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May 18th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 3: Roger Moore

Join Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek for the next chapter in the James Bond Franchise, the late Sir Roger Moore. We go through his 12 year, 7 film odyssey with bank buyouts, golden bullets and space shuttles. So sit back and enjoy the continuing story of the UK's top spy!

May 15th, 2020    

The Year In Pop: 1982

In the eleventh episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1982. The guys talk in depth about the debut of Late Night With David Letterman; the passing of John Belushi; The “Suds Series”, “The Catch”; The A-Team; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album; Rocky III & E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

May 13th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes #54-56): “Mr. Ed,” “Lookwell” & “Poochinski”

On this week's tripleheader on It Was A Thing on TV, Mike, Chico and Greg wrap up their series on unsold pilots with a legendary unsold pilot and two amazingly bad ones. (Hey 1-for-3 is sometimes considered a good day at the plate).
First, the gang looks at the unsold 2004 reboot pilot of Mr. Ed. This is exhibit A on why classic shows should not be rebooted.  Mr. Ed was piloted in 2004 for FOX but like almost anything on FOX, this show had an edgy FOX twist.  Also, the computer graphics in this show were horrible, even for 2004.  You can see this pilot at
Next, Considered by some to be the best show which never made it to TV, Lookwell is a brilliant cop show spoof done by Lorne Michaels, Robert Smigel, and a young Conan O'Brien.  You can view this pilot at
Finally, for now, we wrap up our look at pilots with a very bizarre one from 1990, where a dead cop's soul enters the body of a bulldog.  Poochinski is a weird pilot you have to see at least once.  You can view the complete pilot at
Remember to follow the show on Instagram and Twitter over @ItWasAThingOnTV and e-mail us on feedback and suggestions for future topics over at

May 12th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Bill Madlock

Diamond Conversations welcomes in this week a 3-Time MLB All-Star (1975, 1981, 1983), World Series champion (1979) & 4-Time NL batting champion (1975, 1976, 1981, 1983), Pittsburgh Pirate legend the "Mad Dog" Bill Madlock. The "Mad Dog" discusses life during the pandemic, the preparation baseball players may have to expect with a shortened 2020 season and some of the All-Time great HOF pitchers he had success against during his career. You can follow Bill Madlock on Twitter: @MadlockBill. 

May 11th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 2: The Others

In Part 2 of this special Pop Goes the Classics series on the James Bond Legacy, Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek discuss the other men that were James Bond besides the "Big 4". They talk about replacing both Sean Connery and Roger Moore and the impact it had on the franchise and the actors' legacies. So sit back have a martini and enjoy the second chapter of the journey!

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ptbpodfather


May 8th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #1: The Matrix

On the inaugural episode of Piece of the Action, host Matt Souza welcomes guest Jennifer Smith to watch the 1999 classic The Matrix. Listen as Matt and Jenny talk about Keanu Reeves, the color green, jacking in, red pills, blue pills, soul patches, Morpheus monologues, and so much more on the debut edition of Piece of the Action! 

May 7th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #23: The Goonies with Peter Winson

In the twenty-third episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Peter Winson (Greetings From Allentown) to do a live watch of the 1985 action-adventure comedy, The Goonies. The guys discuss the best fonts; Canadian tuxedos; Oregon Foreclosure Law; units of measurement; poor counterfeiting; booby traps; Mama Fratelli’s motherly love; ice cream flavors; The Spielberg-verse; Jake Fratelli’s hazard pay; Andy’s best of seven series with the bone piano; water slide rules; the best places to hide jewels on your person & International Maritime Salvage Laws.  So remember, Goonies never say die!


May 6th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #51-53): “The High Court with Doug Benson,” “Infiltrator” and “Where’s Rodney?”

