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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

Jul 12, 2018

America's TV landscape was changing rapidly in the 70s. Popular characters in Norman Lear's portfolio of shows who went on to star in spinoffs. From The Jeffersons to Sanford & Son, black performers created memorable characters, bringing decades of stage and film experience to the small screen.

At Indianapolis' Pop Con,...


Nov 14, 2017

A few decisions transformed "A Different World" from a struggling, rudderless sitcom to the classic it became. Much of that was due to Debbie Allen stepping in as creative force and aligning the set, characters and plots to align more closely with an authentic Historically Black College & University...


Jul 19, 2017

Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope.

Writing short stories in Boston

It's not what you know, it's who you know - and who you know who knows you're a smart writer.

James at 15/16

Lou Grant

Cagney & Lacey (writer &...


Oct 15, 2016

Maude character was spin off from All in the Family, a Norman Lear production

Bea Arthur's theatrical chops

Plots touched on every controversial topic of the day & was a sought-after cameo role for big name stars.

Norms & values discussed across the generations - Maude, daughter Carol (played by Adrienne Barbeau) &...


Aug 28, 2016

Memories of teachers good and scary.

Quite a highlight reel w/ extra attention to extraordinary performances, positive messaging & quirky style.

Annalise Keating, Viola Davis' alter ego in How to Get Away With Murder; Hayley Mills in the forgotten Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

Room 222