Primetime

3 EpisodesProduced by Vox

Dig into the hidden history of television with Vox's critic-at-large, Todd VanDerWerff. Each season, we explore the tragic, comedic, and occasionally world-changing stories that have marked a medium that's dominated the global conversation for the last 75 years. First up: TV's relationship with the … read more

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24's twisted relationship with the war on terror

May 16th, 2019

23:06
24 premiered less than two months after the 9/11 terror attacks. That timing — and the show’s subject matter — affected the way a lot of important people, at the highest levels of United States government, think about …

Why Washington can't escape The West Wing

May 9th, 2019

25:35
When The West Wing was on the air, during the Clinton and Bush years, a lot of liberal viewers were pining for a Democratic president with a strong sense of right and wrong — someone like President Bartlet. His …

Introducing Primetime

April 29th, 2019

2:13
Welcome to Primetime, a podcast about the power of television and how it affects and reflects our culture. In the first season, host Todd …
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