This week on It Was A Thing on TV, Mike, Chico and Greg are going to the ...... high court.
First, we present you with submission #420.  The High Court with Doug Benson was like any other court show with a marijuana twist.  Blink and you missed it because it went up in smoke fast.
Next, we return to our ongoing series on unsold pilots. Infiltrator is a sci-fi show not unlike previous installment Automan.  A pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula is merged with a probe to become Infiltrator. Oh boy.
Finally, we look at the NBC entry from 1990, Where's Rodney?, where Rodney Dangerfield plays a confused teenager's confidant.  You can see this pilot with commercials at
Remember to follow us on Instagram and Twitter over @ItWasAThingOnTV. If you would like to contact us for future show suggestions e-mail us over at

May 4th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 1: Sean Connery

In part 1 of this special 5-part Pop Goes the Classics series, Scott Criscuolo begins discussing the legacy that is the James Bond Franchise. Along with a guest making his Place to Be Nation debut, they discuss the beginnings of the franchise, from Ian Fleming & the books to the creation of a movie franchise and the first (and some say best) actor to play the role. So sit back, have a martini and enjoy the first chapter of a journey with MI6's top agent...Bond....James Bond!

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ptbpodfather

May 3rd, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #5 - Just Friends

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd & Logan Crosland to do a live watch of the 2005 comedy, Just Friends. The guys discuss friend zones; high school pricks; rough breakups; crazy pop singers; the crime of putting fish in the microwave;  bad timing for relationships; The Subway Diet; awkward hugs; atomic wedgies; hot dental hygienists; cat fights; blowing your shot & Jersey players. So remember, forgiveness is more than saying sorry.

April 30th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #22: Animal House with J. Arsenio D’Amato

In the twenty-second episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by J. Arsenio D'Amato (Extreme Three Way Dance) to do a live watch of the 1978 comedy, National Lampoon’s Animal House. The guys discuss peeing outside; playing music on your throat; college pranks; cool professors; Twisted Sister; getting high for the first time; nasty bowling shoes; food fights; Shout!; unhooking bras; Points Of Parliamentary Procedure; road trips; low G.P.As, losing your marbles, flat bacon & John Belushi’s eyebrows.  So, repeat after me, “I…state your name.”

April 29th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #48-50): “Malcolm” Pilot, “Greg the Bunny” & “Tag Team” Pilot

Animated TV Sidekicks, Living Puppets and Wrestling Police Officers! Oh My!

On this week's triad of episode on "It Was A Thing on TV" the gang tackles a variety of subjects.
First, what happens when you mix Alex Trebek and a crudely animated sidekick?  You get the unaired pilot Malcolm, a show done for NBC in 1983. 
Second, we look at a world where puppets and humans coexist on Greg the Bunny. We take a look at this weird short lived FOX TV show from around 2002.
Finally, combine wrestling with a cop show and what do you get?  You get a show which almost made ABC's lineup in the early 90s, Tag Team.  You can watch the episode at and follow along with this installment.  We even included commentary about the commercials.
Remember to follow us on Twitter and Instagram over @ItWasAThingOnTV and contact us via e-mail for any topic suggestions and feedback over at

April 27th, 2020    

Pop Goes The Classics - Fantasia

On the third installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton & Mirandia Berthold look at 1940’s Fantasia. They discuss the many aspects of the film including the different animation styles; the pluses and minuses of each of the seven parts; how the animators visualize the music; the characters that are clear inspirations for later movies; the legacy of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice; the adult themes of some of the pieces; the scenes a bit too scary for younger kids and whether or not it holds up today.

April 25th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #4 - Police Academy

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd to do a live watch of the 1984 comedy, Police Academy. The guys discuss the talents of Larvel Jones; Punky Brewster’s dad; Gutenberg; Swagger Sticks; the ne’er-do-wells of 80’s comedies; Tackleberry; stripping by the campfire; fake accents; podiums; doing the "walk of shame”; the problem solver Mahoney & old TVs . So, if we make you sick, it’s okay. We make everyone sick.


April 23rd, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #21 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Ray Carsillo

In the twenty-first episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Ray Carsillo (Geeks Who Like Sports) to do a live watch of the 1988 comedy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The guys discuss sexy cartoon characters; quality mime work; Bob Hoskins incredible performance; toon logic; extreme method acting; the scenes too traumatic for little kids; horrible L.A. drivers; audio animatronic stand-ins; traffic in Los Angeles & laughing to death.  So, remember to take your hand out of the cuff only when it’s funny, make sure you shake the weasels and is that a rabbit in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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