About Kate Kulzick

Kate Kulzick is the creator, host, and editor of The Televerse podcast. A lifelong TV fan, Kate has *opinions* and thinks you should too. Favorite series include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Hannibal, and Steven Universe, and you can find her thoughts on these shows and more either here at The Televerse or through her freelance criticism and writing for The A.V. Club.

The Televerse #333- Good Behavior Seasons 1 and 2 with Allison Shoemaker

Midseason premiere season has begun, bringing with it plenty of new and returning TV to discuss. Noel and Kate kick things off by talking through a handful of the week’s standouts, starting with the week in reality and comedy, including Top Chef: Colorado, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, black-ish, and a much-anticipated The Good Place. Next up are the week’s drama and genre offerings, including the premieres of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Black Lightning, as well as the midseason premieres of Supernatural and The Flash. Then Noel and Kate welcome back The A.V. Club, Consequence of Sound, and RogerEbert.com contributor Allison Shoemaker to dive in with under-rated and under-discussed con and heist series Good Behavior, spotlighting the first two seasons of this entertaining and compelling gem.

By |January 20th, 2018|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #332- 2018 TV Resolutions

Another year, another pair of TV goals. With 2018 underway and several series starting back up, it’s time for Noel and Kate to refresh their TV resolutions. How did we do with our 2017 resolutions to watch more anime and streaming series, and what impact, if any, has that made on the way we interact with TV? Noel and Kate discuss this and more in our special segment this episode, then unveil our resolutions for the new year. Before that, however, we have a full week of TV to break down. First up are the week’s comedy and reality offerings, including the Golden Globes, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, black-ish, Top Chef: Colorado, and The Amazing Race. Then we move over to the week’s drama and genre installments, including the premiere of The Chi, the midseason premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, the finale of Marvel’s Runaways, and new episodes of The X-Files and Steven Universe. How did Seth Meyers fare at the Golden Globes? Should the inclusion of contestants who are in recovery affect how Top Chef and other competition shows shape their challenges? Just how awesome is Lars’ new cape, and *why*, Star Trek: Discovery, *why*?!? All of this and more in this week’s episode of The Televerse.

By |January 13th, 2018|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #331- 2018 Winter TV Preview

2018 is here, so it’s time once again for our yearly winter TV preview! Noel and Kate talk through the upcoming series premieres and returns, looking at which new shows are worth tuning in for and which are better left for midseason catch-ups. Before that, though, there’s plenty of TV to discuss from this week. We kick things off with our week in comedy and reality, including the premieres of LA to Vegas, grown-ish, The Amazing Race, the midseason premiere of The Good Place, and the dramatic return of the victor from Last Chance Kitchen to Top Chef: Colorado. Then we move on to the week’s genre entries, including the premiere of The X-Files, the Doctor Who Christmas special, and oodles of Steven Universe and Adventure Time. What TV are you looking forward to in 2018? Listen to hear our most anticipated, then reach out with your picks, and any upcoming TV we missed in our preview.

By |January 6th, 2018|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #330- Best Of 2017 Smorgasborgy

The end of 2017 is finally here, so it’s time for Noel and Kate to celebrate the highlights and lowlights of the year in TV and send it on its way. As always, the Best Of Smorgasborgy is a wide-ranging and lengthy affair, with topics ranging from Best Performance to Best Theme Song to Best WTF Moment, and everything in between. Enjoy our look back at 2017 TV, then reach out with your favorite moments. Thank you to the lovely people who’ve guested on the podcast this year, those who’ve reached out and commented either at the site or through social media, and everyone else out there listening. It’s been a pleasure!

By |December 30th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #329- Top 20 TV Series of 2017

The end of 2017 is right around the corner (already? And also somehow, finally!), which means it’s time for The List-ening, starting with The Televerse’s picks for the Top 20 TV Series of 2017. Noel and Kate run down their picks, 20 through 11, and have a quick chat about the year in TV, then dive in deeper with their top 10 series of the year. Which series made the list, which just missed the cut, and which are we surprised to see turning up elsewhere? All of this as more as Noel and Kate reflect on an interesting, at times challenging, and compelling year in TV.

