A biweekly podcast revisiting classic television, one series at a time.
Hosts Hannah and Jeffrey are your intrepid and informed tour guides through TV's back catalog as they take a fresh look at shows which have been off the air for at least 15 years and are available on a major streaming service, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Exhibit 24 (Repost) - The Larry Sanders Show (and more!)
Due to technical difficulties Jeffrey explains in the new intro to this archived episode, we are unable to bring you a new episode as we had hoped this week.
So instead, with What We Do in the Shadows a cult hit on FX, we go to our archive for a look back at executive producer Paul Simms's first major series: The Larry Sanders Show.
But before that, Jeffrey touches on our experience with Sapphire & Steel!
We'll be back with a real new episode soon. Thanks for bearing with us, Taters!
Exhibit 48: THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
In this episode we wander down a dirt road to sit a spell with friends in a slower time. Wet your whistle, pull up a chair, and find out what it was like to spend the tumultuous 1960s...out of the fray. The Andy Griffith show lasted 8 seasons, 249 episodes, and nearly 6 decades of syndication, so something must be working for it, and it can't just be Don Knotts's sex appeal.
Tune in to learn the connection between Mayberry and the Big Bang Theory, discover the difference between a "generic spinoff" and and "planted spinoff", and gasp at the expected-but-still-somehow-shocking racism of early 60s stand up "comedy".
Why People Still Watch the Andy Griffith Show (from The Atlantic)
What it was, was football
Mayberry Days 2019 schedule
The TV Museum Podcast is dedicated to exploring classic TV, from the westerns of the 50s, to the family sitcoms of the 80s. We trace the history of TV aliens, cops, and single girls and travel through time and space. If it’s been beamed through the air (and can be streamed through the internet), we’ll cover it! Subscribe and listen for nostalgia, analysis, and silly in-jokes, brought to you by a husband-and-wife team with a devotion to the tube.
"All in the Family" & "The Jeffersons" Live!
When ABC decided it was time to air out two 70s classics from the incomparable Normal Lear collection, we agreed. Join us as we compare two original episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons with the star-studded tribute show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Lear himself.
Can 45-year-old scripts sound fresh today? Which flavor of abrasive patriarch do we prefer, Archie Bunker or George Jefferson? And just how many times will we mispronounce Sherman Hemsley’s name?
Episodes we watched:
All in the Family, “Sammy’s Visit”, season 2 episode 21 (available on Crackle)
The Jeffersons, “Mr. Piano Man”, season 2 episode 5 (available on Hulu with Starz subscription or on YouTube)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons'' (available on Hulu) The TV Museum Podcast is dedicated to exploring classic TV, from the westerns of the 50s, to the family sitcoms of the 80s. We trace the history of TV aliens, cops, and single girls and travel through time and space. If it’s been beamed through the air (and can be streamed through the internet), we’ll cover it! Subscribe and listen for nostalgia, analysis, and silly in-jokes, brought to you by a husband-and-wife team with a devotion to the tube.
"Friends" - "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate" (Pilot)
To commemorate 15 years since Friends stopped being there for us (in prime time, anyway), we take a look back at the pilot, searching for clues to the show’s eventual runaway success.
Was this beloved sitcom a gem from the start? Is Netflix smart to spend ALL THE MONEY to secure the streaming rights? Is the show as “smutty” as The Washington Post’s original review would lead us to believe?
And, most importantly, does Jeffrey still know how to do the Pepsi Summer Chill-Out?
Listen in for a trip back to 1994 and answers to all these questions and more.
if you want to deep dive into Friends, we highly recommend this series on Vulture.
More about 70s obscurity James at 15 from People, courtesy of our listener Brent.
"The Beverly Hillbillies: The Giant Jackrabbit"
Hannah and Jeffrey return from a slightly longer-than-intended hiatus with big news about exciting changes on the home front and (hopefully) to the podcast!
Then, your hosts load up the truck (it's a minivan, really) and head to Beverly... Hills, that is, for a look at one of the most popular series of all time and one of the most watched episodes in TV history.
How do your self-acknowledged snooty suburbanite hosts take to this beloved slice of Boomer nostalgia? About as well as you think.
Go deep behind the scenes with The Television Academy Foundation's series of video interviews with "The Beverly Hillbillies" creator Paul Henning, and learn how the show shed Winston Cigarettes as its title sponsor. Hear Buddy Ebsen sing on The Wizard of Oz soundtrack (this is the source for the clip we used in the exhibit).
Season 3 / 2018 Wrap-Up Spectacular!
As 2018 comes to a close, Hannah and Jeffrey look back at their favorites and least favorites of the third season. Listen in to learn what show Jeffrey puts on both his Top Five and Bottom Five lists! Keep listening to learn which episodes you absolutely must watch RIGHT NOW, and which series could be excised from our timeline, to no one’s detriment (except maybe Tim Daly’s - OOH, SPOILER).
A big thanks to all our listeners for a great year. The Museum would never have grown to 45 exhibits without your support and enthusiasm.
I appreciate the work that Hannah and Jeff do but the production leaves a bit to be desired. Shadow leads for Mail Call give the impression of a high school production. Unforgivable was the interview with Ed Asner. A true icon of 20th Century Television and the discussion is cut short because Hannah had to pick her child from school. REALLY.
This is a great idea that needs some more professional polish
If you’re woke... this is for you.
Average podcast on classic tv. One glaring problem with the podcast is that the 2 hosts seem to suffer from “white guilt”, which gets to be tiresome quickly.