The aftershow format originated in the mid-2000s with the U.S. channel MTV's The After Show, and was initially conceived to accompany unscripted programs such as reality television. In the 2010s, U.S. entertainment channels began to add aftershows to their most popular scripted series, up to a point at which the New York Post wrote of the format having achieved a "saturation point" in 2016.
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. TV channels see aftershows as an affordable way to provide more content for avid fans of popular series, and as a venue for interacting with fans directly. They are also important to channels as a means to keep viewers tuned in after a program has aired.
|Title||Program(s) discussed||First aired||Last aired||Channel||Notes|
|The After Show||Various reality series||2010||MTV|
|Thronecast||Game of Thrones||2011||ongoing||Sky Atlantic|
|Talking Dead||The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
|2011||ongoing||AMC||Began with season 2 for both series|
|Talking Bad||Breaking Bad||2013||2013||AMC||Only for final eight episodes of the series|
|Anarchy Afterword||Sons of Anarchy||2013||2014||FX||Online web series; for seasons 6 and 7|
|After the Black||Orphan Black||2015||2017||Space / BBC America||Began with season 3|
|Talking Saul||Better Call Saul||2016||ongoing||AMC||Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes|
|After the Thrones||Game of Thrones||2016||2016||HBO||For season 6 only|
|Talking Preacher||Preacher||2016||ongoing||AMC||Only for premiere and finale episodes|
|Hacking Robot||Mr. Robot||2016||ongoing||USA Network||Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes|
|Mr. Robot Digital After Show||Mr. Robot||2016||ongoing||The Verge / USA Network||Began with season 2; online only|
|Raw Talk||Monday Night Raw||2016||ongoing||WWE Network|
|WWE Talking Smack||WWE SmackDown Live||2016||ongoing||WWE Network|
|After Trek||Star Trek: Discovery||2017||ongoing||CBS All Access|
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