16 episodes

Before binging, there was cable. Welcome to Basic!, the official podcast bringing you the unofficial history of cable TV. Go behind the scenes of a glorious time in pop culture, when shows like MTV’s ‘The Real World,’ ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ and AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ made basic cable a must-have for every American home.

With the help of guests like Jimmy Kimmel, Cindy Crawford and Amy Schumer, hosts Doug Herzog (former network executive at MTV, Comedy Central, Fox) and Jen Chaney (TV critic at New York Magazine/Vulture) explore basic cable history through the experimental shows, ground-breaking creators, and Zeitgeist-shifting trends that defined the medium.

Basic‪!‬ SiriusXM

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Before binging, there was cable. Welcome to Basic!, the official podcast bringing you the unofficial history of cable TV. Go behind the scenes of a glorious time in pop culture, when shows like MTV’s ‘The Real World,’ ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ and AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ made basic cable a must-have for every American home.

With the help of guests like Jimmy Kimmel, Cindy Crawford and Amy Schumer, hosts Doug Herzog (former network executive at MTV, Comedy Central, Fox) and Jen Chaney (TV critic at New York Magazine/Vulture) explore basic cable history through the experimental shows, ground-breaking creators, and Zeitgeist-shifting trends that defined the medium.

    Lisa Napoli and the CNN Story

    Lisa Napoli and the CNN Story

    Ted Turner is one of basic cable's true godfathers. Author Lisa Napoli takes us through his visionary and often controversial quest to create the world's first 24-hour news network.

    • 44 min
    From 'Desus & Mero,' The Kid Mero

    From 'Desus & Mero,' The Kid Mero

    The Kid Mero stops by to talk Desus & Mero, their journey from 'Bodega Boys' to cable late-night stars, and their recent decision to part ways.

    • 34 min
    'Chappelle Show' co-creator Neal Brennan

    'Chappelle Show' co-creator Neal Brennan

    'Chappelle Show' co-creator and stand up comic Neal Brennan takes us behind the scenes at one of cable’s most legendary shows and the chaos that abruptly derailed it.

    • 44 min
    Samantha Bee

    Samantha Bee

    Samantha Bee talks to Jen and Doug about her early days on 'The Daily Show,' breaking the glass ceiling of late night TV, and learning the U.S. national anthem.

    • 33 min
    Jemele Hill - Formerly of ESPN

    Jemele Hill - Formerly of ESPN

    Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill talks with Jen and Doug about the intersection of sports, news, social media and politics.

    • 35 min
    Bryan Cranston

    Bryan Cranston

    Emmy award winner Bryan Cranston joins Jen and Doug to talk anti-heroes, the birth of binging, and the 'Breaking Bad' scene he will never forget.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Sir Neema ,

Where are all my cable tv kids!?

What a terrific podcast about a simpler time! Doug & Jen have such a vast knowledge (and memory?) of the TV industry "of yesterday" and it's awesome hearing stories about favorite shows, tv personalities, and the way business was done back in the day. A time when the M in the MTV actually meant music....

Awesome show!

old school patriot ,

Basic

Super interesting! Informative and fun and not just a history lesson. Contemporary observations and fascinating insight into past classic broadcast moments by really cool, funny and engaging guests. Hosts ask the right questions. Highly recommend to anyone who likes television and also likes to laugh.

Aimersbsf ,

Love!

What a fun and insightful show with great guests and interesting commentary. Can’t wait to hear more!

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