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Love TV? TV women have brought us great lessons in leadership, achievement and diligence. It’s time their stories are told and in many cases, placed in the proper context of the women’s movement, social change and political trends. Representation of women on TV – whether it’s in the news, programming schedule or sports – is a fraction of the amount of screen time men get. Yet every generation of women is profoundly impacted by what they see. It’s more than the memory of watching it, it’s the confidence that if a girl or woman sees another doing it, she is more likely to believe in herself.

Advanced TV Herstory finds those seminal moments, those important episodes of iconic shows or profiles of women whose persistence was exemplary, and tells those stories. Within each episode, we zero in on the life lessons discovered through research and analysis. Shows from every era and genre, and the women who made them, get their place in the spotlight. 

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Apr 19, 2018

Storyteller extraordinaire, showrunner & human being Shonda Rhimes dropped a lot of leadership & life in her 2015 book Year of Yes.

Shonda lessons like knowing your audience, managing change and work-life balance get talked through. There are also a few calls to action to help Shonda & women in all industries...


Apr 5, 2018

NY Times best selling author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong dishes the details on her June 2018 book, Sex and the City and Us. Just as she did in her previous books on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Seinfeld, Armstrong delivers the full story of *SATC's inspiration, creation, evolution, and epilogue.

Interview discusses...


Mar 22, 2018

Depending on your hours spent on TV, you may remember characters who came across as searching for or wishy-washy about life goals. We follow up with Jeanine Furino, author of (link below) All the Single Girls and conclude this very realistic role is more prevalent today.


Mar 8, 2018

Fascinating conversations took place at Barnard College's (NYC) Athena Film Festival last month about women, representation & the power of inclusion at all roles of storytelling. Plus how we can change today's norm. Themes and storytelling at film festivals are universal, so their application and intersection with TV is...


Feb 26, 2018

What's with reboots & refashioning movies and TV series of the 70s, 80s & 90s? Will audiences expect reboots to surpass the originals?

One Day at a Time ran for 204 episodes through the late 70s and early 80s. Producer Norman Lear used the novelty of a working single mother of 2 teen to address coming-of-age social...