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Bonus Content: Once Upon a Time Travel – Brittany and Amanda Talk “Outlander”

Hello again! We are still on a permanent hiatus but many of our listeners have requested that we discuss Outlander (and more specifically, the big Claire/Jamie reunion episode that aired this past weekend, "A. Malcolm"). For more bonus content, updates and pop culture and television-themed content, follow us on Twitter: Do you like us discussing Outlander? Is there anything else you want to hear us talk about? Hit us up on social media and let us know! Brittany: Twitter -...


Pop Culture Detectives 41: The Handmaid’s Tale

Brittany and Amanda got totally different messages from the Handmaid's Tale. Brittany loved it, Amanda wasn't so crazy about it. Where - and why - did our opinions contrast so deeply? Plus, we started out the episode talking a bit about some other things that have been on our radar lately - Brittany caught up on Scandal and Amanda finally watched the live-action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.


Pop Culture Detectives 39: Orange is the New Black

We've got time... to talk about Orange is the New Black. This series is not for the faint of heart: the show that focuses on diverse women and dives into their turbulent backstories that ultimately led them to an all-women's prison, is back for its fifth season. It's a little too ambitious for us to cover every single one of the show's impressionable story arcs, threads and tangents in just one episode of Pop Culture Detectives, so we hone in on a few that left the biggest mark this...


Pop Culture Detectives 37: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Sing it with us now: "Mmmmmmmm, dammit!" Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (starring Ellie Kemper as the titular character) is back on Netflix for a third season with a ton of themes surrounding gentrification, social issues and female culture (created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock). We discuss a little bit about why people call the show "problematic" and try to pinpoint some of our favorite moments. It's a near impossible task when quotable moments happen every other sentence. From Titus...


Pop Culture Detectives 37: Anne (With an 'E')

Welcome back to another episode of Pop Culture Detectives! This week, we start with just a little tv cancellation/renewal chatter, then jump into talking about the CBC/Netflix season one release of Anne. For some reason in the US (not sure about anywhere else) it's being billed as "Anne with an 'E'" which seems unnecessary, but what can you do? This was definitely a darker take, and one thing you'll hear us mention is that it should have been billed as something inspired by the original...


Pop Culture Detectives 36: Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Welcome back to Pop Culture Detectives! This week, ahead of Netflix releasing Anne, we re-watched (in Brittany's case, watched for the first time) the original mini-series starring Megan Follows. If she looks a tiny bit familiar to you, you might recognize her as Queen Catherine de' Medici in the CW show Reign. We discuss what messages L.M. Montgomery might have been trying to convey, and what our hopes are for the remake which will also air on the CBC in Canada.


Pop Culture Detectives 35: Grace and Frankie

Welcome back to Pop Culture Detectives, everyone! We're glad to be back and bringing you the hit Netflix show Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Not only do we dig into the most recent season (spoiler alert! ...yes, we do reveal major plot points, so make sure you've caught up), but we also go back to seasons one and two to discuss how the show has evolved and while the focus shifts from the title characters to their ex-spouses and even their children, it always seems...


Pop Culture Detectives 34: Portlandia

Portlandia is a sketch comedy show that has enjoyed seven seasons so far. Despite its longevity and a slew of loyal viewers - and its reach into pop culture with phrases like "Put a bird on it!" - Portlandia may not exactly be the most well-known show we've ever discussed. It's one of our favorites, though. Let's talk about its clever hosts, our favorite characters and reoccurring skits on the show, as well as how Portlandia manages satire and political and social justice humor differently...


Pop Culture Detectives 32: Santa Clarita Diet

We're digging into the new Netflix show Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. For the first time we have really mixed and conflicted feelings about a show that, on paper, should have been right up at least one of our alleys. Before we get into zombie talk, we discuss the last four episodes of The Good Place, so spoiler alert! If you haven't seen that season 1 finale we spoil the major plot twist. Skip ahead if you haven't caught up yet! Plus, there's a small...


Pop Culture Detectives 32: Atlanta

This week, we're talking about the Golden Globe award winning show Atlanta starring Donald Glover. Fun fact: He used to be a writer on 30 Rock (with Tina Fey) and there's a moment in the show that really reminded us of that. We talk about whether the category it won in (best comedy or musical) actually fits, and whether the show gets a positive dialogue going about issues regarding race and class. Plus, we clearly pick a favorite episode and character. Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen...


