Nostalgia Theater: A MovieFilm Podcast
By Zaki Hasan
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G.I. Joe! Transformers! Star Trek! Captain Power! Media scholar and critic Zaki Hasan, of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, chats with the folks responsible for some of your favorite pop culture artifacts from years gone by, as well as the fans who've kept the fires lit for their faves.
||CleanEpisode 43: Ryan Hoss / Super Mario Bros: The Movie||On this episode, I'm joined by special guest Ryan Hoss, founder of the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive, to discuss the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros: The Movie. Released in 1993 just weeks before Jurassic Park gobbled up all comers, the Nintendo||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Glenn Greenberg / Remembering Stan Lee||Comic book legend Stan Lee passed away earlier today, and an entire era ended with him. I sat down with my friend, former Marvel Comics editor Glenn Greenberg, for an in-depth chat about the late comic book legend, looking at how "Stan the Man" changed||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Arnold T. Blumberg / Night of the Living Dead||As this episode drops it's the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and important horror films of all time, director George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The creepy classic not only led the late Mr. Romero to sequelize himself over||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: Mark Altman / Battlestar Galactica||My returning guest for this episode is author Mark A. Altman, whose new book So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica is in stores now, and who joins me to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Batt||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Mark O'Connell / Watching Skies||My guest this month is author Mark O'Connell, who joins me all the way from the U.K. for the full hour to discuss his great new book, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg, and Us. It's a fun and far-ranging conversation that touches on James Bond, Sta||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Steven Weber / Wings||For the latest Nostalgia Theater show, I was honored to be joined for the hour by veteran actor Steven Weber for a fond look back at his time as snarky pilot Brian Hackett on the seminal '90s sitcom Wings. In addition, he also reflected on his turn ste||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Mike Reiss / The Simpsons||I'm joined by my MovieFilm co-pilot Brian Hall for this very special crossover episode of the Nostalgia Theater show, featuring our conversation with longtime Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss about his new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secret||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: The Incredible Hulk 10th Anniversary Commentary Track||Today marks ten years since the release of Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk! The Edward Norton starrer directed by Louis Leterrier sometimes feels like an unloved afterthought in the otherwise hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a hug||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Phoef Sutton / Cheers||For this month's Nostalgia Theater I mark twenty-five years since Cheers -- one of the greatest TV show of all time -- left the airwaves. I was in junior high at the time, but I remember well how anticipated it was. A legitimate cultural event that||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Mark Hughes / Superman's 80th Anniversary||On the latest Nostalgia Theater show I was fortunate to be joined by Mark Hughes, film critic, Forbes contributor, and Superman super-fan, for a celebration of the Man of Steel's big 80th anniversary just in time for the momentous 1000th issue of Ac||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Commentary Track||And we're back with the latest Nostalgia Theater Commentary Trek! My friend Glenn Greenberg, writer of many Star Trek books and comics, is my co-pilot once again as we talk through one of hte most divisive Star Trek adventures ever put onscreen, 1989||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Brian C. Baer / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe||For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Brian C. Baer, author of the new book How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen for a fun and engaging conversation about the 1980s action figure phenomenon from Mattel that was||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Mike Farrell / M*A*S*H||Attention all personnel! Today marks exactly 35 years to the day that the classic TV series M*A*S*H aired its final episode on CBS. The two-hour event remains the highest rated TV episode of all time, and to celebrate the occasion I'm honored to b||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Eric & Julia Lewald / X-Men: The Animated Series||25 years ago last October, the Fox network debuted the X-Men animated series as part of its Saturday morning lineup. Along with Batman: The Animated Series, which had premiered two months earlier, this was really a turning point in terms of how acti||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Commentary Track||The Nostalgia Theater show is back with a new Commentary Trek! My friend Glenn Greenberg, writer of many Star Trek books and comics, joins me on the 31st anniversary of the release of 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Like always, listen in for||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Danny Bilson / The Flash (1990)||For this episode I'm joined by special guest Danny Bilson, a movie and TV veteran who's probably best known for being co-creator (along with Paul DeMeo) of the 1990 version of The Flash, which aired for one season on CBS, and co-writer of the 1991 featu||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Mark A. Altman / Star Trek: The Next Generation||Today marks thirty years to the day that TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation first premiered in syndication. The sequel series was a risky venture by Paramount, but three decades later, it’s fair to say that Captain Picard, Commander Data, and the o||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Rob Kelly / M*A*S*H||Attention all personnel! Today marks exactly 45 years to the day that the classic TV series M*A*S*H first premiered on CBS. Based on the novel by Richard Hooker and the 1970 feature film directed by Robert Altman, the boundary-busting sitcom had an imp||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Caseen Gaines / The Dark Crystal||Thirty-five years ago this December, directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz first took audiences into the mystical land of Thra, home of The Dark Crystal. While the ambitious puppet-centric feature didn't quite land with audiences at the time, its mix of||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Commentary Track||Back for another Commentary Trek continues! This time I'm rejoined by my friend Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek comics, for the third feature voyage for original Star Trek crew, 1984's Star Trek||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: John Trumbull / Batman: The Animated Series||In just a few short months, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series hits its big quarter-century anniversary. In order to mark the occasion, I'm joined by John Trumbull -- author of an expansive oral history of the series for Back Issue! magazine feat||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commentary Track||The Commentary Trek continues! Just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of fan-favorite film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I'm joined once again by my friend Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Commentary Track||It's a special episode of the Nostalgia Theater Podcast! After we had such a good time with our special 50th anniversary Star Trek episode last summer, I'm joined once more by frequent friend-of-the-show Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Steve