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An aftershow or after-show is a genre of television talk show whose topic is another television program. Aftershows are typically broadcast immediately after a new episode of its corresponding program to help retain the audience, and to provide additional discussion and content related to the program (such as analysis and behind-the-scenes material). Aftershows may also include guest appearances by a show's staff or cast, and emphasize viewer contributions.


An aftershow's typical format, pioneered by AMC's Talking Dead in 2011, is two or more people discussing a just-aired episode. This is sometimes accompanied by bonus material from the series, or special guests such as actors or creative staff.[1] TV channels see aftershows as a cheap way to provide more content for avid fans of popular series, as a venue for interacting with fans directly, and to help provide additional context and analysis to the series' narrative and themes.[2] Aftershows can also help a channel retain viewers after an episode airs.[1]


MTV Canada's The After Show was cited by the Toronto Star as an early predecessor to the aftershow format adopted in North America.[2] The show was produced to accompany its airings of MTV's Laguna Beach, due to CRTC licensing requirements regarding Canadian content, and the provision of talk shows (the latter stemming from the service's early history in a previous format, TalkTV).[3][4] The show gained a steady following: MTV Canada began producing the show in front of a studio audience for the Laguna Beach finale, resulting in "thousands" of fans lining up outside of the channel's Toronto studio for a chance to attend. The format was extended to its sister series The Hills, and was later picked up to air on the U.S. MTV channel as well.[2]

Following the example of Talking Dead, U.S. entertainment channels began to add aftershows to their most popular scripted series in the 2010's: the New York Post wrote of the format having achieved a "saturation point" in 2016.[4] In 2012, Maria Menounos launched AfterBuzz TV, a network of post-show podcasts devoted to various television series.[5]

In mid-2015, CBS aired reruns of its primetime dramas in its late-night lineup, to fill the former time slot of Late Show with David Letterman until the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Their lead-out, The Late Late Show with James Corden, subsequently satirized the aftershow format with cold open sketches such as Talking Mentalist—where Corden and his guests discussed the episode of The Mentalist that had just aired, and a metaparody, Talking Talking Mentalist (an aftershow for Talking Mentalist, hosted by Corden's bandleader Reggie Watts).[6][7]

Notable aftershowsEdit

Title Program(s) discussed First aired Last aired Channel Notes
The After Show Various reality series 2010 MTV
Thronecast Game of Thrones 2011 2019 Sky Atlantic
Talking Dead[8] The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
2011 ongoing AMC Began with season 2 for both series
Talking Bad[9] Breaking Bad 2013 2013 AMC Only for final eight episodes of the series
Anarchy Afterword[10] Sons of Anarchy 2013 2014 FX Online web series; for seasons 6 and 7
Rebels Recon Star Wars Rebels 2014 2018 Disney XD Online web series for entire show
After the Black[11][12] Orphan Black 2015 2017 Space / BBC America Began with season 3
Talking Saul[13] Better Call Saul 2016 ongoing AMC Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes
After the Thrones[14] Game of Thrones 2016 2016 HBO For season 6 only
Talking Preacher[15] Preacher 2016 ongoing AMC Only for premiere and finale episodes
Hacking Robot[16] Mr. Robot 2016 ongoing USA Network Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes
Mr. Robot Digital After Show[17] Mr. Robot 2016 ongoing The Verge / USA Network Began with season 2; online only
Raw Talk Monday Night Raw 2016 2017 WWE Network
WWE Talking Smack WWE SmackDown Live 2016 2017 WWE Network
After Trek Star Trek: Discovery 2017 ongoing CBS All Access Only for Season 1
Beyond the Reasons 13 Reasons Why 2017 ongoing Netflix
Beyond Stranger Things[18] Stranger Things 2017 ongoing Netflix Began with season 2


  1. ^ a b Kelley, Seth (2 June 2016). "TV's Aftershow Phenomenon: From 'Talking Dead' to 'After the Thrones'". Variety. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "From Toronto to Westeros, the birth of the after show". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  3. ^ "CTV prepares to launch 'new' MTV Canada". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  4. ^ a b Rorke, Robert (28 March 2016). "Enough already with all the TV after-shows". New York Post. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  5. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (2012-03-05). "'Extra' host launches social TV venture". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  6. ^ "Late Night TV: James Corden giving CBS viewers reasons to smile". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Is James Corden's 'Talking Mentalist' Bit A Small Protest Over Scheduling, Or Is He Just Having Fun?". Uproxx. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (September 22, 2011). "It's Official: AMC Orders 'The Walking Dead' Talk Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 21, 2013). "AMC Announces Chris Hardwick as Host of 'Talking Bad'". TV by the Numbers. AMC. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 26, 2013). "'Sons of Anarchy' Gets Online Post-Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Space Celebrates the Return of its Original Canadian Series ORPHAN BLACK with Multi-Channel Roadblock Season Premiere April 18". Bell Media. March 11, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Prudom, Laura; Zumberge, Marianne (March 27, 2016). "'Orphan Black' Gets After-Show, Cast Teases Season 4 Mysteries and Returning Favorites". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 12, 2016). "'Talking Saul' To Follow 'Better Call Saul's Premiere And Season Finale On AMC". Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Kreps, Daniel (April 4, 2016). "HBO, Bill Simmons Announce 'Game of Thrones' Aftershow". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (May 16, 2016). "'Talking Preacher' To Follow 'Preacher's Season Premiere And Finale On AMC". Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  16. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (June 23, 2016). "Mr. Robot Gets Expanded Season 2, Bigger Premiere With Live After Show". TVLine. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Lynch, Jason (July 11, 2016). "USA and The Verge Team Up for a Weekly Live Digital Mr. Robot Aftershow". Adweek. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  18. ^ Stedman, Alex (October 26, 2017). "'Stranger Things' Aftershow to Launch on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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