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Oral History

  1. backstories
    An Oral History of Game of Thrones, As Told By Its Bit Players“Do you know how they keep cattle? That’s sort of how they keep us.”
  2. behind the scenes
    How Shrill Made Its Dream ‘Fat Babe Pool Party’ a Reality“I almost cried because it was so beautiful. I just really wanted it to feel like a dream.”
  3. book excerpt
    How BoJack Horseman Got MadeAn oral history of TV’s favorite alcoholic, narcissistic, self-destructive talking horse.
  4. features
    The Oral History of Four Loko“It almost felt like liquid hyperbole. It was insane on every level.”
  5. select all
    The Company That Invented the iPhone in 1990How a group of ex-Apple employees went from insanely great to greatly insane, accidentally inspiring a generation in the process.
  6. oral histories
    ‘The Sketch That Always Plays Hot’An oral history of Saturday Night Live’s “Black Jeopardy.”
  7. An Oral History of The Americans Series FinaleBehind “START,” one of the finest series-enders of the modern TV era.
  8. new york 50th anniversary
    The Birth of New York Magazine, Told by the People Who Made ItGloria Steinem, Tom Wolfe, Milton Glaser, Gail Sheehy, and more tell the story of the magazine’s early days.
  9. oral histories
    Jersey Shore: An Oral History“It was like zebras in the Serengeti. We wanted to see this in action. Where does that happen? The Jersey Shore.”
  10. How Get Out, the First Great Movie of the Trump Era, Got MadeIt began as a rebuke to Obama-inspired dreams of racial harmony and became a conduit for fears reignited by the rise of the new president.
  11. An Oral History of the Time Bob Costas Had Pink Eye at the Sochi Olympics“The decision to take him off air was … not difficult.”
  12. The Disaster Artist: An Oral HistoryHow James Franco and friends brought the story behind the 21st century’s biggest cult film to life.
  13. new york beginnings
    How Food Network Turned Big-city Chef Culture Into Middle-America Pop CultureIn the early ’90s, a no-budget television network in midtown Manhattan transformed unknown cooks into full-blown celebrities.
  14. oral history
    The Oral History of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’Larry David & Co. remember when the sitcom mastered its domain.
  15. oral history
    An Oral History of ‘David Pumpkins’The story of Saturday Night Live’s most improbable breakout character.
  16. A Deep Dive Into BoJack Horseman’s Dementia EpisodeRaphael Bob-Waksberg, writer Kate Purdy, and animator Lisa Hanawalt explain how they made “Time’s Arrow.”
  17. The Story Behind The Simpsons’ Legendary Planet of the Apes MusicalInside the process that one writer calls “a magic visit from the joke fairy.”
  18. hirings and firings
    All the Reasons Jean-Claude Van Damme Was Allegedly Fired From PredatorHe kept passing out, or he wanted the Predator to kickbox, or he broke the head of the costume. Who knows!
  19. The Complete Oral History of “The Star Spangled Banner” (Fictionalized […] The following is the complete oral history of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.” Certain quotes and other elements have been […]
  20. oral history
    How the Strokes — and the Early-Aughts New York Rock Boom — Went BustThe inside story of the last moment of the last great rock band, told by the people who lived it.
  21. oral history
    Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher on the Making of Gorillaz’s ‘We Got the Power’“I thought it might be cute, Noel and I singing about the power to love each other. Of course, no one’s asked Liam what he thinks about the song yet.”
  22. How Crash Crashed the OscarsAn oral history of a Best Picture shocker.
  23. oral history
    An Oral History of MADtv, the Sketch Show That Never Quite Changed Comedy“When we did impressions, they were pretty mean. Britney Spears at one point saw me, and her bodyguard very not-so-subtly pushed me about seven feet away from her.”
  24. oral history
    Book Excerpt: The Union of the State “When I first met Tom Lennon, I thought he was the snootiest prick in the world.” —Joe Lo Truglio 
  25. RENT: The Oral HistoryTwenty years after Jonathan Larson’s posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast relives the rise of a musical that changed theater.
  26. high school tv showdown
    An Oral History of the Nerdier Half of Freaks and GeeksWhat it was really like behind the scenes for the geek squad.
  27. beefs
    Columbus Directed Home Alone Because Chevy ChaseColumbus says Chase treated him “like dirt.”
  28. swoon
    The Oral History of Clueless’s Climactic KissAn excerpt from the new As If!: The Oral History of Clueless.
  29. oral history
    The Making of T2’s Awesome Liquid-Metal EffectHow the T-1000’s coolest trick came to be. 
  30. gentrification
    Grim, Racist Methods of One Brooklyn LandlordHe explains the tricks he uses to get black renters — and even owners — out of their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
  31. horror week
    Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm StreetDon’t sleep on this.
  32. Read an Oral History of the Sketch Group Murderfist“We all went to college at Florida State University together. Well, some of us went to the community college, some lied about going to school […]
  33. sequels thwarted
    A Heathers Sequel Was Originally Written to Star Meryl Streep“It’s Veronica, years later, she’s in Washington. She’s somehow erased her past. And she’s being blackmailed.”
  34. all growns up
    Read an Extensive Oral History of Swingers“I remember them shooting and I actually thought, at the time, This is so embarrassing for them.”
  35. remember this?
    An Oral History of HBO’s Real SexFor two decades, the “60 minutes of sex” provided a master class in human sexuality to anyone with a premium cable package.
  36. oral history
    How The Room Became the Biggest Cult Film of the Past DecadeTen years ago, a small independent film with a terrible script, a no-name director, and a cast of unknowns premiered.
  37. yes and...
    An Oral History of UCB Theater Partying and ‘Awkward Sexuality’Featuring Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Casey Wilson, Rob Corddry, a special appearance by Creed, and many more.
  38. The Onion’s Seth Reiss Wrote a Fake ‘Studio 60’ Oral History and Amazon […]For nearly two years, Seth Reiss, current head writer for The Onion, has been tweeting as Matt Albie, the main character of Studio 60 on the […]
  39. Say Goodbye to the Next Hour of Your Life with This Amazing ‘Cheers’ Oral […]“I hope and assume that every good comedy writer, no matter the age, has a moment where they discover how great Cheers is…And I would […]
  40. patty-cake
    Siskel and Ebert Played Patty-Cake Before Every At the Movies Taping“They performed it with complicated hand/knee slaps and everything.”
  41. Due West: A Roundtable Discussion on New York’s Ongoing Comedy ExodusIt was inevitable that a city so saturated with comedians would stumble onto a storyline so unexpected from their jaded ironies and hipster […]
  42. september 11
    September 11? There’s an App for ThatBroadcastr makes 9/11’s oral history mobile.