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Variety's "My Favorite Episode," hosted by Michael Schneider, is where stars and producers gather to discuss their favorite TV episodes ever — from classic sitcoms to modern-day dramas — as well as pick a favorite episode from their own series. Guests like "Stranger Things" star David Harbour (who chose an episode of "The X-Files") and "Broad City" creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (they're partial to "The Golden Girls") aren't just on TV, they watch it too — and they're big fans like you. On "My Favorite Episode," some of the biggest names in TV share their creative inspirations — and how those episodes influenced them. Listeners will not only learn the secrets behind the most popular shows currently on television, but they'll get to celebrate the greatest TV of all time.

Variety's "My Favorite Episode," hosted by Michael Schneider, is where stars and producers gather to discuss their favorite TV episodes ever — from classic sitcoms to modern-day dramas — as well as pick a favorite episode from their own series. Guests like "Stranger Things" star David Harbour (who chose an episode of "The X-Files") and "Broad City" creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (they're partial to "The Golden Girls") aren't just on TV, they watch it too — and they're big fans like you. On "My Favorite Episode," some of the biggest names in TV share their creative inspirations — and how those episodes influenced them. Listeners will not only learn the secrets behind the most popular shows currently on television, but they'll get to celebrate the greatest TV of all time.
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Variety's "My Favorite Episode," hosted by Michael Schneider, is where stars and producers gather to discuss their favorite TV episodes ever — from classic sitcoms to modern-day dramas — as well as pick a favorite episode from their own series. Guests like "Stranger Things" star David Harbour (who chose an episode of "The X-Files") and "Broad City" creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (they're partial to "The Golden Girls") aren't just on TV, they watch it too — and they're big fans like you. On "My Favorite Episode," some of the biggest names in TV share their creative inspirations — and how those episodes influenced them. Listeners will not only learn the secrets behind the most popular shows currently on television, but they'll get to celebrate the greatest TV of all time.

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Max Greenfield and Beth Behrs on "The Leftovers" and "The Carol Burnett Show"

3/8/2019
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"The Neighborhood" stars Max Greenfield and Beth Behrs talk about their new sitcom and why they enjoy the multi-camera sitcom format. Also, they dissect their favorite episodes of TV of all time. While Greenfield chose the Season 2 finale of "The Leftovers," Behrs went back to a famous 1969 "Carol Burnett Show" sketch starring Tim Conway as a rookie dentist and Harvey Korman as his unwitting patient. (Music by HookSounds.)

Duration:00:47:42

John C. McGinley on "All in the Family"

3/8/2019
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John C. McGinley, now star of IFC's "Stan Against Evil," grew up during the heyday of the classic 1970s sitcom, when producers like Norman Lear and James L. Brooks ruled primetime. For a young McGinley, there was something extra fascinating about Lear's "All in the Family." We talk to McGinley about his series, acting, Hollywood, and his wide-ranging career, which includes everything from "Platoon" and "Office Space" to "Scrubs." And we talk about his favorite episode of TV of all time —...

Duration:00:52:34

Ron Livingston on "Game of Thrones"

3/8/2019
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"Loudermilk" and "A Million Little Things" star Ron Livingston has seen it all, working in comedy and drama and on TV, film and stage. But like many viewers he was floored by the Red Wedding episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," titled "The Rains of Castamere." We talk to Livingston about his current series, his career choices including that early appearance in the classic film "Swingers," plus his favorite episode of TV of all time. (Music by HookSounds.)

Duration:00:40:08

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Co-Creator Aline Brosh McKenna on "The Americans"

3/8/2019
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"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna talks about the final season of her CW show, and how Rachel Bloom made it OK to like Rebecca Bunch even at her worst. We also talk about her favorite episode of the series, and her favorite episode of TV of all time -- the pilot to "The Americans." (Music by Hook Sounds.)

Duration:00:32:53

Damon Wayans, Jr. and Amber Stevens West on "South Park" and "Friends"

3/8/2019
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On their new CBS comedy "Happy Together," Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West play a couple who have settled into an ordinary suburban life when a huge pop star moves in with them to escape the paparazzi. Asked to select their favorite episode of TV of all time, Stevens West chose the "Friends" episode "The One Where No One's Ready," which is from the third season of the show in 1996. But dig a little deeper, and we also discovered a secret about Stevens West's love of the show in high...

Duration:00:35:10

D'Arcy Carden on "Friends"

3/8/2019
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D'Arcy Carden stars on two of the most critically acclaimed comedies on TV right now: "The Good Place" and "Barry." She inherited that good taste from her mother, who first introduced her to another legendary comedy: "Friends." On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Carden about playing the A.I. character Janet on "The Good Place," how she was able to juggle both that show and "Barry," and also the "Friends" episode that she chose as her favorite TV episode ever. (Music by HookSounds.)

Duration:00:50:36

Ronny Chieng on "South Park"

3/8/2019
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"The Daily Show" correspondent and "Crazy Rich Asians" co-star Ronny Chieng grew up in Singapore, where the animated series "South Park" was banned when it launched. Of course, that just made him want to watch it more. Chieng discusses his Comedy Central show "Ronny Chieng: International Student," as well as "Crazy Rich Asians," and his favorite episode of TV of all time, the 2006 "South Park" episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft." (Music by Hook Sounds.)

Duration:00:36:24

Rob Riggle on "The Office"

3/8/2019
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For comedian Rob Riggle, "The Office" not only produced his favorite episode of all time, but it also gave him one of his first-ever acting roles. Riggle discusses how he moved from a career in the military into comedy, his experiences on both "SNL" and "The Daily Show," and how a joke turned into his Sony Crackle comedy "Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy." But first, we talk about his favorite episode of TV of all time, "The Office" Season 7 episode "Threat Level Midnight." (Music by Hook...

Duration:00:36:32

Carrie Brownstein on "Six Feet Under"

3/8/2019
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"Six Feet Under" was one of the shows that ushered in the new golden age of TV. For "Portlandia" co-creator and star Carrie Brownstein, it also produced one of her favorite episodes of TV of all time, the season 4 episode "That's My Dog." In this edition of the podcast, we talk to Brownstein about "Six Feet Under," her favorite episode of a comedy of all time ("The Office"), and her favorite episode of "Portlandia." (Music by HookSounds.)

Duration:00:29:59

"The Handmaid's Tale" Producer Bruce Miller on "ER"

3/8/2019
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The medical drama "ER" premiered in 1994, and quickly became a monster hit. For "The Handmaid's Tale" showrunner Bruce Miller, it was also an inspiration as he embarked on a writing career. Miller eventually wrote on the show, and still carries the lessons he learned from showrunner John Wells as he now heads up "The Handmaid's Tale." Miller discusses his favorite episode of TV ever, the "ER" pilot, and reveals his favorite installment of "Handmaid's Tale." (Music by HookSounds.)

Duration:00:48:09

David Harbour on "The X-Files"

3/8/2019
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Back in 1999, "Stranger Things" star David Harbour was still a struggling actor in New York, the biggest thing on TV was "The X-Files," and to this day, David's favorite episode of TV ever is the Season 6 installment "Field Trip." Harbour discusses that "monster of the week" episode, the dynamic between Mulder and Scully, and how the episode's themes relate quite a bit to "Stranger Things." He also reveals his favorite episode of "Stranger Things" so far, and how the show is evolving as it...

Duration:00:39:26