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September 23rd, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #93 & 94): Into The Sanfordverse Parts 1 & 2

This week on It Was a Thing on TV is the big one Elizabeth!

Over these next two episodes, we will explore the three spinoffs of Sanford and Son, as well as the show which caused Sanford and Son to end.  In part one, we look at the first spinoff, Grady, as well as the show which effectively killed the mothership, The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour.

In part two, we have two more visits in the Sanford and Son family--the very short-lived series which replaced the parent show, titled Sanford Arms, and an early 80s attempt to revive the franchise in Sanford.  

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September 22nd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Glendon Rusch

This week's Diamond Conversations welcomes former New York Mets Pitcher, Glendon Rusch. A key member of Bobby Valentine's 2000 World Series team, Rusch became a reliable arm who flourished on the biggest stage in New York's Subway Series. But Rusch also had a great career with the Royals, Brewers and Rockies with an incredible journey through the KC minor league system that he dives deep into in this fun walk down memory lane. 

September 21st, 2020    

Making Mt. Rushmore #1 - HBO Dramas & HBO Comedies

In the debut episode of Making Mt. Rushmore, moderator Andy Atherton is joined by panelists Scott Criscuolo, Tim Capel, Matt Souza & Jacob Williams first discuss which HBO dramas deserve a place as one of the four greatest of all-time. Will The Sopranos be a unanimous choice? Is Game of Thrones disappointing final season going affect whether or not it makes it? And will great shows like The Wire, Oz & Boardwalk Empire make the cut? And what dark horses could sneak in? After that, they discuss which comedies will be on that respective genres top grouping. Is Curb Your Enthusiasm a no-brainer? Does the award-winning Veep make it? How about the long running Sex In The City? And critically acclaimed The Larry Sanders Show? Will Entourage and Silicon Valley round it out?

September 18th, 2020    

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Join Scott & Tek for the next installment of the Star Trek Movie Franchise series here on PGTC! The boys talk their 5 categories, including Ricardo Montalban, the music, the story, how it compares to the other epic movies that came out in '82 and more! So sit back and enjoy this newest edition of Pop Goes the Classics!

September 17th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind - Batman And Its Sequels #4

On the fourth episode of Blockbuster Rewind, co-hosts Andy Atherton, Eric Eells & Scott Shifflett are joined by guest Shawn Kidd to discuss the superhero film Batman and its sequels. They go through each of the films and talk about the villains (and their nefarious plots) of each one; discuss the different actors that played Bruce Wayne/Batman; the memorable lines of dialogue; all of the bat gadgets; the inspired casting for both leads and supporting characters and make comparisons between directors Tim Burton & Joel Schumacher. As a bonus, they chat about the 1966 film, Batman: The Movie.

September 16th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #91 & 92): Double Dare (1985) and The worst Monday Night Football game ever

This week on It Was A Thing on TV, bust out the Colt 45 as Mike, Chico and Greg review a pair of topics that will leave you as muddy as the sod at Heinz Field.

First, it's not the Double Dare from 1976 which was previously covered, nor is it the Double Dare on Nickelodeon a year later.  This Double Dare was a cop show in the vein of Miami Vice which lasted just over a month on CBS, starring TV's Wiseguy and the guy who is as cool as the cool side of the pillow.

Next, last week marked the start of the 2020 NFL season (Who knows how long it will last...)  In celebration of the start of the new season, we look at what is considered the worst Monday Night Football game, a 2007 affair between the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though Miami had a forgettable team that year, that wasn't the primary reason this game was bad.

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September 15th, 2020    

Telly & Tea - Sneak Peek

What happens when an actual American and an actual Brit get together to discuss all things television over a lovely cup of tea. Join Mirandia Berthold and Ben Locke on a journey of discovery and find out for yourself.
In the pilot episode of Telly and Tea, Mirandia and Ben introduce themselves and the concept of the show. It will also be revealed which popular TV show will get the Mirandia and Ben deep dive treatment as well as which very popular show probably wont.
If you have listened to either of these two before then you know there will be many other tangents as well as the subject matter, come for the concept, stay for a natter over a lovely cuppa, its Telly and Tea.

