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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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Dec 14, 2016

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams recounts an important and progressive holiday episode of the series, Bewitched, which aired 1964 to 1972. Cynthia first details background on how the series's development, with its Hollywood veteran Elizabeth Montgomery, along side two actors who played her mortal husband, Darren. Montgomery was married at the time to William Asher and both served as the series producers. Cynthia provides details of how the story treatment landed on the desk of noted woman television writer Barbara Avedon. The holiday episode, which aired Dec. 24, 1970, boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity and tolerance for a nation that was immersed in social change.