Retrogram #7913: Three Shows, Three Mile Island

The week of March 26th, 1979: Wales is finally exporting the works of one of its finest storytellers to the small screen.  Britain is exporting interconnected space operas, complete with space Vikings.  And the U.S.?  It’s exporting superheroes and a rare appearance by a genuine comics legend…but it’s keeping the nuclear fear to itself.  (50:16)


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Retrogram #7725 – Actually, It’s All About Disappearances

The week of June 20th, 1977: We’ve had Watergate, we’ve the Pentagon Papers, we’ve had a whole decade of conspiratorial thinking. And here in the middle of the summer of 1977, we have a whole week full of inexplicable disappearances – at least until Mark Harris and the plucky crew from Science Report show up.  (42:04)


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Retrogram #7723/7724 – The Love Child of Darth Vader and the Kool-Aid Man

The weeks of June 6th & 13th, 1977: Star Wars is in, Elvis is on his way out, and so are the intrepid adventurers on The Fantastic Journey.  But never fear, Exo-Man is here!  This, surely, heralds the arrival of a hero for the future and for all time, a television icon whose exploits we’ll be following for years to come!  (43:32)


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Retrogram #8103: The Hawkman Cometh

The week of January 12th, 1981: Hitchhikers, Hulk, Hawk, and Who, oh my!  Buck Rogers returns with a new feathered friend, the Doctor has a new furry friend, and the stories from behind the scenes reveal what a miracle it was that any of these shows made it to our screens.  (1:02:19)


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Retrogram #8350: Automanimal!: When Glen A. Larson Ruled The World

The week of December 11th, 1983: Every so often, a TV producer/creator comes along, so prolific that his output spans two studios, every network, and a sizeable chunk of the prime time schedule.  But are they actually the same show?  And what’s going on with this other thing with the puppets?  (1:08:30)


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Retrogram #7636: Things To Watch While Landing On Mars

The week of August 29th, 1976: Let’s say you’re heading for a landing on Mars, getting ready to do science stuff.  You’re probably not thinking about the fact that you’re going to miss shows about alien men escaping the yoke of female oppression, treacherous shape-shifters, and big Helix energy.  It’s a good thing Retrogram is here to help.  (54:12)


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Retrogram #6960: 2020 Gunn Salute

1969!?: An oft-unsung luminary of taking sci-fi seriously left us just before the end of 2020 – so Retrogram is turning back the clock further than usual to delve into the origins of one of his very few screen credits. The Immortal lives…again. (23:04)


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