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August 4th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 182, 183 & 184 - Man vs. Beast/Man vs. Bear/Dan and Dave

This Week, It Was a Thing on TV concludes their Olympic series of episodes with three episodes featuring hot dog eating, bears, chimps and Reebok Pump's.
First, we start our games by bringing you athletes and normal people competing against animals in two FOX specials--Man vs. Beast.  Come for Olympic runners going against jungle animals, stay for little people battling an elephant in a test of strength.
Then, we continue with men battling bears in bear-themed competition.  That's it.  We talk about other things like Bil Dwyer and Matt Vasgersian's just men battling bears.  Did you know Honey Bump is a bear?  IMDb says so!
Finally, the Olympic Triplecast wasn't the only big flop in 1992.  Reebok ran an ad campaign with two highly touted athletes, only for one to not make it to Barcelona. One ended up eventually winning gold four years later though and hey at least it sold a lot of Reebok Pump's.
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August 3rd, 2021    

NBA Team: Gone Fishin’ 2021 - The Last Roundup

We finish off with our season wrap-ups with the champion Bucks, the Suns, 76ers, Nets....and the Wizards. Can you guess which one of these teams is not like the other?

August 2nd, 2021    

Blockbuster Rewatch - The Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (#1)

On the debut episode of Blockbuster Rewatch, Andy Atherton welcomes Mirandia Berthold to do a live watch of the 2003’s The Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, the duo discusses the theme park attraction the movie is based on; Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow; the filmographies of Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom; Geoffrey Rush chewing up the scenery; the interesting band of characters, both pirate and non-pirate alike; the use of curses and pirate lore; the Pirate’s Code & Parlay. But most importantly ask the question, why is the rum gone!


To watch the Stream Lounge Broadcast, click on the link below: 

July 30th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #13

On Episode 13 of Battlestar in the 25th Century, Shawn and Scott live watch Buck Rogers episode 7, “Plot to Kill a City, Part 2. Topics include a short hot start, Shawn’s inability to concentrate because of Markie Post, two games of F, Marry, Kill, too much talking, Twiki getting his freak on, Buck the Wing Man, a Legion of Death Member Face Turn, their useless leader and their underwhelming end.

July 29th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Classics - Robin Hood (1973)

On the seventeenth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Steve Riddle, Mirandia Berthold & Andy Atherton look at 1973’s Robin Hood. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the fun credits sequence that introduces the animal & voice cast; this interpretation of the classic tale; Robin & Little John’s antics; the plight of the poor townspeople; Toby the turtle; the combination of the ruthless Sherriff, the sneaky Sir Hiss and  the inept Prince John & the fun songs led by Allan-a-Dale.

July 28th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episode 180 & 181 - The Olympics Triplecast/What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

For the next two weeks It Was a Thing on TV goes Olympic as we talk about some Olympics related topics.
First, we start off our coverage is one of the biggest flops of all time.  Three channels of 24/7 Olympic coverage for $125 in 1992?  What's the catch?  There are a few.  At least those who bought in to the Olympic Triplecast have a Triplecast remote control which likely doesn't do anything nowadays.
Then, Our Olympic extravaganza continues with a look into the life and loves of Ryan Lochte, the semi-quotable and infamous star of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic games.  The first half of this edition is about What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, while the second half is mostly about Lochte's wit and wis-dumb including interviews and quotes said by the man himself.  Jeah!
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July 27th, 2021    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Fear the Deer, Love the Offseason

The confetti has finally been cleaned up in Milwaukee to close out the 2021 NBA season, but Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, journey onward as they recap the NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns, Giannis silencing his critics for good, and what this itle really means for small market teams. After that, Riche and Adam also preview the NBA Draft, where the Pistons sit at number one but with an intriguing top six. Then they finish up with free agency talk for what looks to be a less scintillating crop, which might lead to big trades rather than signings. So suit up and take it out in Episode 201 of the NBA-Team!

July 21st, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - Loki S1 E6 “For All Times. Always.”

Pop Goes To The Couch concludes their coverage of the latest entry into the MCU on Disney+, Loki. Andy Atherton, Shawn Kidd, Scott Shifflett & Tim Capel review and break down Season 1 Episode 6 “For All Times. Always”. In this spoiler-filled discussion they go over the plot elements, as well as any Easter eggs they have spotted as well as given their thoughts on what everything means in the overall story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

July 21st, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 177, 178 & 179 - Telly…Who Loves Ya, Baby?/Voyagers!/Larry “Bud’ Melman

