back to NBC's legendary Thursday night line-up for a look at Cheers. Like its namesake watering hole, this show feels like home to almost anyone who watched TV between 1982 and 1993. Though Cheers is surely familiar to most listeners, in this episode Jeffrey and Hannah seek to uncover new information about a classic. Questions which may be answered include: Learn...

Duration: 00:55:16

In Memorial: Mary Tyler Moore (Repost)

We are heartbroken about the loss of the singular Mary Tyler Moore, whom our listeners know we revere and respect both as on-camera talent and as a force behind the scenes. We simply can't imagine TV without her incalculable contributions. In memorial, we are reposting our episode from December 2015 covering Mary Tyler Moore, and its hourlong spinoff, Lou Grant, and featuring our interview with the legendary Ed Asner. We join you in mourning Mary. Let's remember her together.

Duration: 00:55:28


To celebrate both the holiday of Thanksgiving and the august tradition of special Thanksgiving episodes, we look back at two shows we covered in previous exhibits, watching holiday-themed episodes we skipped in the first go-round. Both A Different World and Third Rock From the Sun tackled everyone's favorite family-and-food holiday in their own unique way. Do they hold up as great TV? Do they capture the hallmarks of their respective shows? Is Whitley a classy drunk? Does Jan Hooks...

Duration: 00:23:05

Season One Wrap Up!

As we go on a brief hiatus to welcome the tater tot, we invite you to join us for a look back on the highs and lows of the first 20+ exhibits of the TV Museum Podcast! And, we give you a preview of what's to come when we return for Season Two!

Duration: 00:25:31


Wrapping up our trifecta of alien-in-the-living room sitcoms, we set the time machine for “not that long ago” and took a look at 3rd Rock from the Sun, which left the airwaves in 2001, just making our 15-year cut-off. Would this show outshine its predecessors, or would it be yet another out-of-this-world dud? Listen in to learn which star made history behind a newsdesk, find out who is the American John Cleese, and discover what double-entendre episode titles make Jeffrey and Hannah...

Duration: 00:39:25

Exhibit 19: MORK & MINDY

In this exhibit we continue our foray into the world of high-concept sitcoms, specifically of the alien-in-the-livingroom subgenre. Where My Favorite Martian portrayed the visitor as a font of wisdom and experience, Mork and Mindy substituted zany naivete in the form of white-hot superstar Robin Williams. Can a show succeed for four seasons on the back of a comedic genius in rainbow suspenders? Listen in to learn about the show's unlikely genesis in the brain of grade schooler, discover...

Duration: 00:34:51


Join us to look back at a prime example of one of the strangest trends of the 60s: the scifi/fantasy sitcom. In the course of this exhibit we unearthed a treasure trove of TV trivia. Learn what a first-class time slot can do, find out about the connection between MFM and The Beatles, discover what happens if you turn a squirrel into a man, be amazed by the longevity of Lassie, and find out which star of MFM went on to appear in an 80s classic and which had to settle for a movie called...

Duration: 00:26:10

Exhibit 17: COLUMBO

If, like Hannah, you have ever bought a lot of Agatha Christie paperbacks off eBay, we have the show for you! Not just another 70s police procedural, Columbo turns the detective genre upside down, as we start each episode watching the killer commit the crime. How will everyone's favorite soft-spoken, disheveled sleuth unravel the mystery? But more importantly, is Columbo worth your TV time? Learn much (MUCH) more about one of TV's most memorable icons: The Ultimate Columbo Site Get...

Exhibit 16: ANIMANIACS

If old Hollywood, 90s topical humor, and general zaniness are your cup of tea, then you're likely already acquainted with the topic of this week's exhibit.Animaniacs introduced a new generation to the wacky, highbrow-meets-lowbrow aesthetic of the Looney Tunes, and it's now available on Netflix. "Toon" in to learn which movie parodies zinged and which fell flat, who were the best and worst of the huge cast of characters, and what was the dirtiest joke those three kooky Warner siblings ever...

Duration: 00:40:37


By popular request, we've tackled a classic from the early 90s, a show that brought the world one of the top ten most distinctive southern accents, an Aretha Franklin-sung theme song, and the greatest (pre-Warby Parker) development in stylish eyewear. This Cosby spin-off came into its own when it ditched the Huxtable element, embraced a large cast, and took on the social issues of the day. Learn more: Jezebel's The Muse rewatches ADW 14 Things You Might Not Know About A Different World...

Duration: 00:37:45

Exhibit 14: BATMAN with Glen Weldon

"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. Howdid 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? Didfans reclaim their hero with the darkly...

Duration: 00:41:04

Exhibit 13: THE RIFLEMAN

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 hearabout 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...

Duration: 00:39:52

Exhibit 12: TAXI

This exhibit explores a critically-acclaimed but never-before-seen (by your hosts, anyway) show that offers up plenty of surprises. Tune in to find out what makesTaxi such a keystone in the history of the American sitcom. Hint: echoes ofTaxi are all over better-known hits likeCheers andSeinfeld. Episodes we watched: Pilot/ “Like Father, Like Daughter” S1 E3 "Blind Date" S1 E17 "Elaine and the Lame Duck" S3 E20 - “Latka the Playboy” S4 E1 - “Jim the Psychic” S4 E21 "Latka’s Wedding" Learn...

Duration: 00:48:34

Exhibit 11: QUANTUM LEAP

In this installment of the TV Museum we dig into the fondly remembered cult hit Quantum Leap -will it succeed where its ancestor The Time Tunnel failed? Listen in to learn more about the largely glow-in-the-dark nature of future technology, discover how meteorological conditions affect time travel, and hear a guy in a truly horrible suit rap about the ABCs. More importantly, we'll answer the question: does Quantum Leap have The Right Stuff? Episodes we watched: Pilot/Genesis Parts 1 & 2...

Duration: 00:45:11


On this (very!) special bonus episode of the TV Museum Podcast, we meet up with The Munsters' Butch Patrick for an in-person interview. Listen in to hear his take on life as a child star in 1960s Hollywood, his time as a resident of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, and some of the highs and lows he's experienced in the years since. Many thanks to Butch for his time and to Joel McGee (America's Toy Scout) for playing host to our interview. Butch Patrick'sThe Munsters Website America's Toy Scout If...

Duration: 00:35:52


In this episode we hurtle through time to explore a 60s cult classic. The facial expression that defined a series. What doa cancer patient aboard the Titanic, a scarlet lady in ancient Jericho, and the 16th president of the United States all have in common? Getting their butts saved by Doug and Tony, of course! Tune in to learn what other hijinks these two valiant scientists get up to while careening through history. Episodes We Watched: "Rendezvous With Yesterday" (Pilot) "The Walls of...

Duration: 00:24:58

Exhibit 9: FAMILY TIES

This week we visit one of the most beloved families of 80s TV, the Keaton clan. Tune in to hear more about the only sitcom in network historyin which someone gets laid after attending a lecture on conservative fiscal policy! Reminisce about heads stuck in bannisters and watch a future Oscar winner tie one on at a PBS affiliate!Discover how many Family Ties stars later formed not-very-famous bands and which Keaton sought therapy on what appeared to be the set of Charlie Rose! Episodes We...

Duration: 00:36:04

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