August 19, 2019
We break down the first five episodes from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, including a brief recap of Season 1 (1:00), the shooting style of the show (11:17), and the different serial killers we’ve met so far (31:44). Plus: the second episode of our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (42:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
August 16, 2019
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ misses the mark tonally, but still has redeeming moments (1:00). A conversation with Sean Fennessey about the surprisingly gritty superhero show, ‘The Boys’ (10:13), and an interview with Carl Franklin, one of the directors for ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 (26:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Carl Franklin
August 12, 2019
Apple Plus has finally released a teaser trailer for their flagship series ‘The Morning Show,’ and we still have a lot of questions (2:12). ‘Succession’ is back for its second season and it looks like there won’t be any slow starts this time around (14:48). Plus: our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (28:48). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jason Concepcion
August 6, 2019
The first season of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ sometimes prioritized style over character development (3:23), but in the end we still felt attached to the relationship between Rue and Jules (8:50). The final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ could mark the end of an era at Netflix (20:07). Plus, previewing ‘GLOW’ Season 3 (35:15). Host: Alison Herman Guests: Micah Peters and Caroline Framke
August 2, 2019
We broke open the mailbag to talk about our favorite X-Men comics (1:47), some of our favorite music from 1999 (17:21), who will be the MVP of the next season of 'Succession' (26:12), and our favorite episodes of TV this year (47:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
July 29, 2019
There was a lot of news out of the TCAs this weekend, including what Amazon wants its streaming service to look like over the next few years (2:43). After Netflix canceled the critically acclaimed ‘Tuca and Bertie,’ the metric of success in the streaming world is called into question yet again (17:15). Plus: How historically accurate is ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ (26:00)? And our favorite music from 1999 (39:20) Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs, and Lindsay Zoladz Spoilers for ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ in the second half of this episode.
July 26, 2019
Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill, the creators of HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ join the show to talk about their inspirations for the show (7:31), comedy taking on religion (12:56), and what it’s like to work on multiple projects as a group (17:51). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill
July 22, 2019
A lot of news came out of Comic-Con this weekend, including what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next few years, both in theaters (1:00) and on the small screen (21:52). The second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ felt like a seven-episode show that was dying to be 12 episodes long (41:26), and ‘Veronica Mars’ is back and playing hard on nostalgia (50:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Sean Fennessey
July 19, 2019
The trailer for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ dropped today and we’re incredibly hyped (0:44). The Emmy nominations seem disjointed and unrepresentative of the TV landscape (7:34), and Netflix reported major subscriber losses this week—is this a turning point for the streaming service or just a bump in the road (15:35)? Plus, we break down the changes coming to ‘Survivor’ for the 40th season (46:17).   Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Bobby Wagner, Kaya McMullen, Riley McAtee, and Lucas Shaw
July 15, 2019
Andy Greenwald calls in to share some of the rookie showrunner mistakes he’s made so far (1:37) and to weigh in on Jeremy Renner’s burgeoning music career (10:45). We break down the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 directing drama between Andrea Arnold and the show’s producers (21:17) and share a midseason review of ‘Euphoria’ (40:25). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman
July 12, 2019
The trailer for Season 2 of ‘Succession’ premiered this week and we couldn’t be more hyped (0:30). The final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 leave us with just as many questions as we started with (11:02). Plus, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz joins the show to talk about her YouTube series, ‘Gourmet Makes,’ (29:23) and what she watches to unwind (54:13). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Gallagher and Claire Saffitz
July 8, 2019
We break down the entirety of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, including our favorite things from the season (1:05), where the show fell short (43:58), who won the season (57:42), and some predictions for the fourth season (65:53). Major Spoilers for the third season in the episode. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
July 1, 2019
With Season 3 set to premiere on July 4, we turn our clocks back to the '80s to revisit the lives of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will. We discuss why this show succeeds, its reliance on pop culture references, Season 2’s attempt to address its greater mythology (3:24), and what we’re most excited for in Season 3 (22:37). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
June 28, 2019
With ‘Years and Years’ airing and ‘Station 11’ set to begin production, are we ready for apocalyptic television (2:53)? Our reading recommendations for the summer (12:46) and what streaming will look like once ‘The Office’ leaves Netflix (22:50). Plus: breaking down Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘Dark’ Season 2 (27:50). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion and Jason Gallagher
June 24, 2019
Andy stops by to announce some casting news for ‘Briarpatch’ (0:28). Then, our mid-2019 TV superlatives, including favorite sit-com, best pair of performances, and our favorite thing on TV so far this year (5:26). Plus, breaking down the first two episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 (27:03). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Alison Herman, and Jason Gallagher
June 21, 2019