This week It Was a Thing on TV Presents a mega jumbo drop for you with three action-packed episodes filled with singing, time travel and Larry "Bud" Melman.
First, everybody had a variety show in the 70s, or at least it seemed that way.  Telly Savalas was no exception, starring in this one-off special with Diahann Carroll, Barbara Eden, and Cloris Leachman.  Grab a sucker and contemplate the question, "Who loves ya, Baby?"
Then, we talk about  the 1980s time traveling cult favorite Voyagers!  This could have lasted more than a season, but NBC did a boneheaded move in 1983.  You can hear more about that decision in this episode.
Finally, we have honored TV celebrities in the past. We pay tribute to an icon from the 80s and 90s, Larry "Bud" Melman.  Not only was he a comic foil on Letterman's shows, he had bit parts in other TV shows and movies, he was a writer, he was a spokesman, and he even had his own workout video...sort of.  Grab your Toast on a Stick and enjoy this installment of It Was a Thing on TV.
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July 20th, 2021    

NBA Team - Gone Fishin’: La Niña

As our gone fishin' offseason series continues, we now focu on teams that set sail this year and landed in the playoffs... only some crashed and burned earlier into their journeys than others.  This episode features Utah, Boston, Denver, Miami, and the LA Clippers. Why La Niña, you ask? It's because during these episodes, Adam's daughter decided now was the time to start training for a marathon during these episodes, so sorry for the background noise. Anyway, Enjoy

July 19th, 2021    

Making Mt. Rushmore - Athlete Movie And TV Performances & Wrestler Movie And TV Performances

In the twenty-second episode of Making Mt. Rushmore, panelists “The Cowboy” Roger Morrissette, Steve Riddle, Jon Keselica & Logan Crosland join moderator Andy Atherton to discuss which Athlete Movie & TV Performances deserve a place on their respective lists. Is The Michael Jordan in “Space Jam” a no-brainer? What about Mike Tyson in “The Hangover”? Does Carl Weathers in “Rocky” grab a spot? Does Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Airplane!” or Dan Marino in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” deserve a place? After that, they discuss which Wrestler Movie & TV Performances will be part of that grouping. Can you argue that Dave Bautista in “The Guardians of the Galaxy” shouldn’t get a spot? Will Roddy Piper in “They Live” be included? Is Andre The Giant in “The Princess Bride” in the conversation? What about Hulk Hogan in “No Holds Barred” & Jesse Ventura in “The Predator”?

July 17th, 2021    

NBA Team - Gone Fishin’: La Pinta

As our gone fishin' offseason series continues, we now focu on teams that set sail this year and landed in the playoffs... only some crashed and burned earlier into their journeys than others.  This episode features the LA Lakers, Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, and New York. Enjoy

July 16th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #12

On Episode 12 of Battlestar in the 25th Century, Shawn and Scott live watch Buck Rogers episode 6, “Plot to Kill a City, Part 1.” Topics include 2 new additions to the Shawn POP feed train, the Legion of Death, Buck and Wilma clearly having relations, Space Pirate gear, Creepy Space King Kong Bundy in a fur coat, rough looking guns, outfits that shouldn’t make it past censors, Villains who can’t shoot, empaths that need X-Men training, Twiki getting blown up and so much more!

July 15th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Movies - Black Widow

On the latest episode of the Pop Goes The Movies Andy Atherton is joined by Jennifer Smith & Tim Capel to review Black Widow. In a spoiler-filled review, they start off by giving their thoughts on the character (and Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her) since she arrived in the MCU in Iron Man 2. Then they talk about the rest of the main cast as well as the characters they play; the parts of Natasha’s past that we learned a bit about; the importance of Budapest; the introduction of The Taskmaster; the mysterious Red Room; how the movie lands on the timeline between Captain America: Civil War & Avengers: Infinity War & the jaw dropping post-credits scene.

July 14th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 176 - The Bicentennial Minute (Director’s Cut)

This week It Was a Thing on TV presents what may be one of their best efforts yet as they look into the history of CBS' Bicentennial Minute segments produced between 1974-1976.
The butt of many a joke in its day and even into the 21st century, The Bicentennial Minute was an occasionally bland but also occasionally interesting minute-long segment delivered by a celebrity about what happened in U.S. history 200 years ago that day.  Celebrate your Fourth of July holiday listening about this patriotic throwback to the 70s.
Links to all the segments we referenced are down below. Remember to follow us on our socials @ItWasAThingOnTV

"Lucy's Bicentennial Minute" -

Betty Ford Bicentennial Minute Materials (Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum): -

Press Release for Congressman Butler Derrick's (D-SC) appearance on the Bicentennial Minute on November 12, 1975 (University of South Carolina Library) -

April 1975: Janet Leigh (Partial) -

August 24, 1975: Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY) -

August 31, 1975: Jessica Tandy -

January 8, 1976: Laurence Luckinbill -

January 22, 1976: Gary Lockwood -

March 9, 1976: Jim Hutton -

March 18, 1976: Val Avery -

May 7, 1976: Otto Preminger -

May 12, 1976: Mitchell Ryan -

May 20, 1976: Zubin Mehta -

May 27, 1976: Garson Kanin -

June 4, 1976: Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) -

July 22, 1976: Will Rogers Jr. -

December 20, 1976: Emlyn Williams -

December 31, 1976: President Gerald Ford (Last 42 Seconds) -

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