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Midnight Blue[1][2] is a sexually-themed public access cable television program that aired on Channel J[1] in New York City.[3][4]

Midnight Blue
Created byAl Goldstein
StarringAl Goldstein
Country of originUnited States
Original release1974 –

The show debuted in 1974, as Screw publisher Al Goldstein parlayed his publishing success into a cable access show, a freeform interview program that played on the late night airwaves of Manhattan cable for more than twenty-five years.[5] He regularly included ads from phone sex companies, brothels, and escorts, the only television show to do so.

Midnight Blue was the subject of controversy when Goldstein testified before the United States Supreme Court in 1995 as part of a lawsuit brought against Time Warner Cable's plan to scramble sexually explicit public access programs unless subscribers gave written consent for them.[6] The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in Goldstein's favor in 2000.[7]

Al Goldstein[8] was the host and producer along with radio personality Alex Bennett.[9] Alex Bennett and Screw editor Bruce David were its creators and original producers.[10]

Seven collections of show excerpts have been released on DVD by Nyaftermidnight and Blue Underground, Inc., together with added info about the actresses and scenes from their movies.


  1. ^ a b Corliss, Richard (July 6, 1987). "Cinema: Turned On? Turn It Off". Time. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  2. ^ "DVD Verdict". DVD Verdict. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  3. ^ Jane, Ian (2006). "DVD Talk". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  4. ^ Paumgarten, Nick (January 3, 2005). "Pluck You". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Jane, Ian (2006-06-27). "DVD Talk". DVD Talk. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  6. ^ New York Times (1995). "2 Stars of Explicit Cable Shows Plead for Free-Speech Protection". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Gay, Jason (2000). "Supreme Court Cable-Porn Ruling Clears Way for Boogie Mornings". New York Observer. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  8. ^ Frumkes, Roy (June 28, 2005). "Midnight Blue Vol. 1: Deep Throat Edition". Films In Review. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  9. ^ Svetkey, Benjamin; Kilday, Gregg (September 28, 1990). "The latest in television news". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "New York cable's answer to Carson: late-night sex" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 9, 1975. pp. 48–49. Retrieved December 31, 2017.

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