By |December 23rd, 2017|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #328- Holiday Omnibus 3: Christmas à la M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars

As 2017 starts to wind down, we take a moment this week to reflect on holiday episodes of yore, looking back at holiday episodes of M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars in our latest installment of our Holiday Omnibus segment. Before that, though, we have plenty of TV to discuss, as series head into the holiday season with fall finales galore. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin bowed out for 2017 with strong episodes, Bob’s Burgers celebrates the season in traditionally entertaining fashion, Outlander closes its third season and begins a new chapter in a new continent, The Exorcist heads towards its second season finale, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gives Rosa her due and brings Gina back into the fold. Do our Holiday Omnibus selections live up to our memories of them? Which are better left off the Christmas (and Festivus, and X-Mas) viewing schedules? And will we ever tire of Bob’s Burgers holiday episodes? All of this and more as The Televerse closes out its weekly coverage for 2017, and heads into The 2017 (Best Of) Listening.

By |December 16th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #327- Twin Peaks Season 3 with Emily L. Stephens

We’re heading into the end of the calendar year, and with The 2017 List-ening looming, it’s the perfect time to revisit one of the year’s most fascinating and puzzling entries, the return of Twin Peaks. Joining Kate to break down the alternately confusing and compelling season is friend of the show Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club. Before we dive into the strange world of Frost and Lynch, however, there’s a very full week of TV to discuss. First Noel and Kate look at the comedies, including the holiday returns of Psych and Superstore, the finale of Broad City, and the epic 99th episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After a brief dip into reality to discuss the premiere of Top Chef, it’s time for the week’s genre episodes. Noel only lasted about 10 minutes into the Happy! premiere, and we chat about why. Then there’s the premiere of Agents of SHIELD, a dramatic return on Outlander, and the fall finales of Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow. Which series are getting their silliness quotient right and which could stand to be a bit less precious? Which returns have us the most jazzed, and which show doesn’t seem to realize it’s retreading ground powerfully trod earlier this year in cinemas? Take a listen, then reach out with your thoughts on the week’s TV.

By |December 9th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #326- Spotlight on Crisis on Earth-X with Dr. Elizabeth Bridges

Despite the holiday last week and the looming holiday season ahead, it’s this week that gives us our lightest TV load in quite a while. We kick things off with our week in TV, including the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Drunk History’s Christmas Special, a check-in on The Rundown with Robin Thede, and fun episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, Outlander, and Marvel’s Runaways. Afterwards, we head over to the spotlight section and welcome back friend of the show Dr. Elizabeth Bridges, co-author and editor of Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture, to break down the four-part CW crossover extravaganza, Crisis on Earth-X.

By |December 2nd, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #325- 2017 TV Resolution Check-in #5: Danny the Manny, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, TWOCAR!

With (American) Thanksgiving on the early side this year, TV opted to celebrate with viewers instead of taking the week off. First up this episode, Noel and Kate dive in with the comedies, including Thanksgiving-themed episodes of Bob’s Burgers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shake-up-filled episodes of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we move on to the drama and genre offerings, including the premieres of She’s Gotta Have It, Godless, The Punisher, and Marvel’s Runaways, a Billy Joel-tastic Arrow, and the long awaited (or dreaded) return of Mon-El to Supergirl. Afterward, it’s time for one more check-in on our 2017 TV resolutions to watch more streaming series (Kate) and anime (Noel). How are our latest explorations of these mediums panning out? Listen in, then reach out with your thoughts on the week’s TV and our latest resolution viewing, Danny the Manny and The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, and Recovery of an MMO Junkie and TWOCAR!.

By |November 25th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #324- Spotlight on Lady Dynamite Season 2

It’s a week of highs and lows this episode, with interesting finales and memorably powerful episodes alongside truly ridiculous ones. First up, Noel and Kate talk through the week’s comedy: a revealing Jane the Virgin, the first of hopefully many wedding-themed Brooklyn Nine-Nines, a classic issue-oriented black-ish, and the intense culmination of Rebecca’s journey so far on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we look at the week’s genre and drama offerings: the finales of Star Trek: Discovery and Queen Sugar, another intense The Exorcist and emotional Supergirl, and some of the season’s least thrilling installments of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Afterward, we head to the DVD Shelf to dive in with the second season of Lady Dynamite. How does Maria fare in her latest round of adventures? Are season two’s time jumps as engaging and effective as season one’s? And what will happen when Maria is presented the Most Sacred Lady Blazer? All of this and more as Noel and Kate break down the colorful, at times confusing, and always compelling Lady Dynamite.

By |November 18th, 2017|The Televerse|2 Comments