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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. 

    Episode 7-8: Charo!

    Episode 7-8: Charo!

    Charo! World-renowned flamenco guitarist! Charo! Frequent guest on the Love Boat! Charo! Mysterious! Charo! We couldn't do a podcast about seventies and eighties TV and not eventually talk about Charo! In this case, we talk about her 1976 variety special with bandleader Frank DeVol and special guest star Mike "Mannix" Connors! Say it with us one more time. Charo!

    • 47 min
    Episode 7-7: Doctor Who "Genesis of the Daleks"

    Episode 7-7: Doctor Who "Genesis of the Daleks"

    We travel through time and space with the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah, and Harry as they try to stop the genesis of the Daleks at the hands of Davros. He's quite mad, you know? We also do our best to understand a little of the history of the Doctor Who phenomenon.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 7-6: Murder, She Wrote "Murder Takes the Bus"

    Episode 7-6: Murder, She Wrote "Murder Takes the Bus"

    On a dark and stormy night, America's favorite mystery writer/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher takes a bus ride with a bevy of guest stars. While they hole up in a roadside restaurant, a passenger gets murdered, and everyone's a suspect (except Jessica and Amos natch). Whodunnit? Whydunnit? Will Jessica figure it out, or will they all fall victim one by one? Most importantly, will they make it to the Sheriff's Conference in time for Amos to get some potato soup? Let the man have his potato soup!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 7-5: Spider-Woman "Pyramids of Terror"

    Episode 7-5: Spider-Woman "Pyramids of Terror"

    If you ever wanted to watch a cartoon featuring a spider-powered heroine who also runs a magazine with her know-it-all nephew and sexist photographer as they face off against space mummies, travel the world in seconds, and make Spider-Man look like a dope, then we have the cartoon for you! 1979's Spider-Woman cartoon, based on the Marvel character of the same name, has literally everything...in the first episode "Pyramids of Doom."

    • 53 min
    Episode 7-4: Head of the Class and What a Country

    Episode 7-4: Head of the Class and What a Country

    The classroom provides the settings and the Cold War provides the backdrops of these two mid-eighties sitcoms. In Head of the Class, the IHP team faces off a with a team of Russians, and Eric struggles between dueling pulls of cooldom and nerddom. Across the country, Yakov Smirnoff and a band of would-be citizens learn to become good Americans, and one learns that the path to love might lie in remaining true to himself rather than playing it hep. Plus, Yakov raps

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 7-3: 3-2-1 Contact "Light/Dark: The Electromagnetic Spectrum"

    Episode 7-3: 3-2-1 Contact "Light/Dark: The Electromagnetic Spectrum"

    We here at BOTNS don't just want to entertain. We want to educate, especially for our vaunted 2- 11-year-old demo, and what better way to educate than to talk about classic kids science show "3-2-1 Contact" talking about light by going behind the scenes at a KISS concert?

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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!

Calvinthetech ,

Great podcast!

They cover a good variety of tv shows. You can even suggest or vote for a future tv episode. I am always looking forward to the next podcast.

Berternie70 ,

Love it!

This is a great podcast for those of us who love all the old classic tv shows. I am a new subscriber, and and so glad to have found this. I appreciate that they still show respect for all the shows, even if they don’t particularly care for them. They are not mean, and even when they are poking fun at someone, you can tell it’s done with respect and good humor. Thanks guys!

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