This is a page to answer common questions from new listeners to The Thrilling Adventure Hour.
Please feel free to add questions you might have, and we'll answer them!
Q: Okay help, I'm totally lost. Someone please tell me what's going on.Edit
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a live show which was staged monthly at Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood. Each show is is then broken down and released in a podcast. There are also special episodes which aren't a part of the live show, like panels and interivews, or studio-recorded segments, sometimes released on the podcast.
This is the (fan-run) wiki for the show. We cover everything we can think of that has to do with the podcast, the live show, and all other Thrilling Adventure Hour offerings like the Original Graphic Novel, the comic book series, and the webseries.
Q: What is the show about?Edit
The Thrilling Adventure Hour's live show is done in the style of old-timey radio shows from the 1920's - 1950's. New episodes are written and performed every month. It might be helpful to think of the podcast as a television or radio station. There are several "shows" (which are generally referred to as "segments") on the station. Some of these segments intersect, or have "Spin-offs" and some do not. Some shows need to be listened to in order for continuity, but most do not.
The first episode of the behind the scenes webseries is a good primer for the show.
Q: How do I know which is which?Edit
The various groups of segments are listed together under "The Segments" on the front page, but here is a more detailed breakdown.
Segment Groups and ContinuityEdit
The Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars Extended UniverseEdit
Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars is a Space-Western which takes place on Mars in the 31st Century. It focuses on Sparks Nevada, the erstwhile marshal, and his faithful martian companion, Croach the Tracker.
The "spin off" segments expand the world of Sparks Nevada, taking us into the rest of our solar system and galaxy to further the overall storyline of Sparks Nevada. The Sparks Nevada universe includes:
The Sparks Nevada group of segments has the most intersecting storylines, and is the ONLY live segment group that must be listened to in order. It is all explained on The Sparks Nevada Universe page, which lists everything in the Sparks Nevada universe and the best order to follow to listen to it all.
We highly recommend following the suggested listening order on The Sparks Nevada Universe page while listening to the Sparks Nevada universe episodes, as there are several episodes out of order on the podcast feed and some episodes which aren't clearly marked as being a part of the Sparks Nevada universe which are necessary for plot continuity.
The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam and Phillip Fathom, Deep Sea DetectiveEdit
The The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam is a superhero segment starring Captain Laserbeam, hero of Apex City, as he deals with all manner of vile villains, his pubescent helpers the Adventurekateers, and his dismal love life. He sometimes teams up with Phillip Fathom, Deep Sea Detective, who at the present has had two episodes of his own segment, but he often appears in Captain Laserbeam episodes.
Captain Laserbeam is generally not serialized and can be understood when listened to in any order, but listening in podcast order is recommended.
Jefferson Reid, Ace American and Amelia Earhart, Fearless FlyerEdit
The segments Jefferson Reid, Ace American and Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flyer both deal with World War II United States special agents for the American Victory Commission who fight Nazis. They share common characters, although their lead characters have not interacted. Neither segment is serialized and can be listened to in any order.
The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock and The Algonquin FourEdit
The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock is a segment which stars a British time-traveller, Colonel Tick-Tock who works for her Majesty's Royal Chronopatrol. He is a special agent who fixes problems in the time stream and time-anomalies which were never meant to happen. He encounters The Algonquin Four, historical figures who accidentally acquire super powers. The Algonquin Four have aided both Colonel Tick Tock and Amelia Earhart, loosely connecting the Amelia Earhart and Jefferson Reid segments to Colonel Tick Tock. These four segments together are casually referred to as The Chronopatrol Universe.
Although these four segments are now joined in the same universe, they are non-serialized and can still be listened to in any order.
There are several other segments, which can be discovered on their own, none of which intersect with each other or any other segments. They are also almost all non-serialized. These include:
- Beyond Belief - The "Fan Favorite" segment. Two married, drunk mediums, Frank and Sadie Doyle, meet ghosts, gods, vampires, evil clowns and other supernatural creatures.
- Down in Moonshine Holler - A millionare leaves his riches behind to seek his true love, the Hobo Princess, with his mentor, Gummy.
- Jumbo the Elephant - Jumbo and his Jazz Combo save various holidays.
- Desdemona Hughes, Diva Detective - A newer segment, Desdemona and her sister Betty solve crimes using disguises.
- Tales from the Black Lagoon - a studio-recorded segment from the Noir era, is also serialized
- Special Episodes - There are interviews, panels, fake commercials, an occasional episode of other podcasts, and other episodes not a part of the live show which were released on the podcast.
