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March 29th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #1 - The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! with PTBNXT

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by the co-hosts of The PTBNXT podcast: Jennifer Smith, Tim Capel & Jacob Williams to do a live watch of the 1988 comedy, The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad!. The gang discuss evil dictators of the 1980’s; Leslie Nielsen’s dramatic acting roots; motion sickness; the presence of cake throughout the movie; O.J. Simpson’s filmography; old white guys; talking in public restrooms; stuffed beavers; driving lessons; Zippo lighter crowds; sexual organs on ceramic statues; old, expired Worcestershire Sauce; the parallels to 1989’s “Batman”; & lion fish. So, don’t forget to boil your roast, remember not to go sixty-five down the wrong way on a one-way street and wipe that thing off the side of your face, no the other side.

March 26th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #19- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Steve Wille

In the nineteenth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Steve Wille (PTBN’s Main Event) to do a live watch of the 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The guys discuss breaking the 4th wall; Chicago landmarks; Ed Rooney’s vendetta against Ferris; their first cars; taking it too far; how unlikeable Ferris really is; was Cameron really the hero of the story?; hey batter, batter, batter; in-home intercoms; Edie McClurg; and Charlie Sheen as the voice of reason? So, don’t forget that life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

March 25th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #33-35): 50k Pyramid, “It’s Your Move” & “The Mad Dash”

The week It Was A Thing on TV says "It's Your Move".
First, The $50,000 Pyramid is the forgotten version of the Pyramid franchise and for good reason.  We talk about the changes to the short-lived version and the celebrities on this version.
Next, One of the most requested shows in this podcast's short life has been It's Your Move.  We look at why this brilliant series had such a short life, how it was a predecessor of future shows, and what exactly The Dregs of Humanity has to do with this show.
Finally, Did you ever want to win a disco date or a dinner for 2?  You could on the classic Canadian series The Mad Dash!  In this episode, we look at this life-sized board game adaptation from the 1970s and 1980s.

March 23rd, 2020    

Brother/Sister Re-Watch #42: The Office: Season 5, Episodes 17 &18

Kevin and Mary return for another edition of The Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast, and this week they are bringing the heat for the beginning of spring as the cover episodes 17+18 of The Office's 5th season, "Lecture Circuit Part 2" and "Blood Drive". The siblings sit down this week and discuss tons of topics from the shows, including Michael's meltdown in Nashua, more of the Dwight/Jim PPC team, Angela's uncovered eccentricity, a memorable lunch date, and Michael's unwavering optimism to find love. 
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March 19th, 2020    

Pop Goes The Classics - Pinocchio

On the second installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Mirandia Berthold & Chad Campbell look at 1940’s Pinocchio. They discuss the many aspects of the film including the animation style especially the underwater scenes; the context of some of the parts of the film in regards to the time it was released; the introduction of Jiminy Cricket; the songs and music score; the scary/horror aspects of it; the emotional high points; the many villains of the film: Honest John, Stromboli, The Coachman & Monstro; the theme park attractions based on it and the movie’s lasting legacy. 

March 18th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #30-32): XFL (2001),”Beat the Clock/Whew!” & Bill Cullen’s Failed Game Shows

This week It Was A Thing on TV provides you with No Fair Catches, Longshots and Winning Streaks!

First, the new and vastly improved iteration of the XFL began play last month.  We look back at the original XFL from 2001 and where it went wrong, from being too much like the WWE to the absolute lack of decent players.  Almost 20 years later, we're wonder who exactly hated "He Hate Me."
Next, we look at two memorable shows from Fall 1979, albeit memorable for differing reasons.  Beat the Clock was quite a departure from previous versions of that show, and Whew! was funny and engaging but had a confusing rule set.  Ultimately, both shows died in part to a common desperate last gasp attempt to gain viewers--making the shows celebrity-based.
Finally, February 18th marked the 100th birthday of The Dean of Game Shows, Bill Cullen.  We look at three of his less successful shows--Winning StreakThe Love Experts, and Pass the Buck.

