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Episode 142: New Arrested Development, and what intelligence looks like on TV

This week we chat a bit about the recut S4 and forthcoming S5 of Arrested Development, a show we thought we'd seen the last of. Then, we talk about the different ways in which TV communicates intelligence. SHOW NOTES: The Arrested Development announcement: "I make a lot of graphs": The quintessential GIF:


Episode 141: Late-night Busy-ness and ER book club part 2

First: in some places during this episode, Margaret sounds like she's being played on an old dusty record player. We are sorry about that! We chat briefly about how there should be more women in late night, which is both obvious and yet still a weirdly, unconscionably lopsided thing about TV culture. Happily, Busy Philips is going to have a talk show on E! Then we turn to the next in our ER book club, which includes a discussion of "Blizzard," "Love's Labor Lost" and "Everything Old Is...


Episode 140: Alex Inc., Zach Braff, and working-class TV

This week, we finally finish up our 2018 TV overview by talking about the oft-delayed Zach Braff project Alex, Inc., which in the Margaret’s words was a show we could “barely hate.” We also talk about when America fell out of love with Zach Braff, and what non-Roseanne working-class TV looks like right now. SHOW NOTES, such as they are: Alex Inc.


Episode 139: The Simpsons' problem with Apu and ER book club part 1

After The Simpsons' truly terrible response to criticism of its character Apu, we talk about what The Simpsons has done wrong, and how weird it is for a show to absolutely refuse to change over time. Then we talk about the pilot episode of ER for our latest book club, and Margaret and Andrew are very patient while Kathryn goes a little bonkers over tracking shots.


Episode 138: "80% attention" recommendations and solving magical crimes

This week, Kathryn gives another round of TV recommendations to a listener who’s looking for a show she only has to mostly pay attention to. Then, we spend an hour with the magical ABC crime procedural Deception, and we detail both the kinds of magic we would like to see in future cases and the far-fetched occupations we’d like to see teamed up with the FBI. SHOW NOTES: Sports Night: Justified: Elementary:...


Episode 137: Quantum Leap and TV news anchors

In fulfillment of another patreon request, Andrew tells Kathryn and Margaret all about a two-part episode of Quantum Leap. This involves attempting to explain the premise of Quantum Leap, much to everyone's delight and confusion. Afterwards, we talk about news clips and news anchors on TV, which includes a celebration of Perd Hapley.


Episode 136: Roseanne the person is bad and Roseanne the show is complicated

This is our Roseanne revival episode. We are unequivocal in declaring Roseanne Barr to be reprehensible; unpacking her show (and the response it has prompted, at least so far) is more complicated. Come and join us on this frustrating quest! BEHOLD, A SEA OF ROSEANNE TAKES: The Roseanne reboot and ABC's "heartland strategy": How TV depicts Trump supporters, explained:...


Episode 135: TV renewal news and HBO's Barry

Thanks to a recent spate of TV renewals from Netflix and other outlets, we take a moment to celebrate the upcoming third season of One Day at a Time and talk about the campaign surrounding its renewal. Also, apparently, Nailed It! has been renewed, which we have no feelings about. Afterwards, we chat about the new HBO hitman comedy show Barry, starring Bill Hader. We like it! A lot!


Episode 134: The soulless spectacle of Nailed It, and more TV recommendations

This week, Kathryn and the gang deliver another round of TV recommendations based on listener requests. We then dive into the worst thing we have watched for the show in recent memory, the soulless Netflix baking competition show Nailed It. SHOW NOTES! This week’s TV recommendations: NBC’s Life: ER: Southland: Black-ish:...


Episode 133: NBC's Good Girls, and what is TV criticism even for?

This week we kick things off with an overly self-aware discussion about the point of television criticism, who it's for, whether it makes sense to critique things like plausibility and character behavior, and how TV is in fact like books now. (Kathryn, somehow, does not combust). Then we talk about NBC's Good Girls, a show we want to like but also a show that doesn't seem to know what it is yet.


