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List-o-rama: Comics That Should Have Had TV Shows

Battle of the Network Shows

Release Date: 12/12/2019

The TV Guide Game March 30, 1981 show art The TV Guide Game March 30, 1981

Battle of the Network Shows

This week, we go back 40 years for the TV Guide game to March 30, 1981, when a major historical event disrupted the TV schedule. Rick tries to guess what Mike would have watched from the originally planned schedule, and we ponder a number important questions raised by the schedule and the day's events.

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Michael Learned or Michael Lerner show art Michael Learned or Michael Lerner

Battle of the Network Shows

In the grand tradition of Patrick Simmons or Gary Sandy, we proudly present another unique podcast game when Mike asks Rick to determine whether Ma Walton herself Michael Learned or venerable character actor Michael Lerner fits a given trivia question. Is Rick learned enough to face the challenge?

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Fame Game 7 show art Fame Game 7

Battle of the Network Shows

When last we played The Fame Game, Mike secured a victory after the previous "Ruth Buzzi Fiasco." Can he turn that victory into a streak, or will the ghosts of previous losses once again haunt him? Find out now when Rick puts Mike through another round of The Fame Game!

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Season 8 BATTY Awards show art Season 8 BATTY Awards

Battle of the Network Shows

night in retro TV podcasting," the BATTY Awards. As always, the awards include the expected like outstanding male and female performances, the unique like outstanding facial hair and nonhuman, and the downright unexpected--you'll have to listen to find out. Plus, we hand out another Robert Pine Genius Award!

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Mailbag at Battle of the Network Shows show art Mailbag at Battle of the Network Shows

Battle of the Network Shows

This week, we answer open up the mailbag and answer questions from our Facebook group. We give our thoughts on expanding our format, how we got started, our favorite shows from the seventies and eighties, and, perhaps most importantly, our thoughts on Elvis. Also, we commit to a subject for season nine.

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Episode 8-13: Holiday Special Episode 8-13: Holiday Special "The Little Rascals Christmas Special"

Battle of the Network Shows

On this year's holiday special, cartoon versions of the Little Rascals learn some difficult lessons about eavesdropping, paying attention to weather forecasts, running scams, and being greedy, little so-and-sos during difficult economic times. It's really sweet.

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Episode 8-12: Night of One Hundred Stars 1982 show art Episode 8-12: Night of One Hundred Stars 1982

Battle of the Network Shows

To celebrate our 100th episode, more or less, we look at Night of One Hundred stars and ask the important questions like: what do you do for 2 ½ hours with 200 stars; if you have 200 stars, why call it night of 100 stars; and will this song ever end?

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Episode 8-11: Darkroom: Episode 8-11: Darkroom: "The Partnership, Daisies, Catnip"

Battle of the Network Shows

In another listener request episode, we discuss the short-lived horror anthology Darkroom. Hosted by James Coburn, Darkroom delves into the macabre and mysterious lurking, sometimes literally, under the mundane world. In this episode, Mr. Haney has plans for an unsuspecting David Carradine, Rue McClanahan talks to the daises, and guy learns the hard way not to mess with cats.

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Episode 8-10: Newhart Episode 8-10: Newhart "Thanksgiving For the Memories"

Battle of the Network Shows

Celebrate Thanksgiving BOTNS style with classic eighties sitcom Newhart. Dick Loudon loves Thanksgiving at home the way children love Christmas, so naturally, a series of unforeseen events nearly ruins it until three wise men save the day.

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Episode 8-9: 60 Minutes March 13, 1983 show art Episode 8-9: 60 Minutes March 13, 1983

Battle of the Network Shows

This week, we put on our reporters' caps, riffle through the papers on our desks, and try to parse out what makes ratings juggernaut 60 Minutes so iconic. Along the way, we also get to explore some vintage commercials, the sartorial choices of some of the reporters, and ask some unexpected what-if questions? It doesn't get more hard-hitting than this!

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Adapting comics into TV and movies has become all the rage in Hollywood. Well, we have our own suggestions for comics that should have become shows in the BOTNS era!