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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

Mar 5, 2017

China Beach (1988-1991) Vietnam War as seen through eyes of American women

Script by Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward

"Holly's Choice" from third season, which featured Ricki Lake as Holly, the donut dolly

Drama unfolds in reverse - powerful if it executed well, which it was.

Value of life in wartime - value of military lives, civilian lives

Power held by men to prevent Holly and KC from utilizing options

Best Helgenberger acting and hair ever!