20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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BINGE AND PODCAST: “At least we’re not talking about Wings.” (1996) You must have seen Must See TV, the legendary block of Thursday night programming that gifted us Seinfeld, Friends and Boston Common. Wait .. wasn’t that last one just a place they filmed Good Will Hunting? Actually, that’s the Public Garden. But despite not being THAT, Boston Common WAS a brief top ten hit meant to encapsulate the collegiate life of its Emersonian audience. For Undergrads Bob and Tim, it was a discordant attempt to shoe horn comedian Anthony Clark into what college life wasn’t like in the 1990s. So let’s all be there as they binge what might as well be the most obscure topic they ever tackled. Outside of OK SODA. And MISFITS OF SCIENCE. And maybe that whole SNACKS debacle.

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - here’s a link to ARYE GROSS.
00:00:52  MANDATORY VIEWING APPARATUS - and tricked into Veronica’s Closet
00:06:27  MUST BE ME TV - and fostering unhealthy romance 
00:12:14  NOT SO BOSTON COMMON GROUND -and the general premise of the program
00:22:55  ROBBING WILLIAMS- struggling to root for Anthony Clark
00:37:11  DISCOMFORT AND JOY - here’s the token Friends discussion
00:43:29  CHECK YOUR HEDDY - finally talking about Wyleen
00:47:01  CAUGHT IN A BOYD ROMANCE - horrible lessons in courtship
00:55:39  BOSTON CALLING OUT - and where did this sudden maturity come from?
01:03:28  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase 

Hack a sack along with this far too 90s Douche-Matthews Cover Band performance of the BOSTON COMMOMS OPENING TITLES THEME.

Hear how much NBC was sure you were going to love the premiere of Boston Common during these MARCH 21ST 1996 COMMERCIAL BREAKS FROM MUST SEE TV.

Encounter Anthony Clark as co-host Tim first encountered him with his less animate animated appearance on DR KATZ EPISODE 06: FAMILY CAR.

See some of the openings of what you must have missed from Must See TV with the opening credit sequences to THE SINGLE GUY, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, I VERONICA’S CLOSET and a promo for INSIDE SCHWARTZ.

And, finally, cram a season’s worth of sitcom by binging the same four episodes of Boston Common Bob and Tim saw with EPISODE 01X03: I THEE ENDOW , EPISODE 01X04: RELATIONSHIP OF FOOLS, EPISODE01X05: BOYD GETS SHRUNK and EPISODE01X06: VIRGINIA REELING.

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return in two weeks … and possibly to the 1980s?