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Thousands of comedies, dramas & news shows have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is often a story untold. Advanced TV Herstory believes it’s all worth telling and re-telling.

Sometimes shows offer great leadership lessons or are so timeless in their writing that people say the series has aged very well. We’ll revisit moments in TV where women broke records, exceeded expectations or put their careers on the line. Advanced TV Herstory connects the treasures & moments of the past and places it into context of American life, for women, today.

Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. Knowledge is power. So gear up for a little storytelling and fun, sociology, fashion, economics or strategy. It’s all here in Advanced TV Herstory.

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Jun 25, 2017

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the TV network UPN churned out a handful of series that featured predominantly African American casts, written or directed - or both, by African American men and women. Today, we talk about Girlfriends, which aired from 2000 to 2008 with Stephanie Williams and Elizabeth...


Jun 5, 2017

For more than 45 years, ventriloquist Shari Lewis (1933-1998) educated and entertained audiences on TV. Her puppets Lamb Chop, Charley Horse and Hush Puppy taught us simple humor, conflict resolution and a host of essential social and cognitive building blocks. Children's mental health professional Dwight Hurst joins...


May 20, 2017

FX's Feud: Bette and Joan brought fresh perspective to the desperation the public perceived when great film stars began appearing on TV shows in the late 50s and 60s. Legend status enjoyed during Hollywood heydays of the 30s and 40s was leveraged every so often by Joan Crawford and others through appearances on talk...


May 7, 2017

Our 2017 Mother's Day - Women in TV tribute is to Florence Henderson (1934-2016), who portrayed the woman who sits atop every obvious list. Carol Brady. Of the Brady Bunch. This is NOT a highlight reel of all her very Brady moments. It’s a deeper look at Florence Henderson, the woman who played her to a tee and...


Apr 23, 2017

In advance of her memoir Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms, Susan Silver & I sat down to talk about writing for TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude and Square Pegs. Susan reveals who were the most influential figures in her career and how she continues to bring wit and feminist insight to...