It’s the third episode of the seven-part miniseries IT CAME FROM SYNDICATION! This time around, I continue my look at syndicated television from the 1980s and 1990s with a look at a category known as “Infotainment,” which includes news programs, sports programs, entertainment journalism, and talk shows. Join me and Amanda as we talk about everything from The George Michael Sports Machine to A Current Affair and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
It’s the premiere episode of a special seven-part Pop Culture Affidavit miniseries, IT CAME FROM SYNDICATION! Starting with THIS VERY EPISODE, I will be taking a look at syndicated television from the 1980s and the early 1990s, covering a variety of genres and shows. For our first time around, I start off by talking about the history of syndication in the United States and then move on to my personal history with syndication as a kid on Long Island. Then, I go into the first type of programming that I’m covering: movies. From Siskel & Ebert’s weekly review show to WPIX’s Godzillathon, I discuss why coming across movies in syndication was so important to me as a kid.