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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

Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched aired 1964 to 1972 as a consistently strong TV series.

Established 2nd generation Hollywood veteran Elizabeth Montgomery starred as witch Samatha Stevens, along side two actors who played her mortal husband, Darren. Montgomery was married at the time to William Asher and both served as the series producers.

The backstory of this episode is that it's the result of an LA-based high school writing submission process. Noted woman writer and co-creator of Cagney & Lacey, Barbara Avedon, helped develop the script.

Holiday episode (airdate Dec. 24, 1970) boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity and tolerance for a nation that was immersed in change.