A year after our post-The 100 3x07 episode, Variety Chief TV Critic Maureen Ryan returns to the podcast to reflect on the past year in television, the lingering effects of the fan response to 3x07, and our experiences at ClexaCon 2017. Before this, however, Noel and Kate talk through some of the highlights in a full week in TV, including the premieres of Underground, Feud: Bette and Joan, and The Americans, the finales of Man Seeking Woman and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and fun and occasionally challenging episodes of Steven Universe, Legion, and The Good Fight. Afterward, we hear from a handful of ClexaCon attendees about their experiences at the convention, their highlights of the Con, and thoughts on how it can improve should it return in the future. A big thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Bridges (read her fuller response to ClexaCon here), Yuko, Kari, and Jessica for sharing your impressions of ClexaCon!
As 2016 winds down (and not a moment too soon), the List-ening begins! This episode, Noel and Kate count down their Top 20 TV Series (or TV Movies) of 2016. While plenty of other aspects of life have let many of us down recently, there’s been a plethora of terrific TV, so join us as we celebrate the 30+ shows we most enjoyed this calendar year.
Noel is once again on assignment, so this week Kate is joined by The A.V. Club’s Emily L. Stephens for an in-depth look at a full week in TV. After a little Tonys talk, we dive in with our week in TV, starting with reality and comedy, including ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 documentary, the fantastic O.J. Simpson: Made in America, the premieres of Another Period, Wrecked, and Uncle Buck, and the finale of Inside Amy Schumer. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including the premieres of BrainDead and Animal Kingdom and the finale of Orphan Black. Then we round out the podcast by inviting on The A.V. Club’s Dennis Perkins for a lengthy look at The Americans Season 4, talking character deaths, marriage as espionage, and what has helped this series steeped in pain and betrayal continue to grow and flourish.
We’re now well into April, so with 2016 a quarter of the way over, Noel and Kate thought it was time we checked in on our 2016 TV Resolutions. First, however, we look at a full week in TV, starting with the return from hiatus of The Amazing Race. Then we dive in with the comedies, including a disappointing The Carmichael Show, before moving on to the genre entries. Disappointment is a bit of a theme, unfortunately, as we dive deep on The Walking Dead’s irritating season finale and an underwhelming Arrow, but fortunately we cleanse the palate with a much stronger week in drama, including the fantastic conclusion to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and another strong Limitless. Afterward, Noel and Kate evaluate their progress with their 2016 TV Resolutions: Is Noel watching more documentary television, and which shows has Kate added to her lineup to ensure her viewing passes the Bechdel Test every week?
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!
The show list finally slows down a bit this week, giving us plenty of time on the podcast to dive in with some interesting television. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the finale of The Last Man on Earth and a gender-tastic Louie. Next are the genre and dramas, including the premiere of Penny Dreadful and the antepenultimate episode of Mad Men. Afterward, Matt Brennan of Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood! blog and Slant joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the fantastic season three of The Americans.
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.
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.
It’s a week of finales on the podcast, giving us plenty of TV to discuss in another lengthy installment. We start with the comedies, including the return of Community, pilot of One Big Happy, and finales of Always Sunny, Man Seeking Woman, Broad City, Girls, and Looking. Next up are genre and drama, including a look at iZombie, the newly-released Bloodline season one, and catch-ups with Empire, The Slap, and Fortitude, as well as our usual favorites. Afterwards, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the DVD Shelf to take a look at The CW's teen soap Gossip Girl.
It’s another marathon podcast this week, with lots of notable TV giving us plenty to discuss. We kick things off with the comedies, including a preview of the Childrens Hospital premiere, season one of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and a memorable Man Seeking Woman. Next we dive in with genre and documentary, with a preview of iZombie’s pilot as well as finale talk for The 100 and Banshee, plus the stunning conclusion of The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Afterward, we look at a handful of dramas, including this week’s eagerly anticipated Mike-centric Better Call Saul. Finally, Paul Goebel, the King of TV and cohost of Hey Watch This!, returns to the DVD Shelf to take a look at the influential and frequently fascinating Star Trek.