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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 26, 2015

Serial drama genre's appearance in prime time in the 70s: Dallas and Falcon Crest

Audience bait - acclaimed film actresses Barbara Bel Geddes and Jane Wyman

Bel Geddes bio

Wyman bio

Comparison of roles - older woman with quiet power vs. older woman with vocal, aggressive agency

Representation of older woman

Aug 19, 2015

Debbie Allen, actress, choreographer, business-owner, director, producer, writer

Growing up in the segregated south

Influenced by her mom

Howard University

Role of Lydia Grant in Fame the Movie, then the TV Series

Fame plots - urban teen, coming-of-age

Emphasis in A Different World



Aug 12, 2015

Winnie Holzman, lead writer

Paley Center interview with Claire Danes & Bess Armstrong

Angela: teenage philosopher & asker of rhetorical questions

Timeless teenage angst

Theory on halted production in light of cancellation




Aug 8, 2015

King emerges as "Mother Freedom"

Reigning women's tennis champ Margaret Court loses to Bobby Riggs on Mother's Day

Competition with no assurances

Akin to the Super Bowl

Resource: Selena Roberts' 2005 A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs and the Tennis Match that Leveled...