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.
TV’s spring finales continue this week, with two podcast favorites taking their bows. First up, we look at the comedies and some reality, including Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and the finale of The Amazing Race. We follow that with the genre and drama entries, including the finales of Elementary, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and intense installments of Orphan Black, Outlander, and Penny Dreadful. Afterward, the spotlight section makes its long-awaited return as we dive deep with the Mad Men series finale, and we round out the podcast with yet another season spotlight, with SOS’s Elena Rivera joining us to take a look at the fantastic first season of Jane the Virgin.
The winter finales only wrapped up a few weeks ago on the podcast, but network finale season is already upon us. First we look at the comedies, including the much anticipated 12 Angry Men-inspired installment of Inside Amy Schumer. Then we talk genre, including check-ins with The Flash and Arrow and looks at eventful episodes of Penny Dreadful and Outlander, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including the season finale of The Good Wife and the penultimate episode of Mad Men. Afterward, Mike Worby of SOS returns to the DVD Shelf to talk HBO’s animated series, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
Aprilgeddon ramps up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. We kick things of with the comedies, including previews of The Comedians and season five of Louie and a look at the Archer finale. Next up are the genre offerings, including the eventful midseason premiere of Outlander and the penultimate episode of Fortitude, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the much-anticipated final premiere of Mad Men and the fantastic penultimate episode of Better Call Saul. Afterwards, critic and author Jennifer Armstrong returns to the DVD Shelf to break down the surprisingly under-discussed comedy classic, Seinfeld.
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza concludes this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for just about everything other than their Top 20 TV Series. Categories range from Best Performance, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to more niche categories like Best Shipping Moment, the Life Vest Award (performance/element singlehandedly buoying an otherwise terrible show), and the La-La-La Award (show we most care about being spoiled for). Each section is bookended with some of 2014’s most memorable original music and musical performances. Please leave us a comment with your favorite moments and anything else from TV in 2014!
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza begins this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for the Best TV Series of 2014, focusing on their Top 10 shows, but expanding to cover 22 different highlights of the year in television. Simon and Kate go show by show, talking about what prompted them to include, or exclude, each series from their lists. Please share your Top 20 in the comments!
Last week gave us one of the best stretches of television in recent memory so unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we dive in with the comedies, including a preview of Undateable, then we jump to the genre series, including a preview of pirate drama Crossbones, and we wrap up our week in television with the dramas, including a preview of AMC’s new period piece, Halt and Catch Fire. Then Libby Hill of TV on the Internet, as well as several other places, joins us to discuss this week’s musically-enhanced midseason finale of Mad Men, as well as the rest of this shortened (half) season.
It’s finale-palooza this week on the podcast, with seven different TV shows airing season or series finales. After some upfronts talk and listener feedback, we dive in with the comedies, including the pilot for The Maya Rudolph Show and the Legit and Bob’s Burgers finales. Then Kate takes a look at the finale of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, before both Kate and Sean break down a crazy week for genre, including a preview of The CW’s upcoming miniseries Labyrinth and finale talk for Grimm, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and Arrow. Next are the dramas, including previews of The Night Shift and The Normal Heart and more finale talk, this time for Elementary. Afterward, Sean takes the season spotlight off, as Kate welcomes Sonia Saraiya from The A.V. Club and Noel Kirkpatrick from TV.com on for a super-sized look at the fantastic fifth season of The Good Wife.
It’s yet another full week in television, with two big premieres and finales giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Review and the premiere of Louie. Then we talk a little The Amazing Race, before getting into the genre series, including Supernatural’s back-door pilot and the finale of Vikings, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including this week’s Make Sean Watch winner, Drop Dead Diva, and the premiere of 24: Live Another Day. Afterwards, it’s time for another installment in our Informed Opinion series, as we discuss representations of science and research on television with guest Vlad Nicolaescu.
We welcome new cohost Sean Colletti to the podcast this week, and fortunately there was plenty of interesting TV to discuss. First we take a look at the comedies, including a preview of Louie, the pilots of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Bad Teacher, and the Parks and Rec finale. Then we talk genre, including an eventful Arrow and the still controversial Game of Thrones, and we round up our week in TV with the dramas, including new addition to the podcast Elementary. Afterward, Dan Toland of Earth-2.net returns to the DVD Shelf to help us take a look at the long-running, classic sitcom M*A*S*H.