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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

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...


Apr 18, 2017

Today’s we’re talking about the original teacher from Romper Room, Miss Sherri. Listeners who are Gen X and Millennial, Romper Room was like slow - moving televised kindergarten, usually featuring 6 kids. Well-mannered kids who helped Baby Boom kids get ready for classroom learning.

By 1962, Miss Sherri Finkbine...


Apr 2, 2017

Week in week out for 10 years, Melissa Silverstein, at the helm of her the website, blog and podcast Women & Hollywood has reported on the work that is going on in the trenches of the entertainment industry… worldwide. Her mission, to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities for women in every aspect...


Mar 5, 2017

This installment is at the heart of why this podcast even exists. It’s an incredibly deep dive into a TV series that is just old enough to be considered obscure. China Beach (1988-1991), to its devoted fans, was anything but worthy of obscurity. In fact, the writing and plot lines are so incredibly rich that it’s...


Feb 22, 2017

It was a pleasure to capture Persistence in the voice and energy of Marlene Forte – an actress whose face is quite familiar. You’d recognize her as the often crying middle-aged Latina in procedurals and sci-fi shows from the last 20 years.

Marlene is riding a wave of interest in Latina mother/daughter relationships...