Episode 132: ATV Lightning Round! Featuring Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cougartown, and bisexuality

This week instead of doing a little thing and a big thing, we do a bunch of little things. It's an ATV Lightning Round! SHOW NOTES: We're not fans of casting the same actor in two or more roles in the same project, there, we said it: A woman is running Amazon's TV studios: Cougartown is on Hulu now:...


Episode 131: Spring TV and Queer Eye

It's that time of year when a young TV fan's eye turns to what's happening in the world of spring television releases. We do a short round of selections, including the final season of The Americans, Heidi Thomas' Little Women, and the new NBC series Rise. Then we talk about the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, which we are much more positive about than we thought we'd be!


Episode 130: Wonder Woman and Slings and Arrows S01E05-06

This week, Andrew talks about his experience watching the old 70s Lynda Carter Wonder Woman show, which occupies a space somewhere in between the campy action of 60s Adam West Batman and the campy action of the 80s A-Team. Then, we take one last trip to theater camp to wrap up our Slings and Arrows TV Book Club. SHOW NOTES More on Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman on Amazon:...


Episode 129: This Is Unnecessarily Morbid and One Day at a Time S2

We catch up with the show that killed a beloved TV dad with a popular kitchen appliance on the night of the Super Bowl, This Is Us. We then talk about the fantastic second season of Netflix's One Day at a Time, and dig into a little about Rita Moreno, how the show does politics, and the frustration of amazing, inclusive, human TV shows that feel destined to languish unseen by most TV watchers.


Episode 128: Kathryn Recommends More TV, and Slings and Arrows S01E03-4

This week, special guest Craig (of Overdue fame) joins the show to help Kathryn recommend a new round of shows to our generous patrons. Then, Craig lends us his theatrical expertise as we jump into episodes 3 and 4 of Slings and Arrows. SHOW NOTES: Show recommendations! Adventure Time: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Orange Is The New Black: Line of Duty:...


Episode 128: Black Mirror twiststravaganza

We return to the world of Black Mirror after a very long break, this time to do a swing through a few episodes of the new season. Each one of us watched a different episode, and we use this opportunity to play a little game - we describe most of the episode we saw, and the other two have to try to imagine what the inevitable Black Mirror twist will be. Kathryn watched "Hang the DJ," Margaret watched "Arkangel," and Andrew watched "USS Callister." Heads up: we definitely spoil all of them.


Episode 126 - Better Never Than Late, and Slings and Arrows S01E01-02

This week Andrew suffers through Better Late Than Never, a not-quite-reality show about old men being casually racist in a foreign country. Then, we chat about episodes one and two of Slings and Arrows, our latest TV Book Club. SHOW NOTES Better Late Than Never, which is truly terrible: Slings and Arrows episode 1: Slings and Arrows episode 2:


Episode 125: 2018 resolutions and TV to look forward to

We spend a few moments thinking about our TV resolutions for the new year. For Andrew and Kathryn it's mostly about specific TV they'd like to check out; for Margaret it boils down to "actually watch some TV." We then take a look at the field of new TV to look forward to in the new year, and pick out some of our most anticipated series, including Sharp Objects, Good Girls, and the truly concerning 9-1-1. Finally, we announce our next TV Book Club, Slings & Arrows!


Episode 124 - The Dreadful Jeremy Piven and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This week’s episode is pretty much what it says in the title - we briefly celebrate the unceremonious and thoroughly deserved cancelation of Wisdom of the Crowd, and then we talk about the pleasant surprise that is the first season of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. SHOW NOTES Wisdom of the Crowd Canceled Amid Jeremy Piven Sexual Assault Scandal: Me, Myself, and I...


Episode 123: Five Came Back and a 2017 TV retrospective

Margaret actually watched some television! She shares that information with us, and we make appropriately impressed noises. We also think back on the year in TV, and the way 2017 shaped the stuff we watched, the stuff we stopped watching, and the stuff we watched but then completely forgot about. If you have not watched The Good Place, we do not spoil it! But you should really watch it.


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