Comic Book Men is an American reality television series airing on the AMC network. It is set at Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey. The first season ran for six one-hour episodes, the premiere of which aired on February 12, 2012, following the return of The Walking Dead’s second season. On May 9, AMC announced that Comic Book Men was renewed for a second season of 16 half-hour episodes. Season 2 premiered October 14, 2012, initially following the third season of The Walking Dead with its’ first 8 episodes; the second 8 episodes spearheaded AMC’s new “Real Original Thursdays” lineup along with two new series, Freakshow and Immortalized. On its’ new night, it initially aired at 9:00 PM EST, but after a month was moved to 10:00PM EST with a repeat episode airing at 10:30 PM.
Each episode of Comic Book Men is accompanied by a companion podcast, titled The Secret Stash, which is hosted on the SModcast network. For the show’s first season, some podcast episodes were pre-recorded during the filming of show, while others were recorded live on the SModco Internet Radio station directly following the first airing of an episode, allowing the audience to participate by calling in to the show. For the show’s second season, the episodes were all recorded in the Secret Stash and hosted by Ming Chen, occasionally joined by some of the others from the show including Walt, Bryan, Mike and occasional series contributor Rob Bruce.