Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Since talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey virtually owned the Oxygen Channel cable service lock, stock and barrel, it was hardly surprising that she would provide original programming for the operation. Actually, Oprah After the Show was "original" only in the sense that it provided viewers with glimpses of what went on after each day's taping of Winfrey's spectacularly successful syndicated chatfest. Otherwise, the series featured the same studio audiences previously seen on Oprah, and many of the same topics, though Winfrey was less guarded and more candid that she was on her "big" show. To quote the new series' somewhat irreverent ad campaign, Oprah was now "flyin' by the seat of her pantyhose", literally kicking up her heels for the amusement of her millions of devotees. Oprah After the Show premiered on September 16, 2002.