TV Guidance Counselor Podcast

Ken Reid and his guests explore the tough television watching decisions of our past.














Saturday September 23, 1989.

In the third Saturday Morning Special Edition of TV Guidance Counselor, returning guest comedian Lamont Price picks a single Saturday in September of 1989.

They talk about cooking with Cap’N Crunch, cereal preferences in life, Ken’s childhood status as a “30 year old 10 year old”, the Grape Nut folly, insomnia, the decadence of bath tub meals, Teddie Peanut Butter, over ordering Pizza, prime time Saturday Morning Preview shows, Captain Bob, Book Mobiles, The Baseball Bunch, The San Diego Chicken, Johnny Bench, JoBeth Williams starring role in Jaberwocky, Dirty Frank, The mystery of Baba Papas, Dr. Fad’s Wacky Wall Walkers, Mario Cantone’s “Steampipe Alley”, animated Alf, Dr. Snuggles, Captain N The Gamemaster, Commander McBragg, the humorous educational content of 60s cartoons, Muppet Babies, 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, Camp Candy, the cartoon translation of SCTV, Columbia House fueled art projects, back issues of electronics magazines leading to sexual awakening, re-enactments of American Gladiators utilizing old furnaces in the woods, Ken’s Dad’s Playboy subscription, Dino-Riders, Skeeter fan fiction, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, the terrifying nature of The Real Ghostbusters, Blackula, Wuzzles, Garfield, Spider-Man, Saved By the Bell, the strange case of Rude Dog and the Dweebs, Lamont’s love of gangs, Wrestling, G.L.O.W. at noon o’clock, Owl TV, rumors about “The Boys”, the hidden subliminal message of “The Kissing Game”, and why Ken is Lamont’s “Nostalgia Hero”.

TV Guidance Counselor Saturday Special Edition #3: Lamont Price

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Saturday September 23, 1989.

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In the third Saturday Morning Special Edition of TV Guidance Counselor, returning guest comedian Lamont Price picks a single Saturday in September of 1989.

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They talk about cooking with Cap’N Crunch, cereal preferences in life, Ken’s childhood status as a “30 year old 10 year old”, the Grape Nut folly, insomnia, the decadence of bath tub meals, Teddie Peanut Butter, over ordering Pizza, prime time Saturday Morning Preview shows, Captain Bob, Book Mobiles, The Baseball Bunch, The San Diego Chicken, Johnny Bench, JoBeth Williams starring role in Jaberwocky, Dirty Frank, The mystery of Baba Papas, Dr. Fad’s Wacky Wall Walkers, Mario Cantone’s “Steampipe Alley”, animated Alf, Dr. Snuggles, Captain N The Gamemaster, Commander McBragg, the humorous educational content of 60s cartoons, Muppet Babies, 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, Camp Candy, the cartoon translation of SCTV, Columbia House fueled art projects, back issues of electronics magazines leading to sexual awakening, re-enactments of American Gladiators utilizing old furnaces in the woods, Ken’s Dad’s Playboy subscription, Dino-Riders, Skeeter fan fiction, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, the terrifying nature of The Real Ghostbusters, Blackula, Wuzzles, Garfield, Spider-Man, Saved By the Bell, the strange case of Rude Dog and the Dweebs, Lamont’s love of gangs, Wrestling, G.L.O.W. at noon o’clock, Owl TV, rumors about “The Boys”, the hidden subliminal message of “The Kissing Game”, and why Ken is Lamont’s “Nostalgia Hero”.

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As previously established, Lamont is a very funny Boston based comedian. He and Ken are more or less the same person.

Barbapapa is real, but Ken isn’t convinced it’s not a foreign language show, despite Lamont’s memory.

This week Ken welcomes actress Vanessa Angel(Weird Science, Kingpin, Baywatch) to the show.