How do you suggest I start listening to the show?Edit
Our suggestion is to start at the beginning and listen straight through, while following the Sparks Nevada Universe Continuity page for Sparks Nevada episodes, to re-order a few special episodes that are out of order.
Another possibility is to find a segment that sounds interesting to you, and listen to all of that segment, then pick another segment and listen it that, and so on. Our suggestion in that case is to start with Beyond Belief, or the Sparks Nevada Universe. For a segment with fewer episodes, try The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam, or Down in Moonshine Holler.
If I just want to sample a couple of episodes first, what should I listen to?Edit
- Beyond Belief - Thrillingadventurehour.com recommends Touch of Keeble (TAH #140). We also recommend Love Love me Doom (TAH #32).
- Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars - Thrillingadventurehour.com recommends Do the Fight Thing. (TAH #57). We also recommend Blast From the Past (TAH #14).
- The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam - Disenchantment Under the Sea (TAH #57)
- Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flyer - Vive Le Reich? (TAH #44)
- The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock - Horse Play (TAH #154)
- Down in Moonshine Holler - The Lottery (TAH #23)
What is the episode order of the show?Edit
Why are episodes #40 and #41 out of order on my download list?Edit
They were accidentally deleted off the podcast list for awhile, and re-released a few months ago. Listen to them as #40 and #41, don't wait until after #149 as they currently appear.
Where is episode #39?Edit
Per Ben Blacker, there was a numbering error, and #39 does not exist.
Why are there four episode #166s?Edit
The Sparks Nevada episode Emperor of Mars was performed four times in different locations with different actors in the guest roles. All four performances of the episode were released in one day for people to enjoy. The script is exactly the same, just the guest actors are different.
What is this I hear about a comic book series? Edit
Both Beyond Belief and Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars now have ongoing comic books. The books are published by Image Comics and can be found both in-store and online. For more information, see the Comic Books section on the official TAH website, or the Image comics pages for Sparks Nevada and Beyond Belief. For a listing of all current available comic books see the comic book page.
I heard The Thrilling Adventure Hour is ending. Is it ending? Edit
Yes and no. The final monthly live show at Largo at the Coronet was on April 11th, 2015. Periodic shows and special events have since been staged and released on the podcast. Future plans for the show are not set in stone yet, but this is not the end of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as a whole. For more information, please see this post on the official Workjuice tumblr and this post on the fan-run fyeahthrillingadventurehour tumblr.
Why are some segments referred to as "Middle Segments"Edit
Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars is the first segment performed in every regular live show. Beyond Belief is the final segment performed in every live show. There is generally one segment performed in between Sparks Nevada and Beyond Belief, and that segment is referred to as the Middle segment.
I have never listened to a podcast before. How do I do this podcast thing?Edit
There are a few different ways to go about listening to the show.
- If you have an iPhone, here's a handy FAQ for finding and subscribing to podcasts with iTunes.
- If you have an Android, you'll want to download a podcast player. Search for Podcast Player in the Play store. Podcast Republic is a good one to try.
If you search for "Thrilling Adventure Hour" and the podcast player is unable to find the podcast, search instead for "The Thrilling Adventure Hour" (or vice versa.) Remember to hit the subscribe button so you won't have to keep searching for the podcast!
- You can also listen on your computer, laptop or any device that can surf the web, at Soundcloud, or on the Nerdist. (Note that the Nerdist only starts at episode #42, so you may want to start with episode #1 on Soundcloud before moving to the Nerdist.)
- Opening the libsyn or feedburner feeds directly in your browser might also work depending on your browser (For example: Firefox works, Opera Mobile 12 (aka Classic) feedburner only).
What if I have other questions that aren't answered here?Edit
- You can post a comment at the bottom of this page. It might take several hours or a day to get an answer, however.
- The wiki admins here are Ahab99 and Annakie. You may post on either of our walls. We are also always happy to answer questions on Twitter (@ahab99 and @annakie) or Tumblr (also Ahab99 and Annakie )
- You could also ask the official Thrilling Adventure Hour twitter account at @thrillingadv
Where can I meet more fans of the Thrilling Adventure Hour online? Edit
Please visit fyeahthrillingadventurehour on tumblr. The gold bar at the top has both official links, and links to fan works and other fan blogs. Also, be sure to follow the official TAH twitter (@thrillingadv) as well as the Facebook page and tumblr.