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 106: Season Finale
Join Jonathan for a short episode that explains the end of this podcast season and what to look forward to in the future and when.
Special Encore Presentation: Episode 57: All In The Family, Part 02
This week join Steve and Jonathan as they continue their discussion of the groundbreaking US sitcom, All In The Family. We discuss it’s transition from All In the Family to Archie Bunker’s Place, what other shows tried to fill the void, what shows today attempt to take on its themes, and whether the show could be re-done today to address our newest president…
cast from season 1 of Archie Bunker’s Place
Sally Struthers spun-off her AITF character for a 1982 solo series titled “Gloria.”
cast of the Fox sitcom Roc (1991-1994)
Reality TV blurs the line between documentary and scripted scenarios. Nonetheless, Reality TV stars might seem “more real” than a fictional character like Archie.
Norman Lear rebooted One Day at a Time on Netflix. Could AITF be next?
President Trump’s tweets could be a stand-in for Archie’s old scripted one-liners.
Episode 105: Christmas with Joanna Wilson
This week join Steve and Jonathan as we usher in the holidays by discussing Christmas TV shows with author and expert, Joanna Wilson. Be sure to check out Joanna’s website: http://www.christmastvhistory.com/p/about-joanna-wilson.html for all the information you need about her multiple media appearances, articles, and books on the topic of Christmas on TV!
Mining the Archive Mondays: Episode 08: All-Star Party for “Dutch” Reagan
This week Jonathan, Steve, and Andrew attend the All-Star Party for Ronald “Dutch” Reagan. Do you like barely warmed over jokes? Do you love generic sound stages in Burbank? Want to see Sinatra struggle through a song that should be an easy home run? Want to see a group of aged genuine Hollywood stars pretend Reagan was a star? Well, rent your tux, call your driver, let us know whether you’d prefer the fish or the steak and join us for a lighthearted episode through one of the most surreal parties ever held on TV.
Dutch enraptured by Moses’ proclamation
greasy Steve Garvey
Nancy likes what she sees…
Moses in black tie
Rosie laughs at everything
Chairman of the board…struggling
Mr. Vereen with Emmanuel Lewis
Chuck’s rug is pissed
Special Encore Presentation: Episode 56: All In The Family, Part 01
As a way to pay tribute to recently passed television producer Norman Lear (1922-2023), this week join Steve and Jonathan as they discuss the groundbreaking US sitcom, All In The Family. Why it worked, in what ways is it a product of the 1970s and in what ways is it timeless? We’ll even tip-toe toward whether the show could be re-done today to address our newest president…
Episode 104: Regional Sports Networks with Dr. Craig Coenen
This week join Steve in conversation with welcomed returned guest, Dr. Craig Coenen as they discuss the current state of Regional Sports Networks in the U.S.
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Regional Sports Territory Map (source: https://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/)
The Hollywood Reporter in 2023 showing ESPN’s declining subscription numbers as Netflix rises in an article on Regional Sports Networks.
A Great Loss
Everything you could ever want in a podcast and much more. Super intelligent, incredibly informative, yet enjoyable. And because it is so enjoyable, because the chemistry between the three gentlemen works so very well, the listener actually learns. Learns a lot. This podcast stood (and stands!) head and shoulders above anything else dealing with the history of TV. Nothing before, nothing during, and nothing since the end of this podcast comes anywhere close to the excellence of Inside The Box.
Tv History Podcast
I am sending this out the day I found out they are no longer going to update the podcast. With TVs rich history and importance to people’s lives, this has become a must listen. Getting ready to list to the history of Netflix today. Early history of TV has been their specialty. Thanks
Get your Rockford Files on
I woke up on Saturday with an overwhelming urge to get schooled in television history. I spent much of the day sifting through piles of internet garbage, interspersed with a few good essays and vlogs, but I'm a podcast girl. This one hit the spot. Academic enough to treat the material seriously and elevate the inherently fun material above nostalgia and top ten lists, while maintaining accessibility and the joy of nerding. Good work, fellas!