In television, an aftershow or after-show is a talk show discussing one of the same channel's other television programs, and usually broadcast just after it.


The aftershow format originated in the mid-2000s with MTV (Canada)'s The After Show, and was initially conceived to accompany unscripted programs such as reality television to fit Canadian license requirements. 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Notable aftershows

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[3] The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
2011 ongoing AMC Began with season 2 for both series
Talking Bad[4] Breaking Bad 2013 2013 AMC Only for final eight episodes of the series
Anarchy Afterword[5] 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[6][7] Orphan Black 2015 2017 Space / BBC America Began with season 3
Talking Saul[8] Better Call Saul 2016 ongoing AMC Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes
After the Thrones[9] Game of Thrones 2016 2016 HBO For season 6 only
Talking Preacher[10] Preacher 2016 ongoing AMC Only for premiere and finale episodes
Hacking Robot[11] Mr. Robot 2016 ongoing USA Network Began with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes
Mr. Robot Digital After Show[12] 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 2017 WWE Network
After Trek Star Trek: Discovery 2017 ongoing CBS All Access
Beyond the Reasons 13 Reasons Why 2017 ongoing Netflix
Beyond Stranger Things[13] Stranger Things 2017 ongoing Netflix Began with season 2


  1. ^ Rorke, Robert (28 March 2016). "Enough already with all the TV after-shows". New York Post. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kelley, Seth (2 June 2016). "TV's Aftershow Phenomenon: From 'Talking Dead' to 'After the Thrones'". Variety. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  3. ^ Ng, Philiana (September 22, 2011). "It's Official: AMC Orders 'The Walking Dead' Talk Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 26, 2013). "'Sons of Anarchy' Gets Online Post-Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (February 12, 2016). "'Talking Saul' To Follow 'Better Call Saul's Premiere And Season Finale On AMC". Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Kreps, Daniel (April 4, 2016). "HBO, Bill Simmons Announce 'Game of Thrones' Aftershow". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (May 16, 2016). "'Talking Preacher' To Follow 'Preacher's Season Premiere And Finale On AMC". Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (June 23, 2016). "Mr. Robot Gets Expanded Season 2, Bigger Premiere With Live After Show". TVLine. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Lynch, Jason (July 11, 2016). "USA and The Verge Team Up for a Weekly Live Digital Mr. Robot Aftershow". Adweek. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  13. ^ Stedman, Alex (October 26, 2017). "'Stranger Things' Aftershow to Launch on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
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