Pop Culture Detectives 31: Mad Men

This week, we're talking about the AMC show Mad Men. Yes, the one that ended in 2015 after buying the world a Coke. We dig into the ways race was portrayed and how it evolved over the series. We also explore Don Draper/Dick Whitman and the relationships he had with Peggy, plus we go over some of our favorite episodes and pitches from The Wheel to The Suitcase. Listen for our hashtag and then use it on twitter to tell us what you think about our first 'retro' episode! And of course, if you...


Pop Culture Detectives 30: The Good Place

This week on Pop Culture Detectives, we chat about the NBC comedy The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. The show comes back from its mini-hiatus on January 5th to air the final four episodes before its long (and possibly permanent?) hiatus. We'll discuss what we enjoy, which character is our MVP, and why it leaves us wondering how the story progresses beyond 13 episodes. At the beginning of the show, we pause to take a moment and remember Carrie Fisher. As a note, we...


Pop Culture Detectives 29: Bonus Q&A with Brittany and Amanda

Welcome to 2017! To kick off the year we are starting with a bonus episode, where we answer the questions you have sent to us over the past couple of months. We touch on a few "best of 2016" topics, speculate on the future, and fill you in on our favorite Starbucks beverages. It's an eclectic mix of topics that we hope you enjoy on a lazy New Year's Day Sunday! And if you can't wait for our next full episode of Pop Culture Detectives, good news: Our next episode will be out Wednesday.


Pop Culture Detectives 28: The Crown

This week we're talking about Netflix's latest pièce de resistance, The Crown. It's the super high-budget, Golden Globe-nominated, royal bio-pic about Queen Elizabeth II. We discuss the many subtleties in this series, which we compare to Mad Men in both style and its ability to present inner turmoil rather than rely on a lot of external drama. We discuss the characters, the 1950s setting and how the show has had an impact on our views of history and present-day politics.


Pop Culture Detectives 27: Gilmore Girls: Summer & Fall

Well, we've done it, folks. We've made it through the entire Gilmore Girls revival, we've laughed and cried and maybe laughed while we were crying. Much like 'Summer' itself, we spend some time soaking in the Stars Hollow musical starring the lady who was Kinky Boots, dang it! We also delve into other things like Lorelai's journey, how we feel about Rory's version of being 30 and of course there's discussion about Amy Sherman-Palladino's famous final four words. Did they bring the show...


Pop Culture Detectives 26: Gilmore Girls: Winter & Spring

We are switching up the format of Pop Culture Detectives, now focusing multiple podcast episodes on a specific television show! First up, we are discussing Netflix's much-anticipated Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life. In this two-episode podcast series, we will focus on our impressions of "Winter" and "Spring" in the four-part Netflix event. We talk about how Gilmore Girls picked up right where they left off 9 years ago, how we felt seeing some of our favorite characters again,...


Pop Culture Detectives 25: Morally Gray Area

On this week's brand new episode of Pop Culture Detectives, we talk about the Cinemax show Strike Back which lent itself to a new discussion: what makes a morally ambiguous character great? We talk about a few from different television shows, including a deeper look at Poldark being a possible "problematic fave." Plus, Amanda chats about the new Netflix show The Crown and we both discuss Beyonce at the CMAs.


Pop Culture Detectives 24: Revivals and Endings

It seems like there's always a new revival show to talk about these days and this week's Pop Culture Detectives is no exception! We discuss the possible Will & Grace revival at NBC, but we also mention the announcement of a 10 book series finally coming to an end. While we're on the topic of the Peacock network, we both weigh in with our thoughts on the first few episodes of This is Us before scooting over to Masterpiece Theater and Poldark. Plus, we unveil a new segment we've thrillingly...


Pop Culture Detectives 23: Time Travel and Goosebumps

This week on Pop Culture Detectives, Amanda and Brittany talk about that shocking season opener of The Walking Dead and tackle whether or not violence is gratuitous in media now. Then, we move on to news about upcoming shows, talk about Hamilton's America, chat about NBC's new show Timeless, and play a little game called 'Is this the title of a Goosebumps book or a B-Horror Film.' Happy almost-Halloween!


Pop Culture Detectives 22: Let's Catch Up!

On this week's episode, Amanda and Brittany catch up on what we've been watching and reading during our hiatus! Westworld premiered and was crazy, Miranda Sings has a Netflix show, and a little drama about zombies is coming back soon to finally resolve one of the wildest cliff-hangers that happened last spring. Plus, we read books! Still counts! Join us for these things and more in this week's all-new episode.


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