After counting down their Top 20 TV Series of 2015 last week, Kate and Noel return to give their thoughts on the rest of the year that was in TV. From standard categories like Best Performance to fun ones like Best Villain and Trippiest Scene, Kate and Noel heap praise upon (or vent frustration about) the best, worst, most memorable, and most forgettable moments, seasons, series, and more this year. Joining in the fun are former cohosts Caroline Siede, Ricky D, Max Bledstein, Deepayan Sengupta, and Simon Howell, who call in to give out a few awards of their own.
The List-ening has begun! Kate is joined by her new cohost, Noel Kirkpatrick of TV.com, to count down, argue about, slather praise upon, and generally geek out about our top 20 shows of 2015. Adding to the fun are some of the year’s best musical moments and a few thoughts from previous guest cohosts Elena Rivera, Emily L. Stephens, and David Bax. Count down with Noel and Kate, then let us know your picks for the best TV of 2015!
April TV has finally reached a balancing point, with lots of interesting shows, but only a handful of premieres and finales. First up, we look at the comedies, including the pilot of Happyish, the premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, and the finale of Fresh Off the Boat. Next up are the genre entries, including a preview of Wayward Pines, and we wrap up the week in TV with the dramas, including a preview of The Casual Vacancy and the finale of The Americans. Afterwards, friend of the show Kate Rennebohm returns to the podcast to help us bid a fond farewell to a Televerse favorite, Justified.
April’s embarrassment of TV riches continues this week, making for another long podcast. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Inside Amy Schumer season three, followed by the genre entries, including a preview of Penny Dreadful season two, the pilot of The Messengers, and the premiere of Orphan Black. Last up are the dramas, including the series finale of Justified. After our week in TV, it’s time for another season spotlight, with Kyle Anderson of TheNerdist.com and WTF Are You Watching? returning to the podcast to break down season one of Daredevil.
At last, a respite from the flood of finales over the past few weeks. It will be short-lived, with Aprilgeddon looming, but there’s still plenty of TV to talk about this week on the podcast. We kick things off with the comedies, including previews of Weird Loners and Younger and the pilot of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, before looking at HBO’s new documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Then we move on to the genre and drama offerings, including a preview of Wolf Hall and our usual roundup of shows: Fortitude, Better Call Saul, Justified, The Americans, and The Good Wife. Afterwards, Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson is back for our first installment of the new segment Reality Check, this week looking at Survivor season 19, Survivor: Samoa.
After last week’s marathon podcast, we keep things a bit more manageable this time, focusing on the week’s most memorable TV. First up are the comedies, including the a quick look at season one of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the season finale of Togetherness, and yet another pair of strong episodes from Girls and Looking. Next are the genre entries, including the midseason premiere of Agents of SHIELD, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the pilots of CSI: Cyber and American Crime and long-awaited returns on Justified and The Good Wife. Afterward, Emily L. Stephens from The A.V. Club joins us at the DVD Shelf to talk about one of TV’s most beloved characters and procedurals, Columbo.
The glut of 2014 TV comedies continues this week, making for yet another lengthy podcast. First we look at another full week in comedy, including a preview of FOX’s The Last Man on Earth, some The Odd Couple pilot talk, and plenty of Jane the Virgin, Girls, and Looking discussion. Then we look at a handful of genre series as well as HBO’s documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, before diving in with the dramas, including a quick preview of ABC’s Secrets and Lies and fun episodes of Better Call Saul, Fortitude, Justified, and of course, The Americans. Afterward, Noel Kirkpatrick of TV.com returns to induct the DVD Shelf’s first educational and/or cooking program entry, the delightfully cheesy, yet encyclopedic Good Eats.
January’s ridiculous string of TV comedy excellence continues this week, making for another long podcast. First Kate talks a little reality, with some praise for the finale of Top Chef: Boston, then there’s comedy discussion galore, including an emotional Jane the Virgin, a baffling Adventure Time, and more great episodes from Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Looking, and Girls. Next up, Kate looks at some genre with Arrow and Banshee, and we round out our week in TV with the dramas, including the finale of Babylon and another fantastic and grimace-inducing The Americans. Afterwards, Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe returns to the DVD Shelf to help us discuss one of the all-time great sitcoms, The Dick Van Dyke Show.
The comedies came to play this week, with two episodes likely to be in Best of 2015 discussions later this year. Needless to say, the podcast is on the long side this week. First we look at a full (and ridiculous) week in comedy, including the dramatic reveal of Sin Rostro on Jane the Virgin, another Parks and Recreation wedding, a one-two-three emotional wallop from HBO, and an epic title fight between Broad City and Always Sunny. Then we look at the drama and genre offerings, including previews of Bosch season one and The Slap (US) and looks at the pilots of Better Call Saul and Allegiance. Afterward, Maggie Kulzick returns to the podcast for the latest installment of Informed Opinions, looking at educational children’s television.
Between finales, pilots, and premieres, there’s plenty of TV to talk about this week on the podcast. First we look at the week in comedy, including Key & Peele’s Superbowl special and a contentious Man Seeking Woman. Then Kate looks at some genre before Simon joins her to discuss The 100, and we round out our week with the dramas, including the series finale of Parenthood, the pilot of Fortitude, and the long-awaited season premiere of The Americans. Afterward, Emmy Award winner (and current writer for The Simpsons) Michael Price returns to join Kate at the DVD Shelf to discuss multi-cam comedy and two classics of the genre, The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sgt. Bilko) and F Troop.