What TV show shall we cover for our first time? How about the pilot of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner? Susan and Sharon talk about the show, the stars, and the mysteries of this hit 1983 TV action-comedy drama. Amanda King is a divorced mother with two young sons looking for a job. When she cute-meets secret agent Lee Stetson, a.k.a “The Scarecrow,” she is swept up into a world of intrigue, spies and danger! Will her first case be her last? Or does Amanda find that being “a spy and a mom” is the best of both worlds? Can an 80s housewife have it all – romance, adventure, and Scout meetings? Susan and Sharon follow the clues and you can bet the man in the red hat we’ll find out! We also investigate…
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The Conversation

  • Beverly Garland: the hotel AND the actress – Is she Amanda King’s mother – or Laura (Remington Steele) Holt’s!
  • Kate Jackson’s previous hit show: Was it Alley Cats or Harry’s Angels or….?
  • Why did the writers change Amanda from being married to divorced in the pilot script?
  • Who was the first female showrunner in TV history – and why did it take 30 years before there was another?
  • What was Amanda King’s superpower?
  • And what does all this have to do with Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope?
Join us for our “First Time” as we solve the mystery of whether or not Scarecrow and Mrs. King was a feminist show – a progressive show – or both?  And was the word “boyfriend” cut from the original pilot script? 

Have no fear: Susan and Sharon are on the case!

Our Audio-ography

Why does Susan call it Audio-ology in this episode? Cause she’s silly, and we’re still figuring out what we’re calling it. 

Where to Watch Scarecrow and Mrs. King:

How Tall Are You? A memoir by Greg Morton

Television’s Female Spies and Crimefighters: 600 Characters and Shows, 1950s to the Present by Karen A. Romanko


www.callmeacab.com Fansite: Call Me a Cab by Taya Johnston


www.mkcpodcast.com The Mrs. King Chronicles – Hosted by Lexie Fiema, Taya Johnston, Jenn Peterson, Miranda Thomas


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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 101 – “The First Time”
Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem.
Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey.
Producer: Melissa Roth.
Associate Producers: Megan McKiernan, Sergio Perez. 
Music: Amy Engelhardt.

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