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Free Spirit WAS a show. A single dad struggles to balance his at-home law practice with raising three kids. When his youngest son casually wishes for someone who’ll pay more attention to him, a witch named Winnie literally drops from the sky into their lives. Dad doesn’t know she’s a supernatural being and hires her as a housekeeper, nanny, mother figure, and possibly a love interest? Yikes is right! Winnie is magic, and can make pretty much anything appear on command. But can she charm her way into this family’s hearts? Obviously yes. Oh, and Alyson Hannigan plays the middle child—and proto-Meg Griffin type—in one of her first roles ever. Brynn, Aaron and Barry conjure up some theories as to why this 1989 trope-fest was quickly made to disappear. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker hse18iuEiodLS9Iy3017
Phenom WAS a show. This 90s family sitcom featured a teenage tennis champ, a Carly Simon song, and Catholic guilt. It had a stacked cast of TV ringers, including Judith Light and William Devane, PLUS top-notch comedy writers! So what happened? Lots of people liked it—especially eight-year-old Brynn! The gang has a rowdy discussion about this series and the "racket" of show business. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
In this special bonus episode, Brynn & Aaron rewind the old VHS collection, and look back at the show It’s Your Move from Season 1, Episode 17 of the podcast. They watch another episode to shine even more light on this edgy 1984 dark comedy. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Something Wilder WAS a show. This harmless family sitcom was developed as a vehicle for the Hollywood legend Gene Wilder. Join Brynn, Aaron & Barry as they make their way through this Gene Pick. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
One Of The Boys WAS a show. What do you get when you bring together Dana Carvey in his first starring role, Nathan Lane in his first starring role, music and acting icon Scatman Crothers, and cap it off with the vaudeville stylings of Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney? Turns out not a lot. This 1982 sitcom is about an energetic senior who ditches the nursing home (where he inexplicably lives because he’s in terrific shape) to move in with his college student grandson and roommate. This show even features appearances from the likes of Olympia Dukakis, and Meg Ryan in her second role ever. Brynn, Aaron, Barry, and special guest co-host, Neal E. Fischer of the podcast Triviality, try to figure out why this show got pulled offstage by that giant cane. Check out Neal’s great work: www.linktr.ee/BeingPatrickSwayze www.nealefischer.com/books Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Ferris Bueller WAS a show. The iconic John Hughes classic about high school rebellion from 1986 was reimagined as a sitcom in 1990. Matthew Broderick was replaced by Charlie Schlatter who, much like the Ferris of the film, often breaks the 4th wall to address the audience—only this Ferris is also explicitly aware of the existence of the film, for which he has an apparent disdain. This show also features Jennifer Aniston in her 2nd time at bat. Join Brynn, Aaron, Barry, and special guest Simone Smith who chose this show—looking into the camera—as we cut class and go on an adventure to see why this one got expelled. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Working Girl WAS a show. It was a successful 1988 Mike Nichols movie first, and then naturally they rebooted it as a sitcom two years later. Both working girls are ambitious, from Staten Island, and bop around Manhattan in white sneakers. One of them has "mall bangs" and one does not. One is Melanie Griffith, and one is a pre-Speed Sandra Bullock. Brynn, Aaron and Barry have a lively discussion about the two women named Tess, and if you can believe it, another woman named Bryn (who is short one n)… GASP! Sit back, kick off your high heels and enjoy! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
A League of Their Own WAS a show. Welcome to the first episode in our “BadAptation” series—the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” was adapted into a sitcom with the same title and premise a mere one year later in 1993. The film was a box office and critical success! The sitcom…lasted 6 episodes, and only 5 aired. That might sound kind of sad, but remember, there’s no crying in baseball! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Visit our new website! thatwasashow.com Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

2022-01-0135:40

