As a male, raised by a strong woman I absolutely LOVE your podcast, and have been listening to it repeatedly since I discovered it, a little over a year ago. I really like that you take the effort to really research the topics, and as an avid television fan, I have come to rewatch many of these shows with a new appreciation and perspective.
I was wondering if you had ever looked at the MTV animated series, ‘Daria’ -which for many including myself, was the first time we saw a young women -animated that really had an identifiable voice of a generation on the cusp of a late Gen X’r or early millennial. I also wonder if you had looked into older animated series such as Josie and the Pussycats -where we saw our first positive African-American heroine, Valerie???
Once again, I love your show, and how you take a medium that is often felt to be trite and found new meaning and inspiration in it.
Cynthia, I've just finished a few episodes of your podcast Advanced TV Herstory. Great listening. I started with the Nancy Drew episode and skipped around a bit (Lou Grant, etc. episode -- which was fantastic) and am now listening to The Honeymooners episode. I'm really enjoying the podcast.
Kris Dersch (No extra words podcast)
I'm such a fangirl of Advanced TV Herstory. As a podcaster, I know how hard it is to create good content week after week, month after month and Cynthia makes it sound easy. Her shows are so thoroughly researched. I just love hearing her voice in my ears. She makes TV come to life. It's about so much more than TV! I tell everybody that this is absolutely one of my favorite podcasts.
Charles "Chad" Weinstein (www.ethinact.com)
I came across the TV Herstory podcast, and I'm listening to the entire herstorical backlog. You do an excellent job combining insight and advocacy with just the right level of warmth and informality. The writing is fantastic.
SCMS Women (society for cinema & media studies - women's caucus)
Love what you're doing with the podcast and happy to share and support you!
from karly beaumont, founder of core temp arts network and podcast producer
Due to its style, I learned quite a bit while listening to Advanced TV Herstory. That's a given. However what I found to be a pleasant surprise was how entertaining it also is, which I find is a hard balance to strike. My love of TV is equal to my want/need to see equality and diversity on TV. I believe Advanced TV Herstory is an important podcast, not only as TV continues to evolve but as people continue to become more aware of the lack of diversity and inequality on TV and in Hollywood.
From Chris re: Diana Ross' 1983 Concert in Central Park
Hello. I just listened to your podcast about the Diana Ross shows in Central Park. You captured pretty much all the important elements of why this was such an important and iconic event. Having attended the first, rained-out concert, I can tell you that from the audience perspective, the safety concerns were very real. I lived in Brooklyn at the time, but I had arrived early that day (around 11AM - the show was at 6PM) from Peekskill, NY, where I was working as a camp counselor for the summer. It was a very hot, sunny day (temps hit 90 degrees as I recall), so you can imagine what it was like with 800,000 strangers - mostly New Yorkers - all converging on a large, open space over the course of the day, filling every inch of the Great Lawn. I was with several other young men, all of whom were larger and more threatening than me luckily. Being a free concert, it was a battle for "turf" right from the beginning, as concert-goers tried to stake out a space on the lawn with picnic blankets, sheets, folding chairs, etc. The heat made people cranky, myself included, and there were definitely some tense moments in the crowd, but nothing too out of control. Mostly people were in a good mood and looking forward to the concert. When Diana finally hit the stage,that 7 hours of waiting in the hot sun faded away and everyone was spell-bound for the next 45 minutes or so. While I wasn't close to the front (luckily I think), we could see the crowd pushing forward in waves towards the plywood walls that had been erected to separate and protect Diana from the crowd as she tried to control them. The rain actually cooled everyone off, and in hindsight probably helped to calm some tempers as well. When the show finally ended, people gathered up most of their belongings and headed out of the park, but I remember seeing tons of discarded sheets, blankets, and clothing along the way that were soaked through and being trampled. People were ankle deep in water and mud and pretty much soaked to the skin as they left. I got separated from my friends, but luckily I had the presence of mind to make my way to Grand Central Station and I took the train back up to Peekskill by myself, shivering in the air-conditioned car most of the way in my soaked clothing. It was a short concert for such a long wait, but it was worth every minute. Again in hindsight, had Diana simply left the stage after 15 minutes or so at the first sign of rain, and the stage lights were turned out, I think the crowd would have reacted very badly and a lot of people would have been hurt. She was magnificent and really made us feel that she cared about her fans. I can't think of another performer who would taken charge and persevered that way, against the wishes of the Showtime and park execs who were "in charge". An unforgettable moment for sure. Thanks for paying tribute in your podcast.
From Joy in Toronto
I'm still listening in and enjoying your podcasts, particularly the ones on Maude and Murphy Brown, and of course, ER. Thanks for the shoutout! I got a kick out of it.
From C.H., professor of gender and media studies
Just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to you for this podcast! I teachand am a huge podcast fan. This is the podcast I have been waiting for all my life! Lol! And you offer an analysis of many of my favorite shows and episodes! You even have "Sisters"! Amazing! Thank you so much for this! Can't wait to listen to more episodes!
From Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Ph.D. professor & recurring guest
A colleague of mine sent me a link promoting your work. I am a feminist media studies scholar, and my book, TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans, has just been published by McFarland (link to the book description is in my signature below), and I would love to talk more with you about your podcast. Please email if you are interested in talking more. I am very happy to know that you are out there finding significance in past strong women characters on television - Sisterhood and Solidarity is the title of the last chapter of my book!
FROM ELIZABETH IN NY
Thank you! I just listened to 2 episodes of the podcast on my commute this morning & LOVE IT. Can't wait for the other episodes!
FROM MARCY IN MINNESOTA RE: HILL STREET BLUES
The show was on when I was in law school. Veronica Hamel’s character had a major influence on many of us. She was attractive, professional, witty, in control. This was one of the first times I recall seeing an older woman who was seriously attractive and sensual. Hamel I think served as the role model for later attorneys on shows like Law and Order. Where the idea of female lawyers who dressed as tarts came from, I have no idea.