15 episodes

In 'Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' Al Sjoerdsma is dedicated to examining each episode of the original 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' television series, show by show in chronological order, in depth and with an eye to the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

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In 'Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' Al Sjoerdsma is dedicated to examining each episode of the original 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' television series, show by show in chronological order, in depth and with an eye to the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

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8 Ratings

Chas361 ,

Thorough and entertaining

Usually running around 90 minutes or so, this podcast narrated by Al Sjoerdsma is both thoroughly informative and entertaining. In each episode, Al discusses one of Hitchcock's TV show by first describing the plot, actors, directors and story origins. He often plays excerpts from the show. He frequently makes connections between the TV stories and the actors, and directors in them and their involvement in Hitchcock's movies. All of which add up to some good insights---often witty and dark-humored, like the master himself. It's interesting to discover, for instance, that actor Joseph Cotten was good friends with Hitch and frequently appeared on the TV series as well as several of his movies. Sjoerdsma heavily relies on and plays excepts of interviews with the actors, writers, and directors involved with the show. Some aspects of the podcast might be considered overkill--describing the careers of almost eveyr actor in the highlighted TV episode from first appearance in Hollywood to their deaths, for example. On the other hand, there are lots of interesting stories and connections in those narratives. All in all this podcast is an interesting way to learn more about Mr. Hitchcock's oeuvre.

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Essential for Hitchcock Fans

Thank you to Tom Elliot of The Twilight Zone Podcast for recommending this podcast. This show, like Tom’s show, is the gold standard for podcasts. Every episode is like taking a master class in all things Hitchcock.

John Ross
Charlotte, NC

Musketeerdad ,

Not a cursory program!

I have always been a Hitchcock fan, owning many of his movies and two seasons of Alfred Hitchcock Presents on DVD. And so I was enthused when Tom Elliot of The Twilight Zone Podcast highlighted this new entry into the podcasting universe. What I was not prepared for was the incredible deep dive that the host does with each episode. Not only does he give a detailed explanation of the episode plot, complete with excerpts from the program, but he examines the direction (and the director) of the episode, the history of the story and its variants, and a thorough biography of each member of the cast. Whew! To be somewhat crude, when the podcast is over, it feels like Al has given it a thorough colonoscopy....nothing remains hidden from sight.

That being the nature of the program, it is probably not for everyone. And truth be told, on some days it's not really what I'm looking for either. However if I break my listening of the program up into bite-size sessions, say 15-20 minutes or so, it is fine.

Overall, I greatly admire the thoroughness of each episode review. I try to watch the AHP episode prior to the podcast so as to be more prepared to understand the minutiae that are discussed. It is wonderful to have a quality podcast devoted to what is an important part of American television history....and I always look forward to the release of each episode.

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