95 episodes

Inside the Box: The TV History podcast discusses a particular era, innovation, trend, or program and spends an episode discussing it. Hosted by Jonathan Bullinger, Andrew Salvati, and Steve Voorhees, they apply their scholarly work in media studies to provide the history of TV, critique it at times, and just try to have some fun as they explore inside the box. Be sure to also check our supplementary content that accompany each episode on our home page www.tvhistorypod.com.

Inside the Box: The TV History Podcast Inside the Box: The TV History Podcast

    • TV & Film

Inside the Box: The TV History podcast discusses a particular era, innovation, trend, or program and spends an episode discussing it. Hosted by Jonathan Bullinger, Andrew Salvati, and Steve Voorhees, they apply their scholarly work in media studies to provide the history of TV, critique it at times, and just try to have some fun as they explore inside the box. Be sure to also check our supplementary content that accompany each episode on our home page www.tvhistorypod.com.

    Episode 91: Interview with Paula Finn & Ken Estin (Part II)

    Episode 91: Interview with Paula Finn & Ken Estin (Part II)

    Andrew and Steve sit down with Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Ken Estin,whose TV resume includes Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, and The Tortellis. Interestingly, through his work on Tracey Ullman, Ken played a significant role in the creation of The Simpsons.



    Also joining the conversation is author Paula Finn, who will discuss her new book, Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy. Finn is the daughter of Herbert Finn, notable TV writer for such series as The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason Show, The Flintstones, Gilligan’s Island, and Dennis the Menace.



    In the second part of this two-part episode, we focus on Paula’s book chapter dedicated to Ken Estin and discuss with Ken how The Simpsons was born out of the Tracey Ullman Show, the event that he considers to be the greatest night of his professional career (hint: it involves Taxi and Cheers), and how HBO nearly acquired Taxi for its fifth season (1982-83).

    You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/StandardDef1 https://twitter.com/Andrewsalvati https://twitter.com/JBully78 On Facebook: Inside The Box – The TV History Podcast You can also listen to this episode on the Internet Archive here: link You can also listen to this episode on Stitcher: link

    • 49 min
    Episode 90: Couldn’t Stay Away: Interview with Paula Finn & Ken Estin (Part I)

    Episode 90: Couldn’t Stay Away: Interview with Paula Finn & Ken Estin (Part I)

    Andrew and Steve sit down with author Paula Finn to discuss her new book, Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy.  Finn is the daughter of Herbert Finn, notable TV writer for such series as The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason Show, The Flintstones, Gilligan’s Island, and Dennis the Menace.



    Also joining the conversation is Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Ken Estin, whose TV resume includes Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, and The Tortellis.



    In this first part of a two-part episode, Paula and Ken discuss their experience inside TV writers rooms and the components of good comedy writing.  Paula will provide an inside look into her new book and Ken will tell the story of how his first professional script for Taxi earned a Writers Guild Award.





    Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 to listen to Part II. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

    Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/StandardDef1

    https://twitter.com/Andrewsalvati

    https://twitter.com/JBully78

    On Facebook: Inside The Box – The TV History Podcast

    You can also listen to this episode on Stitcher: link

    • 48 min
    Episode 89: Unexpected Endings

    Episode 89: Unexpected Endings

    Happy Trails.



     

    Inside the Box: The TV History Podcast is taking a hiatus. It will either be really long, or perhaps permanent. Jonathan explains why, discusses the show’s highlights, thanks Andrew and Steve, and provides an overview of the best episodes (also listed below). Thanks everyone for all of your support. -Jonathan, Steve, & Andrew.

     Internet Archive: link























    Top 10: Best of Inside the Box:

    Episode 01 – Introduction of TV at the 1939 World’s Fair

    Episode 02 – The DuMont Network 1946-1956

    Episode 08 – All-Star Party for Ronald “Dutch” Reag

    Episode 22 – Magnavox Odyssey

    Episode 26 – Force 7

    Episode 28 – Mr. Rogers

    Episode 35 – Our Interview with Newton Minow

    Episode 39 – Jim Henson Biographer Brian Jay Jones

    Episode 41 – Race on 1980s TV with Alvyn Haywood

    Episode 45 – KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

     

    Best of Andrew Top 5:

    Episode 07 – History of Broadcasting (Radio to TV)

    Episode 35 – Our Interview with Newton Minow

    Episode 48 – TV During World War II

    Episode 51 – Presidential Inaugurations

    Episode 67 – Interview with Gary Edgerton

     

    Best of Steve Top 5:

    Episode 02 – The DuMont Network 1946-1956

    Episode 06 – The Rural Purge

    Episode 17 – Interactive TV Part 01

    Episode 18 – TV Flow

    Episode 28 – Mr. Rogers

     

    Best of Jonathan Top 5:

    Episode 08 – All-Star Party for Ronald “Dutch” Reag

    Episode 19 – Production Geographies

    Episode 39 – Jim Henson Biographer Brian Jay Jones

    Episode 56 – TV Shows That Never Existed

    Episode 72 – Gail Patrick Jackson

     

     

    • 19 min
    Episode 88: Encore Presentation of The DuMont Network (1946-1956) (Ep. 2)

    Episode 88: Encore Presentation of The DuMont Network (1946-1956) (Ep. 2)

    In this encore presentation, Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan discuss the often forgotten DuMont television network. Innovative, with stations in key east coast major markets, the DuMont network was ultimately done in by a combination of forces — the least of which being its uncooperative partner, Paramount Studios. Join us as we discuss DuMont and its legacy upon others’ later attempts at establishing a fourth network.

    Here is the link to the original episode’s blog post: link

    Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on Thursday July 12, 2018 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

    Twitter: @tvhistorypod

    On Facebook: Inside The Box – The TV History Podcast

    You can also catch us on iTunes

    You can also listen to this episode on the Internet Archive here: link

    • 37 min
    Episode 87: Encore Presentation of TV During WW2

    Episode 87: Encore Presentation of TV During WW2

    In honor of last week’s D-Day anniversary (June 6), we present an encore presentation of episode 48: TV During WW2. This week join Andrew as he leads a discussion with Steve and Jonathan about how TV was used not before, not after, but during World War II. Contrary to popular belief the then new medium was at least thought about as another technology to be harnessed during the war effort. We also discuss how the rudimentary uses of TV in the immediate post-war era is surprisingly similiar to how we use it today.

    Here is the link to the original episode’s blog post: link

    Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on Thursday June 28, 2018 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

    Twitter: @tvhistorypod

    On Facebook: Inside The Box – The TV History Podcast

    You can also catch us on iTunes

    You can also listen to this episode on the Internet Archive here: link

    • 40 min
    Episode 86: Does SNL Use More Guest Stars?

    Episode 86: Does SNL Use More Guest Stars?

    This week, join Jonathan as he provides really “inside baseball” on the question of whether Saturday Night Live uses more guest stars today than in the past.

    Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on Thursday June 14, 2018 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

    Twitter: @tvhistorypod

    On Facebook: Inside The Box – The TV History Podcast

    You can also catch us on iTunes

    You can also listen to this episode on the Internet Archive here: link







     

     

    • 29 min

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

Listeners Also Subscribed To