Yes, our 13th episode of the new launch, and, as so many have seen with the number 13, it's an unlucky number.

Sadly, this episode was to have been released at Halloween, but due to Halloween gremlins (Ok, maybe it's Mogwai, but I think they got into the Halloween candy after midnight), the episode was never released. So while you are only now getting to hear us talk about Vincent Van Ghoul, Daphne, Shaggy, Scrappy-Doo, Flim-Flam, and of course, Scooby Too and his 13 ghosts that he was supposed to capture, maybe you should consider it a "Lost" episode!!!

At any rate...As Mike and I point out, this just wasn't much to go over - 1 season, with voice actors like Sue Blu, Vincent Price, and Kasey Kasem? That was about as good as it got. Those meddlin' network execs really ruined something that could have been successful, but by bringing in characters that they didn't need (and cutting others that were needed), we got goofy ghosts, a pint sized con artist, and scaredy cats (or dogs, as the case may be) doing a horrible job.

So, give it a listen, and leave us comments. Tell us what you think, over at mygenerationpodcast.com or out on our Facebook page!


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46 years ago (Good lord, it's been 46 YEARS!?!) a show that starred a cowardly Great Dane and 4 kids from Crystal Cove who were sleuths traveling in the Mystery Machine debuted. 

It worked on the formula that, the very first time you saw someone onscreen in an episode that WASN'T part of the regular cast, THEY were the ones who committed a crime.

What show is this?

Scooby Doo and its various incarnations - Scooby Doo, Where Are You, 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, and more.

We discuss the greats of this cartoon, and along the way, we also pick up on topics like why Scrappy Doo was annoying (Sorry Mike!).


Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss a franchise 46 years old - Scooby Doo. 

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Ok, folks – this week (well, it’s a week late) I have posted up our Failed Franchises finale. :) We discuss some of our favorite franchises that were killed off way too early – Clerks: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and more.

Sure, we all agree that there were some cartoons and TV shows that should NEVER have been made, but there were some that were just not given a chance!!! Come on, folks – just because it doesn’t have a successful action figure toy sale, or crazy popular DVD sales, does not mean the show needs to be killed off!!!

So check out what Mike and Doug discuss this week in our Failed Franchises, part III.

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In our second installment of Failed Franchises February, we riff on some more just godawful, horrible cartoons that should never have been made.

Like what, you may ask?

Butt Ugly Martians.

Father of the Pride.

Just a few examples of what’s to come in this week’s episode where Mike and Doug sit down to discuss more things that really should NEVER have been made. (I mean, seriously? Butt-Ugly Martians? Did the studio heads actually hear the name BEFORE they aired it? And if so, who thought it was ok?)

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The cartoons we know and love, the movies we remember fondly – well, for every one of those, there was a dud sitting out there. And we want you to remember them with horror! :)

For the rest of the month of February, Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard are taking you on a horror trip down memory lane as we remember some awful franchises.

This week, we’re pulling out Rubik’s Cube, Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, and Crocodile Dundee (because really, they should have stopped after the first one).

As always, please leave us feedback as we go through Failed Franchises, Part I!

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Hi HOOOOOO! Hi ho, here we go now, it’s time for the 7D!

This week we’re actually talking pop culture of the current generation and one of our favorites on the air currently, Disney’s The 7D. It’s a reimagining of the Seven Dwarves from Snow White And the Seven Dwarves, with much of the cast and crew of Animaniacs coming back to write and perform.

Mike and I sit down and discuss this gem that was mined from old concepts, revamped by writers, directors, and producers Tom Ruegger, Paul Rugg, and Sherri Stoner, and absolutely incredible voice talents of people like Dee Bradley Baker, Maurice LaMarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Bill Farmer. So join us as we discuss a great cartoon on the airwaves now, Disney’s The 7D!

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Big Brother Is Watching You. No, not the stupid reality TV series – the year. 30 years ago, we had perhaps the Golden Age of summer blockbusters, and the best and most memorable cartoons of a generation were born in this year.

Ranging from Transformers to Voltron, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to four guys in New York that helped save the world from Gozer (Yup, I’m referring to Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the late great Harold Ramis) in Ghostbusters, even the commercials that aired in this year were memorable.

Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad was the defining ad, making people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. And there was also a pop culture phenomenon that came out of Wendy’s hamburger chain, with three elderly women, one of them named Clara Peller, questioning, “Where’s the Beef?”

Come join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss what is probably the defining year of pop culture – 1984.

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It’s Christmas. That wonderful time of year when the stop-motion and animated classics make their reappearances, and we see our favorites – Frosty, Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – and everyone seems to think they’re all done by Disney, since they play almost non-stop on ABC Family, which is owned by Disney.

But surprise surprise, these classics were all done by the Rankin-Bass studios, along with other great animations of the 80’s, like Silverhawks and Thundercats!

So join us for a Christmas special, as we spotlight the animation studio of our Christmas favorites, Rankin Bass.

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Yes, yes, I know – this is going up the day AFTER Halloween. But, just like the Simpsons have done before with their “Treehouse of Terror” episodes airing after Halloween, Mike and I have picked up some creepy comedies for you to enjoy.

Starting with 1991’s Addams Family (and discussing its sequel, Addams Family Values), we give a sampling through the snapping and harpsichord music to jump in with Jim Carrey’s Once Bitten, Mel Brooks’ spoof Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and finally, a trip back to memory lane for one of our Halloween favorites, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Come join us as we relive our favorites from the past on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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Let’s go back in time, to the same summer as Back To The Future. Let’s even look at the actor from that film – Michael J. Fox – and think about him playing a high school teenager going through, well…changes. :)

In this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation, Mike and I jump back in time to remember a paranormal comedy of the 80’s, which was better than the sequel, better than the cartoon it spawned, and, I’m sorry to all you millennial who think that things like Vampire Diaries are cool, but even better than the MTV TV show. (I mean, come on, MTV is “Music Television”! When was the last time they showed music videos on it?!?)

Yes, folks, this week we delve into Teen Wolf!

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Robin Mclaurin Williams – Father, actor, recovering drug addict, and perhaps one of the greatest comedians who ever lived.

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found dead in his San Francisco home, at the age of 63.

Suffering from depression and having just gotten out of rehab, this man was an incredible person. He raised his kids as best he could. He took care of his friends. He did what it took to make his place in the world.

This week, we pay homage to a slew of characters, many which earned him Emmys, Golden Globes, and even an Oscar. Characters like Popeye, Mork, John Keating, Virginia Doubtfire, Adrian Cronauer, and perhaps the most loved of our generation, The Genie in Aladdin – they were all wonderful and amazing.

TFG1Mike, Steve “Megatron” Phillips, and myself join up in a Talkin’ Bout My Generation/Geekcast Radio Network crossover podcast, as we give a tribute to Robin Williams. (And yes, folks, it was difficult for us to talk about this – we never met the man, but he meant a lot to us)

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In the summer of 1990, we saw Jim Henson’s Creature Shop turn out absolutely incredible suits. 4 teenaged, pizza loving, mutated reptiles (yes, folks, turtles ARE reptiles, NOT amphibians!) stole the hearts of kids the world over. The catchphrase “Cowabunga!” was heard to the delight of kids and to the annoyance of parents everywhere. What are we referring to?

The live action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of course!

The movie scene was returned to again in 1991, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, which brought us Tokka and Rahzar, along with the end of Vanilla Ice’s career and one of his last hits, “Ninja Rap”.

And, at the end of the Turtle movie craze, they followed up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993, a time traveling flick back to medieval Japan. Flash forward 21 years after the release of the last live-action movie to 2014, where we have a reboot. What do we have to look forward to?

Dive in this week as Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard discuss the old and new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. (And don’t look for any discussion of the TMNT live-action tv show – it was something we’d rather forget!)

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Hello, all!

First, sorry that this episode is late; as of this posting, Comic-Con has been gone for a week now, and I am still recovering from it.

However, I wanted to bring you this episode, in which TFG1Mike and I discuss some of the big news and panels of Comic-Con, discuss clips from Phineas and Ferb, the new Wonder-Woman outfit, and give a look at the voice actors who have continued to make us laugh doing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

We also discuss a little bit of Cosplay and how we’re getting old, by seeing younguns get boobs.

Not sure what I mean? Take a look at the Winner Twins from a few years ago, and from this year!

So, sit back and relax, and listen to this extended episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation’s Comic-Con Recap from 2014!

