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Episode 160: New Horny Bake-Off and the Macaroni Rascals

This week we evaluate the new era (in the US, at least) of the Great British Bake-Off, which is still at the very least a Good British Bake-Off. Then we try to talk about other reality television shows but mostly end up yelling about the Bachelor again. SHOW NOTES Where to find all of Noel Fielding’s shirts: The New Jersey Life of Macaroni Rascals:...


Episode 159: TV Narrators and some objectively sick wrestling moves

Andrew, compelled by a patron’s dollars, watches an episode of professional wrestling; Margaret and Kathryn learn a lot about someone named Joey Ryan and also that wrestlers can be like the Dred Pirate Roberts. We then have a chat about what makes for a good TV narrator, in which Kathryn gesticulates for a while about the new Lifetime series You, and we debate the relative merits of Carrie from Sex and the City versus JD from Scrubs.


Episode 158: Our 2018 Fall TV Preview Extravaganza

This week, a return to a time-honored tradition: we run down a bunch of fall TV shows and we each pick a good one and a bad one to watch. Enjoy! Or don't! SHOW NOTES: Whiskey Cavalier: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: The Purge: My Brilliant Friend: New Amsterdam:...


Episode 157: Making It and TV shows based on songs

Making It, the new reality TV show starring Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, is exactly what we needed this summer, and we talk about it, its small growing pains, and how America finally figured out how to do a decent Great British Bake-Off rip-off. Then we yell, quite a bit, about how dumb it is to make a television show based on the song “Hey There, Delilah,” before pitching our own TV shows based on songs. Every single one we pitch would make a better TV show than “Hey There, Delilah.”


Episode 156: Picard Trek and Better Things TV Book Club Finale

This week we talk about the EXTREMELY EXCITING NEWS that Patrick Stewart is returning to TV as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series, then we wrap up the last three episodes of our TV Book Club on Pamela Adlon's Better Things. SHOW NOTES The new Trek announcement: Better Things:


Episode 155: Patreon recommendations and Trial & Error

Kathryn brings some new Patreon recommendations in this episode, this time for someone in search of some queer leaning scifi/fantasy shows. Then we talk about the extremely strange NBC sitcom Trial & Error, a true crime parody romp that made us laugh a lot.


Episode 154: Kathryn Recommends Stuff and Better Things S01E05-07

This week, we take another trip to Kathryn's deep deep well of TV recommendations. Then, we continue our journey through episodes 5, 6, and 7 of Better Things. SHOW NOTES: Recommendations! Dear White People: GLOW: Playing House: Black-ish: Better Things:...


Episode 153: Talking Superstore and Sex and the City with guest Kamille Washington

Because Kathryn couldn't convince Andrew or Margaret to immediately drop all of their responsibilities and watch all of Superstore, and because Margaret felt that neither Andrew nor Kathryn could do justice to a discussion of Sex and the City, we have a guest who can help with both of those things! As is sadly inevitable for podcast guesting, we had some issues with Kamille's audio later in the episode, so there's a bit less of her than we'd like. Obviously you need more Kamille than...


Episode 152: Comedians In Cars Getting Schooled For Being Anachronisms, and Better Things S01E02-04

This week we climb into a figurative car and discuss the deal with Jerry Seinfeld's brand of comedy in 2018, and then we hit the next three episodes of Pamela Adlon's Better Things. SHOW NOTES Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee may not be made for these times: Better Things:


Episode 151: Handmaid's Tale wine, and how to ruin HBO

It was a frustrating and strange week in television news, so we cover the two topics that drove us the most bonkers: HBO's alarming town hall and the brief not-quite existence of a branded set of Handmaid's Tale wines. Please note that in spite of what Margaret suggests in this episode, we are no longer subjecting Andrew to copious alcohol consumption beyond whatever he chooses to consume for himself.


Episode 150: Checking Our Email, and Better Things S01E01

This week, we dust off our ol' inbox to respond to a lot of comments-not-questions, and then we dive into our new TV Book Club segment on Pamela Adlon's Better Things. SHOW NOTES: Raising Hope: The Rundown with Robin Thede: Better Things:


Episode 149: What've we been watching lately?

On this summer holiday week, we have a short grab bag episode of chat about what we're currently watching. Andrew mentions black-ish and Quantum Leap, Margaret's watching a very strange French satire show that Kathryn has a hard time being persuaded by, and Kathryn's been watching a documentary about the New York Times. Plus, we announce our next book club - the first season of FX's Better Things.


Episode 148: Trusting the Process, Travel TV, and Our Philly TV shows (LIVE)

We're live from the Philadelphia Podcast Festival this week, talking about travel on TV and then our own super pander-y visions for Philadelphia-based TV shows. SHOW NOTES: What The Hell Is The Process: The Philadelphia Podcast Festival:


Episode 147: Kathryn goes to ATX, and the characters TV chooses to kill

This week, Kathryn gives us her report on what went down at the ATX TV festival in Austin. Then, spurred by a recent Mo Ryan tweet thread, we talk about why TV chooses to kill so many of its all-too-rare women and PoC characters in the current “anyone can die” twist-and-shocker-heavy world of TV dramas. SHOW NOTES: ATX interviews via the TV Campfire podcast: Kathryn’s interview on American Vandal Season 2:...


Episode 146: Netflix taste buckets and ER book club part 4

After a week's delay due to Kathryn sounding like a monster from a children’s movie, we return with full voices to discuss the final installment of our ER book club. Margaret swears she will never trust David Krumholtz again. First, though, we talk about some Netflix news and yell about the weird phenomenon of half seasons.


Episode 145: Roseanne gets the Kiss of Death, and our summer TV preview

This week, we talk briefly about Roseanne's terrible behavior bringing down her successful rebooted sitcom, delivering an unexpected (but not unappreciated) ATV Kiss of Death to yet another program. Then, we spend some time looking forward to this summer's TV; there's a surprising amount that you should add to your schedule. SHOW NOTES: Roseanne canceled because Roseanne Barr is racist: Set It Up on Netflix:...


Episode 144: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Law & Order TV Justice

We begin our conversation by welcoming back guest host Christina Tucker, who joins us to talk about the wild ride of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's cancellation and swift resurrection. We also talk about the tricky, complicated dynamics of storytelling designed to humanize cops. Afterward, it's the return of TV vs TV! Thanks to a patreon supporter, we spend some time considering the vitally important question of best SVU guest star. As per usual, Margaret comes slightly underprepared and Andrew brings...


Episode 143: ER book club part 3, and are we the kiss of death?

This week ATV welcomes back Christina Tucker to talk about the next installment in our ER book club, and it's a good thing we do because someone needed to make sure we fully appreciate Julianna Margulies. Before we get to ER, though, it sudden occurs to us that many of the shows we talk about on ATV... get cancelled?


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 New...