Episode 206: “Talking 9 to 5: The TV Series with The Kulturecast's Chris Stachiw”

Tumble out of bed/and stumble to the kitchen/pour yourself a cup of ambition And yawn and stretch and listen in as Susan and Sharon talk "Nine to Five": The TV Series with pop culture podcaster and founder of Weirding Way Media, Chris Stachiw.
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The Conversation

  • HOW A MOVEMENT SPURRED A MOVIE:  The “9 to 5 Labor Movement”, which sprang up with the influx of women in the workplace in the early 1970s, caught the attention of Jane Fonda, who decided she wanted to make a movie about how “You can run a business without the boss – but not without the secretaries.”
  • Why a television series? Maybe beause the movie was a massive hit, earning over $100 million dollars making it the second highest-grossing film of 1980, behind “The Empire Strikes Back”?
  • WHERE’S THE SHOW? From 20th Century Fox to the Disney vault – why is it so hard to find Nine to Five?
  • “When The Secretaries Met The Nanny”… Who’s that locked up in a jail cell with Rita Moreno, Valerie Curtin and Rachel Dennison (Season 2, Episode 15, “The Oldest Profession”)? Yup -- it’s The Nanny, Fran Drescher
  • From Dabney Coleman in the movie to Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Transparent”) and Peter Bonerz (“The Bob Newhart Show”) in the TV show – who’s your favorite “Boss From Hell”?
  • How – and why – the Franklin Hart character transformed from a misogynistic predator in the film to a bumbling incompetent in the TV series.
  • IT WAS A MUSICAL, too!?! The “9 to 5: The Musical” premiered in 2009! Featuring songs by Dolly Parton (including her unforgettable title song), and written by the screenwriter of the film, Patricia Resnick, running six months on Broadway.
  • The long-delayed “9 to 5” film reunion – Well, practically happened when Dolly Parton guested on Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s Netflix show Grace & Frankie.

So join Susan and Sharon – and Chris – as they talk sexual harassment, singing telegrams – and the 1986 “The Real Ghostbusters” animated cartoon show!

Our Audio-ography

Listen to Susan and Sharon talk about “9 to 5” (the movie!) on Chris Stachiw’s movie podcast “The Kulturecast” on Apple or Spotify or Podlink.

Learn about the 9 to 5 Labor Movement at 9to5.org.

Read the book: Working 9 to 5: A Women's Movement, a Labor Union, and the Iconic Movie. Check it out at Bookshop

Watch the Netlfix documentary: “9 to 5: The Story of a Movement”.

Watch all the opening title sequences of all five seasons on YouTube

Follow Rita Moreno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheRitaMoreno 

Let us know your thoughts on 9 to 5 and if you have any ideas where to watch all the episodes - Email us at 80sTVLadies@gmail.com

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 206: “Talking Nine to Five: The TV Series – with Chris Stachiw”
Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem.
Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson.
Guests: Chris Stachiw.
Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey.
Producer: Melissa Roth.
Associate Producer: Sergio Perez.
Music by Amy Engelhardt.
Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.