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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
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The Ringer


Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.




We’re Not Ready to Stop Talking About ‘Fleabag,’ Plus: The Wild West of Streaming Television | The Watch

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


The ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Premiere and the Debacle That Was ‘Dark Phoenix’ | The Watch

‘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


Breaking Down Each Episode of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 With Creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker | The Watch

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


‘Deadwood: The Movie’ and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | The Watch

‘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


Second-Season Genius From ‘Barry’ and ‘Fleabag’ | The Watch

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


A Post–‘Game of Thrones’ Mailbag With Jason Mantzoukas | The Watch

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


Breaking Down the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch

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


The End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Near, Plus: ‘Survivor’ Season Finale | The Watch

‘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


Breaking Down the Penultimate Episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Plus: Farewell to ‘Veep’ | The Watch

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


Non-'Thrones' HBO Content and a Conversation With David Cross | The Watch

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


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E4 | The Watch

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


Breaking Down 'Avengers: Endgame' | The Watch

‘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


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E3 | The Watch

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


Why 1999 Was One of the Best Years for Movies, Plus a Conversation With Roxanne Benjamin | The Watch

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


Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E2 | The Watch

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


Disney+ Jockeys for First Place in the Streaming Wars | The Watch

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


‘Game of Thrones’ Goes Back to the Basics (for Better or for Worse), Plus ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ | The Watch

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).


On the Brink of the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch

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


The Return of ‘Killing Eve’ and an Interview With the Minds Behind 'Fosse/Verdon' | The Watch

‘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


How ‘Joker’ Might Fit Into Superhero Movie Canon and a Conversation With Fiona Shaw | The Watch

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...