2021 WAS a year. We look back on some of our favourite—and least favourite—shows, characters, tropes, sets and other sitcom artifacts from our reviews over the past year. Brynn, Aaron & Barry each give their pick for 20 different categories in this lightning round bonus episode. Happy New Year and thanks for listening! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Well, it’s that time of year again! Brynn, Aaron & Barry had a classy little holiday office party to celebrate another year of podcasting. They discuss Christmas episodes of two shows from the 90s that they recall fondly: Boy Meets World and Seinfeld… and then they watch a Christmas episode from one of the failed or forgotten shows they reviewed earlier in 2021. Which one? It’s a surprise! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Check out our new sponsor: Wander Nut Butters tastewander.com/twas Use the discount code “TWAS15” at checkout to save 15% Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Good Advice WAS a show. She’s a marriage counselor going through a divorce. He’s a divorce attorney who can’t settle down. They’re sharing an office, but can they share…a heart? Join Brynn, Aaron & Barry as they schedule an appointment and try to get some Good Advice! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Everything’s Relative WAS a show. We’re not joking—there’s another failed sitcom with this title. This one was created by Mitchell Hurwitz, and spoiler, not much happens in it. Brynn, Aaron & Barry have a great time talking about this show, but more fun talking about Arrested Development. Plus Aaron misremembers/fabricates another memory like he did with the premise of the John Larroquette Show. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker
Everything’s Relative WAS a show. Before he became known for his iconic role as George Costanza, Jason Alexander made his television comedy debut on Everything’s Relative. This odd-couple style show is about two brothers living in a fancy SoHo loft. Alexander plays the recently divorced older brother Julian Beeby, alongside his construction worker and ‘ladies man’ younger brother Scott. Together they navigate the dating scene under the intensely watchful eye of their mother. Julian runs a product testing lab, and their home is always full of strange concoctions for Scott to stumble upon. Brynn, Aaron & Barry conduct their own research in an effort to understand this sitcom experiment. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Camp Wilder WAS a show. In this 1992 sitcom, after the death of her parents a 28 year old single mother moves back to her hometown to be the guardian of her two teenage siblings. Because of her young age and laissez-faire style of parenting, the house becomes a safe haven for a gaggle of teens. Join Brynn, Aaron & Barry as they find out what it’s like to hang out at Camp Wilder. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Rachel Gunn R.N. WAS a show. This early 90s comedy featured the most unprofessional hospital staff in television history, a lot of former Chippendales guys, an inexplicable amount of dancing, and Batman before he was Batman. Tune in as Brynn, Aaron & Barry try to diagnose this ill-fated sitcom. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Not My Department WAS a show. This 1987 satire was produced by the CBC and takes on government bureaucracy in Ottawa. The show centres around the fictional Department of Regional Incentive Targets, or DRIT. Quelle idée amusante! That Was a Show? takes a drive north of the border to review a Canadian sitcom for the very first time. Brynn, Aaron & Barry fill out the appropriate access to information request forms, and politely ask why this show didn’t get reelected after its first term in office. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Sibs WAS a show. This early 90s sitcom centred around the wacky misadventures of three sisters trying to navigate adulthood together, it also co-starred Homer Simpson. Brynn, Aaron and Barry part the weeds on this overgrown lawn of a mishap while learning how to pronounce actor names and singing the praises of Evan Handler’s glorious hair. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/thatwasashow and it might make it into a future episode! Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
The Famous Teddy Z WAS a show. Baby Jon Cryer stars as Teddy Zakalokis, the young bumbling agent of an eccentric (and evil?) movie star inspired by Marlon Brando. Brynn, Aaron & Barry discuss this sitcom’s sharp commentary and dull character development. They call their surly friend Mr. Producer for hot Hollywood insider tea, but instead just learn about snacks. This episode might make you want to work in a bakery! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Saved by the Bell: The College Years WAS a show. This 1993 sequel picks up right where the original series left off. Zack, Slater and Screech move into a dorm at California University. With age comes wisdom, and they’re finally ready to give up the childish schemes and antics, buckle down, and take their education seriously. Just kidding! Brynn, Aaron & Barry crack the books and study why this extension of the massively successful franchise lasted a mere 19 episodes. They also watch and review the new Saved by the Bell 2020 reboot series, and oh how the times have changed! Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
Top of the Heap WAS a show. It was the first of two Married…With Children spinoffs starring Matt LeBlanc as working class “himbo” Vinnie Verducci. Brynn, Aaron & Barry couldn’t resist exploring this character further after their previous episode about Vinnie & Bobby. Ultimately though, they agree that the true star of this ill-fated sitcom was—spoiler—not human. Email: thatwasashow@aol.com (Because 90s AOL still exists for some reason!) Instagram @thatwasashow The Trope Library: thatwasashow.tumblr.com Merch: redbubble.com/people/thatwasashow Hosted by: Brynn Byrne @brynnabyrne Aaron Yeger @aaronyeger Andrew “Barry” Helmer @andrewhelmer Podcast logo and artwork by Brian Walker @briguywalker That Was a Show? is a Radio Gizmo Production
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