March 16th, 2020    

Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast #41: The Office: Season 5, Episodes 15 & 16

Kevin and Mary return for another edition of The Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast, this time covering episodes 15+16 of The Office's fifth season, "Stress Relief Part 2" and "Lecture Circuit Part 1". In this episode they discuss major topics such as Michael's search for closure, a cathartic episode, a useless Andy storyline, the return of a face from the past, Kevin's not-so-popular take on Jim, and much, much more.
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March 11th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #27-29): Bud Bowl, “Cheap Cheap Cheap” & Tom Poston Game Show Tomfoolery

This week It Was A Thing on TV looks at beer bottles playing football, a bizarre game show/sitcom hybrid and Tom Poston being Tom Poston.

First, People enjoy seeing ads during the Super Bowl sometimes as much as the game itself.  In the late 1980s through the late 1990s, The Bud Bowl was likely the most popular series of Super Bowl ads.  We reflect on The Bud Bowl's growth and eventual demise.
Next, UK celebrity Noel Edmonds finished hosting their version of Deal or No Deal on Channel 4 in 2016, after over 11 years.  In 2017, he return to Channel 4 with a game show/sitcom hybrid called Cheap Cheap Cheap, which was just weird weird weird.  We look at this bizarre hybrid which has been compared to Twin Peaks.
Finally, Tom Poston was a beloved television fixture for decades, ranging from The Phil Silvers Show in the 1950s through The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in the 2000s.  Poston also appeared on many game shows through the years.  We look at three times in the 1980s when Tom Poston's game play wasn't exactly stellar, though we do not put the entire blame upon Tom.

March 9th, 2020    

Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast #40: The Office: Season 5, Episodes 13 & 14

Join Kevin and Mary for another week of The Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast, as this week they are covering episodes 13+14 of The Office's fifth season, "Prince Paper Company" and "Stress Relief Part 1". They cover myriad topics, such as Mike facing an ethical dilemma, an amazing cold open, David Wallace as a perfect straight man, and the siblings heap a massive amount of praise on a certain episode.
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March 5th, 2020    

The Great Debate #9

In the latest episode of The Great Debate, host Andy Atherton is joined by Jacob Williams, Logan Crosland, Scott Shifflett & Shawn Kidd. The gang discusses and debates a variety of sports topics including: moves and play they would like to see more of in the NBA, MLB, NBA & NHL; players they have a lot of respect for but hate the teams they play for; whether or not alternate leagues in sports other than football could work; and current athletes that could succeed in another sport. As well as pop culture topics such as: which actor has been the best big-screen Joker as well as rank the ones that have played the character; Jennifer Aniston vs. Reese Witherspoon; songs that have been overplayed on movie soundtracks; TV shows they loved when they first aired but realize don’t hold up; and what cultural events they’d like to attend one day. And as always, the show closes with a fun rapid fire round that runs the gamut.

March 4th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #24-26): CD-i infomercial, “The Joe Schmo Show” Season One & “Banzai”

This week’s episodes of It Was A Thing on TV will have you ask “What is going on?”

First, We look at an infomercial for the CD-i entertainment system from the mid-90s, while spending a significant amount of time talking about the system's titles, versatility, and technological downfalls.
Next in 2003, Spike TV took a chance on a different type of reality show, one in which everybody was an actor but one person, who the entire show was built around.  "The Joe Schmo Show" was a memorable and fun unique endeavor which we remember quite fondly.  We will cover the other seasons in the future.
Finally, "Banzai" was a British show which eventually aired on four different networks in the United States.  Why would such a show be bounced around?  Could it be the controversy that followed it?  We look at this bizarre and offensive show.

March 3rd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Brian Wright on the Mets’ All-Time All-Stars

This week Diamond Conversations features a fun interview with Author, Brian Wright. Brian's new book "The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars" takes a look at the best players at each position for the New York Mets and how writing about your favorite team takes on a life of its own and educates you on the deep historical impact that players have on a franchise. You can purchase  "The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars" at this link.

March 2nd, 2020    

Brother/ Sister Re-Watch Podcast #39: The Office: Season 5, Episodes 11 & 12

Kevin and Mary return for another edition of The Brother/Sister Re-Watch Podcast, and this week they are taking on episodes 11+12 of The Office's fifth season, "Moroccan Christmas" and "The Duel". They discuss myriad topics on this episode, including Dwight and Andy's showdown, Angela playing both sides to the very end, Meredith's breakout performance, Phyllis's badass turn, and the lunacy of cake cutting fees.
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