In 1989, Betty White got to do something on the final episode of Super Password which many people wanted to do and Bert Convy accidentally did--destroy "The Magic Toaster", aka the device which held a check and the password to win that check.

January 20, 2022

Episode 234–Photon

It's Chico's birthday and he played his Money in the Bank submission on this show from the mid-80s.  Take the rapidly-growing 80s sport of laser tag, throw in some budget special effects, some rubber monster suits, a plot plucked straight out of The Last Starfighter, and a banging 80s soundtrack, and you get... something that was gone after one season despite turning a profit. Watch as we attempt to break down the demise (and as we try to wrap our collective heads around the allure) of this largely-lost 80s kids show.

Today would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Betty White.  In tribute to that milestone, we present Pet Set, a light-hearted show where Betty talks with celebrity guests about their animal companions, and talks with other guests about animal-related topics like saving the tigers and talented animals.

We're back with our second (and likely last) edition of the pinball machine show.  We talk about 9 more TV-themed pinball machines, mainly from the last 15 years.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  CBS' ratings were languishing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, so they spent a lot of money to acquire almost every major sporting event of 1990, plus the Winter Olympics of 1992 and 1994.  Most of the events weren't that thrilling, the return on investment wasn't what was expected, and the Dream Season of 1990 was closer to a nightmare.

We've seen it before--a star almost immediately gets a new show after the end of a popular show.  Shirley Hemphill of What's Happening! was in just this position after the end of that show.  She rebounded with One in a Million with podcast favorites Richard Paul and Carl Ballantine for all of 13 episodes.

Remember when FOX started airing college football games and took both a pro approach (in its personnel in front of the camera) and an amateur approach (with every other aspect)?  We do.  We're near the end of the bowl season and look back at a tumultuous 4 years of BCS coverage on the network.

We continue with our recap of 2021 with our favorite shows from the year, shows which came to a close in 2021, and our in memoriam section for those who left us in 2021.

We've completed another orbit around the Sun, which means we're doing our 2nd annual Year in Review show.  In this first installment, we talk about the best and worst of 2021.

We bring 2021's recaps to a close with yet another Rankin-Bass holiday special, Rudolph's Shiny New Year.  We also sing a bad rendition of a popular theme song, we talk about both the 1976 and 1985 Detroit Pistons, and we hypothesize about if New Year's Eve failed to exist after 1976 and about how we'd be celebrating the 46th year of 50 Grand Slam.

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