Streaming sites like Netflix and HBO have begun to cherry-pick what ratings they release (1:16). We build our perfect night of TV, which includes shows like ‘Bless This Mess,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ and ‘Gourmet Makes’ videos (13:33). Plus, an interview with Spoon’s Britt Daniel about the band’s new greatest hits album (38:17). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman and Britt Daniel
June 18, 2019
Andy calls in from New Mexico to give an update on ‘Briarpatch’ and brings a special guest with him (2:51). If you’re ready to devote 13 hours of your life to watch ‘Too Old to Die Young,’ you might be rewarded (9:27). HBO’s new teen drama ‘Euphoria’ has just enough in it to keep us compelled (40:40). Plus: ‘Big Little Lies,’ S2E2 (32:59). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Adam Nayman, and Micah Peters
June 14, 2019
The Atlantic’s David Sims joins the show to talk about what streaming television could look like once major corporate-media powerhouses start to get in the game (3:36). We’re not quite ready to stop talking about ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 (26:20). Plus, ‘The Society’ is your new Netflix guilty-pleasure watch (54:20). Read David’s article in The Atlantic here. Host: Chris Ryan Guests: David Sims, Sean Fennessey, and Kaya McMullen
June 10, 2019
‘Big Little Lies’ is back for Season 2 (0:34). Meryl Streep seems to be just what the show needed (6:12), and we check in with the rest of the Monterey Five (14:01). Plus: How did Fox get ‘Dark Phoenix’ so wrong (25:00)? Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Amanda Dobbins and Jason Concepcion
June 7, 2019
Chris is joined by ‘Black Mirror’ creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker to talk about some of the challenges of creating the anthology series (2:34). Then they break down each episode from Season 5: “Striking Viper” (20:50), “Smithereens” (33:46), and “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” (48:38). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones
June 3, 2019
‘Deadwood: The Movie’ made us nostalgic for ‘Deadwood’ the show (0:35) and failed to capture the magic of those first three seasons (16:04). Plus, an on-the-ground report from opening day of Disney’s new exhibit, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (30:18). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman and Jason Gallagher
May 31, 2019
Andy gives a ‘Briarpatch’ update as the show wraps up writing and gets ready to move into production (5:13). The second season of ‘Barry’ toed the line between comedy and darkness brilliantly (22:14), and ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 will likely be the most impressive show you see on TV this year (33:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 24, 2019
We open up the mailbag to answer questions like how the finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ might look different if you were to binge-watch the series (13:25), the possibility of a fantasy-genre hangover (34:04), and what shows we're most looking forward to now that ‘Game of Thrones’ is over (52:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Mantzoukas
May 20, 2019
The end of ‘Game of Thrones’ was a tale of two finales (1:06). We parse through the ending of the show (6:59), attempt to tie up loose ends (32:30), and make predictions for what will fill the vacuum left by ‘Game of Thrones’ (59:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 17, 2019
‘Game of Thrones’ is over this Sunday (1:00). We look back at the penultimate episode (7:40), make some predictions for the finale (20:32), and speculate about what a Benioff and Weiss ‘Star Wars’ movie will look like (26:32). Plus, the ‘Survivor’ season finale (42:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee
May 13, 2019
The penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ left us with a sense of betrayal (4:39). Daenerys’s descent into madness seemed rushed (9:09), and Jon has seemingly transitioned into a supporting character (16:09). Plus, predictions for the final episode (48:38) and saying goodbye to ‘Veep’ (49:26). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
May 10, 2019
On the night that “Battle of Winterfell” aired, it was ‘Barry’ that contained the best action sequence (1:00). The final season of ‘Veep’ seems like it might be falling victim to Thronesian pacing (13:30). Plus, a conversation with David Cross ahead of the premiere of his stand-up special, ‘Oh Come On’ (31:03). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman and David Cross
May 6, 2019
Chris and Andy give their mixed reactions to "The Last of the Starks" (1:10). They talk about some characters on the periphery of the episode (14:45), the departure of Ghost (31:50), and their favorite moments (39:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 2, 2019
‘Avengers: Endgame' was pure entertainment (1:00). We break down the biggest flexes from the movie (6:51) where the franchise goes from here (13:18), what happened to our favorite characters (21:59), and who won the movie (40:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
April 29, 2019
The Battle of Winterfell finally happened (1:01). We talk about the visual effects of the battle (7:29), who lived and who died (21:54), and the difficulties of trying to wrap up a major and beloved franchise (30:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
April 26, 2019
Author Brian Raftery joins the show to talk about his new book, ‘Best. Movie. Year. Ever’ (2:59), and how 1999 became a seminal year for movies (24:31). Plus a conversation with Roxanne Benjamin, the creator of ‘Body at Brighton Rock,’ about making unique horror movies (45:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey, Brian Raftery, and Roxanne Benjamin
April 22, 2019
Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” (1:00). They make predictions for who is most likely to die (17:36) and talk about the theme of "afterwards" throughout the episode (32:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
April 19, 2019
This week Disney announced all of the movies and TV shows that will be available on Disney+ (1:06); the streaming service is creating a relationship with subscribers before even launching (8:25). Plus: ‘Game of Thrones’ (20:52), ‘Bless This Mess’ (27:16), ‘Killing Eve’ (31:32), and ‘The OA’ (35:34). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman
April 15, 2019
We recap the first episode of Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones,' breaking down what we liked and didn’t like from the season premiere (02:01). Then we look ahead to ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (39:10).