Ken and Vanessa discuss the weather, TV Times, UK TV, Teenagers traveling on their own, modeling, finding where you’re meant to be, the endless space of the USA, the alien landscape of LA, American action series, living in the shadow of Paul Michael Glaser, the specificity of British Comedy, Fawlty Towers, being discovered as a teen model, being properly trained as an actor, Spies Like Us, going out for Weird Science before getting Weird Science, The Actors’ Studio, being honest with John Carpenter, Doctor Who, Sci-Fi, Watch with Mother, UK Children’s TV, when the cult becomes the mainstream, Stargate, fan conventions, Joanna Lumley, the Avengers, the “slam dunk” of good looking comedy, ever changing accents, The Equalizer, the heavy dark grit of youth, John Hughes television track record, USA Network Original programming, updating I Dream of Jeanie, Reasonable Doubts, Mark Harmon: stellar human being, Baywatch, doing your job in a swimsuit, casting your own breasts, On the Air, working with David Lynch, being overwhelmed by TV Guide, The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, Warren Beatty’s good advice, being mis-wired for stand up, developing a sense of humor, when comedy fails, converting to PAL, Kingpin, Hello Ladies, the esteem of British actors, The Farrelly brothers, casting Bill Murray, and having trouble narrowing down Jeer worthy television.

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 38: Vanessa Angel

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This week Ken speaks with actress Vanessa Angel (Weird Science, Kingpin, Baywatch)

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This week Ken welcomes actress and fashion designer Vanessa Angel(Weird Science, Kingpin, Baywatch) to the show.

Ken and Vanessa discuss the weather, TV Times, UK TV, Teenagers traveling on their own, modeling, finding where you’re meant to be, the endless space of the USA, the alien landscape of LA, American action series, living in the shadow of Paul Michael Glaser, the specificity of British Comedy, Fawlty Towers, being discovered as a teen model, being properly trained as an actor, Spies Like Us, going out for Weird Science before getting Weird Science, The Actors’ Studio, being honest with John Carpenter, Doctor Who, Sci-Fi, Watch with Mother, UK Children’s TV, when the cult becomes the mainstream, Stargate, fan conventions, Joanna Lumley, the Avengers, the “slam dunk” of good looking comedy, ever changing accents, The Equalizer, the heavy dark grit of youth, John Hughes television track record, USA Network Original programming, updating I Dream of Jeanie, Reasonable Doubts, Mark Harmon: stellar human being, Baywatch, doing your job in a swimsuit, casting your own breasts, On the Air, working with David Lynch, being overwhelmed by TV Guide, The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, Warren Beatty’s good advice, being mis-wired for stand up, developing a sense of humor, when comedy fails, converting to PAL, Kingpin, Hello Ladies, the esteem of British actors, The Farrelly brothers, casting Bill Murray, and having trouble narrowing down Jeer worthy television.

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Vanessa is a former model, current actress and has been in a ton of things Ken has loved over the years. Vanessa also has her own clothing line called VANE La

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Vanessa is Ken’s first guest from England. She’s very funny, most notably in the movie Kingpin. 

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Vanessa is also Ken’s first (and hopefully not last) guest to be on Baywatch. 

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In this first ever LIVE! Edition Ken welcomes writer, actress and crafting guru Amy Sedaris to the show recorded live at the Brooklyn Brewery on Sunday October 5, 2014 as part of New York Super week.

Ken and Amy take a look at a TV Guide from the week of March 10-16, 1979.

Ken and Amy discuss Teen Bags, TV Guide ads, sanitary grapefruits, TV Guide Youth Corp, David Cronenberg’s early career as a weatherman, Timmy and Lassie, subscription math, who’s in Nancy, weather with dummies, Orson Wells gout, after school birth videos, placenta buckets in the public schools, TV Evangelicals, dying food the wrong colors as a cooking segment, sex selling color, just inserting, the right to die, TV for lonely people, what stops the champ, TV Movies, Lifetime: Television for Women, Facts Cigarettes, Doorknob collections, Homer’s machines, sports on TV, bowling, Wonder Woman, Hee Haw’s sets, Lawrence Welk, sibling arguments over good TVs that result in blindness, banned Mandingo, cheating at Mouse trap resulting in attempted Egyptian style lobotomies, gatekeepers leading to more well rounded personalities, Mary Tyler Moore, SCTV, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Shock Theater/Creature Feature Horror hosts, The Uncle Paul Show, TV as babysitter, The Brady Bunch, Vincent Price as seal of quality, Paul Rudd as modern Vincent Price, comedy grotesque, Martin Short, Dark Shadows, Blooper Reels, Carol Burnett, never watching ChiPs, the Duke boys, Angie Dickinson, older men loving Charlie’s Angels, Beretta’s disguises, TV detectives, David Cassidy: Man Undercover, Jack Cassidy’s red fire, Ironsides, Bevery Hillbillies as prequel to Barnaby Jones, Laugh In!, who’s alive?, Rhoda, Ken’s most embarrassing moment, the unparalleled cruelty of the producers of “Valerie”, AIDS, crying in front of Jason Bateman, childhood TV Trauma, Trilogy of Terror, not pre-heating an oven, tiny Godzilla in the city, I Dream of Jeanie’s bottle re-creations, Bewitched, Strangers with Candy’s connection to My So-Called Life, ZOOM rage, James at 15, teenagers vampire hangups, unsuccessful suicides as positive messages, Cheers and Jeers, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, modern day TV Guide, toaster ovens, buying a microwave for the first time, fun with marshmallows, nose bleeds, and of course sponges.

