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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

Dec 14, 2016

Like a technicolor time capsule, the sweetheart show of syndication Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery produced a holiday episode in 1970 that tells a story not so much of Christmas, but of the idea that in America, children don’t see division in differences.

In 1969, according to the wisdom of Wikipedia,...


May 8, 2016

Advanced TV Herstory takes TV’s portrayal of motherhood very seriously. There’s a long and wonderful list of memorable TV moms… from sitcoms to dramas and more than a few fun and smart ones found in daytime TV.

In this segment of Advanced TV Herstory, we’re going to look in depth at the episode in which...


Mar 24, 2016

This installment examines the most basic elements of an event that changed the lives of American women. It captivated millions of viewers; it was talked about by millions more. It was the era before the internet, but came about courtesy of cable TV. Anita Hill and her testimony during the Clarence Thomas...


Jan 23, 2016

On December 11, 1989, Designing Women aired the episode that finally spoke to actress Delta Burke’s increasing weight gain. It’s entitled They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t They? and came about after months and months of tabloid fodder. This installment examines that episode in depth.

Behind the pageant queen...


Dec 13, 2015

This special installment of Advanced TV Herstory goes off script for a recorded viewing of this classic Christmas show that aired in 1963. Guest Kelli Johnson joins in the fun, trivia and analysis.

For those of us of a certain age, Christmas variety shows were very much a part of growing up. No category is more...