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 aftershows

TitleProgram(s) discussedFirst airedLast airedChannelNotes
The After ShowVarious reality series2010MTV
ThronecastGame of Thrones20112019Sky Atlantic
Talking Dead[8]The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
2011ongoingAMCBegan with season 2 for both series
Talking Bad[9]Breaking Bad20132013AMCOnly for final eight episodes of the series
Wolf WatchTeen Wolf 20132015MTVOnly from the second half of Season 3 to some episodes in the first half of Season 5.
Anarchy Afterword[10]Sons of Anarchy20132014FXOnline web series; for seasons 6 and 7
Rebels ReconStar Wars Rebels20142018Disney XDOnline web series for entire show
After the Black[11][12]Orphan Black20152017Space / BBC AmericaBegan with season 3
Talking Saul[13]Better Call Saul20162017AMCOnly for season 2-3; only for premiere and finale episodes
After the Thrones[14]Game of Thrones20162016HBOFor season 6 only
Talking Preacher[15] Preacher20162017AMCOnly for premiere and finale episodes
Hacking Robot[16]Mr. Robot2016ongoingUSA NetworkBegan with season 2; only for premiere and finale episodes
Mr. Robot Digital After Show[17]Mr. Robot2016ongoingThe Verge / USA NetworkBegan with season 2; online only
Raw TalkMonday Night Raw20162017WWE Network
WWE Talking SmackWWE SmackDown Live20162017WWE Network
After TrekStar Trek: Discovery20172018CBS All AccessOnly for Season 1
Beyond the Reasons13 Reasons Why2017ongoingNetflix
Beyond Stranger Things[18] Stranger Things2017ongoingNetflixBegan with season 2
Crisis Aftermath Arrowverse2019filmingThe CW


  1. Kelley, Seth (2 June 2016). "TV's Aftershow Phenomenon: From 'Talking Dead' to 'After the Thrones'". Variety. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. "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. 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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