TV Guidance Counselor LIVE! w/ Amy Sedaris

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In this first ever LIVE! Edition Ken welcomes writer, actress and crafting guru Amy Sedaris to the show recorded live at the Brooklyn Brewery on Sunday October 5, 2014 as part of New York Super week.

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Ken and Amy take a look at a TV Guide from the week of March 10-16, 1979.

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First Ken and Amy look at some TV Guide ads and articles

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Ken and Amy discuss Teen Bags, TV Guide ads, sanitary grapefruits, TV Guide Youth Corp, David Cronenberg’s early career as a weatherman, Timmy and Lassie, subscription math, who’s in Nancy, weather with dummies, Orson Wells gout, after school birth videos, placenta buckets in the public schools, TV Evangelicals, dying food the wrong colors as a cooking segment, sex selling color, just inserting, the right to die, TV for lonely people, what stops the champ, TV Movies, Lifetime: Television for Women, Facts Cigarettes, Doorknob collections, Homer’s machines, sports on TV, bowling, Wonder Woman, Hee Haw’s sets, Lawrence Welk, sibling arguments over good TVs that result in blindness, banned Mandingo, cheating at Mouse trap resulting in attempted Egyptian style lobotomies, gatekeepers leading to more well rounded personalities, Mary Tyler Moore, SCTV, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Shock Theater/Creature Feature Horror hosts, The Uncle Paul Show, TV as babysitter, The Brady Bunch, Vincent Price as seal of quality, Paul Rudd as modern Vincent Price, comedy grotesque, Martin Short, Dark Shadows, Blooper Reels, Carol Burnett, never watching ChiPs, the Duke boys, Angie Dickinson, older men loving Charlie’s Angels, Beretta’s disguises, TV detectives, David Cassidy: Man Undercover, Jack Cassidy’s red fire, Ironsides, Bevery Hillbillies as prequel to Barnaby Jones, Laugh In!, who’s alive?, Rhoda, Ken’s most embarrassing moment, the unparalleled cruelty of the producers of “Valerie”, AIDS, crying in front of Jason Bateman, childhood TV Trauma, Trilogy of Terror, not pre-heating an oven, tiny Godzilla in the city, I Dream of Jeanie’s bottle re-creations, Bewitched, Strangers with Candy’s connection to My So-Called Life, ZOOM rage, James at 15, teenagers vampire hangups, unsuccessful suicides as positive messages, Cheers and Jeers, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, modern day TV Guide, toaster ovens, buying a microwave for the first time, fun with marshmallows, nose bleeds, and of course sponges.

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Amy needs no introduction, but she is a hilarious, fascinating writer/performer that Ken has always been a huge fan of. She’s been on TV many many times. She was the writer/star of “Strangers with Candy” for three seasons on Comedy Central. Strangers with Candy is one of Ken’s favorite comedies of all time. 

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Ken also used this show as an opportunity to wear his ridiculous TV test pattern suit in public for the very first time.

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October 16-22, 1999

This week Ken welcomes friend and fellow Boston Comedian Dan Boulger to the show.

