It’s our final week celebrating 2016 TV, here at The Televerse. Noel and Kate continue to spotlight their favorite heroes and villains, most gut-busting and tear-jerking moments, and more with part two of the Smorgasborgy. This episode, we give out our awards for the year’s best characters, best sequences, most memorable moments, and most impressive seasons and otherwise notable series, as well as our grab bag of miscellaneous awards. Once again, please share your thoughts on the year’s TV, and your picks for our final round of categories, in the comments below, and come back next week for our 2017 midseason TV preview.
Life has arisen in an unfortunate way this week, prompting a somewhat abridged version of the podcast. Despite that, however, there’s plenty of interesting TV for Noel and Kate to discuss, starting with a preview of FOX’s Laverne Cox-led new take on The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, before some premiere (Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Fresh Off the Boat) and finale (RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Halt and Catch Fire) talk. Then we welcome back friend of the show LaToya Ferguson, of The A.V. Club, Inverse, and Mic, who joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss ultimate ‘90s series, Beverly Hills, 90210.
Fall premieres strike again, and between another slew of premieres and a mega-dive with Luke Cage season one, Noel and Kate are back to marathon-length podcasting this episode. First up, we look at a full week in comedy, including the Insecure and Divorce premieres, check-ins on Atlanta, Better Things, High Maintenance, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and more strong installments of black-ish and The Good Place. Then we head over for some genre and reality TV, including the premieres of Westworld, The Flash, Arrow, and Frequency, a lengthy chat about the merits of Luke Cage versus Jessica Jones, an underwhelming Independent Lens, and another controversial RuPaul’s Drag Race. Lastly, we talk drama, including the premieres of Elementary and No Tomorrow and two more affecting entries from Queen Sugar and Halt and Catch Fire. Then Noel taps out as Kate welcomes back former Televerse cohost and current cohost of TV Roundtable Sean Colletti to spend some time with the Pfeffermans and Transparent season three.
Fall TV premieres continue this week, but amidst the new show craziness, Kate and Noel take a moment once again to reflect and evaluate how they’re doing on their 2016 TV resolutions, both Noel’s vow to watch more non-fiction and documentary television and Kate’s to broaden her TV horizons and make sure she’s watching programming featuring voices that are underrepresented on television. Before we dive in with that, however, it’s another exciting premiere week. First we look at a full week in television, including the premieres of Bob’s Burgers, Drunk History, and Younger, the finale of Survivor’s Remorse, and notable episodes of You’re the Worst, black-ish, and The Good Place. Then we head over to the genre, reality, and drama entries, discussing the much-anticipated Luke Cage premiere, the less-anticipated Van Helsing and Secrets and Lies premieres, and the eagerly anticipated (at least among Aidan Turner stans) Poldark premiere, as well as engaging installments from Frontline, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Halt and Catch Fire, and Star Wars Rebels. Please chime in below, or via email (email@example.com), or on social media with your thoughts on the non-fiction and representational TV you think we should be seeking out!
Fall network premiere week is here! Or at least, the first of several waves of fall premieres has hit, making for a marathon session of the podcast. First up, Noel and Kate talk through a full week in TV, including looks at the premieres of Kevin Can Wait, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, black-ish, The Good Place, Superstore, Easy, and Graves, and a discussion of the role of comedians and entertainers in the current election cycle, prompted by Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s segment on NBC and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s treatment of Donald Trump. Next up are the genre and reality offerings, including a preview of Westworld, the Agents of SHIELD and The Exorcist premieres, the Emmy Awards, and a contentious RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Then we move over to the dramas, including a rant from Kate on the Bull premiere and looks at the MacGyver premiere, a stylish Halt and Catch Fire, another strong Queen Sugar, and the much-anticipated Mr. Robot finale. Afterward, friend of the show and The A.V. Club contributor Les Chappell returns to the DVD Shelf to discuss the popular animated superhero sequel, Justice League Unlimited.
It’s our five year anniversary here at The Televerse, so it’s time for yet another Make-You-Watch-athon! This year, two under-represented genres on The Televerse are in the spotlight: Kate makes Noel catch up with reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Noel broadens Kate’s anime horizons, making her watch the sports/game-themed Chihayafuru. Before the Make-You-Watch-athon, however, we dive in with a full week in TV, including the premieres of Fear The Walking Dead, The Great British Bake Off, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and Halt and Catch Fire, as well as a much-anticipated Steven Universe, penultimate episodes of Greenleaf and The Night Of, and an Elliot-less Mr. Robot. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already. Thank you, listeners, for your support and your conversation over the years, and here’s to five more!
The summer series are quickly coming to an end, making for an eventful week in TV and another longer podcast. First up, we look at the comedies including BoJack Horseman season two, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and the premiere of Review. Then we talk over the genre and drama offerings, including the finale to Halt and Catch Fire and pen- and anti-penultimate episodes of UnREAL, Deutschland 83, Humans, and Rectify. Afterward, SOS’s own Deepayan Sengupta joins us at the DVD Shelf to break down the overlooked one-season gem Karen Sisco.
There are still more summer series starting up, including one of our favorites from last year, giving us plenty to talk about this week on the podcast. We start with the comedies, including a preview of Review season two and the Rick and Morty premiere. Next are the genre and drama offerings, including a preview of Strike Back: Legacy. Afterward, Ryan McGee of Boob Tube Dude joins us to look at the dearly departed new classic Mad Men.
The programming dip that came with the start of summer is on its way out, with new series starting up and giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including a preview of Rick and Morty and looks at the Dates pilot, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll pilot, Married premiere, and BoJack Horseman season two. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, including memorable episodes of Hannibal, UnREAL, Mr. Robot, and Rectify. Afterward, Jon Clarke of Caffeinated Comics joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the cult British comedy The Young Ones.
San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, but never fear: SOS’s own Whitney McIntosh returns to the podcast to break down the highs and lows of SDCC 2015 with Kate. First, however, we talk the week’s comedies, including a preview of Married season two and looks at the pilot of Why? with Hannibal Buress, the premiere of Key & Peele, and the season finale of Inside Amy Schumer, as well as the week’s genre and drama offerings, including the Rectify and Masters of Sex premieres.