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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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Sep 22, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams considers the backstory of the creation of Cagney and Lacey to be essential feminist knowledge. She celebrates the creative process and patience that delivered the first ever women's Buddy/Cop show. Cynthia explains the roles of Barney Rosenzweig, Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday and how...

Sep 16, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams finds influence and representation throughout the depths of television, including the animated series, The Power Puff Girls which aired in the early 2000s. Cynthia celebrates the three main girl characters Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup , their traits and voice talent behind them. She goes...

Sep 12, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams provides the long overdue look at the primary women characters of Emmy award-winning series "Hill Street Blues." Characters Lucy Bates (uniformed police officer) played by Betty Thomas and Joyce Davenport (confident public defender) provided moral and ethical voice in arcs and story lines that...