September 15th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Preston Wilson

This week's Diamond Conversations features former Mets, Marlins and Rockies superstar outfielder, Preston Wilson. The son of beloved Mets legend, Mookie Wilson, Preston's arrival in New York was met with great fanfare after many years of hype. But it was the shocking trade for Hall of Famer Mike Piazza that sent Preston on his way to having a wonderful Major League career. Take a listen as we go back and talk about those days as a Met and how much Preston wanted to play on the hallowed grounds of Shea Stadium.

September 14th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #34 - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story With Jacob Williams

In the thirty-fourth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by “Jambalaya” Jacob Williams to do a live watch of the 2007 comedy, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The guys discuss machetes; the sense of smell; vintage sets; music bio pics; giraffes; Malcolm In The Middle; hard-partying rock stars; close quarters; song inspirations; dark periods; period-accurate movie sets; The Beatles; obscure instruments; band reunions and “Force” ghosts. So remember, walk away, you don’t want no part of this stuff.

September 11th, 2020    

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Join Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek for the start of a 10-chapter journey through the original Star Trek Film Universe! We go back to the beginning with 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"! From the origin of the franchise, to a failed series idea turned into a picture, they grade all the categories and decide...What is V'Ger? So hop in the Captain's chair and follow us through this journey on Pop Goes the Classics!

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September 10th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #5: Commando

In the latest episode of Piece Of The Action, Matt welcomes guest Drew Wardlaw to the podcast to watch the 1985 classic Commando! Listen to Matt and Drew discuss Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Hedaya, action movie body counts, Drew’s mind-blowing theory about this movie, one-liners, malls, mesh shirts, and so much more! So let off some steam and enjoy this new episode of Piece Of The Action! 

September 9th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #89 & 90): Learning The Ropes & Golden Balls

Today on It Was A Thing on TV we will learn important life lessons about struggling with two jobs as a wrestler and a teacher along with the importance of holding on to your balls.

First, when late 80s family sitcoms and wrestling overlap, the end result is the short-lived Canadian entry Learning the Ropes, starring Lyle Alzado and the stars of the NWA.  We also determine the Canadian equivalents of TV shows it seems everything goes back to.

Then, from the era of Deal or No Deal, we get a game of luck, truth telling, psychology, some memory, and lots of balls.  2/3 of us didn't like it.  If you like it, you likely will really enjoy Golden Balls.  It was popular for a brief period of time, but quickly faded away to obscurity. 

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September 8th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Peter Golenbock

This week's Diamond Conversation welcomes legendary baseball historian and New York Times best selling author, Peter Golenbock. Mr. Golenbock discusses his long career writing about the  history of many of the game's biggest stars and most legendary teams. He takes us on a walk back in time as he reveals how he got his start and why he still loves the game of baseball today.

September 3rd, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #33 - Wayne’s World with Rob Kinler

In the thirty-third episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Rob Kinler to do a live watch of the 1992 comedy, Wayne’s World. The guys discuss public access cable; The Flowbee; driving when the song Bohemian Rhapsody comes on; White Castle burgers; Grey Poupon; Columbia House; watching planes land; haikus; street hockey; facial expressions; why Rob Lowe seems ageless; Alice Cooper’s acting; arcades; donut shops; Terminator 2 and cover bands. So remember, party on!

September 2nd, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #87 & 88): Collegiate Comedies of 1975 & AfterMASH

This week on It Was A Thing on TV it's time to go back to school as Mike, Chico and Greg learn that suicide is painless.
First, we're going back to school with three shows from early 1979, which tried capitalizing off the success of Animal House.  All three were busts, though each show produced quality future talent.  Also in this show, Mr. Whipple typecasting and ZIPPER?!
Then, M*A*S*H is one of television's most popular shows ever, yet its spinoff AfterMASH lasted less than a season and a half.  Was it too derivative from the parent show's plot?  Did it just run its course?
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