Wozniak / Silicon Valley Comic Con||From co-founding Apple Computer in the '70s to his continued work in groundbreaking new technologies right up to the present day, Steve Wozniak is a pioneer in the field of personal computing. His Silicon Valley Comic Con just celebrated its second year||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Jim Beard & RIch Handley / Planet of the Apes||For my latest Nostalgia Theater show I'm honored to be joined by authors Jim Beard & Rich Handley as they discuss their new short fiction anthology Planet of the Apes: Tales From the Forbidden Zone, which collects stories by some of the leading lights i||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Joe Simko / Garbage Pail Kids||For the first Nostalgia Theater show of 2017, I'm joined by illustrator Joe Simko, who discusses the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon from the 1980s, including his own work as producer and director of the documentary 30 Years of Garbage. There's lots of in||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Zahra Noorbakhsh / Stand By Me||For the final Nostalgia Theater show of 2016, I'm joined by standup comedian (and avowed Corey Feldman fan) Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of the hilarious #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast for a fun and freewheeling conversation celebrating the thirty year annivers||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Patrick Duffy / Dallas||I struck oil on the latest Nostalgia Theater show, as TV icon Patrick Duffy joins me for the hour to discuss his long career, including his start on NBC's Man From Atlantis, and his career-defining role as "good" son Bobby Ewing on CBS' long-running p||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block / Labyrinth||It was thirty years ago that Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) first invited young Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) into his magical, mysterious maze in the Jim Henson-directed classic Labyrinth. As I discussed in my retro review last month, the film didn't||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Brannon Braga / Star Trek: Enterprise||Star Trek Month concludes at the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, I celebrate fifteen years since the launch of Star Trek: Enterprise, the unfairly-ignored fifth Trek TV series, by chatting with series co-creator and executive producer Brannon Braga.||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Glenn Greenberg / Star Trek Commentary Track||Star Trek month continues here at Nostalgia Theater! This week I'm joined by Star Trek comic writer and novelist Glenn Greenberg for a fun and far ranging commentary track conversation as we watch the second pilot of the original Star Trek series, "Wher||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Adam Nimoy / For the Love of Spock||It's Star Trek Month at Nostalgia Theater, as we celebrate fifty years of one of the greatest TV shows -- and franchises -- of all time! My special guest this episode is director Adam Nimoy, son of the legendary Leonard Nimoy -- Mr. Spock himself -- to||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Ralph Garman / Batman '66||The DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad brings its dark and gritty superhero vision to the screen this week, so I thought what better time to take a fond look back at the DC universe at its bright and shiniest! For my latest Nostalgia Theater show I'm jo||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Sameer Gardezi / Ghostbusters||Bustin' makes me feel good! With the storied action-comedy Ghostbusters franchise heading back to theaters this weekend via the remake/reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring an all-star roster of some of the funniest females on the planet (read my||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Glenn Greenberg / The Incredible Hulk||For the latest Nostalgia Theater show I take a look back at one of my favorite TV shows, The Incredible Hulk, which aired on CBS from 1978 to 1982, and has enjoyed a perpetual afterlife through syndicated reruns. The series, developed by Kenneth Johnson||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Richard Hatch / Battlestar Galactica||A veteran of almost five decades in the film & television industry, Richard Hatch starred alongside Karl Malden on the final season of The Streets of San Francisco, and has appeared on such seminal series as Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Ma||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Zainab F. Chaudary / The West Wing||This past Saturday marked ten years since Aaron Sorkin's seminal series The West Wing left the airwaves on NBC. Starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, and many more, the sparkling drama is one of the most honored shows in||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Chris Ryall / IDW Publishing||For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Chris Ryall, editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing. As the current purveyor of comic book adventures of high profile licenses like Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: John Kenneth Muir / Batman||With the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice two weeks ago (read my thoughts here), Batman has made his triumphant return to movie screens after an interminable interregnum of...just a few years, actually. As it turns out, audiences can't go||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Tad Stones / Darkwing Duck||After a brief gap, we're back with an all-new episode of the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, we’re talking about Disney's Darkwing Duck, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this very year (read my article on the show here). A spin-off of Disney||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: David Morrell / Rambo||For this week's Nostalgia Theater Podcast I discuss the Rambo phenomenon with author David Morrell, whose 1972 novel First Blood is where it all began. Despite its reputation for ultra-violence, the Rambo series, starring Sylvester Stallone as war-we||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Tim Dunigan / Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future||Our journey through pop culture's past continues here on the Nostalgia Theater Podcast! For our second episode, I'm joined by none other than Tim Dunigan, better known to children of the 1980s as the titular star of Captain Power and the Soldiers of th||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Buzz Dixon / G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero||Welcome to the first episode of the all-new Nostalgia Theater Podcast! As longtime readers of my site know, I've run a feature by that same name at my blog for many years now, so I decided it was time to branch out and "expand the franchise," so to spea||1/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Mike Farrell episode
Zaki, wanted to drop you a line to let you know how impressed I was with your interview of Mike Farrell, BJ Hunnicutt himself. I was amazed and heartiness to find that Mr. Farrell was as warm and intelligent as the character he played for 8 years. And you, sir, were an expert interviewer, balancing insightful questions with obvious but not over flattering fandom. Thank you, and Mr. Farrell, for a wonderful hour of thought provoking podcasting!
Great conversations with fun guests
Really glad I found this show recently. I came for the Joe Simko interview, but then had a lot of fun burning through the archive of episodes.
YAY! MORE ZAKI!
I am a big fan of Zaki’s other podcast (Movie Film) and was really excited to hear he has more pop-culture-y goodness to share! I really loved two of the more recent episodes (Ralph Garmin and Adam Nemoy). Kinda’ wish this was a talk show on TV!
I’d love to hear a TGIF themed show or like ALF or Fraggle Rock or something else people have almost kinda’ sorta’ forgotten about.
I highly recommend this to anyone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, heck even 70’s. He covers a lot of random ground!