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Each week, hosts Rick Brooks and Mike Cowgill explore the TV of the '70s and '80s through hand-picked episodes. 

Battle of the Network Shows Rick Brooks and Mike Cowgill

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Each week, hosts Rick Brooks and Mike Cowgill explore the TV of the '70s and '80s through hand-picked episodes. 

    60 Minutes March 13, 1983

    60 Minutes March 13, 1983

    This week, we put on our reporters' caps, riffle through the papers on our desks, and try to parse out what makes ratings juggernaut 60 Minutes so iconic. Along the way, we also get to explore some vintage commercials, the sartorial choices of some of the reporters, and ask some unexpected what-if questions? It doesn't get more hard-hitting than this!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Greatest American Hero "The Shock Will Kill You"

    The Greatest American Hero "The Shock Will Kill You"

    Believe it or not, it took eight seasons for us to get to The Greatest American Hero. After steering a powerless space shuttle to a safe landing, Ralph turns into a walking magnet, and only he, Bill, and Pam stand in between a electricity-eating space monster and doom! What a scenario!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Tucker's Witch Aired and Unaired Pilot

    Tucker's Witch Aired and Unaired Pilot

    In short-lived detective series "Tucker's Witch," a married couple solves crimes with a little help from the wife's extra psychic abilities. In a twist, Ted Danson plays the villain. In another twist, producers recast the leads and refilmed the pilot for air. In another twist...we talk about both.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Poor Devil

    Poor Devil

    In TV movie "Poor Devil," Sammy Davis Jr. the demon sees a chance to get out of the furnace room if Christopher "Lucifer" Lee will just let him convince Jack Klugman to sign over his soul. Also, Adam West plays a jerk. What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks?!

    • 49 min
    Duck Tales: "Once Upon a Dime"

    Duck Tales: "Once Upon a Dime"

    This week, we dive into the deep end of the money bin as we take on a lister request, eighties cartoon Duck Tales. On every duck's favorite holiday, Dime Polishing Day, Scrooge McDuck tells the duck tale of how he got his number one dime and became the world's richest duck.

    • 56 min
    Columbo: "A Stitch in Crime"

    Columbo: "A Stitch in Crime"

    Classic detective Columbo squares off with a doctor as arrogant as Columbo is rumpled. That doctor--Leonard Nimoy. We're not sure, but it might be possible that Columbo, if things go right, could maybe catch him...but will we ever really know?

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Subcultist ,

Like a VHS tape treasure trove

This has become one of my favorite podcasts and I anticipate seeing what topic shows up the title each Thursday it’s released. It’s reviews of old shows feels like scanning the handwritten labels of a box of hone recorded VHS tapes. A lot of old sitcoms revisited as well as some intriguingly unknown TV movies. My own era really begins around 1982 or so but I have found their selections from the 70s fascinating.

Big fan of the hosts too.. who manage to balance tv nostalgia with a healthy dose of modern awareness.

Saturday 6:05 pm ,

The Superstation WTBS brought me here

Patrick Simmons and Gary Sandy! I always thought they were separated at birth.
I feel better knowing that someone else saw it as well. The shows are great.

PenelopeQ ,

An affectionate and funny trip down memory lane

Battle of the Network Shows is a must-listen for anyone who watched TV in the 70s and 80s. Hosts Rick and Mike discuss an episode from a series and use that as a jumping off point to talk about the show as a whole, its creators and stars, and the show’s place in the TV (and overall cultural) landscape of the time. The hosts are very knowledgeable and funny and keep the tone of the show positive. They don’t shy away from acknowledging dated aspects of shows (sometimes cringingly dated to a modern audience) but still appreciate the shows as both products and reflections of their times. I wasn’t surprised that I loved listening to the shows I watched as a kid but have been really happy to discover that I love the episodes about the shows that I never watched too as the hosts do such a great job of introducing and discussing each show. Each episode has been a great listen, I highly recommend checking out BOTNS!

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