Ken and Dan discuss double features, Fletch, Dan’s love of doing Ken’s things, TBS, striking oil at Bayside High, being too young for irony, Ken’s martial arts skills, Dan’s drunken brawling, diabetes, Northeastern University, stand up comedy on TV, shoplifting disabled people, COPS in Southie, what not to call your own mother, Married..with Children, original MTV VJs, Godzilla, giving the proper respect to disasters, Sammo Hung, John Travolta’s angelic powers, only liking basketball but being braned a “sports fan”, misidentifying a Baldwin, Rock N Roll, The Outer Limits, how three weeks is all it takes to quit something, The Antiques Roadshow, Ken’s Dad’s fashion sense, leather, bad date movies, Mark Wahlberg’s patterns, Boy Bands, The North Shore/South Shore divide, retirement begats demand, Comedy Central movies, Just Shoot Me, Heather Locklear, Third Rock from the Sun, Shasta McNasty, Korn, Dan’s love of Kid Rock, The Royle Family, Becker, Larry “Grand MaMa” Johnson, Adam Carolla, The UK TV model, why sketches should end with a fight, big bowls of hormonal stupid, the World Magic Awards, Caddyshack II as Communism, The greatest Bond Movie ever: Moonstruck, and Dan’s ability to float through life.

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 37: Dan Boulger

October 16-22, 1999

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This week Ken welcomes friend and fellow Boston Comedian Dan Boulger to the show.

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Ken and Dan discuss double features, Fletch, Dan’s love of doing Ken’s things, TBS, striking oil at Bayside High, being too young for irony, Ken’s martial arts skills, Dan’s drunken brawling, diabetes, Northeastern University, stand up comedy on TV, shoplifting disabled people, COPS in Southie, what not to call your own mother, Married..with Children, original MTV VJs, Godzilla, giving the proper respect to disasters, Sammo Hung, John Travolta’s angelic powers, only liking basketball but being braned a “sports fan”, misidentifying a Baldwin, Rock N Roll, The Outer Limits, how three weeks is all it takes to quit something, The Antiques Roadshow, Ken’s Dad’s fashion sense, leather, bad date movies, Mark Wahlberg’s patterns, Boy Bands, The North Shore/South Shore divide, retirement begats demand, Comedy Central movies, Just Shoot Me, Heather Locklear, Third Rock from the Sun, Shasta McNasty, Korn, Dan’s love of Kid Rock, The Royle Family, Becker, Larry “Grand MaMa” Johnson and Dan’s ability to float through life.

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Dan is a very funny stand up comedian who has been on television many times. 

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Ken always enjoys seeing Dan perform. Ken tries to have Dan on every show he produces in Boston whenever he can. 

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A few months ago Rachel Reid took a photo of Ken with some TVs they found next to a dumpster one night while out walking Pete. Yesterday that photo was printed in 1 million plus issues of the New York Times.  It’s been a weird year

March 12-18, 1988

This week Ken welcomes comedian Michelle Biloon to the show. Ken and Michelle discuss colds, Facts of Life, Charlotte Rae as crossword puzzle keystone, Paul Provenza’s NBC angel, cat sitting pushing you over the ledge, Dolly, Tyne Daly’s weird face, crushing Joey Lawrence, how Ken isn’t quite a teenage girl but is pretty close, rural Wisconsin, Supernatural, CA to WI, twins, double Pines, physically fighting your family, 227, Hal Williams Dating Game exploits, Women in Prison, Golden Girls, A Different World, James Taylor, Spenser For Hire, Family Ties, Ubu’s sitting, Cousin Oliver syndrome, the meanest thing ever said on network television, 1985: Greatest Year of Movies in History, the complicated nature of modern day Legos, back door pilots, Dads ruining parties, useful film degrees, Terminator vs. Terminator 2, James Cameron’s reputation as a thief, talent vs. hustle, the mid-west’s ban of UHF, BW and AW, the “good TV”, Alf vs. Kate & Allie, imagining your parents at your age, Toxic Waste, Danny Pintauro’s barely concealed ruse, Boston’s oddly progressive tolerant intolerance, sitting next to Jason Hervey, meeting the Muppets, private concerts by Wyclef Jean, Christopher Lloyd as the Dictator, afterschool specials, obscure references, illiteracy contributing to the breakdown of a morning show host on the air, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, Highway to Heaven as virtual hug, generic show titles, The Cosby Show, murder by tainted soup, Arsenio Hall and BMG musically educating under cultured mid-western White teens, Cheers, Lethal Weapon as the world’s greatest Christmas movie, Night Court, how Martin Mull is not Richard Moll, being trapped in an elevator, B-Ball primetime Celtics vs. Bulls, and monkeying around.