31 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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 57 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.

    The voice of MTV's 'Daria,' Tracy Grandstaff

    The voice of MTV's 'Daria,' Tracy Grandstaff

    Tracy Grandstaff may have the greatest basic cable story, ever: a writer/producer by day, she was also the voice of MTV's iconic 'Daria,' and was a cast member in the original pilot of 'The Real World.' She sits down with Jen and Doug to spill all the tea.

    • 35 min
    Chelsea Handler

    Chelsea Handler

    Chelsea Handler joins the pod to tell us how 'Chelsea Lately' found its way to success in late night against the basic cable boys club of Stewart, Colbert, and Conan.

    • 31 min
    Co-Creator of 'The Real World,' Jon Murray

    Co-Creator of 'The Real World,' Jon Murray

    Real World' co-creator Jon Murray joins us to talk about the birth of reality TV, when seven strangers "stopped being polite, and started getting real."

    • 40 min
    Greg Kinnear

    Greg Kinnear

    While sitting down with Jen and Doug, actor Greg Kinnear reveals that he actually sold basic cable TV door-to-door long before he became the star of E!’s ‘Talk Soup’ and an eventual Oscar nominee.

    • 38 min
    Colin Quinn

    Colin Quinn

    "The Comic's Comic," Colin Quinn joins us to talk about his early days at MTV's 'Remote Control,' why he thinks ‘The Brady Bunch’ is “hacky,” and learning to be less miserable.

    • 33 min
    'Always Sunny' star Kaitlin Olson

    'Always Sunny' star Kaitlin Olson

    'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star Kaitlin Olson joins us to talk about cable's longest running show, why it's important to her that she makes the guys laugh, and the joy of playing a complete piece of garbage.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

JonnyX28 ,

Fantastic!

I absolutely adore this show. Great interviews with fascinating people and terrific insights.

american_greed ,

great podcast

Highly recommend host is great

ozzie price ,

Liberal feminist ideology

Episode one was above average.
Amy Schumer episode was disappointing.
Amy talking about Covid, hosts talking about sexism on how channels should promote shows…
Weak

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