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It’s July. The blockbuster movies are in the air, Thor has been announced to be a woman now, and San Diego is on the verge of an invasion.

What’s going on, you may ask? Why, simply, the biggest pop culture convention in the world – San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

This week, we’re not discussing a particular video game, movie, actor, or TV show – no, this week, we’re going international and sharing in Geek history. We’re discussing the lead-up to one of the largest conventions in the world.

This event is San Diego’s biggest tourist moneymaker for a 4 day period – the only thing bigger is the San Diego County Fair, which generates its revenue over a month.

What will be discussed? Panels, actors, everywhere that your host Doug Abel plans to be – and a few Con survival tips as well. Now, because your host is going to be AT Comic-Con, we will NOT be having an episode next week, but be prepared for an after show discussion, interviews, and panel highlights after!

Join TFG1Mike and Doug Abel as we discuss the geek event of the summer on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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For most of our lives, we’ve grown up hearing this iconic radio voice. Many of you, or even your parents, listened to him count down from the American Top 40. Still others remember him as the groovy fraidy cat from Scooby-Doo, or the voice of Robin from the Super Friends.

Casey was a legend who shall be remembered for everything he brought to us – the number one hits, the long distance dedications, and his numerous voiceovers. We give this tribute to him as he passed away on June 15, 2014, at the age of 82, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Listen as Mike Blanchard and Doug Abel try to pay a great homage to Casey Kasem on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation.

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1985. Rankin Bass, producers of television Christmas classics like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, produced a television series that became wildly popular. Kids everywhere were shouting, “Thunder, Thunder, THUNDER! THUNDERCATS! HOOOOOOOO!”

Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard throw back to the 80’s for this classic cartoon, as well as throwing a nod to the short lived 2011 series that was never given a fair shake by Cartoon Network.

If you’ve ever heard the name Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, or even wondered what a Samophlange is, this is the podcast you need to listen to!

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Leonardo. Donatello. Raphael. Michelangelo. Originally known as 4 Renaissance artists, these names have gone down in pop culture as mutated ninja warriors that reside in the sewers of New York. The bane of a villainous disembodied brain named Krang and a Japanese warrior named Oroku Saki, but better known as Shredder, the radical reptilian quartet […]

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In 1984, 5 brave space explorers were brought down on a planet in the Far Universe, where they discovered the lions that would form VOLTRON – DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE!!! As a kid, this was a show that I watched every chance I could get – RoBeasts getting sliced in half, lions that would form […]

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With last week’s break of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we are finally getting on to partying like it’s 1999 and the future with Batman Beyond. In this darker installment of the Batman franchise, we see an aging Bruce Wayne and his new apprentice Terry McGinnis battling the new villains of the future, as well as an […]

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Talkin' Bout My Generation!

Originally, this week’s episode was going to be on Batman Beyond. Then, the day we were set to record, we woke up to see a great actor had passed on – Bob Hoskins, aged 71, had passed on into the great unknown. So, we decided to pay homage to Mr. Hoskins with this podcast about […]

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The 90’s were the last great hurrah to afternoon cartoons. The cartoons were the last ones that came on after school, before Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel started showing them on a 24 hour basis. And one of our favorite cartoons, perhaps the best one to come out of that era, was […]

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TFG1Mike from Geekcast Radio Network has taken over Talkin’ Bout My Generation this week to bring us a mid-week episode of a GREAT 80’s cartoon. It’s not your typical “girl’s” cartoon – it was an animated soap opera with explosions and near death experiences, and quite a few music videos thrown in to the show. […]

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This week on Talkin’ Bout My Generation, we delve into the realm of classics – coin-op video games! Get your quarters out and line them up on the screen to indicate who’s next in line as we talk about one of our favorites from the 80’s, the veritable Donkey Kong.  Join us as I have guest […]

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  In 1976, Rankin-Bass Animation decided to make a sequel for the much loved “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” animated special. This was supposed to be taking place right after Rudolph’s famed flight with Santa, and involved Father Time asking Rudolph for help to find the missing Baby New Year, named Happy. It’s become a […]

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  I think this is appropriate for today. I have to work on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day doing tech support; I feel somewhat like the Grinch! Therefore, I am providing everyone with a special mid-week holiday episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation as we discuss Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, and more in Dr. Seuss’ How […]

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