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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

Mar 6, 2016

This installment of Advanced TV Herstory looks at the pioneer lady private investigators – the ones from the 1970s.

We’ll review dialogue and set up, starting first with Nancy Drew. You’ll find an entire Advanced TV Herstory installment dedicated to the Nancy Drew Mysteries and it’s important in this context to realize that it followed Charlie’s Angels.

Then we’ll revisit the 1979 attempt at Mrs. Columbo, a spin-off from the Columbo police detective series starring Peter Falk. Kate Mulgrew starred as the title character and was fresh off her departure from ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope, where she played fan favorite Mary Ryan.

Finally, we’ll take a shot at putting Charlie’s Angels into this context. Volumes have been written and specials produced. Facts, fandom and feminism contribute to the controversial legacy of Charlie’s Angels.