April 12, 2019
Ahead of the season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday, we recap our favorite moments from Season 7 (1:24) and talk about the Night King as a villain for Season 8 (24:17). Also, our thoughts on ‘Killing Eve’ (16:45), ‘Fosse/Verdon’ (18:28), and ‘Survivor’ (31:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee
April 9, 2019
‘Killing Eve’ is back and has become one of AMC’s premier shows (0:00); what does this mean for the series going forward (0:33)? ‘Fosse/Verdon’ feels full of creative energy (15:49). We talk with the minds behind the show about bringing Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon to life (29:06). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Juliet Litman, Steven Levenson, and Thomas Kail
April 5, 2019
Several trailers were shown at CinemaCon this week, giving us a peek at what the movie industry will look like in the months to come (1:53). The trailer for ‘Joker’ dropped this week and it looks like a superhero movie pivoting towards prestige (10:20), and an over/under on how many episodes of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ we’ll actually end up watching (17:09). Then, a conversation with Fiona Shaw ahead of the Season 2 premiere of ‘Killing Eve’ (39:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey and Fiona Shaw
April 1, 2019
An explainer on what the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents (3:35) could mean for the industry (13:48). Plus, the new Jenny Lewis album is everything we could want from her (17:41), and ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ are back on HBO (29:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 28, 2019
The 1999 movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’ had the original viral marketing campaign (2:20). A crash course for the reality TV show ‘Vanderpump Rules’ (19:23). Plus: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ (38:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alyssa Bereznak, Juliet Litman, and Alison Herman
March 26, 2019
At the Apple event this Monday, the company paraded out all of the original content that will be available through their streaming service (2:09). They’re about to go up against not only streaming services, but cable companies as well (11:12). Plus, Adam Nayman on ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (28:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Adam Nayman
March 22, 2019
The trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 dropped this week and it’s rich with '80s references (3:20). The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ dropped this week as well (10:40). Then, Nick Antosca joins the show. He is the showrunner for the new TV show ‘The Act,’ which is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (20:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Nick Antosca
March 18, 2019
On March 25, Apple will host a group of movie and TV producers and actors at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, to unveil plans for its upcoming streaming service (10:20). Plus, ‘Captain Marvel’ missed the mark in many ways—what does that mean, if anything, for the larger quilt Marvel is trying to stitch (32:45)? Further Reading: “Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape,” John Koblin Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 15, 2019
The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer is here and comes with a full serving of late-career Jeremy Renner’s hair (1:45). Then Andy shares his qualms with Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ (0:00) and Jason Concepcion joins to sing its praises as the type of movie that's made less often than it used to be (26:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
March 12, 2019
'Game of Thrones' was one of the main topics of conversation at South by Southwest last weekend (4:32). The Russo brothers are adapting the book 'Cherry' into a movie. The book is about a veteran who falls into opioid addiction and starts robbing banks to support his habit. The movie will star Tom Holland (10:23). Plus an interview with Nick Kroll, Jeremy Teicher, and Alexi Pappas of 'Olympic Dreams' (19:57). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion, Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher
March 8, 2019
We break open the mailbag to answer questions about the new ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer (4:16), the year in television so far (16:00), and how big of a competitor Disney+ will be (28:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 4, 2019
What does the future of HBO look like after the merger between AT&T and Time Warner (6:47)? Plus a midseason review of ‘Crashing’ (35:40) and the teen television renaissance that continues with ‘Pen15’ (42:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
February 26, 2019
The Oscars were surprisingly smooth and democratic (2:53), but that doesn’t signal any lasting cultural changes (17:49). The finale of 'True Detective' Season 3 was nothing groundbreaking (25:37), but it we do want a fourth season of the anthology series (40:21). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
February 22, 2019
We break down the TV shows and movies we’re most excited for in 2019, including ‘Triple Frontier’ (6:11), 'Twilight Zone' (10:18), and ‘City on a Hill’ (23:40). Plus, why is Amazon keeping the writers' room for ‘Lord of the Rings’ under such strict lock and key (33:07)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
February 18, 2019
‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ are leaving Netflix (4:21), completing the Marvel purge as Disney gets ready to launch its own streaming service (16:54). Plus, the penultimate episode of ‘True Detective’ leaves us satisfied with where Season 3 has gone (31:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
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