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 #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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Retrogram #7060: The Case For Doctor Who Season 7

1970: The Doctor’s back.  With a new face.  In color!  But his first story was being made by the last of the black & white era’s production team, and a new team would be taking over with an aim toward building social messages into their story.  What were the expectations of the new Doctor and his new behind-the-scenes crew…and how were those expectations promptly defied?  (1:19:10)


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Retrogram #8810: Writers On Strike!

The week of March 6th, 1988: Hollywood’s writers are about to hit the picket lines, leaving America’s couch potatoes with a much longer rerun season than usual.  Just a page from the past, or a glimpse of our future?  Ponder that as we revisit Alf, Captain Power, Probe, and The Highwayman, back in the spring of ’88 when these were going to be some of the last new shows we got for a while.  (48:52)


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