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Welcome to Advanced TV Herstory, the podcast that connects the dots of TV & feminism and American politics & culture. We tell the stories of women in TV who have had a profound impact on the confidence and aspirations of generations of girls and women.

We highlight the pioneering journalists, talented actresses, and gutsy writers who challenged societal norms and provide historical context for their achievements within the cultural and political trends of the time. By exploring the past, we ensure that the struggles, triumphs, and milestones of these women are not lost to history.

Hosted and produced by television scholar Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Advanced TV Herstory is more than just a podcast. It is a research-based examination of the evolution of television and women in our society. Each episode is an opportunity to inspire listeners to believe in themselves, challenge norms, break barriers, and shape the future of television and our world.

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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 (bios)

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

Claire Danes' Angela is a teenage philosopher & asker of rhetorical questions. While much of the short-lived series' stories revolve around timeless teenage angst, there's an embedded perspective of Holzman, as female...

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 the...