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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

Aug 17, 2017

How the ASPCA landed McLachlan

Record-setting amount raised through a PSA

Tactics that raised visibility & invited discord

Bottom line


Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer Barbara Avedon helped develop the script

Holiday episode boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity


May 8, 2016

Murphy Brown & creator Diane English

Season 4, unplanned pregnancy

Colleen Dewshurst as Murphy's mother Avery Brown

Dan Quayle comments about Murphy's story arc and perception of fatherhood

Classic ensemble comedy

Poignant performance by Candice Bergen AND her hair


Mar 24, 2016

Anita Hill became a household name in an instant.

Nationally televised hearings were booster rockets for C-SPAN

#69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of 20th Century

Aggressive questioning from men of both parties

Hill's work and legacy

Contiributor to 2003 Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a...


Jan 23, 2016

Commentary by guest & media/gender scholar Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Season 4 of Designing Women

Delta Burke's weight gain, tabloid harrassment

Rumors of Burke being "difficult to work with"

English writes "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" & Burke sends TV's first direct message about bodyshaming to the America.

"It was...